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Cypress holds special meeting over new Seven Persons building

Posted on January 4, 2024 by Ryan Dahlman

Concerns raised over building size

By Anna Smith

On December 19, the councillors of Cypress County gathered for a special meeting.

The meeting was brought forward by Councillor Dustin Vossler, in regards to the multi-use building that is currently under construction in the hamlet of Seven Persons.

“Upon seeing the walls of the structure going up, it was kind of evident to me and the station chief in Seven Persons when we were having our conversation — the building is excellent and don’t get me wrong — we thought as we looked at it, and as we went and did a little bit of measuring, that we may have overlooked something. The sizing of it doesn’t seem adequate to us,” said Vossler.

There have been eight requests for decision regarding the building that have been made throughout 2021–2023. It was noted that while the building is set to be able to house the two permanent apparatuses and the one temporary apparatus that the current hall has, Vossler and the fire chief expressed worry that there was no room for the future should the need arise.

Vossler said that the purpose of the meeting was to save money that may need to be spent by the County in the future, by adding additional space now instead of strictly when the need arose.

This motion was met with lengthy discussion, as much of council felt that the planned building was adequate for the time being and for the future. Further discussion included the necessity of calling the meeting, which was explained as hopes for cost saving measures.

Ultimately, the motion was made to uphold previous directions, and proceed with the construction of the multi-purpose building as planned.

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