June 14th, 2017 ~ Vol. 87 No. 24
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Crowsnest Municipal council update
Crowsnest Pass Herald Front Page
ANNA KROUPINA
Pass Herald Reporter
Crowsnest Community Choir grant

Council approved a $1,000 Category 3 grant to the Crowsnest Community Choir (CCC).
The CCC were looking to receive funds to put towards their annual Gala Concert on June 11 as part of their Canada 150 celebration at the Springbreak Flower Farm. This was a special 150th concert where food and refreshments were served for ticketholders and a 16-piece big beat jazz band helped present the concert.

The choir has a history in the community of over three decades, and they have performed at various community functions like the Hillcrest Disaster Memorial Ceremony, the Remembrance Day Ceremony, at Fantin’s funeral home and at Blue Christmas services.

The funds are going to compensate the musicians for assisting the choir in presenting the concert, some of which have been attending practices from Lethbridge.
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Director of Emergency Management appointment

Council moved to appoint Fire Chief and Manager of Protective Services Jesse Fox as Director of Emergency Management (DEM) for the municipality.

A DEM is mandatory to have in every municipality in Alberta as per the provincial Emergency Management Act. The DEM acts as the authority figure overseeing emergency plans and operations.

2016 overtime report

Kristin Ivey, Manager of Corporate Services, presented Council with the 2016 overtime hours report.

In 2016, the Municipality had 4,625 hours of overtime or $161,844, down 23% or 1,405 hours from 2014. The overtime hours are spread across multiple departments.

Total overtime hours in 2014 were tallied at 6,030 and in 2015 at 4,773.

Community Services and Development and Engineering & Operations are the two departments that used the most overtime, collectively accounting for 84% of total municipal overtime. The ski hill and public works by far exceed other departments with overtime hours, incurring 1,092 and 1,003 hours respectively in 2016.
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During the public input period, President of the Ratepayers Association Ed Strembicki expressed concern at the $161,844 of overtime pay. With certain employees working on-call during weekends, he questioned whether they are being paid premium rates, or whether they take two days off throughout the week to compensate for working during the weekend.

“You have to have control of your staff and even though you have a union contract, you can still negotiate it. We are a community that works shift work. Why is our municipality different?” said Strembicki.

Mayor Blair Painter noted that the municipality is bound by union contracts and that being a labour issue, he was unable to comment further.
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