Career Posting – Bank Specialist

Village of Carmangay

Bank Specialist

About the Village of Carmangay

Carmangay, the oldest municipality in Vulcan County, is a peaceful village beautifully situated on the Little Bow River. It is home to many local businesses, service groups and organizations that service the community and surrounding area. The village is agriculturally supported, both in dryland and irrigated production. We are looking for an experienced Bank Specialist to join the Village.

26 hours a week. Tuesday to Friday.

About the Role

The Bank Specialist is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Village of Carmangay ATB agency.  This role reports to the Finance and Administration Manager.  The bank is open from 9am to 3pm Tuesday to Friday and closed at noon for a half an hour.

Key Responsibilities

  • Assist customers with bank transactions at the front counter.
  • Create an accurate opening and closing each day.
  • Maintain all required ATB Training and attend web informational sessions.
  • Assist with required audits.
  • Promote opportunities for the ATB agency to expand its customer base.
  • Other duties as required.

Qualifications

  • Experience with MS Office and computer systems.
  • 1-2 years of experience working in an office environment
  • Exceptional customer service.
  • The ability to multi-task
  • Team player

Closing Date: October 15, 2021

Application and Return:

Salary is dependent upon education and experience. Interested applications are invited to email their resume or summary of qualifications to Raman Chohan at rchohan@talenterainc.com.

We wish to thank everyone who submits an application; however, only those chosen for interviews will be contacted.

2021 Tax and Assessment Notice

The 2021 Tax and assessment notices have been sent out on April 29, 2021.  

TAKE NOTICE that you are assessed for the taxation year as shown. The Assessment Roll will be open for inspection during office hours and if you or your agent desire to object to the entry or omission of your name or that of any other person upon the said roll, or object to your assessment or any assessment, you or your agent must lodge your complaint in writing before the final date for appeal shown above. Send assessment complaints to:

Logan Wehlage BENCHMARK ASSESSMENT CONSULTANTS INC. (403) 381-0535 by July 3, 2021.

Appeal fee of $300.00 will be charged.

Interest is charged at the rate of 12% per year calculated at tax due date and end of year on outstanding taxes. 2021 Taxes are due and payable on July 7, 2021.

To obtain a receipt for for taxes paid, please come by the Village office during business hours.

 

Village of Carmangay and Vulcan County sign Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework

Vulcan County and the Village of Carmangay have signed an Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework agreement.  The agreement is available on the Village website under Documents.

Municipal Affairs requires all adjoining municipalities to complete an Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework agreement prior to the April 1, 2021 deadline.  They are described by the Alberta Government as follows;

Frameworks are intended to:

  • provide for integrated and strategic planning, delivery and funding of intermunicipal services
  • allocate scarce resources efficiently in the providing local services
  • ensure municipalities contribute funding to services that benefit their residents

Administration in both municipalities have spent considerable time to capture and negotiate the details of the agreement.  An ICF committee was struck and met with the members including 2 elected officials and the CAO from each municipality.

Some important notes about the agreement include:

  • The agreement will be reviewed by both parties in 2023.
  • The 5 Villages in Vulcan County spent considerable time over the last year to standardize the agreements as much as possible to each have similar provisions.
  • With respect to the Carmangay and Region Recreational Board the following is important;

“In the most recent recreation board agreement, the municipalities agreed that recreation boards should undertake ten-year capital plans. To date, these capital plans have yet to be undertaken and the municipalities hereby agree

that they will discuss the best way to assist the Carmangay and District Recreation Board with this capital planning.

It is recognized that by undertaking ten-year capital plans, the Carmangay and District Recreation Board and the municipalities will be in a better position to pursue grant funding opportunities, including the use of municipal capital grant programs, and thereby lessen the immediate impact on local ratepayers.”

  • Vulcan County has agreed to a policy to provide $250,000 of in kind machinery and work as well as aggregate that can be accessed over the next 10 years.

By-Election Results

Congratulations to Doug Fraser, elected to Carmangay Council.

The vote results were:

Sue Dahl 33 votes

Doug Fraser 57 votes

Maureen Travers 11 votes

Thanks to those that ran and all who voted.

Village of Carmangay Becomes Electrically Net Zero for Municipal Infrastructure

Village of Carmangay Becomes Electrically Net Zero for Municipal Infrastructure

The Village of Carmangay, in partnership with Municipal Climate Change Action Centre, Federal Gas Tax Fund and Alberta Municipal Sustainability Initiative, has taken a major step forward in progressing as an environmentally and financially sustainable municipality. Mayor Stacey Hovde added “Carmangay is fortunate to be able to leverage an MCCAC grant to make our Village greener and a viable destination for new business.”

The project creates 145.9 kW of DC power or 213,765 kilowatt hours per year that is then converted to AC power that goes back into the electrical grid. The green energy produced, more than offsets all of the electricity currently used by the Village for its buildings and infrastructure. The additional electricity created will provide power for the upcoming electric car charging station that will be free to those that would like to visit Carmangay and enjoy the new restaurant, library and other amenities.

The total cost of the project was $380,000. The project was funded in part by the Alberta Municipal Solar Program offered by the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre, a partnership of the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association, Rural Municipalities of Alberta and the Government of Alberta. The balance of funding was provided by an Alberta Municipal Sustainability Initiative grant as well as the Federal Gas Tax Fund grant.

The vendor chosen to complete the project was 3B Energy from Lethbridge, AB. There are 384 solar panels mounted two high on three rows of racks. The solar panels have a 25-year warranty and even in the winter the panels will produce a significant amount of electricity..

The system is expected to produce an annual savings of $13,403, based on 2019 electricity prices. The Municipal Climate Change Action Centre grant made the project viable and reduced the payback period to between 14 and 15 years against the 25-year lifecycle of the solar farm.  The payback timeframe will be reduced further when electricity rates climb.

The Village of Carmangay is a great choice for business owners and those wishing to enjoy the natural beauty, green energy, and growing list of amenities.

 

“The Carmangay project is a fantastic example demonstrating how, regardless of size, communities can leverage the power of the sun to reduce operating costs and greenhouse gas emissions. The Action Centre is proud to support projects in small and large communities. We look forward to seeing the savings come to fruition.” Trina Innes, Executive Director, Municipal Climate Change Action Centre

 

 

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Byelection Date and Time

BYELECTION INFORMATION
This is your chance to vote for the vacant Village of Carmangay Council seat on Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at the Carmangay Senior Citizen Club between 10:00am and 8:00pm. You must be a citizen of the Village of Carmangay and bring 1 piece of ID with you.
To keep election staff safe the following requirements will be in place.
-Only 1 person at a time will be allowed in the building.
-Those waiting to vote will be required to wait at the front of the building to allow for safe entrance and exit out of the side entrance of the building of those voting.
-a mask will be required (there will be some available for those that don’t have one).
-each person will be provided a pen which they can take home to minimize possible transfer of the virus.
-hand sanitizer will be provided and the voting booth will be wiped down between uses.
A copy of this will be mailed with the candidates biographies today to Carmangay households.
The candidates in alphabetical order are:
Sue Dahl
Doug Fraser
Maureen Travers
Please come out and vote!

Council Update for Byelection Candidates

Below are the long-term challenges that are facing Carmangay that Council and administration have been trying to find solutions to.  It is hoped that this will help inform the public and byelection candidates and we move forward together to find solutions.

Focus on New Commercial Businesses and Invigorating the Home Market

There has been some good recent progress in building up the number of commercial properties in Carmangay from the time 25 years ago when it accounted for about 40% of the tax base.

 Residential Taxes  Commercial Taxes  Residential Taxes w Inflation  Commercial Taxes w Inflation
1994  $         62,830  $         49,888  $         99,623  $         79,102
2000  $       102,024  $         12,567  $       144,599  $         17,811
2010  $       249,820  $                  –  $       291,065  $                  –
2017  $       262,461  $         28,289  $       273,301  $         29,457
2019  $       258,284  $         45,205  $       258,284  $         45,205

This Council has held the line on residential taxes and the amount that the Village has collected has gone down in the last few years.

The number of homes has gone down by 20 in the last 2 decades from 160 in 2000 to 140 in 2019, which is a reduction of 12.5%.

 Number of Homes
1994 117
2000 160
2010 135
2017 140
2019 140

This means that the remaining homeowners need to account for this loss to support the cost of utilities as well as taxes for services and infrastructure.  Bare lots as well as properties turned back to the Village under tax recovery produce significantly lower to no tax and utility revenue.

Focus on New Revenue Opportunities and Cost Savings

Administration has looked for new ways to create revenue and keep residential taxes the same or lower.  These include;

  • The current Village of Carmangay staff have done water and sanitary projects for other municipalities as well as outside groups. This has provided some additional revenue that allows the Village to reduce the cost of its own work.  It is the hope of administration to continue to expand these opportunities.
  • The Telus tower will provide new lease and tax revenue to the Village of Carmangay of just under $10,000 per year.
  • The Solar Farm which is 100% covered by capital grants and will cut the cost of electricity to the Village by at least $13,000 per year and more as electricity rates climb. There is additional capacity as well that can be used if expansion of Village buildings or infrastructure is considered.
  • Working with the other 4 Villages to find ways to lower costs and get more value. These include online data storage for archived files, using the same accounting system as well as working together on hydrant flow testing and other infrastructure work.  This is hoped to be expanded moving forward.

The Focus on upgrading the Water and Sanitary Infrastructure

Carmangay has an aging infrastructure that has required ongoing investment of capital grants to start to remediate.  As an example, the pumping station pumps that were recently replace were from the 1970’s.  Some of the fire hydrants are from the 1950’s as are some of the sanitary lines.  The existing water plant is about 2/3 to ¾ through its lifecycle.  Additionally, the water flow of approximately 185 gallons per minute is far from sufficient for fire suppression which requires a minimum of 600 gallons per minute but should be closer to 1,000 gallons per minute.

