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Quote of the Week
“Surveys confirm the number of new trees attacked by mountain pine beetle have declined from a year ago.”
- Mel Knight  
- Sustainable Resource   
Development Minister   

 

 
At the November 16 regular meeting of Crowsnest Pass municipal council, in addition to welcoming new Chief Administrative Officer Tully Clifford, Mayor Bruce Decoux announced that in the coming months, he will be addressing three major issues for residents of the Crowsnest Pass.
“These are issues that have been hanging over the heads of the population for quite some time,” said Decoux. “They have to be approached and dealt with as soon as possible.”
The first motion, which will be brought forth at the April 5th meeting of Council, will be in relation to the lands and building on which stand the former Crowsnest Centre, and Council’s decision as to the disposition of such.
The second, which will be addressed on April 19, will be in regard to the Bridgecreek Development Corporation’s River Run project.
“There are steps the municipality can take to deal with this issue,” said Decoux.
The third will address the duplication of services within the municipality, and will be brought forward at the May 3rd meeting.
The timeline for these motions will coincide with the completion of the economic task force council is currently working to assemble.

Waiver of arena ice fees
At the November 9th meeting of council’s Governance and Priorities Committee, Council made the recommendation to the Culture and Recreation Board that ice fees be waived for use of the Albert Stella Arena in Blairmore, in support of Minor Hockey’s application to host the Pee Wee Provincial Championships from March 25-27, 2011.
While Councillors Brian Gallant and Emile Saindon were not present at the Council meeting on November 16, they had voiced their support of the motion at the GPC meeting.
The motion to recommend to the Culture and Rec Board that the fees be waived was carried unanimously.

Municipal advertising
It was Council’s original intention to deliver a decision as to municipal advertising in both local newspapers at the November 16th meeting.
However, Mayor Decoux informed those in attendance that earlier that afternoon, Council had been informed that the Promoter had an exclusive contract with the municipality, and that the municipality was bound not to advertise in the competing paper until the end of the year.
“Council had not been aware of this,” said Mayor Decoux. “We have an issue with breaking a contract.”
He moved to table the item until the following meeting on November 30.
The motion was carried unanimously.

 

Ball soccer complex request
A motion was made for the outstanding balance of $25,871 to be paid to Drain Brothers Construction Ltd., for construction of the Crowsnest Pass Ball Complex, be split up between the 2010 and 2011 operating budget.
A total of $10,000 will be taken out of the Sports and Fields portion of the 2010 budget, with the remaining $15,871 to come from the 2011 operating budget, with the full amount to be authorized for payment in 2010.
This decision will not impact contingency reserves at years end.
The motion was passed unanimously.

Waiving of off site levy
Council received a request from the Crowsnest Pass Food Bank prior to the November 9th GPC meeting, asking for Council to consider waiving the payment of the offsite levy for the construction of the food bank’s new building on 19th Avenue in Blairmore.
A motion was made to grant the offsite levy exemption, and was carried unanimously.
Request to lease road allowance
Council received a request from Crowsnest Mountain Resort to lease the road allowance which forms the west boundary of the property, to be utilized for grazing and access by the lessee.
Administration and Public Works made a visit to the site on November 4th to inspect the area in question.
It was revealed that the lessee was using the road allowance to gain access to the rear portion of the grazing lease, and that there was an existing mobile home on the site, part of which appears to be encroaching onto the road allowance.
Council indicated at the November 16th meeting that leasing a public road allowance would deny public access to everyone else who uses it.
A motion was made to deny the request, which was passed unanimously.

Council appointments
Proposals were made for council to appoint Sarah Gallant and Janis Entem to Crowsnest Pass Culture and Recreation Board, in order to fill vacancies left by the resignation of Erin Arthur and Councillor Jerry Lonsbury, respectively.
Councillor Larry Mitchell moved to appoint Gallant, which was passed unanimously.
Councillor Jerry Lonsbury then moved to appoint Entem, which was also passed unanimously.
A request was also made for Council to appoint Barbara McClary to the Municipal Heritage Board, which Councillor Mitchell so moved, and was also passed unanimously.

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