Monday, June 27, 2016

Pincher politics June 27, 2016

Upcoming meetings

Council for the Town of Pincher Creek is scheduled to hold a regular meeting on Monday evening, June 27, beginning at 6:00 pm.  Council for the Municipal District of Pincher Creek is scheduled to hold a regular meeting on Tuesday afternoon, June 28, beginning at 1:00 pm.  Both meetings are open to the public.

Town of Pincher Creek

Council for the Town of Pincher Creek is scheduled to present two service awards at the outset of their June 27 meeting.  Following that they are scheduled to hear from Pincher Creek and District Historical Society President Colleen Cyr on the subject of Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village's utility account, which is also on the agenda for further discussion later in the meeting.  Also on the agenda, Canyon Drive turnaround and sidewalk  options, the Fortis  Franchise Fee Bylaw, parade invitations and, a request for support from the Alberta Trappers, and the Water Distribution tender award.

MD of Pincher Creek

On the agenda for MD council at their June 28 meeting is two delegation, one from the Pincher Creek Humane Society and the other from McMan Agency, which administrates the local food bank.

In a letter to council Humane Society representative Roxane Baalim outlined some of the organizations financial concerns, including two in particular.  "I believe there are two things that need serious consideration and review in order for the PCHS to be sustainable, financially and operationally.  We need a funding model  that is reflective of our current situation and that is viable.   And,  we need to reduce veterinary costs."

McMan Youth, Family, and Community Services Association wrote to council, asking to present a brief history of the organization,  a budget update, sustainability plans, and also to ask "for a three year commitment of $2000 per month".

Council Remuneration and Expenses Policy (Policy C-CO-001), required by the Municipal Government Act,  is also on the agenda for the June 28 meeting.

Lorne Anderson of Statistics Canada wrote council a letter about the 2016 census, which began in May.  "We have noted that current return rates for communities across the province of Alberta are markedly lower than those observed in other parts of Canada."   The letter continues:

"Census information is important for all communities and is vital for planning services such as schools, daycare, family services, housing, police services, fire protection, roads, public transportation and skills training for employment. Since the census is an essential source of information about Canada and the people who live here, it must be complete and accurate. It is therefore imperative that everyone complete and return their questionnaire.

We would like to work with your office to ensure that members of your community understand the importance of completing their census questionnaires. Your support in encouraging members of your community to complete the census will have a direct impact on gathering the data needed to plan, develop and evaluate relevant programs and services."

So give your council a break and fill in your census form.

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) and Waterton Springs Campground wrote a letter to council asking to have their access road graded "4 times each year just prior to the four long weekends that the campground operates each year".

In  follow-up  to the information package provided   in November of 2015 regarding  the  Waterton  78 Project, we wanted  to provide you an update relating  to the proposed project schedule,  the anticipated   filing   date for the applications  and confirmation of the Emergency Response  Zone (EPZJ  related to the well and  facility for this development.

Shell advised council it is "proceeding with submission of the license application to the Alberta Energy Regulator (AERJ for approval to construct, drill and complete a well located at 12-33-003-30 W4M (Waterton 78) this week. As a recap, this well will help maintain gas supply to the Waterton Plant. We will also proceed with the application to the AER for a single well gas battery for the. wellsite."

At their June 14 meeting council carried a motion by Councillor Garry Marchuk "that letters be sent to the Minister of Transportation, Minister of Environment, and Minister of Tourism, requesting dust control be placed on Highway 774 , until such time as this road is paved."  Highway 774 is the route to Castle Mountain Resort.

Both councils

In the in-box for both councils,  a letter from Canadian Union of Postal Workers National President Mike Palacek who says "I am writing to let you know that the federal government is conducting a review of Canada Post. It says that everything but postal privatization is on the table. This means daily mail delivery, restoring home delivery, postage rates, the moratorium on post office closures and more."

Later Palacek says "While CUPW welcomes the opportunity to look at the future of our public postal service, we have a number of concerns about the review. The review's first phase - the part that determines the options that will be examined - is being held over the summer. As well, there has been very little information and advertising about the review, except in social media. We are concerned people will not learn about the review until it's too late."

The letter asks the councils to consider signing off on a resolution in favour of postal banking.  

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