Crossfield Board Approves 2022 Budget and New Compensation Policy
Crossfield Town Council reviewed city policies, approved a local poll and approved its capital budget at a regular meeting on December 7.
Prior to its regular meeting on December 7, the City of Crossfield administration held two budget deliberations to discuss the city’s capital and operating budget plans for 2022.
Presenting to council on Dec. 7, Lori Heikkila, City of Crossfield finance officer, said funding for the municipality’s capital projects in 2022 is 100% covered by the Municipal Sustainable Initiative and the Development Fund. Community of Canada for a total amount of $ 4,385,962.
Three adjustments were made from an initial planning meeting that resulted in the removal of a backhoe from the budget, the addition of Christmas lights, and updates to the local ramp at Banta Park for a total amount of $ 4,044,980.
The remaining funds will be used to pay the additional costs from the 2021 budget year.
Mayor Kim Harris said she appreciated all efforts by staff members to create “a healthy capital and operating budget.”
“I appreciate that the staff worked so hard to find and apply grants to fund capital projects to offset the costs of our residents,” she said.
New municipal policies
Crossfield City Council members approved three city policies at their December 7 meeting, including approving the final version of a local filming policy, a council compensation policy, and a harassment policy and workplace violence.
According to Executive Director Sue Keenan, the final filming policy outlines how the City should handle programming permits and fees, as well as photos to showcase local City amenities to film production companies that wish to shoot their projects at Crossfield.
“This is an exciting time for the city as we begin to promote the importance of diversification which includes the film industry,” Keenan said at the meeting. “The [policy] will set the future direction of the board and administration with respect to all filming opportunities planned for production. ”
Council members also deliberated on a compensation policy, which resulted in a 25 percent salary increase based on comparisons between industry and municipalities.
Keenan said compensation for Crossfield board members is currently below the average rate of pay.
“I realize that with taxpayers it is always a sensitive subject, especially when we finalize budgets, but I think what is proposed is very fair,” she said. “At the end of the day, everything works out and it’s about the average of what other communities do with their council pay.”
Com. Mike Knight suggested increasing the mayor’s office salary to $ 1,400 per month, while councilors remain the status quo, receiving around $ 1,000 per month.
Finally, city council approved an updated and revised workplace harassment and violence policy, which Mayor Harris said was “long overdue.”
“I hope we never had to use [the policy], but I’m glad it’s in place in case we do, ”she said at the meeting.
Keenan said providing a safe and respectful workplace is a priority for the city and its staff, which is why a mandatory on-duty staff session will be held in late January 2022 to gather input from city workers.
“The Town of Crossfield believes in preventing harassment, violence, sexual harassment and discriminatory harassment in the workplace and promotes a violence-free and harassment-free workplace in which all respect each other and work together to achieve common goals, ”she said. .
Social needs assessment survey
Also on December 7, Crossfield City Council approved the 2022 funding allocation recommendations for its Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) applications, and gave the green light to a social needs assessment survey of the community starting this month.
The program aims to develop preventive social initiatives led locally to improve the well-being of individuals, families and communities, according to Courtney Cox, FCSS coordinator, at the meeting.
“Assessing the needs of our community is a responsibility as a municipality,” she said. “Carrying out a social needs assessment will allow us to identify areas in our community that need improvement.
“In turn, this will allow the City to distinguish the gaps within our community and how the administration can determine how FCSS can address them. ”
She added that the survey will serve as a tool to determine what type of external and internal funding the City should prioritize and to ensure residents’ needs are met through preventative social service programs.
Due to a lack of FCSS programs during the COVID-19 pandemic, excess funding will have to be used by December 31. Cox added that he will be assigned to the community assessment starting this month.
RC Strategies, a Canadian consulting firm specializing in community and cultural planning, will conduct the survey over a period of four to five months. The investigation is expected to be completed next spring.
Carmen Cundy, AirdrieToday.com
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