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Priorities and Finance Committee Mar. 22, 2018

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The Mar. 22, 2018, Priorities and Finance Committee meeting included:

Silvera for seniors budget review

Silvera for Seniors (Silvera) provides affordable housing to approximately 1,600 seniors in 25 communities. In December 2017, Silvera presented an overview of their 2018 budget and requested additional funding to cover rising operational costs. Having reviewed the approved budget, the Committee recommended that a one-time grant of $1.85M be provided from the Fiscal Stability Reserve to cover these costs. This recommendation was approved; Council will provide the grant (as an addition to the annual $1.365M provided) once The City, the Government of Alberta, and Silvera, reach an agreement on governance revision through a new Ministerial Order.

2017 year end accountability report

The Year-End Accountability Report informs Council of Administration’s achievements as related to the Action Plan (2015-2018). Of the 48 priorities and actions outlined in 2017 by Council, 47 are on target with several having achieved major milestones.

Some key areas of progress in 2017 include:

  • $112.1M of operating savings were transferred to the Budget Savings Account and Fiscal Stability Reserve
  • The Residential Green Cart program rolled out to more than 320,000 homes and diverted approximately 38,000 tons of organic waste from landfills to the new composting facility
  • The Rocky Ridge recreation centre opened and Prairie Winds, Bowness and Mills park rejuvenation projects were completed
  • The 311 self-service app made it easier for citizens and businesses to connect and do business with The City
  • Green Line (Phase 1) received a funding commitment from the provincial government and final alignment and station locations

Recognition by Council Policy

Administration has developed a framework which will govern and guide the process for Council approved recognition of citizens and significant events in Calgary. Council approved a new policy based on Committee recommendations to ensure that recognition occurs consistently and keeps with Council’s direction in the future.


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