March 4th, 2020 ~ Vol. 90 No. 9
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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
The following topics were discussed at the regular council meeting on Tuesday, February 25th.

Atrum Coal

Atrum Coal delivered a delegation to council to update them on where Atrum currently is with their project. The update included background on Atrum and the area in which they plan to mine and the type of coal they will be mining. Atrum Coal is listed on Australian Stock Exchange and has a highly experienced board and management. Atrum has been working in Western Canada since 2012. The project they are currently focused on in the Crowsnest Pass is the Elan South project. Atrum acquired the Elan asset in 2018 and started exploration and environmental monitoring the same year. In 2019, they established an office in Blairmore and continued successful exploration programs. Atrum hopes to complete the Elan Project Scoping Study this month.

Land Use Bylaw Amendment – Rezoning Retail Commercial (C-1) to Cannabis Retail Commercial (C-4)

An application to amend the Land Use Bylaw was received by the Municipality on January 28th, 2020, to re-designate from C-1 to C-4 Cannabis Retail Commercial, the parcel at 13609 – 20th Avenue Blairmore. Administration recommended first reading of the bylaw pass. Councillor Sygutek then made a motion that council pass first reading and the motion was carried.
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Business License Bylaw

The Business License Bylaw was brought forward to Governance and Priorities Committee on August 20, 2019 for review. Changes were made and the Bylaw was presented for first reading at the January 21, 2020 Council meeting. Three additional changes were identified by Council and have been incorporated in the Bylaw being presented to Council for second and third reading. The main change council made was reducing the fine for first offences to $250 from $500 for businesses who don’t get their licenses. After some discussion, Councillor Sygutek made a motion that council pass second reading with the changes presented and the motion was carried. Councillor Glavin then made a motion that council pass third reading with the changes presented and that motion was carried as well.

Q4 Development and Trades Statistics

Council was given an update on the fourth quarter development and trades statistics.

For building permits, in 2018, there were a total of 96. In the fourth quarter of 2019, there were 14 building permits issued, which brought 2019’s total to 96 as well. The final number of closed building permits for 2019 was 123. For plumbing permits, 2018 saw a total of 30 permits issued and the fourth quarter report for 2019 shows an increase with 38 total permits handed out. There were also 26 plumbing permits closed in 2019. Gas permits also saw an increase in 2019 compared to 2018 with 82 total permits being given; four more than in 2018. 57 gas permits were also closed in 2019. As for private sewage, there were just three permits given out, all of them in the fourth quarter of 2019, which is three less than the six in 2018. There was also just one permit closed in 2019. Electrical permits saw an increase in 2019 as the fourth quarter report shows a total of 135 permits handed out in 2019, which is 29 higher than the 106 from 2018. There were also six electrical permits extended and 90 closed in 2019. Finally, for development permits, 63 total permitted use permits were issued in 2019, which is 20 higher than the 2018 total, 63 discretionary use permits were also issued in 2019, which is 26 higher than the 2018 total. Full numbers on these stats can be found on the municipal website.
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Highway 3 Interim Improvements Consultant Award

As part of the partnership with Alberta Transportation, the Municipality agreed to oversee the project to provide interim upgrades to Highway 3 throughout the Municipality. The work that is to be undertaken in 2020 is the installation of traffic signals at the Hwy 40 and the Bellevue/Hillcrest intersections along with a two way left turn lane through Frank. The Municipality is also looking to install a walking path/sidewalk from Happy Mart to Hwy 40 to 22 Ave to the Complex to the High School as part of this project. The Municipality is pushing to have all construction completed by June 30, 2020. Administration also recommended to council that WSP Canada Inc. be selected for the project. Councillor Filipuzzi made a motion that council award the project to WSP Canada Inc. and the motion was carried.

GPC Recommendation – Gary Smith Proposal

On February 11, 2020, the GPC received a presentation from Gary Smith on a proposal for a joint venture. From the meeting, the GPC made a recommendation for Council to consider. The joint venture proposed is creating a type of coaster that would be built on the local ski hill and wouldn’t interfere with the ski hills current operations. The coaster would be a similar ride to what is currently built in Revelstoke BC.

Councillor Lundy Update

Councillor Lundy informed council of his decision to resign from council. Councillor Lundy’s resignation will be accepted during the next regular council meeting on March 3rd, 2020. A by-election will be called to replace Lundy’s position on council.

Notice of Motion – Secondary Suites

Councillor Sygutek notified council that she will bring the topic of secondary suites forward at a future council meeting for further discussion.
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