Meet Your Candidates

Below are the submitted biographies and platforms of the candidates that will be posted as they are received.  A mailout of the same information will be sent out the week of November 30, 2020.

Sue Dahl

Hi. My name is Sue Dahl. I moved into the Carmangay area in 1993 when Steve Dahl and I moved onto the family farm together. Though our marriage didn’t last, my love for Carmangay and its people did, so I relocated into the village with my two children. We rented for a short time before purchasing our home on Carman Street.

I have worked within the Village of Carmangay for the last twenty years. First at the Grange Hotel, for about 17 years, and then for 3 years as Administrative Assistant in the Village Office. I have been an active member of the Fire Department since 2002, am a director on the Ag Society and a director the Curling Club.

I have questioned this council’s actions since the day they were elected. Everything from money management, to transparency to accountability. For these reasons, I feel I need to step up to try and make a difference for the benefit of the community. That is why I am running for the vacant Village Council position.

Doug Fraser

Hello, my name is Doug Fraser and I am running for Village Councillor.  I have lived most of my life in Carmangay and I love the community I live in.  I have been married to same wonderful woman for forty three years and raised two sons who are married and blessed me with six grandchildren.

I have been a member of our Fire Department and sat on the Fire Association.  I presently sit on the Community Centre Board and I am a member of the Lions Club and of the Ag Society.

I would like to represent our community as a member of Council.  I know it is hard to please everyone but I will look at every situation and base my vote on the positives and negatives for the good of our community.

My youngest grandson made me a button and sent it to me that says Vote Papa, so I ask you to “Vote Papa”.

Maureen Travers

Hello, I am Maureen Travers, widow of the late Michael Travers.

My husband and I arrived in Edmonton from England in 1968, Michael had accepted a Junior professorship in the Department of Art and Design at the U of A.

I accepted a position on the Review Panel to update the MGA.  I studied Municipal Law and was appointed to the public affairs bureau – I prepared promotional material, designed Government souvenirs for the Premier to present on trips, and the winning float at a Klondike Days.

I studied for my certificates in Municipal administration from the U of A, moved south to Cowley to be their Administrator, I received the Ernest Newman Award, and became Strathmore’s administrator, then Town Manager.  Afterwards, I went to work for Revenue Canada.

I moved to Carmangay from Saskatchewan over 2 years ago with my husband Michael Travers, who did not know he had cancer, from which he passed away in August 2019.  I take this opportunity to thank the Carmangay fire department for looking after Michael, and all the residents of Carmangay who were so kind, and helpful in my bereavement.

When we drove into the village, we immediately felt at home – a Railway crossing, Lots of beautiful trees, a great mixture of houses, windmills – then wow!  A sunset that could outdo my stained-glass windows.

If I can be of assistance to other candidates, or you let me know!  This election – will be a run up to next year’s general election!  Thank you to the other candidates and thank you for reading this article.

Byelection Candidate Information

There is a vacancy on Carmangay Council that will necessitate a byelection.  At the upcoming October 20, 2020 Regular Council meeting, Council will set the nomination period as well as the election day for the upcoming byelection.

Prospective candidates for the vacant Council position will be eligible to run per the Local Authorities Election Act as described;

Qualification of candidates 21

(1) A person may be nominated as a candidate in any election under this Act if on nomination day the person

(a) is eligible to vote in that election,

(b) has been a resident of the local jurisdiction and the ward, if any, for the 6 consecutive months immediately preceding nomination day, and

(c) is not otherwise ineligible or disqualified.

Addtionally;

Ineligibility 22

(1) A person is not eligible to be nominated as a candidate in any election under this Act if on nomination day

(a) the person is the auditor of the local jurisdiction for which the election is to be held;

(b) subject to subsection (4), the person is an employee of the local jurisdiction for which the election is to be held unless the person takes a leave of absence under this section; RSA 2000 Section 22 Chapter L-21 LOCAL AUTHORITIES ELECTION ACT 20

(c) the person is indebted to the municipality of which the person is an elector for taxes in default exceeding $50, excluding from that amount

(i) any indebtedness for current taxes, and

(ii) any indebtedness for arrears of taxes for which the person has entered into a consolidation agreement with the municipality, unless the person is in default in the payment of any money due under the agreement;

 

All candidates are encouraged to review the following information prior to submitting nomination papers.

What Every Councillor Needs to Know – A Council Member Handbook

This guide was produced by the province for potential candidates.

Bylaw 795 Council Code of Conduct

This bylaw is required by each municipality in the province of Alberta to describe the intended conduct of Councillors.

Bylaw 745 Council Remuneration Bylaw

This bylaw describes what a Councillor can expect for remuneration in the role.

2019 Audited Financial Statements

This document is required annually by all municipalities and describes the financial activity of the Village of Carmangay in 2019.