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Municipality of Jasper Council Highlights summarize decisions and issues from regular Council meetings. For a more detailed account of Council meetings check the Agendas and Minutes page.

September 27, 2022

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Alberta/Japan Twinning Municipalities Association
Council approved hosting the 2023 AJTMA conference and directed administration to include $6000 in the 2023 proposed budget to be presented to Council in November for approval.

Public Transportation Memorandum of Understanding
At the September 13, 2022 Committee meeting Council reviewed a draft Memorandum of Understanding for the provision of public transportation services with Parks Canada. The Agreement Term proposes a five-year period from April 1st, 2023 to March 31st, 2028, with a term renewal of five (5) years permitted, provided the terms and conditions remain mutually satisfactory. Council approved the MOU today as both parties share a goal of facilitating visitor and resident transportation through an affordable, accessible, greener alternative to private vehicle use

Municipal Position on Private Home Accommodations
In an earlier Committee meeting Tuesday, Council discussed municipal administration’s recommendations on principles and comments on Parks Canada’s May proposal for new regulations on Private Home Accommodations. At the regular meeting, Council approved an initial municipal position to be forwarded to Parks Canada that focused on public input, transparency of decision making, and the application of changes to existing PHAs.

September 30, National Day for Truth & Reconciliation
Council directed Administration to raise a flag of recognition at the Jasper Firehall during the week of September 30th - October 6th. Mayor Ireland will be speaking at the public event hosted by Parks Canada at Commemoration Park on Friday, September 30th to recognize the day and honor residential school survivors, their families and Indigenous communities.

September 6, 2022

Due to the power outage staff was unable to record the meeting. Read the agenda package here. Minutes will be published once they are approved at the next Regular Council meeting.

RCMP Strategic Priorities
Sergeant Rick Bidaisee of the Jasper RCMP was present to answer questions and to give Council an update on strategic priorities; staffing at the unit; response to the wildfire and power outage; and the unique challenges to operating in a busy National Park.

Proclamations
Council made two proclamations. The first, requested by CN to mark Rail Safety Week, recognizes the traditional and continuing importance of the railway to Jasper and aims to raise citizens' awareness of the dangers of ignoring safety warnings at level crossings and trespassing on rail property. The second Welcoming Week Proclamation, requested by Jasper’s Local Immigration Partnership and Settlement Services, provided an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the people and values communities hold that make people feel welcome and that they belong, no matter where they are from.


August 16, 2022

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Aquatera Annual Update
CEO Vaughn Bend, COO Lora Brenan, and Treatment Plant Manager for Grande Prairie Sarah Ball presented an annual update to Council regarding Aquatera’s operations in Jasper, industry challenges, performance results, capital projects, and future improvements. 

Gerald Soroka MP for Yellowhead
Council received a visit from Gerald Soroka the Member of Parliament for Yellowhead and presented him with a framed picture of Jasper mountain landscape in appreciation for his service. 

Jasper Employment & Education Centre - Rural Renewal Stream Initiative
Council approved Municipal representation on the proposed stakeholder committee as presented by the Jasper Employment & Education Centre in regards to the Rural Renewal Stream Initiative application process.

July 19, 2022

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Activity Centre Renovation Construction Management Request for Proposals
Council awarded the RFP for the Activity Centre Renovation Construction Manager to Carlson Construction with fees as follows:

  • Pre-Construction Services of $15,000 in addition to the Cost of Construction
  • Construction CM Fee, Staffing and General Requirement to be included in the total cost of construction budget previously approved by council. 

Food Security Working Group
At the June 28, 2022 Committee meeting Council received a presentation from the Jasper Local Food Society covering topics including food security, community gardens, composting, food bank services, volunteer burnout and more. Since that time the Community Development department has been working on a Terms of Reference for a Food Security Working Group. Council approved the draft and appointed Councillor Kathleen Waxer to the Food Security Working Group.

Public Transportation System RFP Award
Council awarded the Public Transportation Feasibility Study to WSP in the amount of $50,650 exclusive of GST with the required municipal contribution being funded through the existing approved operating budget.

