Council approved the Employee Compensation and Benefits Policy C2001, which had been amended at council’s request at the March 14 meeting to include a definition on comparative markets. The policy comes out of the Town’s 2015 external market compensation review, which included a recommendation to formalize the Town’s compensation philosophy.
Council received a briefing on the progress of recommendations from the Banff Social Assessment in year two of the plan. The recommendations of the assessment included enhancing awareness of Town programs and services, enhancing community connections and addressing affordability issues. Some of the ways those have been met are through an increased advertising campaign that links to banff.ca/heretohelp and launching the 211 service, increasing BanffLIFE programs and multicultural events, and holding a number of financial literacy sessions for residents.
Council gave first reading to a Land Use Bylaw Amendment and scheduled a public hearing for Monday, April 25 at 2 p.m. at Banff Town Hall. The amendment proposes changing the percentage of gross floor area allowed for accessory uses in service stations in the CA accommodation district from no more than 10% to no more than 70%. David Jacobs Consulting applied to the Town of Banff for the amendment on behalf of the owners 601 Banff Avenue, Husky Oil Limited. The change would allow for larger convenience retail stores and eating and drinking establishments at approved service stations.
Council voted to support the Frank Lloyd Wright Revival Initiative, in principle, to allow for the consideration of reconstructing the Banff Park Pavilion at the recreation grounds in a way that doesn’t conflict with the current Banff Recreation Grounds Master Plan. Council also requested the Frank Lloyd Wright Revival Initiative conduct a feasibility and cost analysis to include a scope of work, an evaluation of site location alternatives, preliminary environmental assessment requirements, estimate of building design and construction costs, estimated infrastructure improvements required to service the building, building life cycle costs (including long term operation and maintenance), funding and financing sources with supporting documentation, proposed programming and related market analysis, and an assessment of the impact of the project on the community.
Council asked for a report addressing the FOIP considerations for the use of Town of Banff traffic cameras as public safety cameras in 2016. The Banff RCMP are interested in using traffic cameras for public safety and potential evidence gathering.
Council voted to lift the condition of council approval on the purchase of 221 Beaver St. and for staff to bring back a borrowing bylaw and budget amendment not exceeding $1,005,000 to purchase the property. Council also voted to bring back the Banff Town Hall modernization capital project at the same time as the borrowing bylaw for further consideration. The building at 221 Beaver St. is currently occupied by the Bow Valley Regional Transit Services Commission offices and has one apartment on the second floor.