Banff Public Library board chair Suzanne Rackover and head librarian Sarah McCormack spoke to council as a delegation, giving an update on programs and services since joining the Marigold Library System. The library has been able to increase programming and provide access to online resources like newspaper and magazines, language learning courses and training programs. All are available to anyone with a library card and PIN. The library fundraising gala, which is normally held in November, will now be held in April 2016.
Council voted to direct administration to develop a policy that would establish design and development standards for construction site fence hoarding. Currently only height, colour and material are standardized, and this policy would go further in-depth, determining site hoarding at all commercial and large-scale developments. Council also voted to have a report developed on incentives to incorporate temporary public art in conjunction with construction site fence hoarding.
Council voted to commit the Town of Banff to participate in the next step of the Southern Alberta Energy from Waste Association (SAEWA). SAEWA is in the conceptual phase of looking at a waste to energy plant. Many European countries use some form of controlled incineration or waste digestion that produces heat/gas that can be used to generate electricity. As a participant, the Town will share waste data. No financial contribution is required.
Council received a briefing on the success of the Solar PV Production Incentive program. The Town received 47 applications from individual properties to participate, and through a lottery, 16 properties were awarded the incentive. Many sites have already installed solar panels, and a deadline is in place to have all developed by the end the year, or the award will be returned to the Town to hand out in 2016. Data on the production level of individual systems will soon be made available on Banff.ca/solar.