January 24th, 2018 ~ Vol. 89 No. 24
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Council updates: CAO, fire pits, grants
Crowsnest Pass Herald Front Page
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Crowsnest Pass Municipal Council from left tor right: Councillors Marlene Anctil, Dave Filipuzzi, Doreen Glavin, Mayor Blair Painter, Councillors Lisa Sygutek, Gordon Lundy and Dean Ward.
ANNA KROUPINA
Pass Herald Reporter
CAO recruitment
With budget approved and December holidays over, Council will begin advertising for the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) position. Patrick Thomas, Director of Development, Engineering, and Operations, has been acting CAO since July 2017.

Application for Disaster Recovery Assistance
The municipality has requested $80,000 from the Alberta Emergency Management Agency (AEMA) for disaster recovery assistance following the severe wind and fire event that occurred in October 2017.

AEMA’s Disaster Recovery Assistance program is available to municipalities in the event of large disaster events to alleviate some of the burden from unexpected disasters that they did not budget for. The grant will cover the costs that the municipality incurred from extended staff hours, emergency centre operations and other services that were provided during the incident.

There are three criteria to be eligible, according to the AEMA website: “damage or loss is widespread, or event has threatened economic viability, the event is considered extraordinary and insurance is not reasonably or readily available to cover the damage and loss.”
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Public fire pits
Council requested that Administration bring back a report on public fire pits in the community for the January 30 Governance & Priorities meeting. The report should include observations, statistics and the fire chief’s professional opinion on whether it is safe for the municipality to allow public fire pits.

This was in light of concerns about the public abusing the use of the Flumerfelt Park fire pit. Fire Chief/Manager of Protective Services Jesse Fox confirmed that the Flumerfelt fire pit recently received one call for service, but by the time crew arrived on site, the kids causing mischief had run away.

Community Trail maintenance
Council requested that Administration bring a progress report on what it would take for the municipality to maintain the Community Trail for the January 30 Governance & Priorities meeting.

Meeting with Rural Development Consultant
Council requested a status report for when a Special Council Meeting would take place with Julie Davis, Rural Development Consultant for the south zone west region with the Government of Alberta’s Rural Health Professions Action Plan. Davis is expected to meet Council, Dr. Allan Garbutt, doctor at the Crowsnest Medical Clinic, and Dr. Johannes Maritz, owner of Mountain Side Medical Clinic in February to discuss hiring an anesthesiologist and a general surgeon for Crowsnest Pass.
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CNP Seniors Housing
The Crowsnest Pass Seniors Housing Board has requested $376,009 for the 2018 Municipality Grant Requisition, a 10 per cent increase over the previous year. The Board had requested $341,826 in 2017, $312,037 in 2016 and $296,234 in 2015 for the seniors housing tax levy.

Changes to the policy for Category 1, 2 and 3 grants
Council approved changes to the municipal grant funding policy to streamline applications and for recipient organizations to be more transparent in how the funding is applied.

In order to access grants the following year, organizations will be required to submit financial statements and reports detailing how funds were spent.

Council also approved up to $3,000 to go towards marketing material that would be supplied to organizations for use at their events. This includes items like a 10x10 branded pop up tent and banners.

It was also stipulated that Category 3 grants could be awarded for only one year. Afterwards, an organization must apply for Category 1 or 2 funding if the event is scheduled to be reiterative.

The municipality will communicate all changes to its user groups. Streamlined forms will be available to fill out online.
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