March 14th, 2018 ~ Vol. 89 No. 11
Council updates
CAO, Riversdale, incinerator, healthcare, outdoor learning, grader
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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.
Pass Herald Reporter
Municipality hires CAO

The municipality has announced that they have hired Patrick Thomas as Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) in a press release on March 7, 2018. Thomas has been employed with the municipality since April 2014 as Director of Development, Engineering and Operations. In July 2017, he was appointed as Acting CAO following the termination of Lorrie O’Brien’s contract, former CAO.

Grassy Mountain Coal Project: joint panel

As part of the Grassy Mountain Coal Project approval process, a three-person joint panel will be established to review the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). This panel will consist of two members from the Alberta Energy Regulator (EAR) appointed by the Chief Hearing Commissioner through on Order In Council and one appointed by the Minister of Environment.

A panel can be established as late as fall 2018, following which they have 14 months to review the information, hold hearings and write their report and AER’s decision on the project.

Council passed a motion to submit a letter to the Ministry of Energy requesting that the two provincial members be appointed by June 2018 at the latest.

"The two provincial appointees can only be done by an Order In Council. If that's not done by June, then they break for the summer. If they don't make the appointment by September, then the 14 months doesn't start ticking until that point, so you lose three months for nothing," said Councillor Dean Ward, who made the motion.


Council discussed the Pincher Creek Landfill’s license renewal application to include provisions for an incinerator.

Councillor Ward explained that at this time, no funding has been allocated for an incinerator, nor have any grants been applied for. All the board has requested is adding the provision of an incinerator to their license. Having an incinerator become a reality at the landfill is a multi-year, multi-million dollar project that would require public consultation.
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He added that the board is not considering a continuous incinerator, but one that would burn on a batch basis. Several landfill users have expressed difficulty at burning livestock and live material waste, which has prompted the discussion of adding an incinerator to the landfill’s services.

Joint Meeting Doctor’s and Council

Council passed a motion to invite Rural Health Professions Action Plan (RhPAP) to a Governance and Priorities meeting to present as a delegation. RhPap is a rural health recruiting agency.

In February, Mayor Blair Painter shared with Council that he had met with Dr. Peter McKernan, chief of staff at the healthcare facility, who informed him that the community would not benefit from RhPAP's services as the community does not have any difficulty attracting doctors or healthcare professionals to live and work in Crowsnest Pass.
However, Council still felt that they may still benefit from a meeting.

Nature Learning Play Space at MDM

Council approved Stage 1 of a new learning environment initiative at the MDM Community Centre in Bellevue, proposed by Brighter Futures and The Crowsnest Pass Early Childhood Coalition.

The project is to create a natural learning environment. Stage 1 involves developing the alcove area of the MDM.

"The Nature Learning Play Space will bring our children back to the original roots of play, beginning with the outdoors," wrote Meagan Morency, parent educator with Brighter Futures, in the letter of request. "It will include all-natural materials such as stumps, logs, bushes, trees, boulders, etc. Children are born with an innate ability to learn through play in environments that they are able to manipulate and explore. This space will encourage the risky play, natural exploration and learning that many of us remember from our childhoods."

In the long-term, the groups also have plans for a Stage 2 and 3 in the project, expanding out across the field of the MDM, but this phase is for further consideration and has yet to be approved by Council.

Funds for the project will be funded through grants, donations and sponsors. No funds are requested from Council.
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Downed grader

Council approved to transfer $60,000 from equipment reserves to facilitate repairs to the municipal grader, a machine used for snow clearing.

According to Patrick Thomas, Chief Administrative Officer, the transmission on the 2001 grader failed approximately three weeks ago.
Administration has investigated several solutions, including purchasing a new unit, rebuilding the existing transmission and replacing the transmission with a new one. They determined that replacing the transmission entirely is the most effective solution.

A new unit would cost approximately $465,000. In the meantime, the municipality has been renting a grader from a local contractor.
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