|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 15, 2008
On Monday, January 14, City Council approved Administration's recommendation for the Servus Place Operational Review Process. This process will see the creation of specific review committees that will provide analyses and recommendations to address the Servus Place deficit.
"Through this process, we will get a thorough and transparent review of the operational and financial challenges at Servus Place," says Mayor Nolan Crouse. "We have received a great deal of feedback from residents regarding the extraordinary value of Servus Place to our community plus the financial challenge. Some our residents have experience in key areas and are interested in working with the City towards continuous improvement. The committees we're putting in place will give interested residents the opportunity to participate in the process."
Committee & Consultant Reviews
Three committees will assist in reviews of various operational improvement areas at Servus Place and provide input to Council. These committees are:
The City of St. Albert has selected Sierra Systems to conduct the operational review of Servus Place and KPMG to conduct a financial review.
Sierra Systems is a leading professional services firm specializing in the provision of high quality, cost effective business solutions. Their team has significant municipal government review experience and a strong reputation in the Capital Region.
Sierra Systems will be responsible for conducting an in-depth review of the operations of Servus Place and will make recommendations for cost savings and revenue generation to minimize the facility's operating deficit.
KPMG is a global accounting and advisory firm with a reputation for providing sound advice and assurance. KPMG has in-depth experience working with municipalities and, more specifically, recreation facilities throughout Western Canada.
KPMG will conduct a financial review of Servus Place to identify reasons for the variances between the initial Consultant Report, the 2007-09 Business Plan and the 2007 actual operating budget.
"It is very important that the operational and financial reviews be comprehensive and transparent," says City Manager Bill Holtby. "With Sierra Systems and KPMG, we have enlisted experts that will be able to critically analyze the situation and recommend
Citizens' Advisory Task Force
The City is currently seeking three citizens-at-large to serve on the Servus Place Citizens' Advisory Task Force. The primary responsibilities will be to review and analyze the operational aspects of Servus Place. As well, throughout the process, the City will be looking for input from other residents.
At the front end of the process, the three committee reviews and the financial consultant review will overlap and exchange information with the operational review. In the midstream, the operational consultants will overlap and work collaboratively with the Citizens' Task Force. The Citizens' Task Force will report to Council with its recommendations for the April 7, 2008 Council Meeting.
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