Village of Alix is selling Moonwalkers’ equipment and already has interest from potential buyers.
During its regular meeting Jan. 18, council directed administration to prepare tender bid documents.
“We have had tremendous interest in it without even advertising it yet,” said Alix Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Troy Jenkins.
“We are looking forward to a competitive bidding process and hopefully we can recover as much funds as we can for the municipality.”
In December the Village of Alix council unanimously voted in favour of closing Moonwalkers, a 3,500 square foot interactive play centre.
The move came after BDO Canada presented Moonwalkers’ financial report to council December 2016 during a special meeting. BDO had compiled a statement of operations for Moonwalkers from December 2012 to October 2016 showing a cumulative deficit of $553,673.
The village will also change the name of the building, which is currently called Moonwalkers. Council, during its regular meeting Jan. 18, directed administration to organize a community-wide contest to rename the building.
“Since Moonwalkers isn’t the major tenant there anymore we want the community to come up with a name and we felt that a contest is a unique way to do that,” said CAO Jenkins. “It goes along with the open way that we are doing things here at the Village of Alix and we want as much public input as possible.
“We would like to see the community put their own spin on a major building here in the village and are working on details and specifics for the contest.”
CAO Jenkins, said however, that the village would like to see a paragraph or two explaining why the community member thinks a specific name is the most appropriate for the building and the community.
Electoral boundary changes
Village of Alix council is still reviewing information sent to them by the provincial Electoral Boundaries Commission asking for their input in the review of the ridings.
“That’s something that council will be discussing with the constituents and come to a decision,” said CAO Jenkins.
Alix is part of the Lacombe-Ponoka constituency and is located about half way between Lacombe and Stettler.
“We’re pretty much in the middle,” said CAO Jenkins.