MD of Pincher Creek council briefs

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Council for the MD of Pincher Creek met May 11 to hear from a number of delegations and discuss action items on the agenda.

Waterton Dam campground

Glenda Kettles went before council with her plans to build a campground off Highway 6 on the north shore of the Waterton Reservoir, adjacent to the existing provincial campground and recreation area.

The 12-hectare site is currently used as winter pasture for bulls.

Ms. Kettles plans to build about 120 lots over two phases. “Initially I was going to do leased lots throughout the whole thing, but as I’ve talked to a few people the overnight seems to be our best option at the moment, with some sale leased lots,” she said.

Providing more short-term camping sites, said Coun. Terry Yagos, would help fill a growing need in the area.

“There’s extreme shortage of daily use. Somebody comes for three or four days and they can’t find a place to camp,” he said.

Council was fully supportive of the plans and agreed to move forward with rezoning the site to permit camping once administration is ready to present it as an amendment to the land-use bylaw.

Curling rink

Town of Pincher Creek councillor Mark Barber and curling rink executive member Garry Cleland came before council requesting that a member join the steering committee for the new curling rink.

On April 26, town council agreed to pay $30,000 for a master concept plan to be completed by Les Furber Design. The plan will include three options for building a new curling rink on the south side of the golf course clubhouse, with both clubs sharing the lounge.

Executives from the golf club, bowling alley and weight room have all agreed to the proposed plan to build a new curling rink on the property.

Once completed, the plan will provide dollar amounts for the new rink, helping the steering committee determine what course to pursue for funding. The master concept plan is expected to be completed by the end of July, and the committee intends to make a formal plan with both councils by August.

MD council agreed to appoint a member to the committee at its next meeting. More information on the proposed curling rink can be found online at bit.ly/PC_curling-rink.

Beaver Mines water project

The MD has received draft approval from Alberta Environment and Parks for the Beaver Mines water and wastewater project.

Final approval will be given once conditions in the draft are met; currently, administration and the MD’s legal counsel are reviewing the terms and conditions.

Construction is anticipated to begin at the end of June.

Lundbreck skate park

Back in March, Grade 11 and 12 students at Livingstone School cleaned up the hamlet’s skateboard park. In an effort to help local youth personalize the park, the Patton Park Society requested $500 from the MD for plywood and paint supplies. Once completed, the signs will be attached to the ramp guardrails.

Council approved the request and will take the money from the public reserve trust.

Next meeting

The next council meeting will be held virtually at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, June 8. The meeting agenda and link will be made available at www.mdpinchercreek.ab.ca.

Sean Oliver, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Shootin' the Breeze

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