Monday, January 26, 2015

Alberta fiscal crisis, how will it affect us?

It looks like Premier Prentice is preparing all of us for bad news. Just keep in mind that 30-40% of our revenue comes to us in the form of provincial grants.

Alberta Premier Jim Prentice says fiscal crisis means rollbacks on table for public sector ... and him

Monday, January 19, 2015

Municipality Of Crowsnest Pass Legal Matters

For Immediate Release - The Municipality was served as the defendant in a Legal Claim by the former Chief of the Blairmore Fire Department who is also a member of the Smoke Eaters Community Society. This Claim is currently in the hands of the Courts and the Municipality is finalizing the Statement of Defense.
The Municipality has also been served a Legal Claim by members of The Blairmore Smoke Eaters Community Society. This Claim had been turned over to Legal Counsel for preparation of the Statement of Defense.
Both claims were initiated from the events of 2012 and the Municipality has prepared this information press release so that the Community would be informed of these events having been initiated against the Municipality. As these claims are in a Legal process at this time the Municipality cannot elaborate further on details of the claims.  As the Municipality moves through the legal process, we will endeavor to keep the community advised within the constraints imposed upon it.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Some people are just plain stupid!

The following is a municipal press release regarding the issue of somebody running a snowmobile on our cross country trail system last weekend.

Snowmobile Damage to the Allison Cross Country Ski Trails

On the weekend of January 10 & 11, one or more snowmobiles accessed the Allison Chinook cross country ski trails multiple times. A fair amount of trail damage resulted, spanning roughly 13KM (40%) of the network. Trail conditions were restored the evening of Monday, January 12th, however, weekend users likely experienced some poor conditions. The ski club is now discussing measures to prevent future occurrences. In addition, several signs stating "no snowmobiles, ATV's or dirt-bikes" have been placed at the entry/exist points as a temporary measure.

Albert Stella Arena

Albert Stella Memorial Arena January 14, 2015

January 14, 2015 - For Immediate Release – The Municipality of Crowsnest Pass has completed its investigation into the health and safety concerns related to the Albert Stella Memorial Arena (ASMA).  As a result, a remediation plan and budget has been prepared that will allow the facility to safely remain open for the next 2 years.
At the Council meeting of January 13, Council approved the proposed remediation plan and contract in the amount of $61,845 plus GST.  The remediation work has already commenced and portions of the work will continue into the spring.  However, the majority of work will be completed quickly and public use of the facility is expected to resume over the next 2 - 3 weeks.  Once this short term solution is implemented, the Municipality will need to actively plan for the future of the facility. 
 The Municipality thanks the public and user groups for their patience during this short-term closure.  For more information please contact Lyle Hannan, Director of Community Services at (403) 562-8833. 
Note: It's important to note that the above press release and the actions of council last night only deal with a short term solution (Two years) to the issues within this facility. The full facility evaluation report is posted at the address below, it is a real eye opener.