Strathcona Regional District Chair Babchuk along with Vice Chair Unger (left) and Municipal Services Committee Chair Abram (right) cut the ribbon to the official opening of the Regional District’s new boardroom.
On Tuesday Aug 13th, the doors officially opened to the Regional District’s new boardroom and main entrance area. The new boardroom, located at the corporate office on 990 Cedar Street, is larger and has been moved from the third floor to the main floor. The new space provides greater accessibility and additional seating in the public gallery. Technological upgrades will soon be installed enhancing audio-visual presentations and enabling the meetings to be webcasted.
“I am delighted to officially open this space to our Board and community members” says Strathcona Regional District Chair Michele Babchuk. “Providing better access to Board meetings for community members near and far is important to the Board’s open governance principles.”
In addition to the new boardroom, building renovations also include a new welcoming reception space and informal meeting area at the main ground-level entrance. This provides a clear and accessible single point of entrance and contact for Regional District business and public enquiries.
The expanded boardroom and service areas on the main floor were possible as the Regional District now owns the building. Back in 2017, the Regional District purchased the property as a cost-effective way to provide more accessible space to meet its growing needs and better serve the public. Based on interest rates, operating expenditures and leasehold revenues from other building tenants, the annual costs of ownership are essentially the same as what was previously being paid in rent.
Members of the public are encouraged to attend Board meetings in the new space. For an up-to-date schedule of public Board and Committee meetings, please visit www.srd.ca.
The Strathcona Regional District is a partnership of four electoral areas and five municipalities providing services to approximately 44,000 residents.
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