Procedure Bylaw #190 – Agenda Structure
The Legislative Committee recommended changes to the structure of meeting agendas. Council approved the suspension of item Section 1.3 in Schedule 2 of the Procedure Bylaw #190 until December 31, 2022 pursuant of section 3.4 of the bylaw to allow Council time to test the recommended structure. 

Request for Transfer of Land Use Planning & Development
Council made a motion to formally request that Land Use Planning and Development approval powers be transferred from Parks Canada to the Municipality of Jasper. Council also authorized the Mayor to formalize the request via correspondence to the appropriate Parks Canada representatives and relevant Federal Ministers.

Over the past year the municipality has been engaged in advocacy at the federal level with both political and administrative officials. As a result of the sustained advocacy, on May 11, 2022 Council met with Parks Canada VP of Operations Andrew Campbell and it was agreed that the parties should begin the process of reviewing the Agreement for the Establishment of Local Government in the Town of Jasper including items such as land rent, the Municipality’s role in land use planning and development and potentially other areas where services may overlap. 

Council’s 2022-2026 Strategic Priorities
Council’s plan sets forward a strategic and holistic approach to advancing the community’s interests. Council formally adopted the 2022-2026 Strategic Priorities today after planning sessions which began in April. Council’s priorities will provide foundational guidance to municipal staff which will inform operational decisions and administrative recommendations as well as the development of the 2023 budget.

July 5, 2022

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Trans Mountain Project Update
Council received a presentation from Kent Taylor and Kate Stebbings of Trans Mountain reviewing construction progress on the Jasper to Mount Robson Reactivation portion of the project.

Community Futures West Yellowhead
Council voted in favor of providing $8720 to support the Community Futures West Yellowhead (CFWY) Triage Business Retention and Expansion Program. The presentation by Nancy Robbins of CFWY and initial request was received at the June 28, 2022 Committee meeting.

Jasper Food Bank
Council approved the request from the Jasper Food Bank to pick up cardboard on-site, and directed Administration to provide this service at no cost. The decision is in accordance with the Relationship with External Groups Policy (F-104) which was recently adopted by council.

Appointments to Commercial Use of Public Space Taskforce
Council appointed Councillors Rico Damota and Scott Wilson to the Commercial Use of Public Space Taskforce. The purpose of the group is to study, consider, and report back to Council with recommendations for sidewalk seating. Recommendations from the taskforce will be presented at a future public Committee of the Whole meeting in the fall. At that time all Council members will have an opportunity to review the matter and inform the desired standard.

Appointments to Emergency Advisory Committee
On June 21, 2022 Council approved the Emergency Management Bylaw (#247), which establishes the bodies, processes and mechanisms that guide and support the development of the Municipal Emergency Plan; sets out elected officials’ roles and responsibilities; and specifies the parameters of the delegation of authority to specific staff members to enact plans and manage community emergencies. The Emergency Advisory Committee (EAC) is one of the bodies established in the bylaw. Today Council appointed Councillors Ralph Melnyk and Kathleen Waxer to the EAC.

June 21, 2022

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2021 Audited Financial Statements
Council accepted and approved the Audited Financial Statements of the Municipality of Jasper as presented for the year ended December 31, 2021. The financial statements also require an auditor’s report which was completed by Metrix Group Chartered Professional Accounts.

Assessment Review Board Appointments
Council appointed Trisha Papke as the Designated Clerk for the Regional Assessment Review Board for West Yellowhead for a one-year term starting July 1, 2022, and also appointed Paul Butler as the Designated Chair for the Regional Assessment Review Board for West Yellowhead for a one-year term starting July 1, 2022.

Emergency Services Building Boiler Replacement
Council approved an updated project budget of $190,000 for the replacement of the boiler and domestic hot water system replacement at the Emergency Services Building, to be funded from the Protective Services Restricted Reserves. Council awarded the Emergency Services Boiler Replacement contract to Magnum Mechanical Systems Ltd. in the amount of $177,470.00.

