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Council approves speed limit reduction to 30 km/h

Jason Stockfish | advertising@fitzhugh.ca The speed limit will drop from 50 km/h to 30 km/h throughout town after council gave third and final reading to the traffic safety bylaw during its May 3 meeting. With the passing of the bylaw, all roads in town, with the exception of the north and south entrances on Connaught Drive, will be reduced to 30km/h once the new speed limit signs are erected. In a previous ...

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Utility rates rise for some users under new model

Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca Some users may have seen their water/sewer bill go up following the council’s approval of a new utility rate model earlier this year. CAO Bill Given explained the municipality expected the bill to go up by $50 per month—or $100 per two-month billing cycle—for the average residential consumer. “That was a pretty clear and explicit choice through the entire process,” Given s ...

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Municipality gets new logo and website

Jasper Municipal Council unveils the new flag for the Municipality of Jasper on April 27. From the left: Councillors Ralph Melnyk, Kathleen Waxer, Mayor Richard Ireland, Scott Wilson and Wendy Hall. | P.Shokeir photo Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca The Municipality of Jasper is rebranding to give itself an updated visual identity, which includes a new logo, updated brand colours and a new website. Counci ...

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Council finalizing scope of renovations to activity centre

Jason Stockfish | advertising@fitzhugh.ca Renovations are coming to the Jasper Activity Centre and the committee of the whole met on April 26 to discuss and prioritize the future facelift.  The renovations under consideration are divided into those that are “required scope” and those that are “council requested scope.” Many of the required changes pertain to “building code and life safety deficiencies, ...

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Residential properties rise in value during pandemic as hotels decrease

Jason Stockfish | advertising@fitzhugh.ca Residential buildings in Jasper increased eight per cent in overall value, while non-residential properties decreased three per cent, according to property assessments for 2021. Troy Birtles, assessment co-ordinator with Accurate Assessment Group (AAG) located in Sherwood Park, presented these figures to council at its April 19 meeting. The total number of Jasper pr ...

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Business owners voice frustrations over patio guidelines

Restaurant owner Michael Cassio speaks to council at a special meeting on March 29. | J.Stockfish photo Jason Stockfish, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter | advertising@fitzhugh.ca A working group will be created to study the use of public space for commercial use as businesses express worry over the new patio guidelines. A special meeting was held by council on March 29 to receive feedback from the comm ...

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Mayor asks for public input at upcoming special meeting on sidewalk seating

Sidewalk seating is being set up outside of Downstream Restaurant & Lounge along Connaught Drive on April 13. | P.Shokeir photo Jason Stockfish, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter | advertising@fitzhugh.ca Seeking public consultation, Mayor Richard Ireland put forth a motion at the March 22 committee of the whole meeting to create a special meeting about sidewalk seating.  At issue was how the municip ...

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Municipality writes off unpaid taxes for provincial building

The Municipality of Jasper will once again write off half of the taxes owed for the provincial building. | File photo Jason Stockfish, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter | advertising@fitzhugh.ca For the third year running, the Municipality of Jasper is writing off 50 per cent of taxes owed by the provincial government, specifically for the provincial building. At the March 15 council meeting, Mayor Richa ...

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Locals present petition criticizing variances for Connaught housing project

The land earmarked for the affordable housing project is on the south side of the 700-800 block of Connaught Drive, south of the intersection of Connaught Drive and Spruce Avenue. | File photo Jason Stockfish, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter | advertising@fitzhugh.ca Council was presented with a community petition regarding Parks Canada’s approval of a privately built high-density, rental-only apartmen ...

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Uncertainty about driver exams as Jasper moves to lower speed limit

Jasper Municipal Council may soon decide to reduce the speed limit from 50 km/h to 30 km/h throughout town. It is unclear how this will affect driver exams. | File photo Jason Stockfish, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter | advertising@fitzhugh.ca Jasper is one step closer to reducing its speed limit from 50 km/h to 30 km/h throughout town amid questions about how this would affect driver exams. During th ...

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