August 30th, 2017 ~ Vol. 87 No. 35
Crowsnest Pass Council updates
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York Creek water license transfer to Riversdale

Council passed a motion to lease out the York Creek water license to Riversdale Resources for a term of 30 years, with the option to renew. The water is currently not used by the municipality and is not in good standing with the province. Therefore, the municipality is in jeopardy of losing the license if they do not come up with a valid reason for use of the water.
The municipality had considered the water source as a means for irrigation water for the ski hill or golf course, but it’s not something the municipality can afford, as it would require approximately $3 million in infrastructure work to do that. Even if the irrigation idea would be feasible, construction would begin in a 30-year horizon.

The water license transfer would be of reciprocal benefit to both the municipality and to Riversdale, with the municipality being able to preserve the licence, and the water being an approval requirement for Riversdale.

With the license transfer, terms would be for Riversdale to have the water for 30 years with the option to renew for another 30 years. The lease would be tied in with their application with the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) for obtaining permits to construct and operate a mine. Riversdale would pay $1.2 million to the municipality nine days after receiving regulatory approval to commence construction.

“They would put all the money in that’s required to bring this license back to good standing. It won’t cost the taxpayers any money to keep this licence,” says Mayor Blair Painter. “I think it’s a really good win-win for both parties. It gives them the water they require and it gives us the opportunity to keep this licence.”
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Councillor Dean Ward noted the “use it or lose it” aspect of the water licence.

“In recognizing that we’re not going to come up with $3 million in the next few years to put in infrastructure to use this water licence, it says to me that we’re going to get $1 million to rent an asset that we’re going to lose in the next year or two,” he says. “When you think about it, 20, 30, 40 years down the road, water is going to be a very valuable commodity and asset for this community. I’ll support this 100%. I think it’s an asset to the municipality to keep this water licence and this seems to be our only way right now to keep it and to keep it in good standing.”

Councillor Doreen Glavin pointed out that the province is currently not issuing any water licenses to the Municipality of Crowsnest Pass for an indeterminate amount of time.

Patrick Thomas, Director of Development, Engineering and Operations, stated, “We will not be issued any water license. That has been clearly stated to us, until we justify our water consumption.”

Marketing Strategy & Implementation

Council passed a motion to approve the Marketing Strategy and Implementation plan that was presented at the Governance & Priorities Committee meeting on August 15.

Community Services worked with the Economic Development Committee to develop strategic plan to market Crowsnest Pass and its assets.

The municipality is to issue and manage a Request for Proposal (RFP) that will go out to contract a company to execute the marketing strategy.
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Council Remuneration Policy

Council passed a motion to approve the Council Remuneration Policy that will increase the monthly stipends for Mayor and Council by $200 and tying it in COLA (cost-of-living adjustment).

“We’re still going to be lower than comparators, but it allows us to inch forward,” said Kristin Ivey, Manager of Corporate Services with the municipality, adding that the policy has not been adjusted since 2010.

Ivey compared the Council remuneration rates with adjacent communities with similar population size and found that on average, the remuneration for Crowsnest Pass Mayor and Councillors was among the lowest at 55% less than towns across Alberta. Ivey 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.

The remuneration policy update will be enacted for next council.

$5,000 Fortis donation allocation

Council passed a motion to allocate Fortis’ donation of $5,000 to changing the surface of Coleman’s Flumerfelt Park to rubber. Councillor Dave Filipuzzi noted that the park was shut down for a short period of time this past winter because of slippery pavement. Installing a rubber floor surface would enhance the safety of the children and prevent falls and slips on wet concrete.

Pass Piranhas funding request

Council passed a motion to donate $1,000 to the Pass Piranhas Swim Club.

The association was seeking contributions to help defray the costs associated with the John Irwin Memorial Swim Meet, which took place on July 14 and 15. Some 200 swimmers from all over Southern Alberta competed in approximately 140 race events. All funds raised are used to offset the costs of hosting the event; pool rental, coach and volunteer meals, as well as the purchase of ribbons, medals and trophies for the competitors. The ability to cover expenses for this event through sponsorship and contributions allows us to continue to provide a valuable service to our community’s youth without financial anxiety,” wrote executive member of the Pass Piranhas Swim Club Michel Collings in the request for funding.
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