Town of Canmore

Council Clips – June 18, 2019

Today was Council’s committee of the whole meeting, which is the forum they use to hear briefing reports on administration’s various activities.

Peaks to Prairies Southern Alberta Electric Vehicle Network

Canmore has been selected to host an electric vehicle (EV) charging station as part of the Peaks to Prairies Southern Alberta Electric Vehicle Network. The public charging station will be located in the parking lot adjacent to Miner's Hall and be available to the public. Implementation of this project supports the Town's Climate Action Plan, where we committed to supporting the build-out of EV infrastructure throughout the community. For more information, and to see a list of all EV charging locations in town, visit https://canmore.ca/joomla-pages-iii/categories-list/2-latest-news/852-electric-vehicle-charging-station

Snow and Ice Control Policy

The Town's current Snow Removal Policy is almost 17 years old and is due for an update to reflect Council's strategic goals around transportation and accessibility. As well, the current contract for servicing the municipal roadways is set to expire on July 31, 2019 and will go out for tender and will include meeting the service level expectations outlined in the new policy. You can read the proposed details in the agenda package https://canmore.ca/documents/3321-2019-06-18-cow-agenda

Affordable Services Program

The Affordable Services Program (ASP) has been in place for two years, and the number of participants has far exceeded expectations. Currently, 44% of participants have been in Canmore for one to five years, while 33% have been here for 15 or more years. There are 844 people in the program: 313 single adults, 54 couples, 67 dual parent families, 71 single parent families, and 218 children. Based on the feedback provided by renewal participants, the data indicates that the program is reaching its intended outcomes and making a major difference in the lives of low-income earners in Canmore. As one participant said, “it’s a real life-changer.”

Car Camping on Municipal Lots

A short-term parking restriction from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. has been in place since the beginning of the month and an outreach worker has been hired to connect people with resources and collect demographic info. In order to be able to recommend long-term solutions, we need to determine who is sleeping in the lots and what their needs are. Since the restrictions have been in place there is more availability of parking during the day, but people are returning to park a night. We will be reaching out to businesses to determine the impact of parking restrictions, as well as counting vehicles at various times of the week, and meeting with individuals to understand their situation. For more information, visit https://canmore.ca/projects/overnight-camping-on-municipal-lots

Committee of the Whole Regular Features

Check out the meeting agenda package to read:

  •         Councillor Updates – a monthly report on the activities of individual councillors
  •          Service Area Reports – each department provides a summary of operational activities
  •          Council Resolution Action List – direction given by Council to administration
  •          Bow Valley Regional Housing updates

You can also see a video of the presentations at https://canmore.ca/town-hall/town-council/council-minutes-agendas

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