Jasper Community Housing Corporation Governance Review
Administration reviewed the recommendations made by Committee of the Whole at the June 14, 2022 meeting in respect to the JCHC Governance Review and Housing Gap Analysis. Three of the four recommendations have been added to the motion action list with the fourth being addressed today. Council received the JCHC Governance Review for information and acknowledged 687 units as reflective of a reasonable estimate of Jasper’s 2021 housing gap.

Commercial Use of Public Space Taskforce
Council approved the Commercial Use of Public Space Taskforce Terms of Reference which can be found in the agenda package. The task force, once fully formed, will review the conditions which might attach to a discretionary use permit for the commercial use of public space and sidewalk seating. It will develop and recommend to Council, prior to October 1, 2022, an appropriate standard for future commercial use of public space installations.

Legislative Committee Terms of Reference

Council approved the updated Legislative Committee Terms of Reference which included changes to the scope of work, appointment of chair, and frequency of meetings.

June 7, 2022

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Taxation Rates Bylaw 2022 - 3rd reading
Council gave third reading to the Taxation Rates Bylaw which authorizes the rates of taxation to be levied against assessable property within the Municipality of Jasper for the 2022 taxation year. 

Commercial Use of Public Space Bylaw - 3rd reading
Council gave third reading to the updated Commercial Use of Public Space Bylaw which is a bylaw to control and regulate the use of streets and public spaces in the Municipality and to restrict and regulate activities on, adjacent, or near to streets and public spaces. 

Emergency Management Bylaw - 3rd reading
The Emergency Management Bylaw provides for the direction and control of the Municipality’s emergency responses. Council gave third reading today and thanked staff for the work involved in preparing the detailed document.

Policy Review
In an ongoing effort to support the A-001 Policy Development and Review Policy Council voted to rescind the following policies which had either been superseded by provincial legislation or made redundant by more current municipal policy development: C-002 Electronic Communications Device Policy, C-003 No Smoking Zones Policy, and D-005 Laptop Policy.

Relationships with External Group Policy
Council also approved the replacement of Policy F-004: Relationship between the Municipality and the Jasper Community Team with Policy F-104: Relationship with External Groups Policy. This policy applies to situations where any of the following conditions exist:
- There is a financial relationship between the municipality and the external group, or
- The municipality supports the efforts of the external group by providing the use of physical municipal assets or by providing labour from municipal staff.

Requests for Support, Letter of Endorsement, and Flag Raisings
Council was happy to receive correspondence and requests for support, flag raisings and more from the Jasper Canada Day Committee, Rotary Club of Jasper, OUT Jasper LGBTQA Society, and the Municipality of Jasper Inclusion Committee. June is both Indigenous History Month and Pride Month. The Rotary Club of Jasper is also organizing a welcome dinner for Ukrainians on June 18th and asked for Council’s Support. Council confirmed their support and proclaimed a welcome to Jasper's newcomers which can be read here.

Council is also looking forward to seeing everyone at the Canada Day Pancake Breakfast which will take place at Commemoration Park this year.

May 17, 2022

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Taxation Rates Bylaw 2022 - 1st & 2nd reading
Council gave first and second reading to the taxation rates bylaw which authorizes the rates of taxation to be levied against assessable property within the Municipality of Jasper for the 2022 taxation year. The bylaw will be coming back to the June 7 regular meeting for third reading with the other two bylaws listed below.

Commercial Use of Public Space Bylaw - 2nd reading
Council gave second reading to the updated Commercial Use of Public Space Bylaw. After the first reading at the May 3 regular meeting Council had asked that amendments be added to Schedule A and these changes have been incorporated.

Emergency Management Bylaw - 1st & 2nd reading
The Emergency Management Bylaw provides for the direction and control of the Municipality’s emergency responses. Council gave first and second reading today and thanked staff for the work involved in preparing the detailed document.

Policy Review Priority List
Council approved a Policy Review Priority List which indicates the next policies up for review in an ongoing process to keep policies and processes up to date, relevant, and in line with Policy A-001 the Policy Development and Review Policy.

