Bow Valley Regional Transit Services Commission board chair Sean Krausert and CAO Martin Bean spoke to council as a delegation, giving an update on ridership some upcoming projects. Year to date, ridership has increased 10 per cent. The route that was doubled this summer to help encourage more transit usage saw a 29 per cent increase in use. The commission is currently conducting a survey to get info on what would encourage more people to ride Roam transit. The survey can be found at roamtransit.com. The commission is also presenting a report to Canmore council in September with options for a local service in that community, and is looking at a transit service in Lake Louise in conjunction with Parks Canada.
Joe Bembridge of Banff PRIDE spoke to council as a delegation, asking for council’s support to paint rainbow crosswalks on Banff Avenue for the duration of Banff’s Pride weekend October 3-4. Council voted in favour of painting one crossing, covering labour costs of up to $300, with Banff PRIDE paying the estimated balance of $700 for the paint.
Council voted in favour of providing a temporary development permit for a trial farmers market at the Heritage Railway Station. It will be consistent with all provisions of the Land Use Bylaw, with the condition all vendors require a business license in alignment with the Town of Banff business license bylaw. The market will be permitted to run one day a week (Saturday or Sunday) between August 22 and October 25. All vendors must be 100 per cent make, bake or grow, as defined by the Alberta Farmers Market Association, and be from within 500km of Banff. A weekly report will be provided to the Town of vendors to ensure compliance. Following the trial, administration will return with a report on whether the trial was successful, taking into account visitation, the make-up of the market and compliance issues.
Council voted to defer an amendment to the Traffic Bylaw that would restrict slow moving vehicles from crossing the bridge during peak times. Instead, council asked for a report detailing how recent traffic initiatives have worked to improve congestion and the impact slow moving vehicles have had during the summer. Council did vote in favour of the second half of the Traffic Bylaw amendment, allowing skateboarders to ride on the roadway portion of the 200 block of Bear Street during the Woonerff trial. Council also asked for a report on current skateboard restrictions in town to review and potential rescind.
Council voted to move the detailed design of the Bow Falls Viewpoint Upgrades and Rehabilitation project from 2020 to the 2016 capital budget deliberations to initiate the planning process. Should council approve it during the budget period, it would focus on the design of a permanent washroom facility at Bow Falls.
Council voted to bring forward several service items for discussion during the upcoming Service Review Process. Items like the installation of additional water bottle refill stations, a review of RV parking signage, proactive neighbourhood density conversations, and a review of the large item pick-up system will be added to the Service Review list during the 2016 budget deliberations.
Council voted to repeal Policy C096 – Employee Incentive Program on the recommendation of the human resources department, as it was deemed no longer relevant.