Council Highlights

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

September 3, 2019

Council Signs the Violence Threat Risk Assessment and Intervention Protocol 

In support of community health and nurturing mutually beneficial relationships, Council agreed to sign the West Yellowhead Community Violence Threat Risk Assessment and Intervention Protocol. The protocol was developed by Grande Yellow Public School Division to ensure a collaborative response to community and school safety. 

Protocol partners agree to work together for the common goal of threat reduction by proactively sharing information, advice and support that assists in the prevention of a potential traumatic event. 

Cancelled: September 10 Committee of Whole Meeting 

Council cancelled its September 10 Committee of the Whole Meeting in order to focus on a Council and Management training session scheduled for the same day. The training session aims to foster enhanced Council-Staff relationships, as outlined in Council’s Strategic Priorities.

August 20, 2019

Operations Department Capital Budget

Following recommendations from the Director of Operations, Council agreed to cancel previously approved capital funding and reallocate the money to purchase better suited equipment for municipal service delivery. Council approved the purchase of a snow blower ($120K), which is expected to increase efficiencies and decrease costs for snow removal. Following a trial last winter, Operations staff noted that three to five times more snow per truck can be hauled when the snow is compacted using a snow blower.

Council also approved $48K to support the purchase a snow plow truck with a brine applicator and salt management technology; $34K to buy out two leased trucks; $70K for a new Toolcat – a small, multi-use machine that is compatible with current Bobcat attachments (brooms, plows, etc.); and $120K for asphalt repairs in areas that need it the most.

Waste Water Treatment Plant Capital Request 

Council approved a project budget of $650,000 to repair the Jasper Waste Water Treatment Plant’s primary clarifier, a treatment tank where solid materials are mechanically removed from the effluent. The project will be funded from within the $2.2M capital budget Council approved for the Waste Water Treatment Plant earlier this year.

Borrowing Bylaws

Council gave first reading to the Jasper Recreation Complex Renovation Borrowing Bylaw ($3.4M) and the Waste Water Treatment Plant Borrowing Bylaw ($2.2M).

During the 2019 capital budget process, Council approved a $3.7 million budget for the relocation of the Jasper Arena ammonia plant and related improvements, and a $2.2 million budget for necessary repairs at the Jasper Waste Water Treatment Plant. The Municipality has to borrow to finance these projects, which must be approved by bylaw. Following first reading, the Municipality must advertise the proposed bylaws to the public, who has the opportunity to review the bylaw and file a petition opposing the proposal.

All municipal bylaws must be read three times and receive certification from Parks Canada before being enacted.

Taxation of Hostelling International Property

Council passed Bylaw #218 – the Taxation of Hostelling International Property Bylaw.

According to the Municipal Government Act, Hostelling International (HI) properties are exempt from property taxes unless Council passes a bylaw to make the property subject to taxation. The passing of Bylaw #218 means the Hostelling International property, located on Sleepy Hollow Road, will be subject to taxes starting Aug. 20, 2020, unless Council and HI reach an agreement in lieu of taxes within the next calendar year.