National Public Works Week Proclamation
Council voted unanimously to proclaim May 15 - 21 National Public Works Week and urged all community members to join them in recognizing our public works employees and to celebrate the substantial contributions they make to protecting our health, safety, and quality of life. Read the proclamation here.

Correspondence - attached to agenda package
Council received three pieces of correspondence from PetroCanada, Parks Canada (regarding the Private Home Accommodation draft policy) and another from Parks Canada regarding the request for amendments to the discretionary use permit application which has been denied.

May 3, 2022

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Regional Assessment Review Board Bylaw – 3rd reading
Council gave third reading to Bylaw 245: the Regional Assessment Review Board Bylaw 2022, enabling the Municipality’s participation in a Regional Assessment Review Board with the Town of Hinton, Edson and Improvement District 12.

Traffic Safety Bylaw – 3rd reading
Council gave third reading to Bylaw 244: the Traffic Safety Bylaw which enables the change in speed limits from 50 km/h to 30 km/h in most areas of town, and provides enforcement clauses for the paid parking program. Although the bylaw has been passed, the changes will not take effect until signage is in place on the streets.

Commercial Use of Public Space Bylaw – 1st reading
Council gave first reading to an updated Commercial Use of Public Space Bylaw to update the fees associated with the sidewalk seating and retail extensions program. Council gave first reading and asked that amendments be added to Schedule A before returning for second reading at the next regular council meeting.

Activity Centre Renovation
After discussing costs, funding sources, and project options Council passed the following motion and expressed excitement over the reinvestment in facilities to ensure safety, sustainability, modernize and improve user experience, and plan for future generations of Jasperites.

1. Approve the Activity Centre renovation project scope inclusive of all Required Scope items
at a total cost of $10,160,444, and;

2. Approve the inclusion of the following Council Requested scope items:
- Arena Dressing room expansion to the west and south $3,355,756
- Activity Centre Conversion of the Sauna to additional washrooms $133,238
- Aquatic Centre Complete renovation of all existing change rooms $342,497.

3. Approve an amendment to the Capital Budget as required to reflect the above items as funded.

Garage Suites Feedback
On January 11, 2022 council received information from Parks Canada with respect to proposed standards for Garage Suites. Parks requested that the municipality provide feedback on the concept and the issue was discussed at committee on February 8 and April 26. Today Council voted to accept the Interim Garage Policy in principle and has provided feedback to Parks Canada in regards to the policy’s development.

Communities in Bloom – Proclamation
Council voted unanimously to proclaim 2022 the Year of the Garden in Jasper as municipalities participating in Communities in Bloom across Alberta acknowledge all the benefits that gardens and gardening provide. Read the proclamation here.

Policing Invoice – Shadow Population Modifier
At the April 26, 2022 committee of the whole meeting, Council received correspondence from the Assistant Deputy Minister of Justice and Solicitor General providing notification of the Municipality’s required contribution to the cost of frontline policing under the Government of Alberta’s Police Funding Model (PFM). Council voted today to authorize the Mayor to write to the Minister to request that the shadow population modifier be applied to the Municipality of Jasper.

Correspondence
Council received three pieces of correspondence from local Ailsa Ross, the Jasper Food Bank and Community Futures West Yellowhead.

Ailsa Ross asked Council to consider a public awareness campaign in regards to outdoor domestic cats, birds, and Bylaw 126. Council asked that her request be added to Council Highlights to help reach community members.

April 19, 2022

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Annual Assessment Presentation  

Council received highlights of the Municipality’s assessment summary for 2021. 

An assessment is a value placed on your property to determine the fair distribution of property taxes. The assessed value on your notice is based on the previous year's market conditions (not the current market conditions) and the physical condition and characteristics of the home as of the previous December. The full presentation can be found in the April 19, 2022 agenda package. 

