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Council briefs from June 7


Marianne Garrah,Habitat for the Arts update:

“We thought it might be time to let you know what IOTAD’s Habitat, cultural co-ordinator and the Creative Campus have been up to,” said Garrah. “As you saw in your attachments (containing expenditures), we’ve put your money to good use.”

Since January, the Habitat has:

• Had weekend workshops for youth and adults ranging from knitting, drawing with Deke, fiddle (complete with a student concert and square dance) and portraiture

• Toastmasters has been revived, now on summer break but creating confident speakers for community events

• The pottery school has had two graduating classes, the video school is getting ready for its annual film camp, the theatre school has presented its spring production with over 27 young musicians and actors 

• Registered with Volunteer Canada as a Volunteer Canada Centre

• Partnered with the elementary school for enhancing the curriculum with offsite cultural opportunities (school trips to Habitat to see art)

• Continued partnerships with the regional Creative Campus – Edson, Hinton, Grande Cache, and Yellowhead County – sharing resources

• Have secured moderate funds to open the studio to someone in community that is facilitating change in creative ways (ages 19-29) called the Agent of Change initiative

Garrah said that Jasper is one of the 65 communities in Alberta that has been designated a Host Celebration Site by the province’s Department of Culture and Community Spirit – which means the Habitat will host another fall festival this year. 

“We are hoping that the municipality/municipal employees will consider doing a pancake breakfast on Oct. 1 at the Robson Park Festival; take a leadership role by picking up a paintbrush (or spray can) because we hope to have the entire community take part in creating plywood “graffiti” “free form” murals to surround the construction of the new Library during Arts Days; consider allowing us to use the Firehall for electricity and/or bathrooms and/or a place to meet health standards for the festival in the park.”

Mayor Ireland thanked Garrah for the update and asked that her requests be put on to the next committee of the whole agenda for further discussion.


Municipal manager monthly report for May:

Library/Cultural Centre planning:

Krefting reported that Stantec continues to work on the detail design and specifications. Planning meetings with the individual groups who will be occupying the facility were held earlier in May to discuss details on finishes and detailed design. The schedule is for the public tender to occur in July.


Street name signage:

“The street signs with the too-small letters have been replaced by the supplier at no additional cost to the municipality,” stated Krefting in his report. “The supplier manufacturing the street signs had done the street name signs to reflect the street naming changes approved by council with a smaller font size than had been ordered.” 


Street lighting:

Krefting reported that he and Ken Quackenbush, director of environmental services, have met with Cecile Gregory, an ATCO representative, regarding recent regulatory changes that provide the municipality and the retailer an opportunity to change the manner in which the billing for street lighting occurs. Currently, there are consumption and charges for each of the 470 individual streetlights in the Municipality of Jasper.

“We now have the option of grouping and having aggregated consumption and charges on the groups of lights we establish. We plan to group the streetlights into three groups,” said Krefting.

1. 100 watt lights

2. 150 watt lights

3. LED lights (60 watts) – the town expects to have approximately 100 LED streetlights operating in 2012.


Motor vehicle fees:

While this is a more significant issue for those municipalities who employ photo radar, Krefting said the fee also impacts the Municipality of Jasper. 

“Verne Balding, corporate and legislative director, estimates that the Municipality of Jasper bylaw department does approximately 500 MV searches per year,” he stated.

The Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA) continues to work with various Government of Alberta departments to take action in response to the $15 fee for motor vehicle searches. At this time, the provincial government is considering various legislative/regulatory changes that will enable the fee to be passed on to the ticket-recipient rather than the municipality. AUMA also continues to push for a delay in implementing this fee to September 2011.

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