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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

September 2016 report on Pincher Creek's councils



Headlines:
Beaver Mines Trail moves forward
Regional water system intake relocation bid accepted
Town declines to cover condo infrastructure
Wandering livestock
Chamber asks Town and MD for awards night donations
Riversdale Resources update
STARS funding discussed
MD approves conservation easements
Stevick to attend Castle Management Plan Working Group
Snow stops for MD administration building
Emergency road repairs in the MD
Sartoris Road awaiting AEP approval for road realignment
Recycling Depot operations agreement renewal
Waterton Ave. sanitary pipeline project to proceed
ORRSC aerial photo project participation passed
September 30 is Orange Shirt Day in Pincher Creek
CBC tower on Town land
Oxeye daisy concern
Town AltaGas franchise fees to remain unchanged
New Town Fortis franchise fees bylaw passed
Apples

C. Davis/T. Lucas

Beaver Mines Trail moves forward

At their September 13, 2016 meeting council for the MD of Pincher Creek No. 9 decided to move forward with the Beaver Mines Trail project, directing administration to include the project in council's 2017-2019 budget deliberations, pending the outcome of a Canada 150 grant application related to the project. Council also directed administration to seek tenders on the project, at a walkway width of 6 feet, and also decided the project should be advertised locally.

Regional water system intake relocation bid accepted

At their September 13 meeting council for the MD of Pincher Creek agreed to authorize a $225,753.12 contract with Whissell Contracting Ltd. for the regional water system intake relocation project.

Town declines to cover roadways and infrastructure at Creekside Condos

At their August 22 meeting council for the Town of Pincher Creek heard from Creekside Condominium Corporation delegation representative Dr. Tom Halbert (click here for that story). The Creekside Condo executive requested the Town assume ownership of the streets, laneway, and related underground infrastructure at the condo complex, located at 500 Adelaide Crescent.

Administration advised council to decline the request because the roads, laneway, and infrastructure is all located within private property. "and in all fairness to all of the Pincher Creek ratepayers, that said infrastructure should remain with Creekside Condominium."

At their September 26 meeting council concurred with the above advice and decided against assuming ownership of the roadways and infrastructure.

Wandering livestock

The MD of Pincher Creek heard from a citizen, as reported in the Environmental Services call log, who was concerned about her neighbour's cattle getting onto her property through a downed fence. Assistant Agricultural Fieldman Lindsey Cockerill reported she contacted the Brand Inspector, and "he has already inspected the property/fence and spoke with both parties." According to the response report the complaining party shares responsibility for fence maintenance "because she allows another producer to graze cattle on her property". According to the report, the neighbor "has experienced recent health issues but is aware of the issue and intends to repair (the) fence when he is able.

The issue is governed by Alberta's Line Fence Act and Stray Animals Act and therefore does not come under the MD's authority. The complainant was advised to contact RCMP for assistance.

Administration also heard from a citizen concerned with noise from a neighbour's radio and dogs barking "which also causes the donkey to get going," construction, and number of dogs. The citizen was advised to put their complaint in writing.

In another case of livestock and unhappy neighbours, Municipal District of Pincher Creek (MD) resident Diana Calder represented herself in Pincher Creek Provincial Court on Tuesday September 6, defending against a ticket issued by the RCMP on behalf of the MD. According to testimony and documents presented to the judge, her chickens were observed by the RCMP to be on her neighbour's property on May 6, 2016 after several similar complaints, but the ticket for the offence wasn't issued until May 11, after the RCMP sought guidance from the MD on administering the MD's bylaw. The infraction was categorized as a nuisance and the fine imposed was $100. The judge struck down the ticket based upon the discrepancy between the date the offence was said to have occurred and the date on the ticket.

Chamber asks Town and MD for awards night donations



This week Sam Schofield and Aleksandra Cupial-Crook appeared before both local councils as a delegation representing the Pincher Creek and District Chamber of Commerce.  They asked each governing body to donate $1000 toward the Chamber's 21st Annual Awards of Excellence, which will be held Wednesday October 2l at the Pincher Creek Community Hall, as part of Alberta Small Business Week (October 19-23, 2015).

The "Diamond" sponsorship level requested by the Chamber includes a display table at the entrance of the banquet room, 8 tickets to the banquet, the right to present an award, a double page ad in the program, and a special mention in the social media script for the event.  "The Chamber of Commerce mission is to be a platform for business collaboration and growth within our community. We strive to be a catalyst through which business and professional people work together to build a vibrant community with a strong economy."

At their September 26 meeting council for the Town of Pincher Creek agreed to donate the $1000 requested.  At their September 27 meeting council for the Md of Pincher Creek heard from the delegation but made no decision on the matter at that meeting.

