May 24, 2016 - 10:30 AM
KAMLOOPS - Sun Peaks is inching closer to a permanent health centre.
Mayor Al Raine says the municipality is in negotiations with a construction company for the $1.5-million project.
“We did tender the documents and we received two proposals,” he says. “After reviewing we went back to one of the construction companies. We’re now negotiating the final details.”
He says the negotiation period should take about two weeks, with construction of the structure ending in September 2016. The centre should be open December of this year.
The centre won’t require any borrowing on behalf of the community Raine says, as funding has already been secured. The municipality is pitching in $600,000, while $500,000 is coming from the Sun Peaks Health Association, which has fundraised for 20 years.
The Sun Peaks Resort Corporation, which runs the ski lifts, is pitching in the final $400,000, Raine says, adding those funds don't cover the cost of equipment though, and another $400,000 will be needed to cover those costs.
While the Interior Health Authority isn’t providing capital for the building, but because the community does not have a doctor the health authority is assisting with staff recruitment.
“The big challenge is to attract a family doctor who can establish a family practice in Sun Peaks at that facility,” Raine says.
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