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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Pincher Creek Town Council notes from November 25, 2013 meeting

Toni Lucas, Pincher Creek Voice
  • One or more Councillors to take Assessment Review Board Training
  • Planning for a two day planning session
  • Affordable housing was addressed in council 
  • Pow-wow funding request advised to approach Joint Funding
  • Pincher Creek Golf Club to receive a letter of support
  • Pincher Creek to join with Lethbridge on a bid for Canada Winter Games
  • Holiday Train to be met by Mayor Anderberg
  • Town council hears SSRP concerns from Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative president
Council for the Town of Pincher Creek met on the evening of Monday, November 25, 2013. In attendance were Mayor Don Anderberg and Councillors Adrian Hartman, Wayne Elliott, Mark Barber, Tammy Rubbelke, Lorne Jackson, and Doug Thornton. CAO Laurie Wilgosh was also in attendance.

One or more Councillors to take Assessment Review Board Training

Council voted unanimously to allow Councillor Tammy Rubbelke and (subject to scheduling) Councillor Wayne Elliott to take Assessment Review Board training in March of 2014. The training courses are free to attend, however there will be travel costs for the four day training session.

Planning for a two day planning session

Council discussed the idea of a two day retreat for all the Councillors to help create a strategy plan for the Council. There have been similar planning retreats in 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2013.

This is meant to be a time to do assessments, planning, and set directions for the future. There was some hesitancy about having the planning session too early, as some of the new Councillors have not yet attended meetings at boards that they have been appointed to attend.

There was discussion about when to hold the retreat, possible venues, and who to have facilitate the work.

Councillors that have attended these sessions in the past expressed that it is a helpful tool to help define goals and help council define what they want for the Town of Pincher Creek.

Councillors are to provide information as to their availability between January and March to assist administration in scheduling this retreat. Administration was directed to find out if the Positive Culture Company is available for the retreat.  They helped create the current strategic plan that is currently in use, which was developed in 2011.

Affordable housing supported by council

The members of the Town of Pincher Creek agreed unanimously to pass a resolution to support the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) National Housing Campaign. The Town of Pincher Creek will urge the Minister of Employment and Social Development Jason Kenney to develop a long term plan for housing.

NAPI advised to approach Joint Funding with powwow funding request

Napi Friendship Association sent a letter to the Town of Pincher Creek requesting support for the Competition Pow-wow that is to be held in Pincher Creek January17 to 19, 2014. After reviewing the request the Council felt that it was appropriate to advise Napi Friendship Association to make their application via the Joint Funding program.

Pincher Creek Golf Club to receive a letter of support

Members of Council agreed to provide the Pincher Creek Golf Club with a letter of support from the Town of Pincher Creek to be used in support for a grant application from the Community Facility Enhancement Program. The grant application is to help cover costs for the interior development of a maintenance building located on the west side of the golf course.

Pincher Creek to join with Lethbridge in bid for Canada Winter Games

"The Canada Winter Games will be in southern Alberta, somewhere, in 2019," said Mayor Don Anderberg. Pincher Creek Council voted to work with the City of Lethbridge to create a bid as cohosts.  The Council members moved to draft a letter of support for a joint southern Alberta/City of Lethbridge bid with Castle Mountain being the center for the skiing facilities. According to Mayor Anderberg the City of Red Deer is also making a bid on the event. The councillors were excited about the opportunity to host the games, strengthen partnerships, increase tourism, and develop the region.

Holiday Train to be met by Mayor Anderberg

The entire Council for the Town of Pincher Creek is planning to attend Council Orientation and Training sessions on the day that the Holiday Train is scheduled to arrive at Pincher Station Tuesday December 10 at 11:15 am . Council members from Crowsnest Pass, Town of Pincher Creek, Cowley and the MD of Pincher Creek will all be attending the orientation sessions.

 It was suggested that the Mayor and Reeve from Pincher Creek and the Mayor of Crowsnest Pass be excused  for part of December 10 from the orientation to attend the Holiday Train arrival. Mayor Don Anderberg will be contacting Reeve Brian Hammond and Crowsnest Pass Mayor Blair Painter to suggest this plan to them.

Originally former Councillor Sahra Hancock was to act as an emissary on behalf of the Town of Pincher Creek, but is now unable to attend.

Related story:
Holiday Train stopping at Pincher Station and Coleman on December 10 


Town council hears SSRP concerns from Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative president

Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (YYCI) President Karsten Heuer appeared as a delegation before Pincher Creek's Town Council during the regular council meeting of Monday evening, November 25, 2013. Heuer said he was disturbed by the small amount of change in protected areas represented in the draft South Saskatchewan Regional Land Use Plan (SSRP), and that he wanted to inform the council about what stage the SSRP process is currently at.  Public input will be taken on this draft until January 15, 2014.



Reports

During reports all the Councillors that attended the November 20-22 AUMA Conference in Calgary gave reports on the meetings that they attended. The members of Council that attended were Mayor Don Anderberg, Councillors Adrian Hartman, Wayne Elliott, Tammy Rubbelke, Lorne Jackson, and Doug Thornton.

After the regular meeting the Council went in camera to discuss a personnel issue.

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