Thursday, October 15, 2015

Pincher Creek Town Council briefs from October 13, 2015 meeting

Toni Lucas

Council for the Town of Pincher Creek held their regular meeting the evening of October 13, 2015. In attendance were councillors Wayne Elliott, Lorne Jackson, Doug Thornton, Mark Barber, Jim Litkowski and Mayor Don Anderberg. CAO Laurie Wilgosh was also in attendance. The next regular meeting of Pincher Creek town council is scheduled for 6:00 pm on Monday, October 26.

In camera from September 28:

CAO Laurie Wilgosh had a performance evaluation in camera on September 14. The resulting discussion resulted in a salary adjustment retroactive to January 1, 2015.

Council agreed to proceed with a request for proposals for a consultant to prepare site and building plans and a cost estimate for a combined curling rink and community recreation centre facility. The cost is to be charged to the curling rink replacement project budget.

Regular meeting from October 13:

Yvan Lebel offers his services to council

Yvan LeBel appeared as a delegation before Council to talk about his services in the photography, web development, and graphic design fields. He currently has an office in the Lebel Mansion.

New folding and sorting machine to cost up to $26,000

Council agreed unanimously to increase the 2015 capital budget for a new folding and sorting machine. Administration has priced out an alternative to their current 2008 machine, which is said to be large and wearing out. They have found a machine to do the tasks required for $26,000. Mayor Don Andrberg said "It's part of doing business as a town. There's lots of mail."

Report notes

Councillor Wayne Elliott was appreciative of the new LED lights donated to the town arena by LED in Motion. "The reduction in our power bill is going to be phenomenal." Elliott said the iWorks program to streamline requests had 397 requests in the system for the quarter.  Elliott said this saved a lot of administrative time and makes each request easier to track.

Councillor Lorne Jackson said that during the Operations committee meeting a grass maintenance policy was drafted. This committee will be looking into seeing if they can get some funding from Alberta FireSmart "To help control some of the areas that may be an issue." He said regarding the poll the town conducted regarding water fluoridation "It is a pretty close split right now." He said 52% want the fluoridation removed, and 47% wanting to keep it in the water supply. "It's very, very close."

Councillor Doug Thornton talked about the Crestview Lodge building project. "We have got some assurance from the government that their commitment of 9.8 million dollars remains, but that amount will be adjusted to where it will be no more than 80% of the total construction of the building."

Mayor Don Anderberg said the Minister of Transportation asked the Highway 3 committee for letters of support from communities and organizations who are involved. Of Joint Funding he said "the satisfaction level overall for the people who requested funding, should be pretty high."

Council accepted the report from Operations Department for the third quarter. Mayor Don Anderberg said "It's unbelievable how many things are getting done."

Council then went in camera to discuss land issues.

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