The Town of Ponoka has signed a lease agreement for up to 28,000 square feet of floor space in a new three-storey Community Learning Centre building that will be constructed by a developer, Landrex Inc. The building will be constructed on the old hospital site at the north end of Downtown Ponoka on 50 Street.

Demolition of the old hospital building and construction of the new Community Learning Centre began in 2017.

To help keep the public informed of the details around this project, we have compiled the following FAQ sheet with answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

**Note: The precise amount of floor space to be leased by the Town in the Community Learning Center building will be determined once final construction plans are completed.

FAQs:

The Town's Lease Agreement:

Q 1. What will the Town’s 28,000 square feet of leased space in the Community Learning Centre be used for?

Q 2. Why did the Town decide to lease space in the new Community Learning Centre, rather than construct its own building on Town-owned land?

Q 3. Do the Town's lease costs for this project fall within the Town of Ponoka's Debt limit as legislated under the Municipal Government Act (MGA)? 

Q 4. What are the Town's costs to lease space in the new Community Learning Centre building under the 25-year lease agreement it has signed?

Q 5. How different is the current lease agreement that was signed by the Town from the preliminary lease agreement that was presented to Town Council and reviewed by the Town Auditor back in February 2017?

Q 6. How did the Town determine the lease rate it will pay to lease space in the new building?

Q 7. Can I see a copy of the Community Learning Centre Lease?

Q 8. Will the Town be required to pay a penalty to exercise the Buy-Out Option in the Community Learning Centre Lease Agreement?

Q 9. Why did the Town have to pass a Borrowing Bylaw before signing the Community Learning Centre Lease Agreement?

Q 10. Why are the terms of the lease agreement signed by the Town different from the lease terms outlined in the Borrowing Bylaw (the Community Learning Centre Lease Bylaw) that was advertised to the public in February 2017?

Q 11. What impact will the Town's lease costs for the Community Learning Centre project have on my property taxes?

Campus Alberta Central and its role in the project:

Q 12. Has a sublease been finalized yet with Campus Alberta Central?

Q 13. What do we know about Campus Alberta Central?

Q 14. What kind of post-secondary programs will CAC offer in Ponoka?

Plans for a new Library in the Community Learning Centre building:

Q 15. Why does the Ponoka Jubilee Library need to move from its current building into a bigger space?

Q 16. Will locating the new library at the north end of Downtown Ponoka affect usage among Library users who walk to the Library?

Q 17. What will happen to the old Library?

Development plans for the old hospital site:

Q 18. What else will be built on the old hospital site in addition to the Community Learning Centre building?

Q 19. What's happening with the existing trees on the old hospital site?

Q 20. How will parking be managed once the redevelopment on the old hospital site is completed?

Other important questions about the project:

Q 21. When will the new building be completed?

Q 22. Who is Landrex?

Q 23. What has the Town been doing to keep the public informed about this project?

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Overview of Local Health Services 

  • Ponoka Hospital & Care Centre has 34 acute care beds and a STARS helipad.
  • Ponoka’s Community Health Centre offers community health nursing, dental health, immunization, community nutrition, environmental health, home care and rehabilitation services.
  • Ponoka’s Family & Community Support Services (FCSS) also offers many services to the community, including home support, a Healthy Families program, Meals on Wheels, family counselling, and a volunteer program. Call 403-783-4462 for more information or click here.
  • The Centennial Centre for Mental Health and Brain Injury, (formerly known as Alberta Hospital Ponoka) known as a leading centre for psychiatric health care, brain injury research and rehabilitation treatment. Click here for more information.

Complete Listing of Health Service Providers in Ponoka

HEALTH FACILITIES / SERVICES

 

 

Centennial Centre for Mental Health

46 Street South

403-783-7600

Battle River Medical Clinic Bay 2, 4502 50 Street

403-783-3399

Birchland Dental Clinic

5118 - 57 Avenue

403-783-5235

Guardian Ambulance

6502 - 44 Avenue

403-783-3363

Ponoka Community Health Centre

5900 Highway 2A

403-783-4491

Ponoka Dental Centre

A5012 - 48 Avenue

403-783-5012

Ponoka Family Chiropractic

4912 - 50 Street

403-783-3481

Ponoka Hospital & Care Centre

5800 - 57 Avenue

403-783-3341

Ponoka Mental Health Clinic

5115 - 49 Avenue

403-783-7903

Ponoka Physiotherapy & Acupuncture

5101 - 52 Avenue

403-783-4702

Altitude Laser Spa

6110 - 48 Avenue

403-783-2999

Kim Green Dental Hygiene

6110 - 48 Avenue

403-783-4004

Mallis Chiropractic

2 5012 48 Avenue

403-783-9343

Aboriginal Health Coordinator

5610 40 Avenue, Wetaskiwin

780-361-4301

Vantage Physiotherapy Clinic 5022 50 Avenue 403-790-2229

Location: 5015 - 46 Avenue
Phone: 403-783-5012

Ponoka Senior’s Activities for those who are 55 Years +.

Please visit the Drop In Centre website for up to date information and activities.

Located: 5604 50 Street
Phone: 403-783-3843
Website: www.ponokalibrary.prl.ab.ca

Library Hours: 

Monday 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
Wednesday                                         10:00 am to 8:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

*Please Note: The Library will be closed on Sunday’s, Statutory Holidays and Saturdays preceding a holiday Monday or following a holiday Friday.  

Library Members can Access:  

Interlibrary loans A full eLibrary including eBooks, eAudiobooks & Movies
Province-wide book returns Access to on-line database
Tours Internet access
Public computer access Photocopying and Laminating
Books on CD/MP3 Movies on DVD/Blu-ray
Magazines and newspapers Telephone and business directories
Display of local interest Local History

Programs: 

  • Story Time for Tots (0-5 yrs)
    Thursdays from 11-12
  • Fairy Tale Picnic
    Fridays 10:30 – 11:30 am
  • Book Club
    1st Sunday of the month at 3:30 pm (Sept-June)
  • Family LEGO Club
    Wednesdays 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm (Sept-June)
  • Maker Space
    Third Tuesday of the Month 3:30 - 5:00 pm
  • Tech Sessions
    Third Monday of the Month  2:00 pm
  • Children’s Movies
    Every 2nd Friday 1:30 pm
    Check for Dates
  • Documentary Screenings
    Last Thursday of the Month 6:00 pm
  • Crafty Saturday
    Last Saturday of the Month 1 - 3 pm

Membership Fees:  

Memberships are FREE of CHARGE for anyone who lives in the Town or County of Ponoka, or the Community of Maskwacis.  Members must be of legal age (unless card is issued with permission of parent/legal guardian) and provide proof of residency.

Membership will also allow you access to a ME Library Card, which can be registerd to use in any public Library in Alberta through melibraries.ca

 Library Cards  

  • Must always be presented when checking out items
  • The person named on the card is responsible for all items checked out under their membership.
  • Please report lost or stolen cards immediately to 403.783.3843
  • Replacement cards can be purchased for $1.00