June 20th, 2018 ~ Vol. 89 No. 25
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Sidewalks for seniors, community standards, Chinook Arch
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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
Sidewalks for new seniors' lodge

As the province prepares for the construction of the new York Creek Lodge in Coleman, the municipality has received an inquiry from Alberta Infrastructure regarding what plans the municipality has for sidewalk infrastructure around the lodge to ensure that it ties in with their construction plans.

Although there has been discussion about a sidewalk system for lodge residents at past open houses, there is nothing currently within municipal plans and nothing within the 2018 budget.

At this time, a sidewalk will come out of the building to the south and terminate at 22nd Avenue.

"We need to look at bigger picture of where we're trying to get them to so that we can look at the best route. Where we want to get them to is an important part of the conversation," said CAO Patrick Thomas.

Council agreed that ensuring that seniors have the ability to walk and go outside is important, but said that future discussion is needed to determine a destination for seniors to reach. A 200-metre section of sidewalk is expected to cost approximately $60,000.

"We are going to have to have a big conversation because you can't put people up there and not allow them to get somewhere for coffee," said Councillor Lisa Sygutek. "I think we're really going to have to look and find somewhere they can have a coffee or they can socialize, especially the ones that are more able-bodied. I think it's going to be quite a big discussion."

Councillor Dean Ward, while agreeing that seniors need to remain mobile, expressed concern over the price tag associated with sidewalk construction.

"I think that for the seniors that have mobility, it would be good to get them to the drug store in that area, but when I see $60,000 for 200 metres... We need to have more conversation," he said.

Community standards bylaw update

At a meeting on May 25, 2018, Council directed Protective Services to take a more stringent approach when it comes to unsightly properties and upholding the Community Standards Bylaw.

According to Jesse Fox, Fire Chief/Manager of Protective Serivces, an ad campaign was launched informing residents of the requirements outlines within the bylaw.
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"We have made very good progress on many of the problematic areas in many different communities. There is not one community that has not one scrutiny," said Fox.

However, Council still felt that too much focus was being put on education and wanted to see a stronger focus on enforcement rather than education.

"How much longer are we going to focus on education? We've been educating people for five years. When will it come to the hammer coming down?" said Mayor Blair Painter.

Council was in agreement that they wanted to see more timely action be required on the part of homeowners.

"There is nothing concrete to get the problem resolved. We've been talking to people for five years. We want this community cleaned up and I think it's time we say enough's enough," said Mayor Blair Painter, and suggested that the compliance order states "short and firm dates" by which the order needs to be met before further action is taken.

When Protective Services receives a complaint, the CPO investigates to determine whether the complaint is anything of substance. If the property owner is in violation of the Community Standards Bylaw, they are charged a $50 inspection fee and the CPO provides a detailed compliance order of what the owner needs to do in order to bring that property into compliance. The owner has between 15 and 30 days to meet the requirements. Exceptions can be granted in extenuating circumstances up to 180 days. If no attempts have been made to rectify the issue after this period, the person can be charged a $250 fee for the first offence.

Within the bylaw, there is also the option to hire contractor services to bring the property to an adequate level.

As per the bylaw, "if the required actions are not done within the time specified, the Municipality Work Force will carry out the actions required and charge the cost thereof against the person or persons to whom the Order is directed, and if such person or persons do not pay the costs, the costs shall be charged against the premises concerned as taxes due and owing in respect of that property and recovered as such."

If the owner is found to have violated the Community Standards Bylaw a subsequent time following the first offence, he enforcement officer can issue a $500 for the second offence and $1,000 for the third and subsequent offences, in addition to the $50 inspection fee.
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Chinook Arch Regional Library System

Council heard a delegation from Robin Hepher, the CEO of Chinook Arch Regional Library System, who provided an overview of the network and its services, its budget and funding, highlights from 2017 and future projects.

The Chinook Arch Regional Library System is a network of libraries in Southwest Alberta that allows participating libraries to share resources and reduce costs. According to Hepher, their purpose is "to partner with municipalities to raise the level of library service in urban and rural areas." The regional library system focuses on behind the scenes activities to allow local library staff to represent library publicly and serving the public.

Services provided by Chinook Arch include interlibrary loans, IT and fundraising support, staff development opportunities and fundraising support.

"Our Library has a small staff contingency of 2.5 people. But, I feel that the staff at Chinook Arch, and the other Library Managers in the system are all my co-workers, and part of my team. Together we can do so much more," says Crowsnest Community Library manager Diane DeLauw.

Each participating municipality pays a regional library requisition to be a part of Chinook Arch. In 2017, the Municipality of Crowsnest Pass paid $41,666 while in 2018, the budgeted requisition is $42,708. Levies are determined on a per capita basis and changes to the requisition need to be approved by a motion from council.

They operate on an approximately $4 million per year budget where municipal levies account for the main source of funding.
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