Monday, June 1, 2015

Rum Runner Days, Summer event???????

Open Discussion/Meeting for Marquee Summer Event 2016

Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Elks Hall, 2025 129 Street, Blairmore

The Municipal Council of Crowsnest Pass would like to invite all interested User Groups and Non-Profit Organizations of the Municipality to a meeting to discuss the possibility of a marquee Summer Event in 2016.Interest in moving forward with this event will be determined at the meeting.
Thursday night you get to be part of the decision, you could be part of the event.
Got an idea drop by share it, put your name on the list.  

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Crowsnest Pass Service Plus program 2015

The big green bins will be at the following locations:

Coleman Sportsplex

June 11-13  9am-3pm

Blairmore Shop

June 15-17  12pm-6pm

Hillcrest Shop

June 18-20  9am-3pm

Toxic and E-waste Round-up

Coleman Sportsplex   June 13  9am-3pm

Teck Coal and the news we didn't want to hear!

Teck Responds to Steelmaking Coal Market Conditions

Vancouver, B.C. – Teck Resources Limited (TSX: TCK.A and TCK.B, NYSE: TCK) ("Teck") announced today it will be implementing temporary shutdowns in the third quarter at its six Canadian steelmaking coal operations in order to align production and inventories with changing coal market conditions.
Each of Teck’s steelmaking coal operations will be temporarily shut down for approximately three weeks in the quarter. Shutdowns will be staggered over the summer months among the operations. Teck will continue to meet all contracted and committed coal sales for its entire suite of products.
Third quarter production will be reduced by approximately 1.5 million tonnes (Mt) to 5.7 Mt, a reduction of 22% for the quarter, with expected sales in the range of 6.0 – 6.5 Mt. Annual coal production is now estimated at 25 – 26 Mt.  Additional coal production adjustments will be considered over the course of 2015 as market conditions continue to evolve.
Guidance for unit operating and distribution costs for the year is unchanged. Capitalized stripping is expected to be about $65 million lower than original guidance reflecting lower coal production and reduced stripping costs this year due to lower diesel costs and productivity improvements since the start of the year. 

“Rather than push incremental tonnes into an over-supplied market, we are taking a disciplined approach to managing our mine production in line with market conditions,” said Don Lindsay, President and CEO. “We will continue to focus on reducing costs and improving efficiency to ensure our mines are cash positive throughout the cycle and well-positioned when markets improve.” 

This measure builds on cost reductions previously undertaken across Teck – which have resulted in $640 million in annualized savings to date – and the margin improvement program for 2015, which is on track to exceed the $100 million target previously announced. 

Shut down schedule:
Line Creek/Coal Mountain   June 28-July 5
Elkview July 2-July 5
Greenhills/Cardinal River July 6-July 13
Fording River July 14-July 21
Line Creek/Coal Mountain July 22-Aug 2
Elkview Aug 3-Aug 6
Greenhills/Cardinal River Aug 7-Aug 18
Elkview Aug 19-Aug 26
Fording Aug 27-Sept 7
Elkview Sept 8-Sept 11

Monday, April 27, 2015

Alta link Update---Crowsnest Pass no longer an option

On a positive note you can see that based on the following information the Alta Link line is not coming to the Crowsnest Pass:
A lot of effort went in to this process, and a lot of our residents voiced their concerns about this power link. Bottom link for once speaking up made a difference.

