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Mayor’s Message for March 2021

It was one year ago this month that we entered the COVID-19 Pandemic. I know it has been a very challenging year for all of us, and we are all experiencing COVID fatigue. There are some positives on the vaccine front with Health Canada recently approving the AstraZeneca vaccine. With increases in vaccinations, and the weather improving we can be outdoors more which has us optimistic that we will see an easing of restrictions similar to the spring of 2020.

Facilities are seeing activity with Minor Hockey able to resume practices and Figure Skating lessons occurring with restrictions. Adult sports are still not able to take place until we reach step 3 of the Government of Alberta’s Moving Forward Safely plan. As of this writing, we are in step 2.

Step 2 affects Centennial Place.  The Fitness Center and the Cervus Equipment Walking Track can now be opened and used with restrictions for low-intensity workouts only.  You may book the Fitness Center (max of 1 user) or book time on the Walking Track for walking only (max of 10) by phoning (403) 854-4700 or going to hanna.ca/centennial-place and completing the booking.  If the time slot you are looking for, does not appear, that means it is fully booked.  Time segments for the track are 30 minutes but you are welcome to book them consecutively if you would like to walk more than 30 minutes.  For the full explanation of the protocols, please visit Centennial Place at hanna.ca before you go.

Moving from step 2 to step 3 is based on several factors including the number of hospitalizations remaining stable and reducing over a period of time. Each step eases restrictions in different areas including sports, places of worship, libraries, and others. There are 4 steps, and there is a minimum of 3 weeks between each step. I encourage residents to continue with what they have been doing because there are zero cases in Special Areas 2.  You have done an exceptional job to contain the spread of this contagious virus.

The Provincial Budget was announced on Thursday and one of the items the Elected Officials and Town Administration watch closely is the availability of Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI) funding.  MSI funds infrastructure projects such as roads, sidewalks, water, and sewer. This funding is crucial to addressing Hanna’s infrastructure deficit. The 2021 budgeted allotment for Hanna is larger than the amount received in 2020, which is good news, but in 2022 and 2023 it is projected that this funding will be significantly reduced, which is very concerning. Council and administration will continue their diligence and history of capitalizing on these funding opportunities now and in the future.

Administration and staff will continue to monitor the Covid-19 guidelines set out by the province to be well prepared as restrictions are adjusted.

Stay safe and be well.
Respectfully

Chris Warwick, Mayor

 

Reminder

The Cervus Equipment Walking Track and the Fitness Center can now be used, but you need to book!  You can book online by going to the Town of Hanna website or you can phone (403) 854-4433.

Feel Good February a Success

February may be the shortest month of the year but many citizens took advantage of the program offered by the Town of Hanna to feel good.   February gave us a mile-long list of ideas to feel good about right here in Hanna.  Simple pleasures like taking time out for relaxation and rest to trying new physical activities were all part of the campaign.   Thank you to all who participated.

Winners of the weekly draws were provided with $50 Hanna Chamber bucks. The  grand prize winner from all participants over the month of February was awarded $100 Hanna Chamber bucks. While the contest is complete the challenge is still there for you to continue to enjoy the many benefits of Hanna’s lifestyle.

Congratulations to the weekly  winners:

  • Week One :  Heather Pedersen
  • Week Two : Kari Moyer
  • Week Three : Shauna McAfee
  • Week Four: Tammy MacMillan

Grand Prize:  Sheila Taylor

 

Tax Time!  Volunteers are Ready

The Community Volunteer Income Tax Program is a free service where trained volunteers file tax returns for eligible people.  Hanna FCSS is pleased to announce that they have been approved by the Government of Canada to provide this service.

In order to be eligible for the CVITP (Community Volunteer Income Tax Program), individuals must have a modest income and a simple tax situation. Individuals assisted by the program include:

  • Indigenous peoples
  • Newcomers and refugees
  • Persons with disabilities
  • Seniors
  • Youth/students
  • Homeless and housing insecure individuals
  • Individuals with a modest income

Please phone the Town Office to book an available time for a volunteer to phone you.  Together, you will determine eligibility. (403) 854-4433.

 

It’s an Election Year

​Have you thought about running for Town Council? This could be your year! There’s an election in October and nominations are open NOW!  Visit hanna.ca/election for details.

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Councillors

Hanna’s Town Council is comprised of a Mayor and six Councillors, who are elected by the citizens of Hanna. The Mayor and Council are responsible for developing policies and setting strategic priorities regarding the delivery of municipal services. Council, as the governing body, is responsible for making sure Town resources are allocated and used appropriately, for the benefit and protection of its citizens. Administration implements the policies set by Council for the day-to-day operations of the municipality.

The legislative function of the Town’s municipal government is mandated in the Alberta Municipal Government Act (MGA), while the Local Authorities Election Act governs the election process. Elections are held every four years on the third Monday in October.

Contact an Elected Official – for security reasons and to keep the phishing and spam to a controllable amount, the email addresses of the Elected Officials are not publicly displayed however, the email is always first initial last name. For example, is John Doe is the individual, their email address is jdoe all addresses are then followed by @hanna.ca Alternatively, all email can be sent to the Town of Hanna general email inbox and will be forwarded accordingly.

