About a month ago, I wrote a blog post to provide some initial thoughts for the hundreds of people who had been contacting me about the future of community safety in our city. If you haven’t read through that blog yet, please take 10 minutes to start there before continuing on with this post. One…

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“Every City project is completed late and over-budget.” It’s a statement I hear quite often but it’s also demonstrably false. Over the years, I have written regularly about the changes that have been made in how the City manages projects. You can read my latest blog post from December which details these changes and outlines…

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At the end of May, I wrote about the spring supplementary capital budget and reductions in services that we would see over the coming year because of the financial impact of COVID-19. We have seen an over $140 million shortfall in the budget due to the pandemic and as such, we had to make changes…

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Hi everyone, first I want to start off by saying that the past few days have been really hard for many of us. This has been an unprecedented time that requires us to respond in a variety of ways including additional temporary lay-offs of City of Edmonton staff. While never easy, this has been especially…

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By now most, if not all, of you will have received your 2020 Tax Assessment notice in the mail. It’s important to remember these assessments are not your tax bill; that gets sent out in May. Assessments reflect the City’s estimate of your property’s market value as of July 1, 2019, which is then used…

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Project Management and Maintenance Services are meant to enhance the liveability of the city for all Edmontonians by supporting the delivery of capital projects by managing design and construction of buildings, facilities, attractions, parks and open spaces, maintaining the existing assets, and stewarding corporate project management knowledge and processes.  Unfortunately, there is a perception that…

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I am extremely pleased to report that the Office of the City Auditor has confirmed they will be undertaking an extensive productivity review this upcoming year as part of the 2020 Annual Work Plan. Similar to the last review done in 2013, this review will include performance and productivity measurements by department, corporate results and…

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Over the past two and a half years since the re-organization and project management changes, Council receives updates on our significant Capital Projects three times a year. This approach enables Council to monitor projects more effectively, improve communication between departments and Council, and provide better information to residents of Edmonton on the progress of our capital projects.…

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Three times a year there is an update on the status of significant capital projects. In interest of keeping you informed about how the city is doing around project management, I have provided updates on the results so you can keep track of our performance and ask any questions. Instead of writing a completely new…

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At the November 29/30 City Council meeting, we will be reviewing the proposed supplemental Operating Budget adjustments. You can read the full reports here (item 6.1) but I want to provide an overview of the proposal and my thoughts on it. The City also has a fantastic interactive website that explains all facets of the…

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