Tuesday, May 25, 2010  
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Quote of the Week
“They’re not invalids. They should be getting out and cleaning their yards.”
- Councillor David Cole  
- on passing the community   
standards bylaw   


After the corporate review by George Cuff, released last fall, indicated that they should do so, council hired Farmer and Associates to create a strategic plan for the municipality. On Tuesday, May 18, that plan was presented to council.
The plan divides municipal operations into different sections, and presents a list of priorities and a desired timetable for completion of these priorities in each section.
Priorities listed in the plan include developing a long term equipment replacement plan, conducting a feasibility study on consolidating Public Works buildings, and developing an emergency road connecting Blairmore and Coleman.
The plan also suggests possibly hiring a full time emergency services chief, and looking into installing a chair lift at the ski hill. The plan suggests the municipality appoint a community events coordinator, and explore the possibility of developing an arts, culture, and music centre.
Further suggestions include possibly hiring an economic development officer, developing a strategy to maintain and diversify volunteerism, and doing a cost/benefit review of public transportation. The plan suggests developing a policy for governance training for councillors, and developing a long term plan to address the lack of office space at the municipal office.
The strategic plan lists findings from public consultation. Under a governance section, public input indicated that "there are issues with the leadership provided by council."
"Council is seen as a roadblock to new development within the town and is perceived to micro manage in operational meetings," states this section. It indicates that council is perceived to not have a vision, and that they should not do planning in a piecemeal fashion.
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