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Mayor’s Message

2021 – A Challenging Budget Year

Happy New Year. I hope that you all had a safe and merry Christmas considering the circumstances. Here’s to a much better 2021.

The Province just announced that the current COVID-19 restrictions will continue to be in place at least until Jan 21, 2021. I know that this is a burden for most of us as currently there are only 5 cases within Special Areas #2 (at the time of this writing). The residents of Hanna and area have been exceptional during this pandemic from the onset and for that I want to commend all of you.

Council approved the 2021 budget at the December meeting. This was one of the most difficult budgets we have deliberated. We recognize that there are many affected by COVID-19 and that the ripple effects are just beginning to surface. Council overwhelmingly wanted to ensure a 0% tax increase, but with expenses and utilities continuing to rise, that leaves the challenge of cuts to services and projects. We have been successful in achieving this for the 2021 budget without having to cut too many services.

One of the biggest unknowns will be COVID-19 related expenses. Underused programs and services result in a loss in revenue. We are unable to collect money for programs and facilities that are not being used; but we are confident that we can hold the line when it comes time to set the tax rate and complete any budget adjustments in May.

There is a significant amount of concern regarding the current Government restrictions on public facilities such as the Arena and The 2021 operating and capital budgets for the Town of Hanna were approved at the Dec 8, 2020 meeting of Council. This follows a series of budget meetings that were held throughout November.

The 2021 budget will be adjusted in the spring once we receive confirmation of grant funding, property assessment figures and requisitions from various requisition bodies. Any adjustments will be presented to and approved by Council prior to setting the tax rates for 2021.

Council gave very clear direction to Administration that it is important to keep the tax rate to a 0% increase. As a result, this budget assumes that the tax rate will be the same as 2020 levels, even as costs continue to rise.

The 2021 budget is a balanced budget which includes operating expenses of $7.95 million and capital expenses of $0.5 million. To cover these expenses, revenue from grants, taxes, transfers and user fees is expected to total $8.45 million. Full figures can be viewed in the approved budget document.

Mayor’s Message Archive

2021 – A Challenging Budget Year

Happy New Year. I hope that you all had a safe and merry Christmas considering the circumstances. Here’s to a much better 2021. The Province just announced that the current COVID-19 restrictions will continue to be in place at least until Jan 21, 2021. I know that...

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Budget will be a Challenge

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Busy Construction Season Ends

The evenings are getting cooler and the days are getting shorter as we head into fall. This year, of course, is vastly different as our students head back to school under COVID-19 guidelines. Unfortunately, this fall the Indoor Pro Rodeo and the Fall Rummage Sale have...

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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