The new Strathmore town hall is complete, but many staff are still working from home due to COVID-19 guidelines.
Staff have officially moved in, but more than half are working from home due to provincial COVID-19 guidelines, said Geoff Person, Town of Strathmore communications manager. But this has provided some flexibility for the town’s IT team to make sure internal systems are optimized.
“Our previous town office was constructed before internet, email and even fax machines were commonplace,” said Person. “The new systems in this building will help provide better service for residents and businesses in the community, and will help our employees work more efficiently.”
There are still some finishing touches being performed on the building, however. Signage will be installed shortly, and some audio-visual equipment is being added to conference rooms.
All exterior landscaping is finished.
The town is installing a drop-box for after-hours payments. Once complete, the box at the former town offices will be removed and directions for the new space will be provided. For now, the drop-box at Westchester Road is still available for payments.
The final step will be for the town to welcome the public into the new building.
“We’re looking forward to serving the community here and showing them all the benefits of this new space,” said Person. “Once the COVID-19 guidelines allow us to host this event we’ll invite Strathmore in to see this new addition.”
Sean Feagan, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Strathmore Times