Chris Warwick - Mayor

Boards & Committees

  • Cactus Corridor Economic Development
  • Emergency Advisory Committee
  • Finance & Audit
  • Personnel Committee

The Office of the Elected Officials

  • Box 430, 302 2nd Ave. West
    Hanna, Alberta Canada T0J 1P0
    PH: (403) 854-4433
    FA: (403) 854-2772

Sandra Beaudoin - Councillor

Boards & Committees

  • Canadian Badlands Ltd
  • Community Futures – Meridian Region
  • Community Services Board
  • Hanna & District Medical Corporation
  • Hanna in Bloom

Melanie Jensen
- Councillor

Boards & Committees

  • Canadian Badlands Ltd.
  • Emergency Advisory Committee
  • Municipal Library Board
  • Marigold Library Systems Board
  • Veterans Memorial Highway Association

Larry Stickel
- Councillor

Boards & Committees

  • Acadia Foundation
  • Personnel Committee
  • Municipal Planning Commission
  • Palliser Regional Municipal Services

Gerald Campion
- Councillor

Boards & Committees

  • Big Country Waste Management
  • Finance & Audit 
  • Henry Kroeger Regional Water Services
  • Red Deer River Municipal Users Group

Connie Deadlock -
Councillor

Boards & Committees

  • Cactus Corridor Economic Development
  • Chamber of Commerce
  • Finance & Audit 
  • Fred & Freda Geuder Education Bursary
  • Personnel Committee
  • Palliser Economic Partnership

Kyle Olsen
- Councillor

Boards & Committees

  • Emergency Advisory Committee
  • Hanna Golf & Country Club
  • Hanna Learning Centre
  • Municipal Planning Commission
  • Palliser Economic Partnership

Council Appointments

Each member of council sits on a number of boards and committees locally and regionally.  Elected officials are appointed for one-year terms during the organizational council meeting held annually in the fall.

Deputy Mayor Rotation

Date Councillor
July 1, 2020 – February 28, 2021 Councillor Melanie Jensen
March 1, 2021 – October 31, 2021 Councillor Kyle Olsen

 

2020-2021 Council Appointments to Boards and Committees

Committee Appointment 
Acadia Foundation Authority Councillor Stickel
Councillor Jensen (alternate)
Big Country Waste Management Commission Councillor Campion
Councillor Olsen (alternate)
Cactus Corridor Economic Development Corp Mayor Warwick
Councillor Deadlock
Canadian Badlands Ltd. Councillor Jensen
Councillor Beaudoin
Community Futures – Meridian Region Board of Directors  Councillor Beaudoin
Community Services Board Councillor Deadlock
Emergency Advisory Committee Mayor Warwick
Councillor Olsen
Councillor Jensen
Finance & Audit Committee Mayor Warwick
Councillor Campion
Councillor Deadlock
Fred & Freda Geuder Educational Bursary Councillor Deadlock
Hanna & District Chamber of Commerce Councillor Deadlock
Hanna & District Medical Corporation Councillor Beaudoin
Hanna Golf & Country Club Councillor Olsen
Hanna In Bloom Committee Councillor Beaudoin
Hanna Learning Centre Councillor Olsen
Hanna Municipal Library Board Councillor Jensen
Hanna/Wake Student Exchange Committee Councillor Deadlock
Councillor Beaudoin
Health & Safety Committee Councillor Stickel
Henry Kroeger Regional Water Services Commission Councillor Campion
Councillor Stickel (alternate)
Marigold Library Systems Board Councillor Jensen
Councillor Deadlock (alternate)
Municipal Planning Commission Councillor Stickel
Councillor Olsen
Palliser Economic Partnership Councillor Beaudoin
Councillor Olsen
Mayor Warwick (alternative)
Palliser Regional Municipal Services Councillor Stickel
Councillor Olsen (alternate)
Personnel Committee Mayor Warwick
Councillor Stickel
Councillor Deadlock
Red Deer River Municipal Users Group Councillor Campion
Councillor Stickel (alternate)
Veterans Memorial Highway Association Councillor Jensen

Community Boards

Council appointed citizen advisory boards and committees provide information, well-considered advice and recommendations for consideration by Council and administration on important issues. Citizens are encouraged to apply by completing and submitting an application form.

Committee Appointment  Term Ending 
Big Country Housing Authority
Two year term
4 meetings per year
Patricia Mainman
Betty Simpson
Michelle Haag
Oct 2021
Oct 2021
Oct 2022
Community Services Board
Three year term
6-12 meetings per year
Cllr. Deadlock
Darlene Herzog
Nadine Wood
Patsy Walton
Vern Thuroo
Sam Lockhart
Vacancy
Oct 2021
Oct 2022
Oct 2022
Oct 2023
Oct 2023
Oct 2023
Fred & Freda Geuder Educational Bursary
Two year term
Cllr. Deadlock
Tim Martin
Melvin Lypka
Oct 2021
Oct 2021
Oct 2022
Hanna & District Medical Corporation
Two year term
3-4 meetings per year
Cllr. Beaudoin
Ken Hansen
Oct 2021
Oct 2021
Municipal Library Board
Three year term
Cllr. Jensen
Ricardo Hoar
Carolyn Mammel
Audra Limpert
Jean Lypka
William Warwick
Gwen Snell
Paulette Murray
Vacancy
Vacancy
Oct 2021
Oct 2021
Oct 2021
Oct 2022
Oct 2022
Oct 2022
Oct 2023
Oct 2023
Municipal Planning Commission
Three year term
Meets as needed
Cllr Kyle Olsen
Cllr Larry Stickel
Richard Preston
Todd Wallace
Vacancy
Oct 2021
Oct 2021
Oct 2023
Oct 2023
Committee
Big Country Housing Authority
Two year term. Four meetings per year.

Community Services Board
Three Year term. 6-12 meetings per year.

Community Services Board
Three Year term. 6-12 meetings per year.

Appointment
Patricia Mainman
Betty Simpson
Michelle Haag
Councillor Deadlock
Darlene Herzog
Nadine Wood
Term Ending
Oct 2021
Oct 21
Oct 2021