June 6th, 2019 ~ Vol. 89 No. 23
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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.
David Selles
Pass Herald Reporter
During Tuesday May 28th’s council meeting, council made the following decisions on these topics.

DARCY'S NATURE WALK

Darcy’s Nature Walk applied for Category 3 funding for their 12th annual edition of the event.
Under council’s funding, Category 3 is reserved for new initiatives alone and thus decided to reject the application.

Mayor Painter stated during discussion that council wanted to support the walk but that it simply can’t come out of Category 3 funding.

Councillor Glavin added that council should think about changing what is said on the applications to reflect what each category is for.

Following Discussion, Councillor Lundy made a motion to present this funding request to the FCSS and that motion was defeated because the FCSS also focus more on new initiatives.

Councillor Ward then asked administration to advise them to apply to the landfill fund because the walk falls under the criteria for those funds.

COLEMAN'S SENIORS FACILITY UPGRADE

Administration presented to council that seniors are looking to have the municipality install a new AC unit in the Coleman Senior’s Centre.

The current estimate for an AC unit is approximately $15,000 to $25,000.

The upgrade is not included in the 2019 municipal budget so administration is looking for council to decide whether or not to fund this immediately or wait and discuss it for the 2020 budget.

The Coleman Seniors have indicated that that they will be willing to provide 50 per cent of the cost with the municipality contributing the rest.

After some discussion, Councillor Filipuzzi made a motion that council fund 50 per cent of the cost and the motion was passed by council.
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PASS COMMUNITY POOL UPGRADES

In 2019, the pool society presented a capital budget of approximately $180k to help finish upgrades at the pool.

Council conditionally approved that request provided that the funding would come through grant applications.

The proposed upgrades to the pool include barrier free accessible change rooms and showers, refinishing the change room floors, new signs and handicap-parking stall with a sidewalk to the entrance.

Administration’s recommendation to council for this is that funding for this project comes from the budgeted 2019 reserves transfers if council would go through with it.

As part of the discussion, Councillor Sygutek said that the pool is used by that segment of our population enough that these upgrades should be completed.

Councillor Sygutek then made a motion to commit to the 50 per cent matching to be funded from reserves up to $87,600 if they receive the grant. The motion was carried.

LETTER OF CONCERN

After receiving a letter of concern, administration and council discussed what steps could be taken to ensure residents are given fair warning when it comes to non-emergency situations for ticketing.

After much discussion, Councillor Lundy made a motion that council let the CPO identify the violation, make every attempt to communicate the offence to the offending party and then issue a 24-hour notice to correct. The offending party would then need to produce evidence of the correction within the time frame designated by Protective Services. Every Situation will be unique and considerable discretion would be used. The CPO would immediately tow where the risk to the community and public roadways were concerned. This would also only be for first time offenders as well.

The motion was passed.

After some more discussion, council also decided to refund the cost of the towing to the citizen.
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SKATEBOARD PARK RAMP OWNERSHIP

Council was told by administration that the Skateboard Society was hoping to claim ownership of the ramps currently still in Albert Stella Arena.

Administration advised council that because none of the ramps have engineering approval in order to be relocated to another municipal facility, they should allow ownership of the ramps to be given to the Skateboard Society.

Councillor Lundy then made a motion to allow ownership of the ramps to be given to the Skateboard Society and the motion was carried.

COUNCIL PARTICIPATION AND SUPPORT FOR AMAZING TEEN RACE

Council discussed the fact they were asked to support and participate in the Amazing Teen Race put on by CNP40.

Council would host a challenge at the municipal office and have council members participate. The idea is that the students in teams of four would pitch an idea to council that would include a budget and be asked questions and council may also decide which idea was the best at the end of the day.

After short discussion, council decided they would participate and support the event.

BORROWING BYLAW

As part of the approved 2018 Capital Plan, council approve $1.1 million towards upgrading the ice plant at the Sportsplex.

Administration has successfully issued an RFP towards the project and the selected vendor has proposed a contract of just under $1.1 million.
Through the Borrowing Bylaw, administration is recommending an additional 10 per cent contingency that would bring the total borrowing up to just under $1.2 million.

This bylaw also includes setting out the amount of money being borrowed and the purpose of it, the maximum rate of interest, the term and terms of repayment and the source of sources of money to be used to pay the principal and interest owing on the borrowing.
Council passed second and third reading of this bylaw.
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