HYTHE, ALTA. – The Hythe and District Memorial Arena will remain without Provincial Historical Designation as county council decided to wait for further information on what type of restrictions might come with such designation.

Council’s concern is that the building will still be used and if repairs are needed, the province would need to approve said improvements if the arena is under the historical designation.

Equipment repairs would most likely not require provincial approval, but if they interfered structurally with the building, the province would need to be involved.

Another concern is timelines of getting needed repairs done if provincial approval was required.

Coun. Steve Zimmerman also noted that administration should inquire if insurance costs would change due to the historical designation.

Spring Lake Ski Hill: The Spring Lake Ski Hill Association (SLSHA) requested that the county evaluate the chalet and ski rental building for any required repairs to meet operational codes.

Council directed administration to work with the association to inspect the chalet and ski hill for any safety code issues in conjunction with the Saddle Hills County, where the ski hill resides.

Brian Peterson of SLSHA said there are no plans to operate the ski hill this year; it was also closed last year.

Coun. Robert Chrenek questioned why the county should put money into the ski hill if it is in Saddle Hills municipality. “It is just from (my) experience (that) over 90 per cent (of users are) county residents,” said Coun. Karen Rosvold.

It was also noted that many residents from the Hythe area use the hill and the only access is through the County of Grande Prairie.

Ronning House: The province has requested that the county take ownership of the Ronning House and pay for all costs associated with relocating the house and any future upkeep maintenance on the property.

The Ronning House was designated as a Provincial Historic Resource in 2001.

The Loberg family, who are the house’s current owners, requested in 2013 that the house have the designation removed and the house moved on to a new piece of land to then be re-designated.

The province says that the estimated cost would be $460,000 for the rehabilitation and relocation of the structure.

“That would not include costs associated with subdivision land preparation, those types of things to create a new parcel for it to be located on,” said Nick Lapp, director of planning and development.

He noted that there were no structural assessments done to see if the building could withstand a move.

“This is another item that came to the Historic Resources Committee, and we looked at this, and we determined that if the community has really no interest in saving this building and the landowner where it presently sits doesn’t want it anymore, that it’s really not up to the county to put our money into it,” said Coun. Peter Harris.

The county decided that it would not be taking any action on the province’s request, allowing the owners to work with the province to remove the designation and later proceed with the demolition of the property.

Crushing, stockpiling and other work: Council awarded the crushing, stockpiling and other work contract to D. Ray Construction Ltd. for $1,583,490 as they were the lowest bidder.

D. Ray construction beat out two other bidders for the contract.