Monday, March 16, 2015

Notes from Pincher Creek Town Council Regular meeting Monday March 9, 2015

  • Town Recognizes Public Works Week
  • Pincher Creek supports ACCPA Fraud Prevention Month
  • Town gives Library $500 to celebrate volunteers
  • Recreation Advisory Committee terms to increase
  • Sidewalk repair and replacement policy passed
  • Report notes
Toni Lucas

Council for the Town of Pincher Creek met on the evening of Monday, March 9, 2015. In attendance were Mayor Don Anderberg and Councillors Tammy Rubbelke, Lorne Jackson, and Doug Thornton. Councillors Adrian Hartman, Wayne Elliott, and Mark Barber were absent.

Town of Pincher Creek Recognizes Public Works Week

The Alberta Public Works Association asked the Town of Pincher Creek to support National Public Works Week in the Town of Pincher Creek, to be held May 17 - 23, 2015. National Public Works Week is observed each year during the third full week of May and this is the 55th year, themed "Community Begins Here". Tammy Rubbelke said she thought it was an excellent way of appreciating all the public workers. Council unanimously agreed to support the proclamation.

Pincher Creek supports ACCPA Fraud Prevention Month

The Alberta Community Crime Prevention Association has invited the Town of Pincher Creek to participate in this year's Fraud Prevention Month during March, 2015. Council was unanimous in its support for the idea.

Town gives Library $500 to celebrate volunteers

Council unanimously agreed to donate $500 to the Pincher Creek and District Municipal Library for the Friends of the Library to celebrate their 25th Anniversary. Friends of the Library formed in 1989. The society is planning some events for the spring of 2015 to recognize that anniversary. Councillor Lorne Jackson said the Friends of the Library have helped to raise over $400,000 for special projects at the library since their inception. Councillor Doug Thornton asked if the Library will be approaching other funding partners, including the MD of Pincher Creek.

Recreation Advisory Committee terms to increase

Town of Pincher Creek agree to amend the Pincher Creek and District Recreation Advisory Committee Terms of Reference as follows: Members-at-Large shall serve a 3 year term with a maximum of four terms for a maximum total of 12 years. The current Terms of Reference for the Committee stated that the member-at-large positions would be for 2 year terms, with a maximum of 4 terms being a total of 8 years.

Sidewalk repair and replacement policy passed

Repair, replacement and adjoining of sidewalks throughout the town of Pincher Creek has an annual budget of $100,000 for both the 2015 and 2016 for the repair, replacement and adjoining of sidewalks. Councillor Lorne Jackson said "Hopefully, people will go to the town website, or get information from the office here, so that they are not surprised or upset because crews are in their neighborhood and haven't done their sidewalk, as well." Mayor Don Anderberg said that the public works department have had a lot of input with putting together this policy.

Report notes

Tammy Rubbelke, Lorne Jackson and Don Anderberg said they attended at least one session where David Halton spoke during his book tour in Pincher Creek.

Councillor Lorne Jackson said that Crowsnest Pass will be hosting and coordination a Reuse Recycle Fair, and that citizens were asking what date the organic waste transfer station would be re-opened.

Councillor Tammy Rubbelke said that during a Alberta South West board meet with a representative from Alberta Innovates approached her and would like to have a link on the Town website to share grant information to young entrepreneurs.

Councillor Doug Thornton said that the Pincher Creek Foundation requisition for 2025 will remain the same as 2014.

Mayor Don Anderberg said about the strategic plan review; "Our administration brought a report of some of the activities that have been going on for over the last year, and I was amazed." He brought up the SPCA building and McMan Agency taking over the food bank as two examples.

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The next Town of Pincher Creek Regular Council Meeting is scheduled for 6:00 pm Monday, March 23, 2015.

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