The May 25 MD of Pincher Creek council meeting involved several action items, including increasing the budget for the Lundbreck dog park and appointing a member of administration to the curling rink steering committee.
Lundbreck dog park
Due to an increase in the cost of fencing material and a decrease in its availability, the Lundbreck off-leash dog park requires an additional $10,000 to complete.
Council approved the budget increase. Originally, council allocated $25,000 from the public reserve trust. Although over $108,000 remains in the reserve, council members noted that upcoming projects like the Beaver Mines walking trail and potential expansion at Fishburn Park should be remembered.
“We’ve only, in four years, asked for $280 for a sign, so I’m hoping that there’s some money left in the trough for when Fishburn Park comes on the agenda,” said Coun. Rick Lemire.
After members of the steering committee informed council about a conceptual plan to build a new curling rink next to the Pincher Creek golf course last meeting, council members voted to appoint a member of administration to the committee to represent the MD.
With municipal elections coming up this fall, appointing a member of administration will provide continuity. Since the MD and town have agreed to share recreation costs, council decided it was prudent for the MD to participate in the committee.
Roland Milligan, director of planning and development, was assigned to the committee.
After the election, a councillor will be appointed to the curling rink steering committee. The conceptual plan for the rink should be done sometime in July, with a formal proposal with building designs and costs established by mid October.
Coal committee consultation
MD council will meet virtually with the Alberta coal policy committee to discuss the MD’s views on what Alberta’s long-term approach to coal exploration and development should be.
The MD’s emphasis, said Coun. Quentin Stevick, should be reinstating the 1976 coal policy.
“I don’t think the majority of the people that I’ve spoken with or that I represent, or any of the other people downstream, want to have the coal policy changed,” Coun. Stevick said. “They want it to be left alone.”
Rather than simply being for or against coal development, added Reeve Brian Hammond, the discussion the MD should bring to the committee is the level of environmental protection current regulations offer.
“We’re interested in the quality and quantity of water issue. That’s what we have always been focused on,” he said.
“Maybe this is naive, but we’re looking for assurances that the appropriate and extensive enough safeguards are put in place to protect those two elements. That’s the message that we should be bringing.”
Sean Oliver, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Shootin' the Breeze