Approval Given For Capital And Operating Budget for 2019-2021
Community Information Sessions December 3rd to 14th at the Town Office, 8:30 am to 12 pm and 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm. The only exception will be Monday, December 10th, when the displays will close at 12 p.m. to allow for that afternoon's Council Meeting. These are informal information sessions, residents can review the budget via display boards and brochures. Staff will also be on hand to answer questions and discuss any areas of concern with the budget. There will also be two evening displays set up December 5th and 13th from 4 pm to 7 pm.
The Operating and Capital Budget for 2019-2021 has been released and includes an overview of the key capital investment areas and plans for ‘Building Coaldale.' The Town is pleased to announce that the newly approved capital and operating budgets ensure that Coaldale remains "A Preferred Place to Live, Work and Play."
Coaldale, Alberta – November 26th, 2018 – At the Regular Council meeting of November 26th, 2018 the Council of the Town of Coaldale approved its three-year Operating and Capital Budget, which outlines the fiscal roadmap for the organization as well as the capital investment areas for the next three years.
Operationally, there will be a 0% tax increase to the residential portion of the municipal mill rate for 2019 and 2020. For non-residential properties, there will be a 4% tax increase to the municipal portion of the mill rate, with a re-examination in 2020 and 2021.
Some of the key operational initiatives for 2019-2021 are as follows:
- Sewer Relining Program – $200,000 (2019-2020);
- Installation of 27 new street lights to address "dark spots" in Coaldale. – $298,000 (2019);
- Updates to planning documents, including: Infrastructure Master Plan, Municipal Development Plan, Transportation Master Plan, Stormwater Master Plan, various Area Structure Plans and review of the Offsite Levies Bylaw. – $200,000 (2019-2020);
- Reconstruction of 15 Alleys – $150,000 split over two years (2019 and 2020);
- Water Valve Replacement Program – $60,000 per year for three years (2019, 2020, and 2021);
- Celebrations for the 100th Anniversary of the Town of Coaldale – $50,000 (2019);
- Municipal Census – $25,000 (2019);
- Additional RCMP Member (Approved in 2018) – $175,000 (Full time, Permanent in 2019);
- Annual Partnership With Gem of the West Museum Society – $30,000 (Starting in 2019);
- Service-Hour Enhancements for Coaldale Public Library – $42,000;
- Allocation of resources to step-in to ensure the continuation of Handi-Ride type services in Coaldale.
According to Town of Coaldale CAO Kalen Hastings, "The ability to have a 0% increase to the residential portion of the municipal rate for both 2019 and 2020 – while maintaining, and in certain cases, enhancing service levels and reserve transfers – would not be possible in the absence of strong growth, resourcefulness, partnerships, and innovation. Council gave us a goal of 0% to strive for, and I am pleased our team was able to rise to the challenge."
On the capital side, "Building Coaldale" is the guiding theme that most succinctly captures the impact and essence of the 2019-2021 Capital Budget, which reflects the 2018 Strategic Plan of Council.
Mayor Kim Craig states that: "I applaud my colleagues on Town Council for their vision and confidence in Coaldale's future to consider today's capital plan! This document is a bold statement on the Council's vision for Coaldale. Today is the culmination of the policies and decisions of not only the current council but many of the previous councils. Over time we have been able to strategically assemble a professional and capable staff, land and financial resources to make this game-changing capital plan a reality. I believe that today's document puts Coaldale's future squarely in our hands and gives our residents and business community a balanced approach to recreation, economic development and core infrastructure."
Included amongst some of the key capital initiatives for 2019-2021 are as follows:
- Contributing 20 acres of Town-owned land as well as up to $15 million in resources to partner with Palliser Regional Schools on a joint new high school / multi-use recreational facility in Coaldale in a co-development type model. To achieve this goal, a $10 dollar per month recreational levy ($120 per year) will be added to each residential property in Coaldale.
- The construction of over 7 kilometres of paved pathways throughout Coaldale, with an aim to interconnect various parts of town (north, east, south, west) through a paved central pedestrian corridor;
- The establishment of Centennial Park along the northwest wetlands;
- Setting aside $100,000 from the Town's recreational capital reserve to partner with the Kinsmen Club of Coaldale to make enhancements to Eastview Park in Coaldale;
- Revitalization of Coaldale's Main Street, including replacement of three blocks of underground infrastructure (from 20th Street to 17th Street), as well as aesthetic and functional improvements to the streetscape, roadway and pedestrian corridor that are to be developed in consultation with the downtown business owners;
- Construction of "Civic Square" – a multi-use commercial building on Main Street that will not only provide new commercial office space for local entrepreneurs but a community gathering place and modernized office space for the Town of Coaldale;
- Reconstruction of 8th Street North as the new main entrance into the Northeast Industrial Park, including provision for proper highway signage, street lights and roadway width;
- Renovation, expansion, and modernization of the Town of Coaldale Firehall;
- Much needed upgrades to the Town's wastewater treatment system which will allow the Town to continue to grow and prosper;
- Construction of Phase II(b) of the Malloy Drain Project – the creation of stormwater pond(s) along the south boundary of Coaldale, which will feed into the decommissioned reservoirs located on the southeast corner of Coaldale near ‘the Quads';
- Purchase of a new 3-in-1 snow plough, dump truck and salt applicator to enhance snow removal services.
November 26, 2018 Council Meeting Videos: