City Joins the Reconciliation Board of Kenora

City Forms Partnership on Youth Reconciliation
March 19, 2019

Today, the City joins the Reconciliation Board of Kenora that works towards the implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action at the local level.

This is a monumental project which develops partnerships between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous individuals in the Kenora area. This council is intended to be a joint venture between the sovereign nations surrounding Kenora, Metis Nation and the City of Kenora.
Councillor Kirsi Ralko and Adam Smith, Development Services Strategist, will join the Board as Kenora representatives to the Local Youth Council of the Youth Committee of Reconciliation. Further, as part of the partnership, the City will be advertising for 12-14 additional community members interested in participating in the Youth Reconciliation in Kenora Phase 1 process – Setting Context with the intent that the number of Non-Indigenous members would parallel the Indigenous Members.

Mayor Reynard is proud of this project which aligns with our Strategic Plan “Focusing on Our People”, including building and strengthening working relations with our Indigenous Partners, together with a commitment to identify opportunities within the Truth and Reconciliation Commission recommendations that will further strengthen relationships with our Indigenous Partners are fundamental tenants of the City’s strategic plan. “It is an exciting time in the City and reconciliation with our Indigenous partners and especially our youth will continue to be at the forefront of our progression as a community”, states Mayor Reynard.

Heather Pihulak, City Clerk/Communications Lead
(807) 467-295
hpihulak@kenora.ca

2019 Operating Budget Approved

Council Approves 2019 Operating Budget
March 19, 2019

Today Council approves the 2019 Operating Budget. The 2019 Capital Budget was approved on December 18, 2018. The budget includes a number of critical projects initiated by staff, Council and community input.

As the 2019 draft budget was being prepared, it became very apparent that it would be one of the most challenging budgets in many years for both Council and Administration.

The most frustrating part of this budget is the over $ 650,000 in increases are primarily increases that are beyond our control as they are driven by external organizations. These are things such as our policing costs, social services costs and loss of provincial annualized funding.
The Senior Leadership team met on several occasions to review departmental budgets closely and to search for areas where we could reduce costs to offset the large uncontrollable impacts to the 2019 budget. Any area where administration felt could be reduced was addressed and it still left the draft budget to Council in a significant tax increase position. Council closely reviewed options for further operating cost savings and made difficult decisions to avoid a significant tax increase. This unfortunately meant that service levels and staffing impacts to the organization were directed under very close consideration. They considered all other budget areas, however, these changes were necessary to reduce the deeper impact on the tax increase for 2019.

Some of the more significant impacts the City faced in 2019 included:

  • Loss of Provincial funding of $124K
  • Increased policing costs of $406K
  • Increased requests from other mandated External Organizations totalling $135K
  • Additional Art Centre Operating Costs of $115K

Major capital projects planned for 2019 include:

  • First Street Development ($7.7 million)
  • Coker Bailey Bridge ($1.5 million)
  • Street Lighting Electrical Distribution Upgrade ($.2 million)

Other projects of interest in the 2019 budget include:

  • The Lake of the Woods Art Centre construction is expected to be completed in 2019
  •  The Rotary Splash Park is expected to be completed in 2019
  • With the funds secured, the Pickleball Club expects the court resurfacing to be completed in the summer of 2019.

Overall financial highlights of the approved 2019 budget include:

  • $48.1 million in combined operating, capital, non-capital special projects / unusual spending and reserve appropriations, broken out as follows:
    • $30.6 million in operating expenses;
    • $1.8 million in reserve appropriations;
    • $13.6 million in capital expenses; and
    • $2.1 million in non-capital special projects / unusual spending
  • Combined this represents $26.3 million in net tax levy requirement

Council directed service level reductions and user fee increases to reduce the budget impacts. Some direct impacts include:

  • Elimination of the Fitness Consultant position at the Kenora Recreation Centre
  • Elimination of one By-Law Enforcement Officer position
  • Elimination of two positions at City Hall Customer Service Area
  • City Hall Reception to be moved to an automated answering system
  • Increase of user fees at the Recreation Centre and City Hall
  • Saturday parking to be enforced

“This budget was a particularly difficult one for Council. There were tough decisions that had to be made and finding the balance between meeting the demands and expectations of the public for day to day services and keeping the strategic vision for moving our community forward is always a struggle, especially this budget year. While some service levels are being impacted, we believe that this budget, in conjunction with the strong financial management by City Council and the Senior Leadership Team over recent years, will continue to maintain the City’s financial strength and stability.” states Mayor Daniel Reynard.

Jon Ranger, Deputy Treasurer
(807) 467-2010
jranger@kenora.ca

Finances & Budgets

City and Central Community Club Volunteers Announce Plans for New Central Community Club

Central Community Club Volunteers, in partnership with the City of Kenora, have solidified the drawings for the new Central Community Club building.

In the summer of 2018 the former Community Club building was demolished as it was beyond repair and in need of replacement. Community volunteers along with generous local contracting businesses demolished and removed the building and prepared the site for the new build.

The Community Club volunteers have worked hard to develop designs for a new building that is functional and will meet the needs of the community. As this initiative is community driven, volunteers have moved the process along as quickly as possible, however, it was not possible to have the preparation work done which includes soil compaction testing in the remainder of the building season once the building was demolished.

Volunteers are in the final stages of preparing for the new build and will be seeking community support for additional funding to complete the build. While the City has committed $100,000 to the new building, and some of our generous community clubs have also funded the project, additional funds will be required for the building to become a reality.

This project is evidence of the passion our residents have for our community and the generosity of the businesses and volunteers. These partnerships continue to move our community forward and make Kenora a great place to live. The City thanks our hard working volunteers who have given so much of their time to this project and look forward to the new build in the spring of 2019!

Tim Gosnell, Central Community Club Volunteer (807) 464-2006
Jeff VanWalleghem, Central Community Club Volunteer (807) 464-0375
Heather Pihulak, City Clerk/Communications Lead (807) 467-2295  hpihulak@kenora.ca

Fire Safety Over the Holidays

Cooking, Smoking, and Alcohol – A Dangerous Mix

With the holiday season upon us, we are entering one of the most festive times of the year. But it can also be a deadly time of the year.

City of Kenora Fire and Emergency Services urges everyone to include fire safety in all holiday celebrations. This includes paying special attention when cooking during the holidays, and to drink responsibly. Provincial statistics reveal that careless cooking is the number one cause of fires and the second leading cause of fatal fires.

“The hustle and bustle of the holidays can dramatically increase your risk of having a fire,” says Fire Chief Todd Skene. “All too often, these fires are started by unattended cooking and in many cases alcohol is involved. We want everyone to be fire safe and fully enjoy the holidays.”

Smoking is another leading cause of fires during the holiday season. “Make sure smokers extinguish cigarettes in large deep ashtrays – not in plant pots which may contain peat moss or shredded bark that can easily ignite,” continued Fire Chief Skene. “Ashes should be emptied in a metal container – not the garbage can – and put outside.”

City of Kenora Fire and Emergency Services also reminds everyone about the law requiring working smoke alarms on every storey of the home and outside all sleeping areas. Take a few minutes to test your smoke alarms and make sure everyone in the home knows exactly what to do if the smoke alarms sound in an emergency. Develop and practice a home escape plan with everyone in the home.

Enjoy a fire safe holiday season by following these tips:

• Stay in the kitchen when cooking. Cooking is a major cause of home fires, so don’t leave the kitchen if there’s something cooking on the stove. If a pot catches fire, don’t try to move it. Cover the pot with a lid to smother the flames and turn off the burner.
• Keep things that can burn such as cooking utensils and paper towels a safe distance from the stove as they can easily ignite if they are too close.
• Keep an eye on any drinkers in your household and make sure all cigarettes are properly extinguished and the stove is off before going to bed.
• Cigarettes can smoulder among upholstered items for hours before igniting. Check sofas and chairs for cigarettes that may have fallen between the cushions. Provide large, deep ashtrays for smokers.
• Drink responsibly. Excessive alcohol consumption is a contributing factor in many residential fires.
• Install and maintain working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms outside all sleeping areas of the home. Smoke alarms also are required on every storey. Failure to comply with the smoke and carbon monoxide alarm requirements can result in a ticket for $360 or a fine of up to $50,000 for individuals and $100,000 for corporations.
• Develop and practice a home escape plan with everyone in the home.

If you have questions about fire safety or require any help with smoke or carbon monoxide alarms, please contact Fire and Emergency Services at 807-467-2090 or drop by Station One, 100 Fourteenth Street North, Kenora.

