January 27th, 2021 ~ Vol. 91 No. 4
Council Briefs
Crowsnest Pass Herald Front Page
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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 January 19 Regular Council Meeting.

ACP Application – Airport Master Plan

In the fall of 2020, the Town of Pincher Creek, MD of Pincher Creek and Municipality of Crowsnest Pass had representatives meet to discuss forming an Airport Authority and that each municipality would contribute $25,000 within the upcoming budget process to help advance this initiative. During the Town of Pincher Creek's budget deliberations, the subject of the funding for the development of the Airport Authority was discussed and their Council directed that their Administration research and apply for an ACP grant, rather than each municipality having to contribute the funds from their own budget's. The Town has agreed to be the managing partner for the grant although will need a motion of support for the project from each Council. Included in the motion will be that the Town of Pincher Creek will be the managing partner. After a short discussion, Councillor Filipuzzi made a motion that the Town of Pincher Creek is the managing partner for the ACP grant application for the Airport Master Plan project.

The motion was carried.
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Curfew Bylaw 798, 2010

The 789, 2010 Curfew Bylaw is one that has been identified as a bylaw that Council may not wish to support in the present day. The bylaw is problematic with enforceability along with it is believed by Administration to not accurately reflect Councils current view. From reviewing all bylaws, Administration is recommending that Bylaw 789, 2010 is repealed. The bylaw is outdated and if enforced, would involve issuing fines to children and parents/caregivers. It is not believed that Council would wish to approach this topic in this manner. Further, there have not been identified occurrences within the Municipality to suggest this is a problem area that needs a bylaw for focused enforcement. Councillor Ward made a motion that this bylaw be repealed. The motion was carried.

Frank WWTP Upgrade Project Award

On October 26, 2020, three tenders were received from the municipality’s preselected contractors for the Frank WWTP Upgrade project for Phases 1 & 3. AECON Water Infrastructure - $29,267,390.25 PCL Construction Management - $23,014,885.22 Graham Infrastructure - $23,010,487.50 The lowest bid with GST removed and engineering added, resulted in a total project cost of $23,497,105. The project funding was $19,500,000 or a $3,997,105 shortfall. Administration has been working with our consultant and the lowest bid to strategize what can be done to close the funding gap. The Municipality has also sent letters to the Ministers McIver, Panda and Nixon along with MLA Reid.
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Two cost reductions have been identified thus far that would have any significant bearing on the project costs: Reduce project contingency from $2,822,250 to $1,250,000 or remove the offsite work which includes the sanitary dump station, bulk water fill station and RV dump station $550,000. This would leave a funding shortfall of approximately $1,874,855. Administration is recommending to move forward with project award to secure pricing, as we have already heard that steel prices may have increased by $70,000 since Christmas alone. The funding shortfall could be covered by several ways: Provincial assistance Deep infrastructure Capital Plan funding Debenture The Minister of Transportation's office advises that we should have a response by the end January, however the tender would no longer be valid and the project would need to be retendered. Council all agreed this is something they want to move forward with as soon as possible. After discussion, Councillor Ward made a motion that council accept administration's recommendation and move to award the Frank WWTP upgrade project to Graham Infrastructure.

Council 2021 Priorities

Councillor Ward would like to see Council establish what their top priorities are for 2021, so that they get the necessary effort to ensure they are done prior to the end of Council's term. To assist Council with this task, Administration has prepared a multi-level prioritization framework that includes all open Council motions, budget initiatives, capital projects, and special projects. Council discussed the top 5 priorities they’d like to see completed and after deliberation settled on the following five priorities: 1) Recycling Program 2) Traffic Signals (Hillcrest/Bellevue, Frank etc) 3) Crowsnest Crossing 4) Low Income Housing 5) Committees and Boards. CAO Patrick Thomas told Council most of these are in the works and that it is feasible to see all these initiatives completed in 2021. Thomas also said that other initiatives would still be worked on throughout the year as well.

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