Director of Community Services, Gwen Snell reported at the May 14 regular town council meeting that the main pool liner has been repaired and everything is on schedule for the pool opening, May 18.
Snell noted all three pool liners are nearing the end of their life expectancy and the estimated cost for relining the three pools is $224,000.
Coun. Kyle Olsen asked about pesticide spraying and whether that could be done in-house to save money.
Administration said by contracting this service out it is done professionally and everything is on GPS, keeping an accurate record of chemicals used.
Snell stated that “Volunteers are working with staff,” said Snell, “and planning for Class of Champions judging for Communities in Bloom”.
Judges will arrive on Sun. July 14.
The meet and greet with council, Hanna in Bloom members and Hanna administration will be held the following day.
Endeavour locked into auditing contract
A motion to have Endeavour Chartered Professional Accountants contracted to conduct the Town of Hanna Audit for an additional three years passed unanimously.
The Town has contracted with Endeavour for more than 20 years.
Endeavour is a local firm that is familiar with the Town accounting systems, computer systems and staff and has provided sufficient audit services.
With the completion of the 2018 fiscal year audit, administration requested a three-year proposal from Endeavor to provide audit services for 2019, 2020 and 2021.
The proposal received from Endeavor is based on the same fee structure as for the services for 2015 with 2020 and 2021 fiscal year services indexed to the rate of inflation in the Province of Alberta, which is anticipated to be minimal.
Student Exchange seeking host families
Administration reported only one family has sent in an application to be a host family for the Japanese Student Exchange Program but at least two families are required for the program to move forward.
“The town has always struggled to find the necessary homestay families and if there are no additional families committed by an extended deadline of May 31, 2019, the town will need to inform the Town of Wake that the program cannot proceed this year,” said CAO Neill.
Administration noted that there is a requirement for a minimum of two families who would be able to host the entire 12-day period, although it certainly would be more beneficial if more families came on board to lessen the time requirement.