Health unit a concern

Health unit a concern

Council has received a letter from the Ministry of Technology, Innovation and Citizens Services about the condition of the health unit

Lumby officials insist more needs to be done to ensure the integrity of a critical health facility.

Council has received a letter from the Ministry of Technology, Innovation and Citizens Services about the condition of the health unit and ambulance station at 2135 Norris Ave.

“We’re happy with the work that’s been done but we want the work to continue,” said Mayor Kevin Acton.

The ministry has recently focused on floors, ceilings, walls, lighting and asbestos abatement, while the ambulance station has received a new roof and exterior paint.

“The total provincial investment over the previous fiscal year exceeds $180,000,” said Jon Burbee, asset management branch executive director, in the letter.

“You may be interested to know that using a standardized condition assessment system, the Lumby facility is performing comparably well relative to other provincially-owned medical centers.”

The ministry indicates that it will work with the village to address specific concerns about the building.

“Several rooms look like they are from the 1970s. It’s not the quality needed to attract people to work there,” said Acton.

“If we want nurse practitioners or doctors, we need to provide them with a nice place to work.”

Budget approved

Lumby residents will see a slight hike in taxes this year.

Council has adopted the 2017 budget, including a 1.18 per cent tax increase.

And unlike previous years, residents showed an interest in the budget and asked village staff questions.

“We probably had more input than we’ve ever had before,” said Mayor Acton.