Riversdale Resources update

Keith Bott of Riversdale Resources appeared as a delegation to the September 26 meeting of Pincher Creek's Town Council, to update council on the company's mining plans in the Crowsnest Pass.  Stay tuned for an upcoming story about Bott's presentation.

STARS funding discussed


From STARS presentation


STARS representative Glenda Farnden, with appeared as a delegation recently before both Pincher Creek councils (click here for that story).  After updating each council about STARS' recent activities statistics, and challenges, Farnden asked that an annual donation of $2.00 per capita to STARS be considered.

At their September 26 meeting council for the Town of Pincher Creek decided to consider that request during upcoming budget 2017 deliberations.  At their September 27 meeting council for the MD of Pincher Creek approved a continued annual donation of $2.00 per capita for 2017.

MD approves conservation easements

At their September 13 meeting council for the MD of Pincher Creek approved two conservation easements and also waived the 60 day notice period for each of them, referred to as the Clayton property and the Copp property.

Councillor Stevick to attend Castle Management Plan Working Group meetings

At their September 13 meeting council for the MD of Pincher Creek authorized Councillor Quentin Stevick to attend scheduled meetings of the Castle Management Plan Working Group, at the MD's expense.

Snow stops for MD administration building

At their September 27 meeting council for the MD of Pincher Creek considered a recommendation by Director of Operations Leo Reedyk that Bemo Snow Stopper System snow stops be installed on the MD administraton building roof above the main entrance and the south exit, at a cost of $14,000. The building was constructed in 2014 and administration staff moved in during December of that year, "and have experienced one and a half winter seasons in the building".  

According to Reedyk's report, "During winter storms, snow builds up on the roof in cornices that shed off the roof when temperature and snow conditions are right. When conditions allow for the shedding of snow, it falls to the sidewalk below without warning and at times in large volumes. The municipality's Joint Worksite Occupational Health and Safety Committee received a hazard report on the shedding of snow as it can fall without warning to the sidewalk at the buildings main and south entrances. Thermal Systems, the roofing contractor was contacted to determine if additional snow stops could be installed to minimise the snow shedding. A quote was received to install additional snow stops on the roof. As this is a safety concern, it is recommended that the additional snow stops be installed, with funds for the project coming from the Mill Rate Stabilization Reserve (6-12-0-735-6735)."

Council approved the snow stop installations as recommended.

Emergency road repairs in the MD

At their September 27 meeting council for the MD of Pincher Creek considered a recommendation by Director of Operations Leo Reedyk that council authorize the over-expenditure of $16,646 in the Road Oil and Asphalt Budget to be funded from the Road Construction Reserve, for emergency road repairs.

According to Reedyk's report, "Public Works identified a number of areas requiring repairs including significant rutting on the 3A west of the airport down the Southfork Hill, rutting on the Landfill road from Highway 3 to RR 2-0 and potholes on the North Burmis Road and in Lundbreck. Given the significant rutting and the compromise to safety of the travelling public, Public Works initiated repairs to the ruts. Some of the repairs were included in the hard surfacing Capital Budget, the remainder were included in the Road oil and asphalt budget. Given the safety implications the contractor was retained to complete the job. The cost exceeded the $22,000 budget by $16,646."

Council approved the expenditure.

 Sartoris Road awaiting AEP approval for road realignment

Sartoris Road was damaged, including major wash-outs, during the flooding of 2013. The repair project is now awaiting Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) approval to move forward, according to a report from MD of Pincher Creek Director of Operations Leo Reedyk.

Recycling Depot operations agreement renewal

At their September 27 meeting council for the MD of Pincher Creek considered a recommendation by Director of Finance Janene Felker that the Reeve and CAO be authorized to sign the 2017-2019 Recycle Depot Operations Agreement. The current agreement, between the MD of Pincher Creek, the Town of Pincher Creek and the Village of Cowley and contractor K.J. Cameron Service Industries Ltd. (Pincher Creek), will expire December 31, 2016. According to Felker, the Recycling Committee met with the contractor on September 21, 2016 to discuss the agreement renewal.

According to the agreement recyclable materials include but are not limited to all cardboard, computer paper, magazines, and other recyclable paper products, all viable plastics, tin cans, and other recyclable materials. The Municipalities provide the contractor with a cardboard baler, a granulator/conveyor, bins for recyclable materials, signage and gates, a forklift, and a horizontal baler.

Under the agreement the contractor will be paid $8,000.00 per month plus GST. The contractor will be responsible for the sale and disposition of recycled materials, and will refund to the Managing Municipality (the MD of Pincher Creek) "30% of all revenues received over $80.00 per tonne when all recyclables sold for the calendar year have been averaged for the calendar year. Any monies owing will be payable once all the materials for the year have been sold."

