“We are up and running. There are still a few minor details that are still needing to be completed but it’s been put back into operation,” said Town of Picture Butte Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Mike Derricott, adding the well-utilized town facility re-opened during the first week of June.
Derricott noted it’s good to have the facility back in use and it was a long process getting to the end result, which is a renovated and improved community centre.
“We know it was not convenient for those people that usually use that facility but we think the end result is good. We also took that time to do some other work that may not have been convenient at a different time. We tried to maximize, while the building was out of service. We tried to maximize that time to accomplish as much as we could,” said Derricott, adding the town is pleased with those results.
The feedback has been really good from residents and those who frequent the Community Centre including Picture Butte seniors, said Derricott.
“Obviously, they are just happy to be back but also they’re pleased with the outcome.”
On June 21, Picture Butte held a community-wide garage sale with the arena playing host, as well as many homes in town, as many residents sold their gently-used treasures.
“It went relatively good,” said Derricott, adding the town has received positive feedback from residents.
“It’s still a relatively new initiative here in Picture Butte, it’s only the second year. The weather was decent and people were happy with the amount of traffic that they had, both those in the arena and the various garage sales around town.”
Certainly, Derricott said, the community-wide garage sale is something the Town of Picture Butte is going to try and do to generate traffic throughout the town.
“I think it’s something that is still evolving. The town is happy to continue to support it. It’s not necessarily really a town-driven thing, as much as we want to support what was kind of a community initiative,” said Derricott, adding as of right now the plan is to try and have it on the same weekend every year.
“We are going to evaluate that. We did get some feedback that there are several other communities that had it on that same weekend. We’re going to do some background researching to see if that was coincidence or if those communities have it the same time every year and maybe consider some adjustments there.”