Hanna Young Lions Club no more

After many years of service to the Hanna community, the Hanna Young Lions Club has chosen to cease operations and fold.

Hanna council on Tues. Nov. 9 read during their regular meeting that the club has requested they terminate their lease agreement for the Parks Shop building located at 201-1st Ave. E and asked to waive the remaining six-month termination clause as long as they give everything within the building to the town including kitchen appliances, plates, cutlery, folding tables and stacking chairs.

Keeping these items intact will allow the town to rent out the space and manage it like their other assets while using the rate structure set up by the Lions Club.

Council passed two motions; one to accept this request to terminate the lease agreement and accept the building and then a second motion to acknowledge with regret the dissolution of the club as well as their ‘gratitude to the members past and present for their many contributions to the quality of life in our community.’

A portion of that facility on the east end was originally built as the Lions Hall, containing a meeting room, kitchen, storage rooms, office and washrooms.

The town and Young Lions Club entered into five-year lease agreements in 2011 and 2016 which provided the terms and conditions of the Club’s use of this space.

The 2016 five-year agreement expired on December 31, 2020.

It was not a surprise as administration has had discussions with Lions Club representatives over the summer during which they indicated they were looking at disbanding their club and in turn would be terminating their lease for the facility with the Town of Hanna.

The club turned the facility back to the town on Sun. Nov. 8. 

The lease agreement with the Lions Club basically generated the Town of Hanna $4,800 annually which offset the operating costs of the space including insurance, repairs, maintenance supplies, and utilities.

Most, if not all, of the costs incurred will remain in place whether the space is used for rentals or not.

Library presentation

Library Director Carley Angelstad provided a Library Use report to town council including COVID-19 statistics as well as comparison charts for the town and Special Areas regarding cardholders, circulation and municipal funding in 2020.

Since the outbreak of COVID-19 until Sept. 30, 414 library cards have been renewed; 440 curbside pickup appointments were made; 3,804 items were borrowed; 2,942 items returned; 2,685 electronic items borrowed; 2,000+ phone calls were made; 250+ online conversations were made with patrons; and 250+ people participated in programs.

Library board appointment

Council accepted the appointment of Paulette Murray as a member of the Hanna Municipal Library Board for a three year term ending Oct. 31, 2023.

There were four vacancies on the Municipal Library Board, however, only one application was received prior to the organizational meeting.

At a recent board meeting the members discussed the need for more members and suggested people be contacted directly and invited to join.

Infrastructure projects

Council accepted an overview report of all infrastructure projects that took place this year and approved approximately $10,571 expenditure over budget and directed administration it be funded through remaining 2020 Municipal Sustainability Initiative Capital (MSI) grant revenue.

At the April 14 council meeting, council had approved the 2020 Infrastructure Project budget in the amount of $1,413,543.22 and awarded a tender to Rubydale Asphalt Works (2006) Ltd in the amount of $1,246,543.22.

The engineering costs associated with the 2020 Infrastructure Project were anticipated to be $167,000.

The infrastructure items approved under the umbrella title of 2020 Infrastructure Projects included: Stephens Crescent – Core and Pave; Pioneer Trail – Hwy 9 to South Municipal Road – Mill and Pave; Shacker Crescent – SE portion connecting to Winkler Drive – Core and Pave; Winkler Drive – lane to 3rd Street – Mill and Pave; Construction of gravel road connecting West Industrial Road and Roundhouse Road (adjacent to Tim Horton’s); 1st Street West between Railway Avenue and 1st Avenue West.

When completing the work on Shacker Crescent, Winkler Drive and Stephens Crescent additional material was required to be removed, filter cloth added and additional granular fill material was required to provide a satisfactory base. 

In addition, sidewalks and curbs were replaced in some areas that were not originally anticipated.

This spring there were several large frost boils that presented themselves, some new and some expanding from prior years.

By replacing the substructure and repaving these areas it will prevent the spread of the weakened areas.

The town requested a price from Rubydale to repair the frost boils by cutting out the weakened areas, replacing with granular fill material, packing and paving the area.

The price to complete the following five areas was $105,999.

To try to stay within or close to the approved budget, administration amended the infrastructure plan by cancelling the Winkler Drive overlay component while still completing the core and pave section on the north side of Winkler Park.

Administration and MPE Engineering agreed that the Winkler Drive overlay could be delayed, however, the concrete sidewalks and curbs that were in poor condition in that stretch have been replaced.

The frost boil patches identified above were added to the scope of work to be completed.

The 2nd Avenue West water/sewer line replacement project was approved in mid-July in the amount of $629,354.65 and awarded a tender to Consite Construction Ltd. in the amount of $538,354.65.

The engineering costs associated with this project was anticipated at $91,000.00

When completing the work, the project also required additional base work in order to provide a satisfactory base with additional material required to be removed, filter cloth added and additional granular fill material required.

However, in the case of this project, there were some savings in the concrete work estimates and the engineering costs which is anticipated to have the project come in under budget in the amount of $11,447.


Terri Huxley

ECA Review

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Terri Huxley

Terri grew up on a grain farm near Drumheller, Alberta with an eye for the beautiful and uncharted. Living in such a unique and diverse area has helped her become the photographer and reporter she is today.

Coming from the East Central region getting this newspaper on her dinner table growing up, it helped her understand the community she now serves.

In May 2019, Terri was awarded Alberta Weekly Newspaper Association (AWNA) Canada's Energy Citizens Photographic Awards Sports Action – First Place as well as first for the same sports action image nationally with the Canadian Community Newspaper Association (CCNA). Fast forward to 2020, she has won second in the same category for the AWNA.