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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Town Council Meeting, November 28, 2011

Chris Davis

Pincher Creek Town Council met on the evening of Monday, November 28. The meeting began with a presentation by Diane Burt-Stuckey of the ChooseWell Award won by Pincher Creek, which you can read about in more detail by clicking here.

Nuisance Bylaw

Nuisance Bylaw 1574-11 passed second and third readings unanimously. As a direct result of this, the Town will now assume responsibility for trees on town boulevards that are considered unsafe.
New fee structure for public services

Fee Structure Bylaw 1584-11 passed first reading unanimously, after some discussion. Director of Community Services Diane Burt-Stuckey presented council with some information from other communities in southern Alberta, regarding what those communities charged for services. "We found overall for the pool and the arena that we were a bit low, and so we need to make some adjustments." According to Burt-Stuckey, only 8 people bought monthly passes to the pool last year, and that option will no longer be available.

Regional Services Steering Committee to be formed

A steering committee of composed senior executives from the M.D. of Pincher Creek, the M.D. of Ranchlands, the Town of Pincher Creek, and the Village of Cowley has been established. The idea was initially sparked as the result of discussions between the communities and the Crowsnest Pass/Pincher Creek Landfill Association, in conducting a feasibility study for regional solid-waste management. An exploration of possible grant-funding initiatives led the communities to consider additional sharing opportunities. These could include recreation, Family and Community Support Services, animal control services, enforcement services, and economic development opportunities. Senior administrative positions might also be shared. The creation of a Senior Municipal Planner position has been suggested.

Councillors Roy Smyth and Sahra Nodge both expressed interest in sitting on this committee, with Smyth deferring to Nodge. Nodge's appointment to the committee, with the Crowsnest Pass as the lead municipality, was passed unanimously.

As a result of this decision, the new committee is eligible for a Regional Collaboration Program (RCP) grant, available through the province, which can provide up to $250,000 per year. The deadline to apply is November 30, 2011 to be eligible for funds in 2012, which would likely be paid in May or June of 2012 if approved.

Amendment to the Business Licence Bylaw 1550-11

Council voted unanimously to accept an amendment to the Business Licence Bylaw, now numbered 1550-11, reflecting an increase in the fees charged by the Alberta Southwest Regional Alliance to businesses who wish to conduct business regionally, and an increase in the cost of garage sale permits. It will now cost $80 for an annual regional business licence, and $10 to hold a garage sale.

At this juncture Councillor Smyth was kind enough to congratulate Pincher Creek Multimedia Services, the parent company to this publication, for receiving our shiny new business licence. Our company, formerly known as Comodisc, looks forward to serving the Pincher Creek area for many years to come.

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