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Friday, November 18, 2016

Pincher Creek governance notes to Nov. 14, 2016


Headlines:
  • MD of Pincher Creek appoints signing authorities
  • MD of Pincher Creek auditors appointed
  • Town's North Hill Area Structure Plan bylaw passes 
  • Town Land Use Bylaw Amendment 1547-AB passes first reading
  • Cemetery Bylaw 1538-06A passes first reading
  • MD public hearing about solar energy land use Dec. 1
  • Landfill pursues tire recycling grant
  • Mayor and Councillor Litkowski to attend housing conference
  • Refresher training for Town Councillor Wayne Elliott
  • Pincher Planters hanging baskets program to continue
  • Veterans’ Memorial Campground revenue up in 2016
  • Lebel Mansion repairs and landscaping
  • 2017 FCSS funding
  • 4-H club allowed to use MD shop for winter projects
  • Burmis Mountain Estates trial dumpster project cancelled
  • Spring Point Colony road upgrade request approved
  • Provincial government notes


MD of Pincher Creek appoints signing authorities
At their October 25, 2016 Organizational Meeting council for the MD of Pincher Creek No. 9 appointed Reeve Brian Hammond or Deputy Reeve Terry Yagos, and CAO Wendy Kay or Director of Finance Janene Felker, as signing authorities for general cheques of the MD.  Only one elected official and one management employee is authorized to sign any one cheque at any one time.

MD of Pincher Creek auditors appointed
At their October 25, 2016 Organizational Meeting council for the MD of Pincher Creek No. 9 appointed Avial CPA as the MD's auditors for 2017.  Avail was formerly Young Parkyn McNab LLP Chartered Accountants, and under that name was the MD's auditors for a number of years.

Town's North Hill Area Structure Plan bylaw passes 
On Monday evening October 24, 2016 held a public hearing regarding Bylaw 1313-A, "which is as a result of a re-designation of a portion (3,62 acres) of Plan 8211483, Block 51  Lot 1 from Residential- Rl to Multi-Family Residential- R4 and changes made to the Land Use Bylaw the ORRSC Planning Department recommends, for consistency, to update the Area Structure Plan for the North Hill area Bylaw 1313." In short, the bylaw is to allow for multi-family housing development in an area of  Pincher Creek's North Hill area.  No member of the public spoke to the issue at this public hearing. After the public hearing council held their regular meeting, and bylaw 1313-A passed second and third (final) readings, with Mayor Don Anderberg and councillors Wayne Elliott, Jim Litkowski, and Wayne Fillipuzzi  voting in favour of the bylaw, and councillors Lorne Jackson and Mark Barber opposed.   Councillor Doug Thornton excused himself from both the public hearing and deliberations/readings/passing of the bylaw, citing a possible conflict of interest.

Town Land Use Bylaw Amendment 1547-AB passes first reading
At their October 25, 2016 regular meeting council for the Town of Pincher Creek unanimously passed first reading of Land Use Bylaw Amendment 1547-AB.  The Town sold a piece of land designated as Municipal Reserve (MR) to a private citizen.  The citizen owned the adjacent land and requested to buy the land so they could expand their residential property.  CAO Laurie Wilgosh said the land strip was 15 feet by 60 feet.  Councillor Doug Thornton asked "I am curious as to how that bit of municipal reserve is going to be replaced?"  Wilgosh said Town administration has looked into the legality of the sale and whether or not a similar amount of land had to be zoned to MR in its place, and determined that because of the relatively small size of the plot in question "It is of no further concern."  A public hearing regarding this bylaw is scheduled for December 12.

Cemetery Bylaw 1538-06A passes first reading
Council for the Town of Pincher Creek unanimously passed first reading of Cemetery Bylaw 1538-06A at their November 14 meeting.  CAO Laurie Wilgosh explained "This is to add the columbarium fees to the cemetery fee structure."  She said once the bylaw is passed all three readings, the niches in the new columbarium can be sold.

MD public hearing about solar energy land use Dec. 1
The MD of Pincher Creek No. 8 will be holding a public hearing at the Heritage Inn, beginning at 6:30 pm on Thursday December 1, 2016 regarding Land Use Bylaw 1269-16, which concerns a solar energy land use amendment to Land Use Bylaw 1140-08.  At their October 11 meeting MD Bylaw 1269-16 passed first reading, with Reeve Brian Hammond opposed.

Landfill pursues tire recycling grant
At their October 13, 2016 Committee of the Whole meeting council for the Town of Pincher Creek   agreed a letter of support to the Crowsnest Pincher Creek Landfill  regarding  their application for an  Alberta  Recycling rubber tire grant.

Mayor Anderberg and Councillor Litkowski to attend housing conference in Calgary
At their October 13, 2016 Committee of the Whole meeting council for the Town of Pincher Creek   authorized  Mayor  Anderberg and Councillor Litkowski to attend  the Opening Doors Housing Conference in Calgary on November 23, 2016.

Refresher training for Town Councillor Wayne Elliott 
At their November 14, 2016 meeting council for the Town of Pincher Creek authorized Councillor Elliott's attendance, participation, and travel expenses for 2017 Assessment Review Board (ARB) Member Refresher Training.  Alberta Municipal Affairs requires ARB members and clerks to complete a refresher training program every three years to maintain their ARB certification.

Pincher Planters hanging baskets program to continue
At the September 7, 2016 meeting of the Town's Committee of the Whole a Pincher Planters delegation expressed concerns about the watering and irrigation of flower beds this past summer. Since then three members have resigned, but the Pincher Planters plan to keep planting. According to Town documents, "Town administration held follow-up meeting with group on September 30 to clarify requests/concerns.Joint Funding application for the hanging baskets was submitted by September deadline and it was approved so this project will continue."

