January 18, 2017
As we enter into a new year, your council looks forward to serving the citizens of Hanna for the next 10 months. In October of this year there is a municipal election, so this will be this council’s final calendar year in office.
At our December Council meeting the 2017 Operating & Capital Budgets were approved, and I am pleased to announce that there are no anticipated increases to the tax rates. Budget time is always challenging as there are more infrastructure projects that should be completed than there is funding available. In October of 2014 council accepted an infrastructure management plan which we felt was necessary to prioritize our capital projects. One infrastructure project that was high on the priority list was to increase the capacity of our storm water system.
I am pleased that in 2017 the Town anticipates undertaking a major infrastructure project that will increase the capacity of the Town storm water management system.
Currently when large amounts of rain fall in a short period of time quite often the storm water system cannot handle the volume. The 2017 project will comprise of the addition of a new outflow system to CN Reservoir along 3rd Street West. The Town has also been able to continue with a significant investment of funds in the sidewalk replacement program.
On the Sheerness Generating Station closure front, the Town is expecting to meet with the government appointed Coal Advisory Panel early in 2017. The panel anticipates visiting our community over 2 days to attain a better understanding of what the impacts will be to our community. Once they complete all of the visitations to the coal affected communities, the panel will compile a report to submit to the Government of Alberta with their recommendations on how they can assist the coal affected communities transition.
Finally, Council loves to have people in the gallery at our council meetings. Council holds their regular council meetings on the second Tuesday of every month starting at 6:00PM in Council Chambers at the town office.
Chris Warwick, Mayor