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City of Brandon Update on Valleyview Community Centre Closure


December 1, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Brandon, MB – The City of Brandon wishes to provide an update to the community about the current closure of the Valleyview Community Centre, located at 77 Whillier Drive.

While the City of Brandon owns the several community centre buildings located within Brandon, the ongoing care and control of these facilities is delegated to each community centre’s individual board of directors, who, in turn, are responsible for leasing or renting space within that building to groups in the community. In the fall of 2016, the City of Brandon was made aware of air quality concerns within the Valleyview Community Centre building relating to the identified presence of mould. Following discussions with provincial Public Health and Workplace Health and Safety officials, the City of Brandon made the decision to close the building in early-October.

A mould investigation was subsequently conducted by an environmental engineering firm in early November. The City of Brandon is awaiting a final report from the contractor, which is required before a plan and timeline for mould remediation can be determined.

As a result of the initial mould investigation, an examination into the structural integrity of the building was also conducted and uncovered some foundation issues, specifically on the west side of the building. The City of Brandon has retained the services of a structural engineering firm to assess these issues and to develop a plan for structural remediation to potentially occur at the same time as any mould remediation.

Until such a time that City administration can analyze the results of both remediation plans and present their findings to Brandon City Council, the Valleyview Community Centre building remains CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC, as public safety is paramount and the issue has grown in both scope and size since the building’s initial closure.

As the property owner, the City of Brandon continues to work with all parties involved, including the Valleyview Community Centre’s Board of Directors, the Valleyview Kid Zone day-care service, and the Province of Manitoba, to minimize the impact on the community and to explore all potential solutions. Provincial day-care officials continue to work on seeking a space solution for the day-care spots impacted. As such, all questions relating to the status of these day-care spots should be referred to the Province of Manitoba or the Valleyview Kid Zone day-care service. All questions relating to impacted programming or bookings at the Centre should be referred to the Valleyview Community Centre’s Board of Directors.

The City of Brandon appreciates the public’s patience and understanding as it works through these issues with all partners and with the community’s safety top of mind.


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