Veterans’ Memorial Campground revenue up
According to the Town of Pincher Creek Community Services 2016 third quarter department report, revenue from the Town-owned Veterans’ Memorial Campground was up $7800 from last year, bringing in $31,444, including firewood sales. The revenue increase was attributed in part to "many positive comments regarding the host(s)", a new pay machine allowing credit card reservations, and a successful first year for a new that "definitely increased our summer customers." Water and sewer servicing to seven campsites commenced after the campground closed at the end of the season.

Lebel Mansion repairs and landscaping
According to the Town of Pincher Creek Community Services 2016 third quarter department report, Town Council "approved up to $7,000 from the $26,300 grant from Historic Resources to complete the landscaping and sod around the historic fence this fall." Other work this fall included "re-pointing of some bricks along a large building crack on the west side of building: new gate installed in west fence; new windows in the pottery room installed in September at a cost of $17,855 plus GST. Style of windows remained with the mid-century modern industrial look as requested by the heritage advisor."

2017 FCSS funding
The Family and Community Support Services Board received 17 project grant requests for 2017 totaling $380,782. There was an available funding amount of $286,524. The board approved funding in the amount of $286,160, with $364 amount remaining. The board also decided at their October meeting to distribute $37,914 in accumulated surplus which was "due to additional funding received/unallocated amounts in previous years" to 17 projects, prior to December 31, 2016.

4-H club allowed to use MD shop for winter projects
Council for the MD of Pincher Creek has agreed to allow the Pincher Creek Multicultural 4-H Club to utilize the MD Public Works Shop, as detailed in a letter of request from the club, provided the club adds the MD as an additional insurer on their insurance.

Spring Point Colony road upgrade request approved
At their October 11, 2016 meeting council for the MD of Pincher Creek approved a request from Spring Point Colony for upgrades of a section of RR 29-1 just west of the colony's hog barns. The section "gets rutted when it gets wet and regularly drifts in over winter", according a report from Director of Operations Leo Reedyk , which goes on to say "The Colony has purchased equipment including a cat and grader and is looking to take on the project with minimum help from the municipality. The project entails a small cut and fill associated with building the road down into the Beaver Creek flats." The MD will supply of a culvert for the bottom of the slope and gravel for surfacing the road top. The Colony is prepared to haul the gravel and do the work with their equipment. "Currently, they use the poor section of the road heavily for hauling grain, silage and daily travel to their cow pasture to the north in the MD of Willow Creek," said Reedyk's report.

Two new larger 24-inch culverts were also approved for the Landfill Road were also approved. The quote for the casing is $11,290 and the quote for boring under the roadway is $12,000.

Burmis Mountain Estates trial dumpster project cancelled
At their October 11, 2016 meeting MD council received a report from Director of Operations Leo Reedyk, and based on that report decided to cancel the Burmis Mountain Estates trial dumpster project.

Several related stories have been posted or will be posted shortly.  

Provincial Government notes

Child care access - The Government of Alberta is inviting non-profit organizations to apply to develop 18 new Early Learning and Child Care Centres across the province, in what it calls the first step toward $25-per-day child care in Alberta. According to a press release "This $10-million investment will create an estimated 1,000 new child-care spaces and up to 230 new child-care jobs." Premier Rachel Notley said “Our government is keeping its promise to make child care more accessible for Alberta families. Investing in quality child care will make life more affordable for parents and prepare our children for success.” The deadline to apply to become an Early Learning and Child Care Centre is January 20, 2017.

School nutrition pilot program - The Livingstone Range School Division and the Westwind School Division are among 14 school boards in the province that will be participating in the Government of Alberta's new school nutrition pilot program. According to a November 14 press release, "The program is part of the Government of Alberta’s “Future Ready” initiative that co-ordinates training from kindergarten to work so all Albertans have the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in a changing economy."  Minister of Education David Eggen said  “It’s hard to learn when you’re hungry. Research clearly shows that students who have a healthy and nutritious diet have more energy and are able to better focus in class. While the immediate effect of the program will be felt in the classroom, we also want to build students’ capacity for lifelong healthy eating and nutrition.”  According to the press release, "The cost of the program is being funded from Alberta Education’s existing budget. Each of the 14 publicly funded school boards will receive $250,000 in grant funding to assist with the pilot. Results will help inform decisions regarding nutrition programs for schools across the province in 2017-18."

$7 million in indigenous education scholarships announced - on November 15 the Government of Alberta announced $7 million in financial awards, to be made available to First Nations, Metis and Inuit students in programs that lead to careers in high-demand fields. Eligible undergraduate students may receive up to $4,000 per year and eligible graduate students may receive up to $15,000. According to the government's press release, "During the 2015-16 pilot program, approximately 940 students received more than $4.3 million in grants for their post-secondary studies through the Indigenous Awards." Students can contact their Student Awards Office or visit their post-secondary institution’s website for application and deadline information.

Environmental charges laid against Canadian National Railway Company - On November 14 the Government of Alberta announced it has laid charges, specifically six counts under the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act against Canadian National Railway Company for failing to comply with provincial environmental legislation. The charges relate to the release of a substance into the environment on or about April 9, 2015, and failing to immediately report the release to Alberta Environment and Parks. Specifics as to what incidents the charges relate to were not available when this article was written.

New grants to advance women’s equality and prosperity
Alberta Status of Women will support organizations that improve the lives of women and girls through $500,000 in grants.

Manitoba joins New West Partnership Trade Agreement
On November 16, 2016 Premiers of Canada's four western provinces today announced that Manitoba has joined the New West Partnership Trade Agreement, strengthening and expanding Canada’s largest, barrier-free interprovincial market.

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