Todd Skene, Fire Chief/Emergency Management Coordinator
807-467-2107
tskene@kenora.ca

City of Kenora Ranked Top in Water Taste Test and Water Treatment Knowledge

The City of Kenora is proud to announce the Water and Wastewater Division, including Treatment Plants, earned top honours in two categories at a regional water quality conference recently.

Three City of Kenora Operators from the Water and Wastewater Division and Treatment Plants attended the annual Northwestern Ontario Water and Wastewater Conference (NWOWWC) in Thunder Bay in October. The NWOWWC offers education and training for water and wastewater professionals to ensure they are up to date on issues impacting safe treatment of water and wastewater.

Each year during the Conference a blind taste test of treated water samples is held. Municipalities from across the Northwest region bring a water sample to enter the esteemed competition. This year the City of Kenora submitted a sample of our drinking water and won first place in the blind taste test. As the winner, the City of Kenora received $500 from ALS towards our lab testing services. ALS is the lab used to test water quality for the City of Kenora.

Another tradition at the Conference is the Operators Challenge. Our three operators won the Operators Challenge, where they beat operators from other communities answering water and wastewater related questions.

The Water and Wastewater Division is very proud of its staff and their knowledge of the water service provided to the residents of Kenora. They are diligent in updating their skills and understanding of the Provincial policies that must be followed.

“Winning the best tasting water test in Northwestern Ontario is an honour and a testament to our well trained staff. Not only is our water the best tasting, but more importantly, the public can be confident that the water they drink and consume every day is safe.” says Mayor Canfield.

Kenora Business Partners Win National Marketing Awards

Choose Kenora Campaign Recognized

The Kenora Business Partners are proud to announce that the Choose Kenora Youth Retention and Attraction Campaign has won three national marketing awards from the Economic Developers Association of Canada (EDAC). The awards were presented in New Brunswick in September as a part of the EDAC annual conference.

EDAC is Canada’s national association of economic development professionals, with coast-to-coast membership of nearly 1,000. Awards are presented for excellence in promoting their communities and furthering their economic development priorities.

The Choose Kenora Youth Retention and Attraction Campaign won awards in two categories: 1) advertising campaign 2) promotional video. In addition, they received a third award for the video production as an EDAC Cup Contender – the best marketing submission from across Canada for that budget category.

The Choose Kenora Advertising campaign focused on providing potential entrepreneurs, businesses and young professionals with current data and information about the community. The project is intended to facilitate business growth and development through the attraction of new residents, workers and businesses in the community as well as encourage youth from Kenora to stay, work and live. Key components of the advertising campaign were the creation of a logo, a short video, formal still images of young professionals, an informational booklet, social media pages, and the creation of a website. Marketing materials have been distributed and shared with employers and employment agencies in the community. The target audience for this campaign was professionals and entrepreneurs aged 35 and younger.

The Choose Kenora video, meanwhile, focused on personal and professional testimonials from young professionals living and working in Kenora. To date, the video component has 25,000 views on Facebook and has been shared over 750 times. The response to the video and the featured candidates has been very positive and featured in local and regional media.

The Choose Kenora advertising campaign was developed in partnership with Fifth Hammer Marketing Group. The video production was created by Upriver Media Inc.  Fifth Hammer Marketing Group and Upriver Media Inc. are Kenora owned and operated small businesses.

The Kenora Business Partners group consists of the Lake of the Woods Development Commission/City of Kenora, Lake of the Woods Business Incentive Corporation, Kenora and District Chamber of Commerce, Harbourtown BIZ, and the Northwest Business Centre. The Kenora Young Professionals Network also partnered on this project. The project was supported by the Province of Ontario Rural Economic Development Program.

Choose Kenora Links
Choose Kenora Advertising Campaign
Choose Kenora Promotional Video

Kenora Business Partners

Kenora Business Partners (L to R): Mike Newton – Fifth Hammer Marketing Group, Kelly Smith – Kenora and District Chamber of Commerce, Casey Pyykka – Kenora Young Professionals Network, Allyson McTaggart – Lake of the Woods Business Incentive Corporation, Corey Jones – City of Kenora, Megan Dokuchie – City of Kenora, Matt Kennedy – Upriver Media, Sam Smith – Kenora and District Chamber of Commerce, Mike Greaves – Fifth Hammer Marketing Group, Allyson Pele – Northwest Business Centre

 

Megan Dokuchie, Economic Development Officer
mdokuchie@kenora.ca 807-467-2127

Heritage Art Pieces Returned Overnight – UPDATED

UPDATED NOVEMBER 1, 2018

We are speechless. The second set of art pieces have been returned.

Thank you Kenora and community for sharing the posts and getting the word out.

We received a call this afternoon saying the two were at Anicinabe Park. We picked them up shortly after the call.

Many have asked…yes we will be displaying them again. Stay tuned for announcements!

Heritage Art Pieces Returned Overnight

The City of Kenora is excited to announce two of the four art pieces were returned overnight.

Thank you Kenora! You shared it, you spread the word and – we are in awe of the power of our community! Two of the figures were returned overnight!!

We received a call at City Hall this morning that two of the figures were leaning up against the A & W ball field fence. We immediately sent over a truck to pick them up and they are now in safe storage in a City facility.

This is amazing! We are truly grateful and amazed by the community support for their safe return. The details do not matter. It only matters that we now have two of the four figures and a huge thank you goes out to the public for helping to recover the figures. We had hoped the power of social media and our local media partners would work but we had no idea how quickly the word would spread and how important they truly were to our community! The significance of the pieces for our community shows in the quick response.

To the person or persons who had the art work – thank you for doing the right thing. We are celebrating and will wait to see if the other two appear. In the meantime, we have some plans to make for their permanent display which recognizes the significance they hold to our heritage!

WE CELEBRATE YOU KENORA! You make us proud!

Norman Bay Bridge Art Pieces Returned

 

 

 

Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week November 1 – 7

Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week November 1 – 7
Beat the Silent Killer: Prevent CO in Your Home

Ontario’s Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week runs from November 1-7, and the City of Kenora Fire and Emergency Services reminds you to prevent carbon monoxide (CO) in your home by getting all fuel-burning appliances inspected annually.

“In Ontario, more than 65% of injuries and deaths from CO occur in the home,” said Kenora Fire Chief Todd Skene. “We want to make sure everyone is safe from CO. Get all fuel-burning appliances inspected by a registered contractor.” Visit COSafety.ca to find a registered contractor near you.

The City of Kenora Fire and Emergency Services also reminds you to install CO alarms in your home if you have a fuel-burning appliance, a fireplace or an attached garage. Fuel-burning appliances can include furnaces, hot water heaters, gas or wood fireplaces, portable fuel-burning heaters and generators, barbeques, stoves and vehicles.

“You must have a working CO alarm adjacent to each sleeping area of the home if your home has a fuel-burning appliance, a fireplace or an attached garage,” said Chief Skene. “For added protection, install a carbon monoxide alarm on every storey of the home according to manufacturer’s instructions.”

If you live in a condo or apartment building with a service room, CO alarms must be installed in the service room and adjacent to each sleeping area of all homes above, below and beside the service room. In condo or apartment buildings that have a garage, CO alarms must be installed adjacent to each sleeping area of all homes above, below and beside the garage.

What is CO?
CO is known as the silent killer because it is an invisible, tasteless and odourless gas that can be deadly.

CO is produced when fuels such as propane, gasoline, natural gas, heating oil or wood do not burn completely in fuel-burning appliances and devices such as furnaces, gas or wood fireplaces, hot water heaters, stoves, barbeques, portable fuel-burning heaters and generators and vehicles.
Prevent CO in your home:
• Ensure fuel-burning appliances, chimneys and vents are cleaned and inspected annually. Visit COSafety.ca to find a registered contractor near you.
• Check that all outside appliance vents are not blocked.
• Gas and charcoal barbeques should only be used outside, away from all doors, windows, vents, and other building openings. Never use barbeques inside garages, even if the garage doors are open.
• Portable fuel-burning generators should only be used outdoors in well-ventilated areas away from windows, doors, vents and other building openings.
• Ensure all portable fuel-burning heaters are vented properly, according to manufacturer’s instructions.
• Never use the stove or oven to heat your home.
• Open the flu before using a fireplace for adequate ventilation.
• Never run a vehicle or other fuelled engine or motor inside a garage, even if the garage doors are open. Always remove a vehicle from the garage immediately after starting it.

Know the symptoms of CO:
Exposure to CO can cause flu-like symptoms such as headaches, nausea, dizziness, as well as confusion, drowsiness, loss of consciousness and death.
If your CO alarm sounds, and you or other occupants suffer from symptoms of CO poisoning, get everyone out of the home immediately. Then call 9-1-1 or your local emergency services number from outside the building.
If your CO alarm sounds, and no one is suffering from symptoms of CO poisoning, check to see if the battery needs replacing, or the alarm has reached its “end-of-life” before calling 9-1-1.

Know the sound of your CO alarm:
Your CO alarm sounds different than your smoke alarm. Test both alarms monthly and make sure everyone in your home knows the difference between the two alarm sounds.
Don’t be confused by the sound of your CO alarm’s low-battery warning. Follow your CO alarm manufacturer’s instructions so you know the difference between the low-battery warning, the “end-of-life” warning, and the alarm alerting you to the presence of CO in your home.

If you have any questions or require any help please contact us at 467-2090 or drop by Station One, 100 Fourteenth Street North, during CO Awareness Week.

City Looking for Assistance to Recover Heritage Art Pieces

The City of Kenora is asking for the public’s assistance in recovering the heritage art pieces that were once displayed on the Norman Bay Bridge.

When the Norman Bay Bridge was constructed in 1948, there were Indigenous figures made from metal rods posted on the stone pillars at each entrance. When the bridge underwent reconstruction, the four figures were taken down and put into storage. Since then, the heritage artworks have gone missing without a trace of their whereabouts. The last two pieces disappeared in September 2016. These artworks have significant importance to our heritage and our reconciliation with our Indigenous community.

In an effort to find the heritage pieces, the City of Kenora is declaring November as amnesty month for the anonymous return of the metal art pieces. The art pieces may be dropped off at the City of Kenora Operations Building, 60 Fourteenth Street North front entrance; no questions asked.

“We hope someone will do the right thing, and return the artwork to the City without worry about prosecution or penalty,” says Mayor Dave Canfield. If the pieces are returned, the City would like to see a permanent display of the Indigenous figures to honour their significance to the community and our Treaty 3 partners.

Norman Bay Bridge Image

Norman Bay Bridge Indigenous Figure Heritage Artwork

Norman Bay Bridge Aerial Photo

Norman Bay Bridge Aerial View

Photos courtesy of the Lake of the Woods Museum

Fire Prevention Week October 7 -13, 2018

Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere.
Fire Prevention Week runs from October 7 -13, 2018

City of Kenora Fire and Emergency Services is urging Kenora residents to LOOK, LISTEN and LEARN about fire safety during this year’s Fire Prevention Week. This year’s theme of Fire Prevention Week, which runs from October 7-13, 2018, is “LOOK. LISTEN. LEARN. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere.”

The theme focuses on three fundamental actions people can take to be fire-safe:
1. LOOK for potential fire hazards around your home. Take action to prevent fire from starting:
• Always stay in the kitchen while cooking. If you must leave, turn off the stove.
• Encourage smokers to smoke outside. Always extinguish cigarettes in large, deep ashtrays that cannot be knocked over.
• Check electrical cords for damage such as fraying or nicks. A damaged cord can expose wires and result in a potential shock or fire hazard.

2. LISTEN for the smoke alarms in an emergency. Make sure everyone knows the sound of the smoke alarms and can hear them in an emergency. Early detection of fire provided by smoke alarms gives you the extra seconds you need to get out safely.

3. LEARN two ways out of every room. Practice a home fire escape plan with everyone in your home before a fire starts so you and your family can get out quickly.

“Everyone has a responsibility to protect their family and home from fire. Prevention is always the best course of action. Identify potential fire hazards in your home and take action to make sure a fire doesn’t start,” says Fire Chief Todd Skene.

Only working smoke alarms give you the early notification of fire and the time you and your family need to safely escape. Many fatal fires occur at night when everyone is asleep, so early warning is crucial to survival. Fire and smoke move faster than you. There’s no time to figure out how to escape your home AFTER a fire starts. Practice a home fire escape plan BEFORE there’s a fire so you can get out safely.

City of Kenora Delegation Brings Northern Ontario Perspective to AMO Conference

City of Kenora Delegation Brings Northern Ontario Perspective to AMO Conference August 19 – 22

Mayor Canfield and Members of Council will join about 1,900 participants at the Association of Municipalities of Ontario’s (AMO) 2018 Conference in Ottawa from August 19 to 22.

For more than a century, Ontario’s largest municipal conference has brought together municipal, provincial and federal officials to work collectively to overcome municipal challenges and plan for the future.

Ontario’s Premier, Minister of Municipal Affairs, and the three party leaders are featured speakers and several additional provincial ministers will participate in the conference.

