August 23rd, 2017 ~ Vol. 87 No. 34
Council updates: Governance and Priorities meeting
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Council Remuneration Policy

Administration sought input on the Council Remuneration Policy to set rates for the incoming council.

Administration compared the Council remuneration rates with other similar-sized neighbouring communities and found that on average, the remuneration for Crowsnest Pass Mayor and Councillors was among the lowest at 55% less than towns across Alberta.

Ola Oladele, Director of Finance with the municipality, pointed out that in the Southern Alberta region, only Cardston and Fort Macleod had lower remuneration rates, but that is offset by both municipalities having approximately half the population of Crowsnest Pass.

Currently, Council members receive $70 for meetings up to 4 hours in duration and $160 for meetings over 4 hours. A monthly stipend of $800 is paid to Mayor and $500 to Councillors.

Council agreed to bring up the rates to match comparators by increasing the monthly stipends by $200 and tying it in with the rate of inflation.
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Recycling Policy

Council reviewed a letter of support for MLA for Livingstone-Macleod Pat Stier outlining the need for better oil management. The letter called on the Government of Alberta to “immediately enact the proposed regulatory changes needed to ensure the viability of existing recycling programs”, “work with municipalities on a more comprehensive approach to reducing waste”, and “work with municipalities to determine how revenue from the carbon levy can be used to support waste reduction initiatives.”

Council commended the Pincher Creek Landfill for offering outstanding recycling services, especially about accepting oil.

“I think we’re way ahead of what a lot of municipalities, especially rurally, are doing,” said Councillor Dean Ward.

Council highlighted, however, the convenience of having an avenue to dispose of oil locally, something in the municipality and directed Administration to speak with the Pass Beverages recycling centre in Frank to see if they could accommodate oil waste on-site.

Councillor Ward suggested speaking with the centre about switching out glass and replacing it with oil instead, as there is no market for glass.

According to Councillor Ward, Crowsnest Pass produces approximately 700 kg of waste per person, which is right around the national average. The provincial average for Alberta is approximately 1,000 kg.

Renewable Energy
Feasibility Study

Joey O’Brien, Manager of Community Services, presented Council with a proposal for renewable energy in the community.

O’Brien attended an event where Temporis Developments, one of the presenters, expressed interest in making their first significant economic investment for a location in Alberta. Temporis is a firm that invests in green energy programs. They hope to get ahead of the changes that are occurring in the environmental regulations in Alberta and created an office several months ago in Calgary.
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Councillors Ward and Dean Filipuzzi, Crowsnest Pass resident Jay Yanota, O’Brien and former CAO Lorrie O’Brien met with Temporis and Green Cat in June to learn about the services they provide and discuss what opportunities for renewable energy are present in the community.
Green Cat, a renewable energy consulting firm, conducted an initial feasibility study that reviewed the opportunities available in Crowsnest Pass and provide a guide for the community.

Should Council wish to proceed with the project, the first step would be an assessment of the energy potential that exists in this region. According to O’Brien, the potentials in Crowsnest Pass are wind, solar and geothermal. Temporis would conduct a study worth approximately $20,000. The investment by the municipality in the entire project would be $1,000, and that would be in order to have ownership of the data.

A detailed analysis would follow and lastly, the actual project development.

Temporis has multiple investment options for the municipality. According to O’Brien, in some cases, they completely own, run and operate a project and the municipality only gets taxes according to benefits agreement through the joint ventures. In other cases, the municipality owns, runs and operates a project, and Temporis is simply acting as the founding agent and long-term consulting company.

Councillor Ward raised a concern that Council has never collectively discussed whether they want to steer them municipality in the direction of renewable energy. He added the uncertain nature of the changes in regulations following the end of term of the current government.

Councillor Filipuzzi said, “The initial investment of $1,000 to do this isn’t that great and it would open the door for discussion for the next Council to maybe build on it or sideline it, but it would start the process anyways.”

Mayor Painter noted that for the money invested, this would be a good opportunity to “get our foot in the door with the province”, regardless of whether the program carries on in the future or not.

Council agreed to use the Green Cat study to provide background data for conversations about renewable energy opportunities in the municipality and requested that Temporis bring back an example where solar power is produced with capital costs for less than 6.8 cents per kilowatt hour. The government is passing legislation to limit power costs to no more than 6.8 cents per kilowatt hour for electricity.
August 23rd, 2017 ~ Vol. 87 No. 34
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