08/30/2012 04:01 EDT | Updated 10/30/2012 05:12 EDT

Fort Macleod Police College Cancellation May Lead To Legal Action: Mayor Shawn Patience


FORT MACLEOD, Alta. - It appears the Alberta government will pay a financial price for cancelling the long-promised police training college in Fort Macleod.

Alberta Infrastructure says it will speak with the town and the company that was awarded the construction contract for the $122-million project about covering some of their costs.

The province has already spent almost $2 million on preliminary work on the college that was first announced in 2006.

That figure does not include the contract awarded to Bird Construction, or the up to $4 million the southern Alberta community says it has spent on service lines to the college building site.

An Infrastructure Department spokeswoman says it's too early to talk about how much money is involved and a Bird Construction official declined comment.

Fort Macleod Mayor Shawn Patience says they still hope the government will reverse its decision, but if not, the town will consider legal action to recover the money it has spent on the college.