February 17th, 2021 ~ Vol. 91 No. 7
Council Briefs
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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 9th.

Bylaw 1066, 2021 – Amending the MPC Bylaw

Council had some discussion at the January 19, 2021 Council meeting regarding amending the MPC Bylaw to clarify when members of the public would be given the opportunity to speak. The result of this discussion is that public presentations shouldn't be made but rather the applicant can be asked questions of clarification. An amending bylaw was drafted to support this request. Councillor Glavin made the motion for second reading and that motion was carried. Councillor Ward then made a motion for third and final reading and that motion was also carried.

Crowsnest Pass ad MD of Pincher Creek ICF

Under the MGA, the Municipality is required to complete the Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework (ICF) process with the MD of Pincher Creek by April 1, 2021. There is a provision to allow rural municipalities to extend the timeline by one year provided both Council’s agree by resolution and file those with the Minister of Municipal Affairs. The ICF must be reviewed every 5 years or less, if stipulated in the framework. A draft ICF has been discussed by both Councils and some minor wording changes were required. A stipulation to enter into an agreement for community services that are currently being provided was desired and this agreement was reached in January 2021. Following brief discussion, Councillor Anctil made a motion that Council approve the ICF document between the municipality of Crowsnest Pass and the MD of Pincher Creek. The motion was carried.
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Council Committees Discussion

Council has had considerable discussion on the various Council committees over the last three years on the mandates for each of the advisory committees that will be adopted by bylaw. In the fall of 2020, Council decided to move ahead with the General Committee Bylaw for the committees that they had determined the mandates and membership requirements and to come back to the other committees at a later date. At that time, there were an additional two committees being considered; the Governance and Priorities Committee and the Protective Services Advisory Committee. Additionally, at the Organizational Meeting on October on October 27, 2020, it was not determined if the full membership of the Economic Development Committee would be transitioned to the Community Marketing Advisory Committee or if new application would be sought. Instead, the membership was left as is until further discussion could occur. Lastly, further discussion needs to occur on the structure of the Crowsnest Pass Community Pool Society and the Municipality, as originally outlined in the spring of 2018. Council first discussed the GPC and Councillor Ward said he doesn't see a need for many of these meetings going forward. "I don't see a need to have a structured date. If over the course of two or three council meetings we come up with something strategically we want to have a meeting about, I'd schedule a meeting. Otherwise why schedule it just to cancel it. I couldn't see a need for these meetings more than two or three times a year." Other members of council agreed with that sentiment. CAO Patrick Thomas said if Council wants the chance to have these meetings, Council will need to amend the General Committees Bylaw in order to schedule them.
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After discussion, Council came to the conclusion that they want to option to have these meetings so CAO Thomas said administration will provide a schedule for Council's consideration. Council then discussed the Community Marketing Advisory Committee and the Economic Development Committee. During the discussion around the EDC's mandate, it was determined to rebrand it into the CMAC to more accurately capture the focus Council wished to see. When the discussion on the existing membership of the EDC came up, it was determined that Council would determine if they would simply transition some/all of the members over to the new committee or if there would be a new application process. This discussion has not occurred yet and so both committees are in abeyance waiting for an outcome. Councillor Glavin says this should be handled similarly to how the PSAC is being handled. "We should actually sit down with the EDC and have their thoughts on it. Maybe some don't want to stay or some do. They might have a better idea of the mandate and structure of it. We always seem to be going in circles on this one." Councillor Ward agreed that a meeting with the committee would be best. "I think we really struggled with this and we still aren't clear where we'd like to see this go. I don't think it would hurt to sit down with these people and get some feedback from them. During that process we'll find out how many of them are really interested." Following that discussion, Councillor Ward made a motion that council sets up a meeting as soon as possible with EDC members and hold a discussion about moving forward with the CMAC. The motion was carried. Council also briefly discussed the Crowsnest Pass Community Pool Society. Councillor Glavin suggested that this topic be brought back after other committees are dealt with. Councillor Ward then made a motion that this topic come back at a later date. That motion was carried.
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