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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Pincher Creek Town Council briefs from Oct. 26, 2015 meeting

Toni Lucas

Council for the Town of Pincher Creek held their regular meeting on the evening of Monday, October 26, 2015. In attendance were councillors Lorne Jackson, Doug Thornton, Mark Barber, Jim Litkowski, and Mayor Don Anderberg. CAO Laurie Wilgosh was also in attendance. There were no delegations at this meeting. The next regular meeting of Pincher Creek town council is scheduled for 6:00 pm on Monday, November 9.
  • In camera from October 13 session of council
  • Town and MD of Pincher Creek hold organizational meetings
  • Chamber of Commerce speaks to Town Council
  • Photographer to be sent letter of welcome
  • Regional Collaboration Funds
  • Town invites MD to a joint visioning session
  • Councillor Thornton to attend EDA meeting in Edmonton

In camera from October 13 session of council

Old RCMP building to be used by McMan and partners

Council directed administration to prepare a lease agreement between the Town of Pincher Creek and McMan Youth, Family and Community Services Association for the use of the old RCMP building for the purposes of operating The Junction: Pincher Creek and Area Food Bank and other community partners and agencies.

Regular meeting from October 13

Town and MD of Pincher Creek hold organizational meetings

Disposition of Delegations

Chamber of Commerce speaks to Town Council

President Sharon Roberts, Vice President Lynne Walker and Treasurer Aletta Maier represented the Pincher Creek and District Chamber of Commerce to inform Council of the current status of the Chamber at the regular meeting of Tuesday, October 13. Two of their talking points included a low rat of volunteerism and financial concerns. The information was accepted at the regular meeting of Town council on Monday, October 26. During that time it was suggested a member of council may join the board of the Chamber of Commerce.

Related Story:  Chamber of Commerce asks for assistance from Town Council

Photographer to be sent a letter of welcome

Yvan LeBel appeared as a delegation before Council at the regular meeting of Tuesday, October 13 to talk about his services in the photography, web development, and graphic design fields. He currently has an office in the Lebel Mansion. Council accepted his presentation as information at the regular meeting of council on Monday, October 26. It was decided to send all new businesses in town a letter of welcome from the mayor. Administration was directed to assemble a welcome package for new businesses to be presented for council's consideration.  The packages are to include what services are available in the area and contact information.

Regional Collaboration Funds

Council for the Town of Pincher Creek voted to approve a request concerning the remaining funds from the 2011 Regional Collaboration Grant, which was originally used for a Regional Services Feasibility Study in 2011. Council decided the the balance of approximately $27,000 will be forwarded to the Transportation Committee for use towards the development of a regional transportation master plan. Any unused funds are to be returned to the Alberta Municipal Affairs after December 31, 2015.

The four municipalities originally included in the regional partnership were the Municipality of the Crowsnest Pass, the Town of Pincher Creek, the Municipal District of Pincher Creek and the Village of Cowley. Mayor Don Anderberg said "We had a Regional Council meeting last Monday. This was one of the agenda items. It was left up to each individual council to bring a motion forward either requesting the funds be used for transportation committee study, or not allowing that."

Related story:  Transportation Committee to receive $27,000 transfer for regional transportation master plan

Town invites MD to a joint visioning session

Council for the Town of Pincher Creek directed administration to send a letter of invitation to the Council for the Municipal District of Pincher Creek No. 9 to participate in a joint visioning session. Mayor Don Anderberg said "We are working through a whole bunch of issues at the moment, and I think to get things in more clarity, we should have a joint visioning session. That's our point of view."
Previous visioning sessions were facilitated by Southwestern Alberta Sustainanlity Community Initiavie, senior management or a business called Positive Culture. The cost for 2014 strategic planning session facilitated by Positive Culture Co. was $7690.

Councillor Thornton to attend Economic Developers of Alberta meeting

Council voted unanimously to have Councillor Doug Thornton attend the Economic Developers of Alberta meeting on October 29 in Edmonton. Thornton explained that as he understood the event, eight provincial ministers and senior staff would be in attendance, there would be eight tables, and eight courses of the meal. Between each course the ministers and staff would change tables, rotating throughout the room, allowing conversation to be directed by the members of the table. He requested the town cover the cost of the meal of  $125 plus GST. He volunteered to cover his own transportation and accommodation costs.

Reports

Council accepted the individual reports from council and mayor, the Information Distribution List, Finance Department 2015 Third Quarter Report, Community Services Department 2015 Third Quarter Report, Legislative Services Department 2015 Third Quarter Report and the Chief Administrative Officer 2015 Third Quarter Report.

The regular meeting was followed by an in camera session, which was to address land and legal concerns.

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