Citizens for a Livable Cranbrook Society provides grassroots leadership and an inclusive process, with a voice for all community members, to ensure that our community grows and develops in a way that incorporates an environmental ethic, offers a range of housing and transportation choices, encourages a vibrant and cultural life and supports sustainable, meaningful employment and business opportunities.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Post Notes from the Council Meeting of April 28th, 2014


5.1     Operation Street Angel,  Shannon Girling-Hebert
Shannon Girling-Hebert and a counsellor from Street Angels showed a short, professionally made film about Cranbrook's highly respected Street Angel Program.  The film highlighted the work undertaken by the group and also some of the clients who have benefitted from the program.  Girling told council that the program can see between 75 and 80 clients in any one day and often feeds up to 100 for an evening meal.  The program is funded through the Ktunaxa Nation, Community Action Initiative, Interior Health and grants from businesses such as Teck and others.The organisation receives the services of a Nurse Practitioner and a Justice Court Worker.


To consider first reading of a proposed amendment of the Official Community Plan to re-designate a property located on 30th Avenue North from a "Highway Commercial" designation to a "Low Density Residential" designation.

Business Arising

7.1  RDEK Bylaw Referral 2516
The RDEK has referred a proposed amendment to the Rockyview Official Community Plan (OCP) to the City for comment. The Rockyview OCP includes the Wycliffe area and rural areas surrounding Cranbrook.
On April 7, 2014, Council deferred consideration of the proposed Bylaw amendment to the Rockyview OCP until clearer map attachments were provided. For purposes of increased clarity, City staff have added labelling of recognizable features and directional orientation to assist Council
in its consideration. The Rockyview OCP includes Development Permit Area #1 (DPA #1) which is intended to protect various environmentally sensitive areas within the OCP area. Proposed amendment Bylaw No.2516 is intended to clarify the purpose, requirements, exemptions and justifications of Development Permit Area #1.

New Business

8.1     To consider appointment of a representative from the Wellness and Heritage Committee to the Highway 3/95 Revitalization Committee.
Sandy Zeznik was appointed.

8.2     To consider renewal of the Cranbrook Transit System Annual Operating Agreement.
Carried. The issue of ridership and bus size was discussed once again.  Mayor Stetski reiterated the results of the conversations he has had with the Ministry and Cranbrook has been assured the Province is working on the potential for some smaller buses by 2016.  Counsellor Pallesen was at the recent Public Transit Conference but did not go to see the new prototype 'Sprint' type bus.  CAO Staudt advised Council that the costs of rising gas prices will be shared with the Province.

8.3     To consider approval of a Baker Hill Development Permit to enable construction of an accessory building (detached garage) on property located at 222 - 11th Avenue South.

8.4     To consider allocation of funds for the Columbia Basin Trust Community Initiatives and Affected Areas Programs (2014/2015).
Carried.  The highest award was $45,000 for the Trans Canada Trail only remaining link.  Columbia Basin Trust was thanked for making these grants possible. 

8.5     To seek Council's direction on a preferred Option regarding the Resident / Non-Resident Leisure Services fee structure for submission to the RDEK for their consideration.   The options can be read at:
Counsellor Whetham suggested that the true costs of running Cranbrook's recreational facilities be made known to the RDEK and that public informational meetings be held.  It was unanimous around the table that all Councillors and Mayor wish to see the end of the two tier system but as there are costs to running these facilities a discussion with RDEK residents could result in a fairer cost sharing initiative.
Rather than choosing an option, this topic will be taken to the RDEK for discussion.

8.6     That Council approve the adjustment of the Fire Services training facility budget from $375,000.00 to $415,700.00.

8.7     To seek Council's approval to waive the Rotary Park band shell rental fee for a series of 13 free music concerts to be held in Rotary Park throughout the summer of 2014.

Committee Recommendations

8.8     Cranbrook in Motion
To seek Council's approval for the recommendation made by the Cranbrook in Motion Committee regarding crosswalks at the intersection of Baker Street and 17 Avenue S.
The recommendation was that no new crosswalks be located at this location.  Carried with Councillor Warner opposed.

8.9     Environment and Utilities
That Council approve the following recommendations from the Environment and Utilities Committee:
1. That the Environment and Utilities Committee receive a copy of the fleet replacement policy for review.
2. That the Environment and Utilities Committee look at a long term facilities replacement strategy including the cycle/walk path and the Joseph Creek area.
3. That the Environment and Utilities Committee seek a delegation from the Ministry of Environment, Water Protection to come and speak to the committee.
There was much discussion around these recommendations and most Councillors wished for clarity on exactly what was being examined.  Councillors Pallesen and Scott felt it was not necessary for a committee to examine department policy.  Council wanted to know that duplication of existing tasks was not going to take place.

Administration Update

Attachments 2 and 3 contain the results of the Community Conversation held March 13th in Cranbrook.
The Administration update can be read at the link above.
Of particular note are the results of the Community Converstion held in March.  These results can also be found on the City website.


12.1 – 12.16
Recommendations around items of correspondence 12.1 - 12.6 all carried.
Council will assist Relay for Life, the Children's Festival and the Cranbrook Public Library with their events as requested with costs of table rentals, barricades, garbage can setc coming from Council Contingency.
Free transit to the Cranbrook Farmer's Market will once again be available during the weeks of operation. Councillor Pallesen suggested the hours be extended to cover the Summer Sounds Concerts.
Remaining correspondence can be read at the link above.

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