Alanna Pettigrew spoke to council as a delegation on behalf of Banff Residents Against Paid Parking. She said they had collected over 1,300 signatures on a petition that asks council to rescind the bylaws allowing a user-pay parking trial that will last three months starting August 1. The group did not submit the petition at the meeting, but she indicated they would in the next few days. Other members of the delegation also spoke and asked questions of council.
Council gave three readings to the water bylaw clarifying and establishing ownership and responsibilities of curb stops. Access to curb stops is necessary to maintain this vital component of the town’s water system, and this bylaw allows the town to determine how the mechanism is maintained and who is authorized to do repairs.
Council voted to amend the committee appointments policy to allow Banff residents who are not Canadian citizens the ability to sit on town boards and committees. In May, resident David Michaels asked council to change the policy to allow him, and other non-Canadians, the ability to apply for committee positions to become more involved in the community. Administration researched how eight other communities regulate committee appointments and found all of them allowed residents 18 years and older, regardless of citizenship, the ability to sit on council committees.
A report outlining the development and implementation of a substantive change behaviour campaign was moved to the 2015 budget deliberations. The $80,000 social marketing campaign would aim to alleviate traffic congestion and parking shortfall by encouraging residents to walk, bike or take public transit. It had been one of the short-term parking management tactics council voted to explore back in May. It will now be discussed as part of the budget process beginning in November. Council also asked for a report on a social marketing campaign concerning civic pride to be presented during the budget.
The 2015 financial plan was adopted by council. The document will be used to guide the 2015 service review and budget process. Financial plans like this are adopted every year by council before any budget deliberations begin.