Regional Assessment Review Board Bylaw 2022

Council gave first and second reading to Bylaw 245: The Regional Assessment Review Board Bylaw 2022. The Municipality of Jasper historically has been a member of a Regional Assessment Review Board with the Town of Hinton, Edson and Grande Cache. Each community must pass a bylaw to establish this regional board and to become part of it. The Town of Grande Cache has since dissolved, which means their assessment appeals will now be handled through the M.D. of Greenview. An edit included in the bylaw revision is to remove Grande Cache. 

Municipal Employee Housing Policy

On September 14, 2021 Committee directed Administration to bring forward a draft policy to address all aspects of Municipal Staff Housing. Today Council approved the policy and highlights include: 

 - Commitment to fully complying with the Alberta Residential Tenancy Act.

 - Setting rents at the lower of; 15% below the Jasper Market Rate for like properties, or 30% of the employee’s gross monthly income.

 - Commitment to ensuring maximum occupancy of employee housing units.

 - Provisions for full-time municipal employees relocating to Jasper; seasonal or term municipal employees and; working with employers in Jasper to make use of units when they would otherwise be vacant.

National Volunteer Week 2022

In celebration of Jasper’s many volunteers, Council has proclaimed April 24–30, 2022 as National Volunteer Week and urged fellow citizens to recognize the crucial role played by volunteers in our community.

West Yellowhead Regional Waste Management Authority (WYRWMA) Governance and Administrative Plan

The WYRWMA is a long-standing inter-municipal partnership.  It operates a municipal solid waste disposal system on lands located west and adjacent to the Town of Hinton. The Authority membership consists of Yellowhead County, Town of Hinton, Town of Edson and Municipality of Jasper, with two council appointees from each municipality forming the authority board. Both a revised Yellowhead Regional Waste Management Authority Agreement and the new Management Agreement are being proposed to the partner councils at the same time, with the recommendation for approval. Today Jasper Municipal Council approved the West Yellowhead Regional Waste Management Authority and the Management Agreement as presented, and voted to authorize its appointed representatives to raise issues of concern with the board and to accept the majority decision of the board with respect to proposed amendments. 

March 29, 2022

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Commercial Use of Public Space
Council received recommendations from Administration, written submissions from the public, and presentations from the public both over Zoom and in person in regards to the commercial use of public space including patio seating. After discussion and deliberation Council passed the following motion:

BE IT RESOLVED that Council direct Administration to apply for a discretionary use permit for commercial use of public space, including the prescribed conditions:

  •  that installations be permitted May 1 - Oct 24, 2022
  •  installations may be located on the sidewalk with the pedestrian extensions in the parking lane
  •  installations may be located in the parking lane with safety measures in place, including the possibility of jersey barriers
  • for the 2022 season installations which had been previously used in 2021 be accepted
  • Council work with other interested parties to establish a working group to consider further conditions which might apply to commercial use of public space in future years

Arena Ice Plant Replacement Contract
 
Council awarded the Jasper Arena Ice Plant Replacement Contract to ICOM Refrigeration in the amount of $2,484,353.93. The existing Arena Ice Plant, which supports the ice making for both the arena and curling rinks, is at end-of-life and is located next to the main entrance and across from the entrance to the childcare centre. It is anticipated that the project, which was included in the 2022 capital budget, will run from summer 2022 through to construction completion in late 2022.

Paid Parking Tender Award
Council voted unanimously to award the RFP for Mobile Parking Payment Technology Services to HotSpot Parking Inc. for a five year term to April 30, 2027.

March 15, 2022

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Traffic Safety Bylaw 1st and 2nd reading
 
The Traffic Safety Bylaw provides that Council may pass bylaws regulating and controlling traffic within the Municipality. Council voted to approve the changes in Schedule B of the bylaw and agreed changing the speed limit to 30km/hr across town is the best option from public and pedestrian safety, fiscal, operational and visitor experience standpoints. The bylaw will be sent to Parks Canada for certification and come back for a third and final reading at the April 19th Regular Council Meeting.

