As part of their May 11 meeting, Crowsnest Pass council members received an update about recycling services in the community. The growing number of random campers in the Pass was also discussed, and the purchase of a new fire truck was approved.
Chief administrative officer Patrick Thomas provided a brief update about the arrangements for recycling being made with the Crowsnest/Pincher Creek Landfill Association.
A formal proposal has been agreed upon and the landfill has ordered bins that should arrive in six to seven weeks.
The recycling site will be set up in Hillcrest and will accept cardboard, paper, plastic, tin and aluminum. Glass will not be accepted.
With the arrival of warmer temperatures, a significant increase in parked camping trailers has been observed, particularly along Willow Drive in Coleman.
The best way to control random campers, said Coun. Dave Filipuzzi, would be to pass a bylaw setting out rules for camping in the community.
“Other than having that, we’ve got no real recourse to deal with it,” he said.
The issue may be something bigger than campers looking for a place to set up, replied Coun. Lisa Sygutek.
“I can’t tell if it’s because they have nowhere to live and we don’t have adequate housing for them, or if they’re just random camping. We need to do a little bit of an investigation,” she said.
Council directed administration to bring the topic back to a future meeting for further discussion.
“We’ll do what we always do: try and work with the public and our protective services, and that’s how we move forward with that,” said Coun. Doreen Glavin.
After passing the borrowing Bylaw 1074-2021 two weeks prior, council approved the purchase of a new Pierce Ascendant 110-foot aerial platform fire engine from Commercial Emergency Equipment. The cost is $1,370,235 before taxes.
The borrowing bylaw permits council to take out a loan up to $1.5 million.
With recent public pushback over increased taxes, Mayor Blair Painter said he understood why people might question such a big purchase but that, ultimately, the fire truck was needed.
“My experience in 22 years with the fire department is it’s definitely not a truck that rolls in every situation, but it does give good fire protection coverage at a higher altitude,” he said.
The mayor pointed to the three-storey York Creek Lodge project as one example justifying the fire truck’s purchase. “We do need this type of apparatus to battle a fire if it was out there,” he continued.
“It’s hard to swallow that kind of a price tag, but these vehicles aren’t cheap and it’s going to last us a long time.”
Safety, added Coun. Sygutek, was worth the money.
“If it saves one life, it’s worth $1.3 million,” she said, adding that with landscape restrictions more and more multiple-level buildings would need to be built to provide the needed space.
Coun. Marlene Anctil agreed, citing 24 commercial buildings in the municipality that were two storeys or higher. Residential homes, she added, were following suit.
“When you take in the residential in that, I think this fire truck is really worth it in this area,” Coun. Anctil said.
The next council meeting will be held Tuesday, June 1, at 7 p.m. at the MDM Community Centre in Bellevue. The meeting agenda and package materials will be made available online at https://bit.ly/CNPagenda.
Sean Oliver, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Shootin' the Breeze