February 28th, 2018 ~ Vol. 89 No. 9
Council Updates
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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.
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Category 3 funding requests

Council discussed and voted on granting funding requests.

Ducks Unlimited

Council did not grant $1,000 to Ducks Unlimited who requested the funds to cover costs for use of curtains and rental of the Crowsnest Pass Sports Complex for their annual dinner and auction.


Council granted $1,000 in funding to the Crowsnest Cando Society.

Eat Crow

Council granted $1,000 to the Eat Crow Crowsnest Flavour Fest. The funds will be used towards the rental of the MDM facility and use of the RIDE Crowsnest municipal bus.

Ride Crowsnest

With the decrease in RIDE Crowsnest service, Council passed a motion directing the Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) board to create voucher system with a subsidy of $6 per ride with Crowsnest Pass Taxi for seniors qualifying under the federal Guaranteed Income Supplement program to use on the days that RIDE Crowsnest does no operate. In addition to that, Council directed the FCSS to investigate a similar program for people with disabilities.

Further, the reduction in RIDE Crowsnest service will begin the week of April 1, 2018 as opposed to the beginning of March. In April, the service will be reduced from five to two days per week as per a Council decision made in December 2017.
Public art
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Council discussed how to proceed since the Creative Minds group pulled their proposal to work with the municipality on an art installation on the south fence of the Crowsnest Community Pool.

Council budgeted $15,000 to community beautification with an additional $1,000 donation from Riversdale Resources. In summer 2017, Community Services connected with various stakeholders to determine interest for community beautification. Six initiatives came out of the consultation.

Council passed a motion to direct Administration to review the survey and receive public input as to which ideas they prefer. Residents will have until March 16 to view the results and add any additional input on the topic. Administration will have the results ready for the subsequent Council meeting on March 27. Council is open to working with any group willing to work with the municipality that is able to specify what contributions they can make to the project.

Karelian Beardog Program

Council passed a motion to send a letter to the Ministry of the Solicitor General reinstatement of the Karelian Bear Dog Program in Crowsnest Pass.

Snow removal

Council would like to remind private contractors that cleared snow needs to be removed from municipal roadways and intersections. This was in response to Councillor Lisa Sygutek bringing up a concern of a high snow pile on the corner of 21 Avenue and 130 Street in Blairmore, obstructing the vision of drivers turning onto 21 Avenue.

Residents are also asked to not shovel snow onto municipal roadways.
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Working with RHPAP terminated

The municipality will no longer be working with RHPAP (Rural Health Professions Action Plan), the rural health recruiting agency, to draw an anaesthesiologist and surgeon to work at the Crowsnest Pass Health Centre.

According to Mayor Blair Painter, he was informed by Dr. Peter McKernan, chief of staff at the healthcare facility, that their staffing is sufficient. There are 10 active doctors at the hospital and a young anaesthesiologist from Victoria, BC has recently been hired. Although there is currently no surgeon on staff, there are three surgeons that are available on an as-needed basis from neighbouring communities. The healthcare facility will be looking to hire a general practitioner/surgeon.
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February 28th, 2018 ~ Vol. 89 No. 9
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