A question from the public was submitted in advance, and asked a number of questions regarding the Canmore Recreation Centre lifecycle maintenance project. Answers to the questions can be found here: Canmore Recreation Centre
Dieter Remppel appeared before Council as a delegation and asked if Council would consider a bylaw, as is now allowed per the recently amended Municipal Government Act, to reduce the requirement of signatures from 10% of population for petitioning purposes considering that only eligible electors can be petitioners, and that number varies from municipality to municipality.
Water Utility Rehabilitation Fund Adjustment
Due to unforeseen utility operations challenges, mostly more than expected frozen services this winter and an issue at the Waste Water Treatment Plant, Council has approved to increase to 2018 operating budget to cover the overages by increasing the Rehabilitation fund and reducing the budgeted transfer to the reserve for water utility.
Canmore RCMP Multi Year Financial Plan
Council approved the Canmore Municipal Detachment Multi Year Financial Plan for planning purposes. The Town and the RCMP are required to meet on an annual basis to prepare a multi-year financial plan that covers things such as the numbers of positions required for the detachment, staffing resources required to support the RCMP, accommodation, and equipment. It is important to note that currently the town pays for 70% of the contracted policing costs, but if the population exceeds 15,000 residents in the 2021 census, the town will be responsible for 90% of the policing costs starting in 2022. This cost, in 2018 figures would represent an approximate increase of $660,000 for the same level of service. Administration will provide a plan to address this increase as part of the 2019/2020 budget process.
Wildfire Mitigation Strategy
To ensure residents and visitors are safe from fire events, wildfire mitigation has been occurring for the past 15 years. The updated strategy provides a road map for future FireSmart activities such as vegetation management, public education, legislation, and emergency planning. An updated hazard assessment and wildfire maps can be found in the strategy here:
Photo Radar Review
Another way to keep residents and visitors safe is to manage traffic speed by providing photo radar. Council supports the philosophy that photo radar has contributed to the safety of the community throughout the years because the data shows photo radar changes behavior and slows people down. They decided an RFP will be issued to continue to provide photo radar services for a four-year contract, as the resources for this service are better provided by a contractor than by internal staff. More information on Canmore’s photo radar, including information about the projects funded by photo radar revenues, can be found here: Photo Radar