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COUNCIL BRIEFS: Sidney
• Blake Mooney and Casey VanDongen from Sidney All Care Residential made a presentation to council in regards to future plans for the former Bethel Church property on Mills Road.
Mooney and VanDongen have proposed an expansion of the existing building to increase the amount of available space for beds as well as using the space at the front of the building currently designated as a church and the space at the rear of the building currently in use as a childcare facility.
The proposal of increased space would add an additional 68 beds in the facility, bringing the total number of beds, should the permit and variance applications be approved, to 149.
The applications will be forwarded to the Advisory Planning Commission for review and will be brought back to council at a later date.
• Ramsay Machine Works Ltd. in Sidney has requested permission to use a section of the old DryDoc site on McDonald Park Road for assessment and testing of ship loaders and stacker reclaimers (like the one currently being built at a different site on McDonald Park Road) over the next four years.
The site, which is eventually proposed to house a CUBE Robotic Container Storage facility, will be useful for Ramsay because it is currently the only available area that the company can assemble machinery at a height of over 86 feet.
The company is currently shortlisted to build another ship loader that would measure 120 feet in height.