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Thursday, 23 August 2012 09:31

Council approves permit for Lyric Theatre restoration project

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The initial phase of the Lyric Theatre restoration project will soon get under way after the City of Swift Current’s approval of a permit for demolition and repair work.


Councillors passed a motion for the issuance of a permit at their regular council meeting on Aug. 20.

The Lyric Theatre is a designated heritage property under the provincial Heritage Property Act, which is recognized within the City’s zoning bylaw.

“The City of Swift Current zoning bylaw requires any of the properties that are designated as a heritage site to receive council approval prior to any renovations or alterations to the building,” Director of Engineering Mac Forster said. “The Lyric Theatre of course is one of our keystone heritage buildings in the community.”

This initial work, which Forster estimated to represent about 10 per cent of the entire project, will involve demolition and repair work to the second floor and roof of the building in preparation for the second phase renovation project.

“This will pave the way for the bulk of the work under this initial renovation phase to be completed, which is mainly repair to the structure,” he said. “So this gets the ball rolling for the Lyric group.”

Architectural group P3A submitted the application. The work under this permit includes removal of interior walls, windows, skylights, roof hatches, floor finish and roofing materials. 

Items such as door frames and wainscoting will be salvaged for reuse in the second phase. The installation of new skylights, roof hatches and a new roofing system are also included under this permit, as well as repair work to the parapets and chimney.

“Of course we make sure that any plans we receive protect the heritage component of the building,” Forster said. “We are aware that P3A has a heritage expert on staff that is dealing with this, so that satisfies our need.”

School liaison officer appointment

Chief Administrative Officer Susan Motkaluk provided council members with an update on the selection process for appointing a RCMP school liaison officer at the Swift Current Comprehensive High School.

The City’s 2012 budget, which was approved in early March, included funding for the appointment of an additional RCMP constable who will be located at the school.

Motkaluk said the City has been working with the Chinook School Division and the RCMP to determine a job description and competency list for the new position.

The process included the submission of an official request to the RCMP for an additional member and they also started a process to interview potential candidates, which is still under way.

In an update to the Prairie Post on Aug. 21, Motkaluk indicated the RCMP has received approval for the new position from Ottawa.

“This Thursday [Aug. 23] we are doing our final round of interviews and next week we will select the candidate,” she said. “So we can place the liaison officer in September.”

The position of school liaison officer is a key pillar of the City’s new strategic plan to promote a safe and caring community.

“The Comp High School is a great venue to get the message further out but in addition to that we’re also looking at touring some of the other schools to try and involve as many kids as we can and ultimately ensure that our community is safe,” she said.

The officer will have full RCMP member status and will carry a firearm while inside the school. In addition to the standard competency requirements of a RCMP officer, the selection criteria for this position included skills such as approachability and an ability to interact with students within a school environment.

“So really having that comfortable social skill to just stand up in a classroom or stand up in a group of kids and just feel really comfortable to share an awareness,” she said.


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