Internal Fiscal Controls and Reporting Policy
 
Council approved the revised and updated Internal Fiscal Controls and Reporting Policy (B-109) which had first been adopted by council on September 7, 2010. Internal fiscal controls ensure that municipal money is well-managed, adequately controlled, and spent only as approved. Financial reporting ensures that accurate information is available for decision-making and that the risk of loss, fraud, misappropriation, or theft is minimized. Together fiscal controls and financial reporting support the effective, appropriate, transparent, and economic use of municipal funds. 


Legislative Committee Terms of Reference
 
The Legislative Committee of Council’s work will be focused on researching innovative best practices from other jurisdictions, reviewing current MOJ practices and providing direction to administration and council for desired changes to bylaws and policies. Council voted to approve the proposed terms of reference for the Committee and determined their work will begin with Procedure Bylaw #190.

 
2021 Transfer from Operating to Restricted Reserves
 
Council approved a year end transfer to and from reserves in the amount of $128,851.62. Transfer to and from restricted reserves are established and approved in the annual operating budget process. This request for decision is mandatory to year end audit as it involves the reallocation of funds from the 2021 operating budget prior to closing the fiscal year. 

S-Block, Delayed Invoice
 
Council approved the payment of invoice 3010817 in the amount of $58,748.84 (before tax) to S-Block capital project; and agreed to fund the project with remaining grant funds available. With this added expense the project will still be under the initial budget by $130,394.23. 


Property Tax Receivable/Write-off Request
 
Council directed Administration to write off Property Tax receivable for Roll 500000 (Provincial Building) for half of the amount levied in the amount of $25,745.25. In 2021, Roll 500000 was levied $51,490.50 and a payment of $25,745.25 was received leaving an outstanding amount due in the same amount. Administration has deemed this property tax receivable as uncollectible due to notice from the Provincial Government. Mayor Ireland will be writing to the Provincial Government on behalf of Council to express their discontent with this practice.
 

February 15, 2022

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Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Master Plan 2022-2026
 
Council approved the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Master Plan 2022-2026 and thanked administration and everyone involved for their work. This plan is the culmination of 18 months of collaborative work between Inclusion Committee members. Adoption by Council of the plan now allows the Municipality of Jasper to ensure that organizational strategic planning and business planning are done through an equity, diversity and inclusion lens and that the organization’s priorities are in line with its vision to “offer accessible services, cultural amenities, lifelong learning opportunities, affordable housing and a safe and supportive living environment for all residents.”  


APPS Transition Study Engagement Invitation
 
In response to correspondence received from the Provincial government Councillor Melnyk and Councillor Waxer requested and were given approval to attend an upcoming engagement session in Edson on March 31st as part of the Alberta Provincial Police Service Transition Study. More information and engagement sessions are listed in today’s agenda package.


 Paid Parking Resident Exemption Program

At the February 8th Committee of the Whole meeting Council received recommendations and options for a Paid Parking Resident Exemption Program. Today Council approved a program which will use preloaded credits for any resident registered in the system to a maximum of 500 credits (500 hours) per year for the 2022 paid parking period. Council also directed Administration to develop a program to assist individuals with mobility or technology issues separately from the preloaded credit program.
 

Garage Suites Feedback
 
On January 11th Council received correspondence from Parks Canada with respect to proposed standards for garage suites. The Municipality was asked to review the draft and provide feedback. Today Council endorsed the concept of Garage Suites subject to their exclusive use as residential accommodation. The future draft policy regarding garage suites will be seen at an upcoming Committee of the Whole meeting.
 

 

February 1, 2022

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Third readings of Supplementary Tax & Assessment Bylaws 2022
 
Supplementary property assessments are conducted to establish the value of  any new construction that has been completed or occupied during the current calendar year that would not have been included in the municipality's regular annual assessment process. Supplementary assessments are typical in new home construction, where the dwelling or improvements were still under construction in the current taxation year. 