Dear Municipal Stakeholder:
Today, as part of my commitment to keep you informed of AltaLink’s projects in your area, I’m pleased to send you the Castle Rock Ridge to Chapel Rock round 2 public consultation material being mailed in the coming days to the landowners and stakeholders in your Municipal District.  AltaLink will also be providing your municipal office with printed versions of this material so you’ll have exactly what stakeholders will receive in their mail boxes.  All the project details and the proposed schedule are shown in the Newsletter and other information attached.
AltaLink has refined the routing under consideration by adjusting some proposed routes and eliminating other routes and substation sites.  The Dropped Route Letter will only be sent to the Stakeholders whose land is on dropped routes but is included in this email for information purposes.
The proposed project includes:
·       A new substation, to be called Chapel Rock Substation, located near the existing 500 kV (500,000 volts) 1201L transmission line. The proposed substation site will be approximately 255 by 210 metres (820 by 1,150 feet).
·       The existing Castle Rock Ridge Substation will be expanded as part of this project to accommodate the termination of the proposed new 240 kV transmission line. We are proposing to extend the northeast and northwest fence by approximately 25 metres (82 feet) in each direction.
·       Approximately five to 15 kilometres (3.1 to 9.3 miles) of two new, single circuit 500 kV transmission lines will also be required. The length of these lines depends on the location of the Chapel Rock Substation. We are proposing to use two single circuit, guyed structures for the portion within the hills west of Highway 22. These structures will be used for straight portions of the line. At locations where the line deflects, self-supporting steel lattice structures will be used.
·       Approximately 24 to 37 kilometres (15 to 23 miles) of new double circuit 240 kV transmission line from the existing Castle Rock Ridge Substation to the proposed Chapel Rock Substation. Final line length is dependent on the route approved by the AUC.
Open Houses
May 26, 2015
Cowley, Ab
3 to 7 p.m.
Cowley District Hall
122 Cameron Street, Cowley
May 27, 2015
Pincher Creek, Ab
3 to 7 p.m.
Heritage Hotel
919 Waterton Avenue
Pincher Creek
June 2, 2015
Calgary, Ab
3 to 7 p.m.
Coast Plaza Hotel
1316 33 Street NE
There are numerous ways for the public and stakeholders to provide input including:
o   email us at           
o   calling our toll-free line at 1-877-269-5903
o   our website
o   participating in a one-on-one consultation
Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO)
o   calling the toll-free line at 1-888-866-2959
Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC)
o   calling at 780-427-4903 (You can call toll-free by dialing 310-0000 before the number.)

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Crowsnest Pass council opposes transmission line

Crowsnest Pass council opposes transmission line

Great article on the Crowsnest Council's position on the Altalink line.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Taxes in the Crowsnest Pass 2015

Well we are almost at the end of the budget process, we did first reading of the mill rate bylaw last night.

The common questions I get asked:

How much are taxes going up?  2%

This will generate an additional $140,000 in tax revenue, which will be off set by a $146,000 drop in the School foundation rate. So unless your assessment went way up, the average resident should see virtually no increase in their over all taxes.

Is the mill rate going down? yes 3.2% our assessment base was up this year with 1% new development and a little over 3% in increased property values so the mill rate had to decease or taxes would have gone up an additional 3%.

What's happening to our utility bills? They are going up $4.98 per month.

What about Franchise Fees? No change.

Is the municipality hiring new staff? We will be hiring one position this fall to replace a person who is anticipated to retire next year. (CUPE position).

Are we putting money into reserves? Yes 2% of our operating budget.

The problem today we still have a deficit of $117,000

Municipal Options?

Increase revenue by that amount.
Decrease spending
Run with a deficit which with provincial approval we could have up to three years to fix.


When we sat down with Administration on Monday April 13 to resolve the deficit we came up with the following cuts. The first item the municipality was informed late Friday that almost $20,000 the province as always paid us In Lieu of taxes on the seniors buildings (Westwinds and Tecumesh Manor) were cut in the most recent provincial budget so our deficit actually increased at the start of the meeting.

·      Decrease in Senior’s housing revenue of ($18,904)
·      Reduce administration contingency budget by $50,000
·      Remove budget for by-elections of $4,500
·      Reduce Deputy Fire Chief contracted services by $20,000
·      Increase enforcement services fines revenue by $10,000
·      Budget to receive $50,000 back from the 2014 Hillcrest 100th anniversary
·      Reduce costs to produce municipal newsletter by $10,000
·      Reduce fire/rescue budget by $5,000

Monday, April 6, 2015

Grassy Mountain Coal Project-Public Input

Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
Public Notice - Revised
Grassy Mountain Coal Project — Public Comments Invited
April 1, 2015 — As part of the strengthened and modernized Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (CEAA 2012) put in place to support the government's Responsible Resource Development Initiative, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) must decide whether a federal environmental assessment is required for the proposed Grassy Mountain Coal Project, located in Alberta. To assist it in making its determination, the Agency is seeking comments from the public on the project and its potential effects on the environment.
Benga Mining Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Riversdale Resources Limited, is proposing to construct and operate an open-pit metallurgical coal mine near the Crowsnest Pass, approximately seven kilometres north of the community of Blairmore, in south-west Alberta. As proposed, the production capacity of the project would be a maximum of four million tonnes of clean coal per year, over a mine-life of about 25 years.
Written comments must be submitted by April 20, 2015 to:
Grassy Mountain Coal Project
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
Canada Place
9700 Jasper Avenue, Suite 1145
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 4C3
Telephone: 780-495-2037
Fax: 780-495-2876
For further details regarding the environmental assessment of the Grassy Mountain Coal Project, please visit Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency’s website at…