MD of Pincher Creek council held its regular meeting Sept. 22.
Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village
Colleen Cyr again presented the museum’s plans for a new exhibition building, the specifics of which can be found in the town council article in last week’s issue. Additionally, she informed council that the museum was planning to host its Halloween in the Village activity on Oct. 31.
The museum is working closely with the health inspector, Mrs. Cyr said, and will adhere to protocols like physical distancing, masks, limiting the number of people entering at a time, and ensuring volunteers handing out candy are wearing gloves.
“We’re trying to address every possible thing without letting the kids know that it’s just been a really challenging year,” she said.
While recognizing that public health officials may restrict Halloween celebrations, the museum decided to plan for the best-case scenario.
“We can cancel it in a few minutes, but we can’t put it on in a few minutes,” she said.
More information about the event can be found at www.kootenaibrown.ca.
Brett Wuth, the director of emergency management, was on hand to provide council with an update on the recent Covid-19 diagnosis in the area and to respond to any questions.
Part of the discussion revolved around whether the trigger level to activate the emergency management agency should increase.
Currently, any confirmed case of Covid-19 in the Pincher Creek area increases the agency’s information activities to a Class 3 alert. The EMA is meeting with the emergency advisory committee today to discuss whether multiple cases should elevate the alert level, rather than just a single diagnosis.
“There is a new normal, and that new normal is that there will be, from time to time, occasional cases of Covid-19 within our region,” Mr. Wuth said. “The discussion becomes, at what level should that require activation of the emergency management agency?”
A Class 2 activation means the emergency agency is monitoring an incident that could develop into a situation requiring co-ordination, whereas Class 3 means the agency is co-ordinating the assessment, planning and actions between multiple organizations with meetings being called as necessary.
As part of administration’s review of the corporate policy manual, a few minor points were updated regarding MD road allowances and community events.
Landowners may lease municipal road allowances not currently needed for road construction under a licence of occupation. The update specifies the agreement falls under conditions of appendices A and B of Policy C-FIN-529 — Fees and Charges, and changes the prescribed licensing fee from $20 per year to an amount established per half-mile “or portion thereof,” as outlined in the policy.
The policy gives landowners who are opposed to the MD using herbicide treatments on rights of way adjacent to their property the option of assuming responsibility for weed control on behalf of the MD.
The MD’s policy on donations was updated to clarify how the MD can support local organizations and events.
The changes specify MD staff can volunteer to assist with community events as MD employees so long as they have prior permission from their department head.
Phrasing describing how organizations can request monetary donations was rewritten to make clear that requests must be forwarded to the joint MD and town funding committee by the second Wednesday of September each year.
A minor alteration also clarified that the MD does not allow external groups or organizations to use its postage meter, as well as specifying the small meeting room in the MD building, not council chambers, may be rented free of charge by area non-profits.
As part of approving the Sept. 8 minutes, council ratified disciplinary measures against Coun. Quentin Stevick.
By releasing information to an outside party not authorized by council and by involving himself in administrative matters that fall under the jurisdiction of the chief administrative officer, Coun. Stevick was found to have breached sections 5.1 and 8.6 the MD of Pincher Creek Code of Conduct Bylaw C-1281-17.
In consequence, he will receive a formal letter of reprimand, must apologize for the breach and issue a letter of apology to the affected party. He will also be removed from all council committees and bodies until March 23, 2021, or at council’s discretion.
MD council’s next meeting will be held at 1 p.m. in council chambers on Tuesday, Oct. 13.
Sean Oliver, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Shootin' the Breeze