Third reading of Utility Fees Levy & Collecting Bylaw 2022
 
The Utility Fees Levy and Collection Bylaw is amended on an annual basis to reflect adjustments in rates or to address technical matters. It allows the Municipality of Jasper to collect fees for the provision of water, sewer, solid waste and recycling services for both residents and businesses. A major change this year includes the implementation of a new Connection, Consumption and Capital rate model. The CCC model is intended to both stabilize utility revenue to cover core costs and to increase the amount of funding available to reinvest in infrastructure improvements for the system. The outcomes of the CCC model will be reviewed after 4 billing cycles. 


Child Care Strategy Development
 
Council voted unanimously to approve engaging with Rob Buschmann from University of Alberta Community-University Partnership, to develop a Jasper Early Learning and Child Care Strategy. Council thanked administration for their work and expressed gratitude to Childcare Services Manager Lisa Daniel for her role in the endeavor.

Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) Dewatering Upgrades
 
The centrifuge at the Jasper WWTP has been in constant use since this plant was built in 2001 and is in critical need of replacementCouncil voted to direct Administration to award the contract to Andritz for the supply of a centrifuge at a cost of $283,000; and; to enter into contract with Capital H2O for the provision of the polymer system at a cost of $272,500. The work of installing the centrifuge and polymer system will be completed during the fall of 2022.

Elected Official Education Program
 
In accordance with Policy #B-003: Council Member Development Opportunities Council voted to approve the attendance of Councillor Hall at the upcoming March 14 to 16, 2022 Elected Officials Education Program (EOEP) course in Edmonton.

Keep Alberta RCMP Community Engagement Tour
 
In response to correspondence received at the last Committee of the Whole meeting from the National Police Federation, Council approved the attendance of any Councillor who wishes to attend a Keep Alberta RCMP information session.
 

January 18, 2022

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First and second readings of Supplementary Tax and Assessment Bylaws 2022
 
Supplementary property assessments are conducted to establish the value of  any new construction that has been completed or occupied during the current calendar year that would not have been included in the municipality's regular annual assessment process. Supplementary assessments are typical in new home construction, where the dwelling or improvements were still under construction in the current taxation year. All bylaws receive three readings.
 

First and second readings of Utility Fees Levy and Collecting Bylaw 2022
 
The Utility Fees Levy and Collection Bylaw is amended on an annual basis to reflect adjustments in rates and/or to address technical matters. It allows the Municipality of Jasper to collect fees for the provision of water, sewer, solid waste and recycling services for both residents and businesses. On January 11th Committee provided direction to Administration to incorporate the Connection, Consumption and Capital concept (CCC Rate model) in to the 2022 rates and present the bylaw at today’s meeting.


Jasper Municipal Library
 
Council voted unanimously to approve the Letter of Understanding between the Municipality and the Library. This document supplements applicable legislation as it applies in the municipal context and supports a mutually beneficial and cooperative relationship between the parties involved, with the goal of providing maximum benefit to ratepayers and library members.
 

Mountain Bike Skills Park
 
The Mountain Bike Skills Park Operating Agreement with the Jasper Park Cycling Association was approved by Council today. In 2014 municipal Council provided support “in principle” for creating a bike skills park and since that time JPCA has taken a number of steps toward the bike park’s creation. The agreement approved today is for a 3 year term and the proposed site is a remnant parcel west of parcel GA.
 

January 4, 2022

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Paid Parking
 
At the December 14, 2021 Committee of the Whole meeting Council received the final report on the Paid Parking Pilot Project which made a net positive financial contribution to non-tax municipal revenue. At today’s Regular meeting Council voted to continue paid parking from 9am to 9pm starting on May 1, 2022 and continuing through until October 31, 2022. Council also approved hourly rates, increases in signage, expansion of paid parking areas and permitted residential parking, installation of kiosks, and the addition of off street parking lots to be added into the paid parking inventory.  


Operating Budget 2022-2026

Administration presented Council with an amended version of the proposed 2022-2026 Operating Budget having incorporated the motions made at the December 14, 2021 Committee of the Whole meeting. Councillors were given the opportunity to ask clarifying questions. Council voted to approve the 2022-2026 Operating Budget as presented today.