Crowsnest Pass council reviews senior housing budget

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The Nov. 17 regular Crowsnest Pass council meeting saw council discuss and vote on a handful of agenda items.

Senior housing

The meeting began with a 2021 budget update from Crowsnest Senior Housing.

The budget was very preliminary as uncertainties surrounding Alberta Health Services and Covid-19 funding have yet to be confirmed.

Revenue estimates for 2021 were based on the centre having four vacancies, even though currently vacancies sit at 13. A similar situation with seven vacancies resolved itself last year, so staff are optimistic residents will fill the vacancies again this year.

One additional vacancy reduces rent revenue by about $18,000 to $20,000.

A finalized budget will be in place by January. The housing board requested that, going forward, annual budgets be presented in January as it is difficult for staff to compile a budget when data has yet to be collected for the remaining months of the year.

Rather than compiling a complete budget before year’s end, Crowsnest Senior Housing will make a year-to-date presentation in October to keep council informed.

So far, the Peaks to Pines senior centre is about halfway through construction, though it is not anticipated to be completed until the summer of 2021.

Land redesignation

After no issues were raised during the public hearing, council passed second and third reading of Bylaw 1057, 2020, a land-use bylaw redesignation. The bylaw will rezone a property in Coleman from a recreation and open space (RO-1) designation to residential (R-1).

The rezoning comes about after administration received a development permit application for a residential addition to the property. It was discovered that part of the land was designated as residential while the other was set aside for recreation and open space.

After going through municipal records and past council meeting minutes, it was determined the split zoning was a mistake.

Health and wellness

Council agreed to make a few minor changes to the municipality’s health and wellness spending account, Policy 1810-02.

The biggest change involves allowing employees to submit reimbursement receipts throughout the year. Previously, claims could be made only once a year.

Other changes included adding employee leave as a reason to prorate benefits and including a new category on health apps.

Club rent rates

The meeting concluded with a lengthy discussion on rates the municipality charges clubs to rent municipal facilities. For detailed coverage, please see Crowsnest Pass Council Debates Rent Rates, posted online at www.shootinthebreeze.ca.

Next meeting

The next regular council meeting will be held Tuesday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m. at the MDM Community Centre. Agendas are available on the municipality’s website at https://bit.ly/CNPagenda.

Sean Oliver, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Shootin' the Breeze