There are a number of theories as to why 13 is considered unlucky, though none of them have been proven. That said, it’s still common for tall buildings to skip numbering the 13th floor — just in case.
Crowsnest Pass council dealt with some minor bad luck of its own during the May 17 council meeting as two items on the 2022 budget each required over $13,000 in increased spending.
The first approval was for the new municipal float. Originally budgeted for $60,000, the pricing for the float’s sculptures — a bear, cutthroat trout, cougar and replica of Turtle mountain — pushed the expenditure over budget by $520. That figure is likely to rise slightly since council requested that a rocky mountain sheep replace the cougar and pricing was provided only for the big cat.
The biggest price jump, however, was the reinforced windproofing that would allow the float to travel at highway speeds. The folding float sides and tarp cost an additional $13,125.
Council approved the extra $13,645 as the added protection will be needed to move the float throughout the municipality and for attending parades in other communities.
“We gotta go with the highway-proofing and the windproofing,” said Coun. Dave Filipuzzi. “I think that’s a no-brainer.”
The second approved increase was for the Miner’s Path bridge project. Also budgeted for $60,000, the lowest bid to replace the bridge was submitted by Trotz Bros Holdings at $73,590. Material cost increases were cited as the main reason the project was now over the allotted budget.
Council approved the $13,590 increase and awarded the project to Trotz Bros., who will replace the old bridge with a new galvanized metal one.
Both budget increases will be supplied through the mill rate stabilization reserve.
Sean Oliver, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Shootin' the Breeze