Prior to the start of the meeting, Mayor Karen Sorensen announced the 2016 winners of the #WeAreBanff employee commuter challenge. Parks Canada employees won the “Rusty Handlebar” trophy with 91 per cent green commute days versus days worked. Employees from the Town of Banff, Parks Canada, Banff Lake Louise Tourism and The Banff Centre challenge each other to use active transportation to get to work for 11 weeks over the summer. Collectively, 152 employees recorded 5,176 green commute days over 11 weeks, eliminating more than 5,000 vehicle trips through Banff, while freeing up 5,000 parking stalls for visitors. Ski Big Three donates a season pass to the challenge as a draw prize for eligible participants who have walked, biked, skateboarded, taken transit or carpooled to work.
Council unanimously gave second and third reading to Bylaw 369 – Borrowing Bylaw – for the construction of the Deer Lane Affordable Housing Project. Council gave first reading to Bylaw 369 on August 22 and advertised for two weeks as required by the Municipal Government Act. No petitions were received during the 15 day petition period. An open house on the Deer Lane project was held September 15, with approximately 30 members of the public attending.
Council approved a change to the snow management priority of Bow Avenue, and Wolf, Caribou and Buffalo streets from Lynx Street to Bow Avenue to facilitate pedestrian access to the longer term parking stalls. The streets are now ranked second or blue in priority. They were fourth (yellow). They also approved a change to Hidden Ridge Way from third (green) to second (blue) priority to facilitate Roam transit service.
Council unanimously approved requests to issue Notices of Intention to Designate the Bow River Bridge, Banff Power Substation, Old Banff Cemetery and Peter and Catherine Whyte Residence. As per the Alberta Historical Resources Act, public may provide input during the 120-day notice period, after which administration will return with designation bylaws. A Municipal Historic Resource designation recognizes the significance of a historic resource, protects it legally, and supports the maintenance of its character-defining elements in perpetuity. In accordance with the provisions of the Town of Banff Heritage Resource Policy and the Province of Alberta’s Historical Resources Act, Council is required to review and approve applications for Municipal Heritage Resource designation. Over the last year, administration has worked closely with the Banff Heritage Corporation to reassess the historical integrity of select municipal and private assets demonstrating significant heritage value.
Council authorized a reallocation of wage savings in the amount of $9,500 from the 2016
planning and development budget to extend the contract of the Heritage Canada intern.
Council adopted the 2017 Financial Plan and repealed Policy C032 - the Investment of Surplus Funds. In July, the governance and finance committee reviewed and recommended council approve the plan. But since then, the baseline data for the annual adjustment for Town wages had been received, and council approved a zero percent adjustment to Town wages for 2017.