Council voted to adopt the Banff Community Housing Strategy as a guide when making decisions on housing issues. Housing strategy committee chair Leslie Taylor presented the draft document to council and recommended changes from the original following input from the public. Council voted to accept all the changes, and asked for some points of clarification to be added to the final version. Recommendations in the document will be brought up during the Town of Banff service review.
Council voted against looking into legislative changes that would allow mobile food trucks to operate in town. The Town has received interest from food truck operators to work in Banff, but currently they’re only permitted during the Banff Farmers Market or in conjunction with a special event. A motion to have staff prepare a policy and any required legislative changes to allow for a mobile food truck services in conjunction with a pilot program failed 3-3.
The Town will continued to use washed rock as a winter abrasive during the 2014/2015 season. The product was trialed in the 2013/2014 winter season and benefits were noticeable during the spring clean-up, as the washed rock created less dust and required less time and manpower to remove. The town will continue to gather data on the effectiveness on the winter abrasive this coming winter season.
Council received a briefing on online action request statistics and standard compliance. The online system accessed through Banff.ca is a way for residents to report problems to town staff. Statistics show an increase in usage of the Residential Garbage & Recycling category as residents have begun using it to request free large item pickups. Operations wishes to discourage this as they prefer to book the service over the phone so they can let residents know the date staff are able to pick-up items. This stops the practice of having large items being left on curbs for several days until they’re able to be picked up.
Council received a brief update on the Cave Avenue construction project. Work is on schedule and regular email updates to residents have proven successful.
After the regular meeting, council held their annual organizational meeting, making the following appointments to town committees:
Banff Heritage Corporation Board
Susanne Gillies-Smith and George Belcher
Municipal Planning Commission
Jay Harris, Steve Beaton, Raymond Horyn, Patrick Roi and David Michaels
Development Appeal Board
David Bayne, Yannis Karlos, Christopher Wong, Alana Kirchhoff and Barbara McNeil
Banff Community Art Committee
John Bowden, Anne Ewen, Mimmo Maiolo, Barbara Pelham and Sonja Purcell
Banff Public Library Board
Ross Glenfield, Reg Bunyan, Sarah Mosely and Jennifer Rohloff