"In the event that a recyclable material becomes cost negative (where the costs of processing and storing the material exceeds the available price) and the Municipalities agree that the depot should continue to accept the material; the deficit incurred by the Contractor will be refunded according to the formula outlined in the Recycling Depot Funding Agreement."

The term of the Contract will be from January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2019.

According to Felker the Recycling Committee met on September 21, 2016 to discuss the renewal and the changes made to the agreement "were to change the start date and the expiration date of the apportionment".

Costs were apportioned to the participating municipalities based on population statistics, with the Town paying 51%, the MD paying 45%, and Cowley paying 4%. As the managing municipality, the MD of Pincher Creek will pay the contractor and bill the Town and Cowley on a 3 month basis for their share of the costs. Each municipality appoints one representative to a management committee, which meets a minimum of once a year.

MD Council passed the operations agreement and funding agreement as recommended.

Waterton Ave. sanitary pipeline project to proceed

At their September 26 meeting council for the Town of Pincher Creek awarded Tanex (2003) Ltd. the contract for the installation of a sanitary pipeline along Waterton Avenue from Maple Street to Macleod Street, at a project cost of $544,002.69. Tanex had the lowest bid of the three submitted.

ORRSC aerial photo project participation passed

At their September 26 meeting council for the Town of Pincher Creek agreed to participate in an Alberta Community Partnership Grant application for the 2017 Oldman River Region Orthophotography Project.  The grant is to be submitted by sponsoring municipality the Town of Olds on behalf of the Oldman River Regional Services Commission (ORRSC), as ORRSC is not eligible to apply directly.  The project is expected to take two years to complete. 41 southern Alberta communities are onboard.  Pincher Creek last participated in an orthophotography project in 2013, and also participated in other projects in 2005, 2006, and 2009.  Image quality and effectiveness has been reported as increasing with each updated project.  The current project will have the same 7cm photo resolution as the 2013 project, excepting the Crowsnest Pass area "which has topographical constraints that prevent a plane flying low enough".




September 30 is Orange Shirt Day in Pincher Creek

At their September 26 meeting council for the Town of Pincher Creek proclaimed September 30, 2016 to be Orange Shirt Day.  The Orange Shirt Campaign  - Every Child Matters "remembers the experiences of former students of Indian Residential Schools and is a commitment to ongoing reconciliation in Canada."  Now in its third year, the campaign originated in British Columbia and has been recognized in other parts of Canada as well.  According to safeandcaring.ca this year marks the first coordinated effort to celebrate the campaign in Alberta.

CBC tower on Town land

Council for the Town of Pincher Creek agreed to sign a lease agreement with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation for a radio broadcasting tower on Town lands at Plan 4175JK, the lease commencing on August 1, 2016 and ending on the thirty first day of July 31, 2021.

Oxeye daisy concern

According to the MD of Pincher Creek's Environmental Services call log, a citizen complained of Oxeye daisies growing in front of the Pincher Creek and District Municipal Library.  Assistant Agricultural Fieldman Lindsey Cockerill referred the issue to Southern Alberta Weed Coordinator Kelly Cooley.

Oxeye daisy is designated a noxious invasive species in Alberta.  According to the Alberta Invasive Species Council, it's "a perennial that spreads primarily by seed, but also by shallow, creeping roots (rhizomes). Individual plants can produce over 500 seeds that are viable in the soil for 2-3 years or more."

Town AltaGas franchise fees to remain unchanged in 2017

At their September 12 meeting council for the Town of Pincher Creek agreed to keep the AltaGas natural gas franchise fee percentage unchanged for 2017 at 25%.

Town Fortis franchise fees bylaw passed after 10 yr review

At their September 26 meeting council for the Town of Pincher Creek passed Electric Distribution System Franchise Agreement Bylaw No. 1519-16.  The bylaw represents a renegotiated 10 to 20 year agreement between the Town and FortisAlberta Inc. The current five year agreement expires Deceber 31, 2017. Prior to their current 5 year agreement the Town and Fortis had a similar 10 year agreement.

The franchise fee for the Town of Pincher Creek remains unchanged at 13% for 2017.

Apples 

According to the MD of Pincher Creek's Administration call log a citizen stopped in at the administration office wondering why his garbage bin in Lundbreck had not been emptied as expected, and speculating it "was too heavy as a result of him putting the spoiled apples from his tree in the bin." Director of Operations Leo Reedyk arranged for the landfill to empty the bin.

Upcoming council meetings

Town of Pincher Creek Council meeting Tuesday October 11, 2016, 6:00 pm.
MD of Pincher Creek Council meeting Tuesday October 11, 2:00 pm.
Town of Pincher Creek Committee of Whole Thursday October 13, 2016, 8:00 am.

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Beaver Mines water updateEmergency Services Commission moves forwardMore council stories

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