Village of Morrin may take over seniors units

Written by Stu Salkeld

The Village of Morrin may take over ownership, management or both responsibilities for seniors units in the municipality. 

Councillors discussed the issue at their regular meeting July 15.

Councillors had a letter from Glenda Youngberg, chief administrative officer (CAO), Drumheller & District Seniors Foundation, in their agenda package that was addressed to village CAO Annette Plachner.

“I am once again looking at different ways the foundation can manage the seniors units in Morrin,” stated Youngberg’s letter, dated July 2.

I have come up with two proposals which I am hoping you will take to your council for review.

“First option: Alberta Seniors and Housing would sell the properties to the village for $1., the village would take the property and use it as they see fit.

“There would be several options, such as AirBnB or short-term rentals for out-of-town contractors, or leave it as seniors 60-plus. 

Rental rates can be charged at whatever the Village of Morrin feels appropriate.

“Should this be an option, Alberta Seniors and Housing would not provide any funding for maintenance, etc. 

The rental charged should cover most of the day-to-day maintenance issues. 

Each unit is metered separately so each resident would be responsible to pay their own utilities, cable, etc.

“Second option: We would ask the village to take over the property management of Blooming Prairies. 

“The foundation would pay the village $175 per month to approve applications, do move ins and outs, annual inspections and annual rent reviews.

“Minor maintenance at an hourly rate of $21 per hour. Larger maintenance issues that require a plumber, electrician, etc., the foundation would pay those contractors directly.

“As the majority of our units are located in the Town of Drumheller, I feel that those persons in need in your area are perhaps missing out on a rental opportunity. It is extremely difficult and costly for my staff to travel to Morrin for minor maintenance issues, as well as to monitor the residents.

“The foundation will be adding more rooms onto Hillview and I feel that my staff will be even more strapped for time leaving less and less time for the units in the country,” added Youngberg.

Coun. Melissa Wilton stated she didn’t receive this email as part of her agenda package and this was the first she’d heard of it.

Mayor Howard Helton stated he would like to see more financial information about Blooming Prairies before making a commitment, ideally about two or three years of income and expenses.

Coun. M’Liss Edwards stated she could take the request to the next seniors meeting.

Helton stated he thought it was best that Plachner handle the request for more information.

Plachner stated she would forward the request for more information about the seniors units and the issue would return to a future meeting of council.


Stu Salkeld, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

ECA Review

About the author

Stu Salkeld

Stu Salkeld, who has upwards of 28 years of experience in the Alberta community newspaper industry, is now covering councils and other news in the Stettler region and has experience working in the area as well.

He has joined the ECA Review as a Local Journalism Initiative Journalist.

Stu earned his two-year diploma in print journalism from SAIT in Calgary from 1993 to ’95 and was raised in Oyen, Alta., one of the communities within the ECA Review’s coverage area.