Town of Canmore

Council Clips - April 19, 2022

artsPlace - Annual Review
Jeremy Elbourne, Executive Director of artsPlace attended the meeting today to provide Council with an update on a recently completed strategic planning process. The process resulted in three strategic priorities that will guide artsPlace in the coming years:

  1. artsPlace will extend our reach and accessibility, both physically and beyond our four walls to impact more people across the Bow Valley,
  2. artsPlace will expand our programing to make the arts and arts activities more accessible to all residents of the Bow Valley,
  3. artsPlace will increase funding, resources, and dedicated supports to facilitate growth, and evolve and supplement our current programs, with a particular focus on Truth and Reconciliation through Indigenous arts, and artist development.

2021 High Turbidity Event – Investigation Update
Late morning on July 29, 2021, residents living in the Cougar Creek area detected high turbidity in the potable water system, linked to the commissioning of a new water line.  As a result, EPCOR stopped the commissioning of the new watermain, and Alberta Health Services (AHS) issued a Boil Water Advisory (BWA) due to the potential for external contamination of the system during installation.  The plan to have the BWA lifted included a requirement to flush and test most of the watermains in town.  The BWA event lasted a total of twelve days with the final advisory lifted on August 9, 2021. The investigation identified three root causes that are summarized in the body of this report.

In summary, there are three factors that contributed to the incident:

  1. Complexity of the Canmore water system and the variation in its pressure zones.  Due to the Town’s topography and water sources, the water system requires many water pressure zones that are managed with Pressure Reducing Valves (PRVs).
  2. The lack of system-wide hydraulic analysis, which could have revealed the impact of the new pipe on the velocities and flows in the existing system - when an increase in velocity or a change in the direction of flow occurs, there is potential for existing sediment to be stirred up and carried into the system leading to high turbidity. While it is not normal practice to do this modelling, it would have helped in this situation.
  3. The amount of sediment in the water system due to a lack of recent or regular uni-directional flushing (pipe cleaning).  Uni-directional flushing is challenging in the Town as it requires larges spaces of land to receive the ‘flushed water’, which is difficult to identify within the developed areas.

EPCOR is planning to commission the new waterline in July 2022.  Given the challenges associated with the first attempt to commission, considerable effort has been put into the revised commissioning plan.

Busking in Canmore
Council heard an update about the busking program. Busking is only permitted in approved locations which currently include the Elevation Place Plaza, Friendship Park, Civic Centre Plaza, and Riverside Park. To increase participation and vibrancy, businesses can now apply to become an approved busking location, and busking hours will extend to 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and will run May 16 – Oct. 14. For details about the busking application process, visit Busking in Canmore

Adaptation Resilience Training (ART) Intern Report – Natural Assets and Climate Change Adaptation 
Council was provided with an update on Natural Asset Management and Valuation and Climate Change Adaptation. The work was part of an internship program, the Adaptation Resilience Training (ART) Program. The program is administered by the University of Alberta’s Sustainability Council and Associated Engineering, with internship salaries administered and paid for by the University of Alberta. 

The intent of the project was to consider the rationale and methodologies for a potential Natural Asset Management and Valuation Strategy and assess the need for a refresh of the Town’s existing Climate Change Adaptation Background Report and Resilience Plan. The full Natural Asset Management and Valuation and Climate Change Adaptation Review can be viewed in the April 19 agenda package (Agenda #D-3) pdf here (7.41 MB) .

Elk Run Boulevard Functional Design Report
Council heard an update on a future transportation project for Elk Run Boulevard and Glacier Drive. Elk Run Boulevard and Glacier Drive were initially constructed in the 1980s and 1990s, with only minor lifecycle maintenance completed since. The corridor requires replacement of some deep utilities as well as surface lifecycle pavement rehabilitation work. This provides an opportunity to also improve safety and accessibility throughout the corridor by bringing these roadways into alignment with the Town of Canmore’s Integrated Transportation Plan.

The focus of initial work is to develop a concept design and cost estimate, so that project construction can be considered as part of the next budget cycle. More information on the project is available at Elk Run Boulevard & Glacier Drive Rehabilitation

Preliminary Property Tax Rates
Ahead of passing the annual Property Tax Rate Bylaw in May, Council was provided with preliminary assessment information and tax rates for discussion. More information on preliminary rates can be viewed in the April 19 agenda package (Agenda #D-5) pdf here (7.41 MB) .

Other Items

  • Councillor Updates – a monthly report on the activities of individual councillors
  • Administrative Updates – each department provides a summary of operational activities
  • Council Resolution Action List – direction given by Council to administration
  • Correspondence – informational items were provided to Council

Details on these items can be found in the April 19 agenda package pdf here (7.41 MB) .

The Town of Canmore is located within Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta. In the spirit of respect, reciprocity and truth, we honour and acknowledge the Canmore area, known as “Chuwapchipchiyan Kudi Bi” (translated in Stoney Nakoda as “shooting at the willows”) and the traditional Treaty 7 territory and oral practices of the Îyârhe Nakoda (Stoney Nakoda) – comprised of the Bearspaw First Nation, Chiniki First Nation, and Goodstoney First Nation – as well as the Tsuut’ina First Nation and the Blackfoot Confederacy comprised of the Siksika, Piikani, Kainai. We acknowledge that this territory is home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3, within the historical Northwest Métis homeland. We acknowledge all Nations who live, work, and play and help us steward this land and honour and celebrate this territory. We commit to working to live in right relations and to advance Truth and Reconciliation.

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