The annual conference is a chance for municipal officials to discuss and move forward on shared challenges, to learn, and to create new opportunities that can benefit their communities. In addition to the conference program, municipal staff and officials will take part in municipal delegation meetings with provincial and federal ministries. Mayor Canfield, along with City Councillors Dan Reynard, Rory McMillan, Mort Goss and Special Projects and Research Officer, Adam Smith will be meeting with elected officials from the Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, Ministry of Health and Long-term Care, and Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.

Key session topics include cannabis legalization, trade, indigenous relations, climate change and disaster preparedness, waste diversion, ambulance dispatch, emerging technologies and Smart Cities, the 2018 municipal election, rural economic development, and much more. Program information is available online at www.amo.on.ca.

This is the first opportunity to have Northern Ontario issues heard by the new Premier of Ontario and his Minister Cabinet. The City of Kenora delegation is particularly interested in advocating on issues such as:
• Affordable Housing
• Community Health-Care
• Policing Costs
• Fire Protection and Prevention Act
• Downtown Revitalization
• Twinning the Kenora Recreation Centre
• Highway 17 Expansion
• Connecting Links Funding
• Maintenance Standards

During the conference, interviews with Mayor Canfield can be accommodated by e-mailing dcanfield@kenora.ca.

Conference news releases, fact sheets and presentations from a number of key speakers will be posted on AMO’s website throughout the duration of the conference at www.amo.on.ca.

AMO is a non-profit organization representing almost all of Ontario’s 444 municipal governments. AMO supports strong and effective municipal government in Ontario and promotes the value of municipal government as a vital and essential component of Ontario and Canada’s political system.

For more information about AMO or the 2018 Conference, contact:
Brian Lambie, AMO Media Contact, 416-729-5425, lambie@redbrick.ca
Follow the conference on Twitter: @AMOPolicy, Hashtag: #AMOConf18

Council Approves 2017 Audited Consolidated Financial Statements for the City of Kenora

Council Approves 2017 Audited Consolidated Financial Statements for the City of Kenora

Today Council approves the 2017 Audited Consolidated Financial Statements. The City received an unqualified audit report and is financially stable.

The 2017 financial statements continue to reflect the healthy financial position currently enjoyed by the City of Kenora. The City continues to work to improve the current infrastructure deficit while maintaining an appropriate balance between services and property tax rates.

Highlights from the consolidated balance sheet include:

  • Cash and temporary investments on hand as at December 31, 2017 totalled $37 million;
  • Investment in government business enterprises totalled $9.9 million;
  • The Kenora Citizens’ Prosperity Trust Fund balance was $32.8 million at the end of 2017 on the consolidated balance sheet. The Trust Fund in fact has $41 million in investments. The difference arises because the City issued debentures to the Trust Fund to finance seven capital projects. The Canadian generally accepted accounting principles dictate that the Trust Fund be consolidated in the City of Kenora’s financial statements. As a result the investment in the Trust Fund and the corresponding debenture debt in the City are eliminated on consolidation. The debenture balance at year end is $8.2 million.
  • This Trust Fund was created in 2008 to safeguard the net proceeds from the sale of the KMTS Entities. The intent was to ensure there would be no impact to property taxes as a result of this sale. In order to offset lost net revenues as a result of the sale of the KMTS Entities, the City requires an annual return of $1.1 million in income from the Trust Fund. Any erosion of the balance of the Trust Fund will result in an additional burden on City taxpayers.
  • The balance of the City’s reserves and reserve funds was $30.2 million at the end of 2017.
  • The City’s accumulated surplus totals $228.1 million, (see tangible capital assets discussion below)

The City is required to include tangible capital assets in its accumulated surplus total. Therefore, the City’s statements include things like roads, bridges, water and wastewater networks, and City facilities and equipment to name just a few. The offsetting net investment in these assets is shown as a surplus on the City’s balance sheet. The City’s surplus includes the Tangible Capital Assets recorded at cost less accumulated amortization. At the end of 2017, the investment in capital assets included in the City’s surplus is $154.7 million.

The City is also pleased to present the consolidated audited financial statements as part of its Annual Report. This report will be available to the public for viewing along with the Auditors report on August 15th 2018, both on the City’s website, as well as at the front desk at City Hall and the Library. This report has been developed to provide users with some additional information about the City in conjunction with the consolidated audited financial statements.

Jonathon Ranger, Deputy Treasurer (807) 467-2010
jranger@kenora