May 24th, 2017 ~ Vol. 87 No. 21
Crowsnest Pass Municipal council update and news
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Wastewater Service Blockage Policy

Council voted to adopt the Wastewater Service Blockage Policy, which formalizes the process and accountability for wastewater service line blockages that affect homeowners. The policy provides direction as to which situations and circumstances the municipality and homeowner are held responsible for a blockage on a wastewater line and how the maintenance, repair and payment procedure will play out.

Based on the policy, the municipality would be responsible for costs associated with maintenance and repair located on public land when the blockage is caused by pipe failures or tree roots originating on public property. The homeowner is responsible for maintenance and repair of the entire service line between their dwelling and the sanitary sewer main in the street when the blockage is caused by obstructions or damage originating from or on their property.

The policy in its entirety is available on the municipal website.
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Senate of Canada
Contribution Award

In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, a Senator’s Contribution Award has been established to recognize Albertans who make a significant contribution to their community. Two nominated individuals will be awarded medals in time for Canada’s 150th birthday on July 1st by Senator Doug Black, who instituted the new award during National Volunteer Week in April.

Council will nominate two individuals in the community who would be appropriate recipients of this recognition.

“We all acknowledge the important work of civil engineers, planners and builders when we consider the physical aspects of our municipalities, but we sometimes forget that it’s volunteers working in a wide variety of roles that turn a mass of people and infrastructure into a community,” said Senator Black in a press release.

Council pays into Federation of Canadian Municipality’s Legal Defense Fund

Council approved a voluntary contribution of $128 to the Federation of Canadian Municipality’s (FCM) Legal Defense Fund. The FCM is an organization that intervenes and supports municipalities going through legal cases, and the fund covers legal costs incurred by FCM in its role as intervenor. The Municipality of Crowsnest Pass is a member of the FCM and have in the past attended FCM’s annual conference. FCM has requested that the municipality contribute to its Legal Defense Fund as a way of helping the organization restore the long-term health of the fund. This would allow them to continue to assist municipalities in legal issues.
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Fee, Rates & Charges Bylaw – First Reading

Council passed first reading of the Fee, Rates and Charges Bylaw. The bylaw incorporates the utility rate increases approved as part of the 2017 budget process, and adjustments to other notable areas including administrative, development, safety codes, and cemetery.

In cooperation with Fantin’s Funeral Home, changes were done to the cemetery fees. The draft bylaw does away with a resident and non-resident fee structure and includes several cost increases to burials and plots. The single fee for a full size burial plot is increasing to $700, from a $350 – resident and $900 – non resident price. Cremation fees are increasing from $125 – resident and $250 – non resident to $350. The updated fees cover initial costs and also perpetual care of the plots.

The policy is intended to bring Crowsnest Pass cemetery fees to current standards as compared with neighbouring communities. For comparison, a full plot in Fernie is $700 and cremation is $350 as of 2011. In Sparwood a full plot is $260 + $65 for perpetual care.

Changes were also made to the development fees, including municipal advertising rates policy, permit fees and safety code fees.

The draft bylaw in its entirety can be viewed on the municipal website.
May 24th, 2017 ~ Vol. 87 No. 21
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