County receives Financial Statement

Kneehill Logo 2019

Kneehill County Council held a regular meeting of Council on May 12, 2020, beginning at 8:30am at the County Office.

The meeting began with Delegations, with Auditors Alan Litster and Mitchell Kennedy of BDO Canada LLP presenting the 2019 Financial Statements by phone. It was the opinion of the auditors that the financial statements of the County presented fairly and accurately. The audited statements showed that as of December 31, 2019, the County had $60,806,005 in financial assets and $7,396,029 in liabilities, for $53,409,976 in net financial assets. Non-financial assets totaled $118,686,012, for an accumulated surplus of $172,095,988. The County’s revenue in 2019 was $31,077,266, expenses totaled $26,767,862, for a total excess of revenue over expenditures of $4,309,404.

Council unanimously accepted the Audited Financial Statements.

Under Municipal Services, Josh McKiernan, Environmental Services Manager for the County, presented to Council, for information, the Drinking Water Safety Plans that have been made for the eight water systems in the County. These are plans that list potential problems, or the most likely things to go wrong if anything does go wrong. CAO Mike Haugan made note to Council that just because something is identified as a risk does not mean that it is happening, but is the problem most likely to happen. It is important to be aware of potential problems so they can work to ensure the risk does not happen.

These plans are created for owners and stakeholders of the County’s water systems to receive, review, understand, and accept the water drinking plans that are in place. They are a risk assessment tool to identify and document risks regarding the source, treatment, network and customer components of the water system. These risks can be managed mitigated through various controls which were outlined in the DWSP plans. Council received this report for information.

In the area of New Business, CAO Mike Haugan gave a lengthy update to Council on the County’s operations during the pandemic, the ways the County staff have adapted in order to continue delivering services. He noted that the time has not been wasted, as it was useful for County staff to digitize records, a task they’ve been hoping to tackle for some time but had not had adequate time to do so. So far they’ve digitized 16,000 pages, with many more still to complete. If they can be completed now by staff already hired, it means it does not need to be done by another part-time position in the future.

Haugan noted that campgrounds will likely open again in early June, so work had to be done to ensure that they would be ready for the season. As well, the stock of Strychnine was depleted, and they’ve created a list of those who were not able to get some and will hopefully be able to order more in. Haugan and his team have been working on communications, trying to ensure that Council meeting tweeting continues, and updates via Facebook and other channels of communication are happening externally and internally. They have been looking at their processes and finding new ways of operating to reduce bottlenecks for a more efficient operation. The County IT team have been working hard to ensure that digital meetings are happening smoothly, and have been cleaning up and reorganizing filing on the County’s shared server.

Council received the CAO’s report for information.

A Public Hearing was held for Bylaw 1817, an Intermunicipal Development Plan between the town of Drumheller and Kneehill County. Although it is no longer required under the Municipal Government Act to make an IDP, since Drumheller is an urban centre Council and Administration decided it was best to have one in place. Criteria for an IDP includes considerations for “future land use, future development, transportation systems, intermunicipal infrastructure, programs relating to the physical, social, and economic development of the area, environmental matters, intermunicipal services and facilities, and any other matters related to the physical, social, or economic development of the area that the councils consider necessary.”

The hearing was officially called to order at 10:00am. The public had been informed of the hearing well in advance, and though they could not hold a meeting in person, the public was invited to send letters of support or opposition to be read during the hearing. However, no letters were received, and the Hearing closed at 10:15am. After coming back from Closed Session, Council passed Bylaw 1817 unanimously after no public support or opposition to the bylaw.

The Council meeting was adjourned at 11:30am. The next regular meeting of Council is scheduled for May 26th at 8:30am.