Cochrane Town Council will have another full evening with an agenda tonight that includes everything from the Smart City Challenge Statement to spending more on land for the proposed new RCMP detachment.
Town Council will be reviewing the 50 words that will anchor their bid for Smart City Challenge funding if they decide to go ahead with the bid.
The wording they will be reviewing is: "Working together, our community will build a culture that empowers every resident who feels isolated or lonely to engage in local community life and develop meaningful relationships that inherently create a strong sense of belonging for everyone in Cochrane, rural neighbour and ultimately Canada."
Council will also decide if they will seek the $5 million, $10M or $50M prize. Mayor Jeff Genung has said in the past they will pursue the $50 million prize, but apparently councillors have a say, too.
Council also will be looking at a proposal to purchase a much larger land parcel for the RCMP detachment. It's proposed the town dispose of land it already purchased for the detachment and instead move it to a 4.66 care parcel in the northwest corner of Heartland on Hwy. 1A. It's a much larger lot believed to be better situated and large enough to accommodate needs. It also means the town intends to drop another $1 million on the project for the land alone.
The Boys and Girls Club will be approaching council to more than double their current annual grant to $75,000 from $35,000 for the 2019 town budget. The Friends of the Fireside Society are also providing council will an view of their all-inclusive playground design for the Fireside neighbourhood.
Speaking of money, the town will be also reviewing the 2017 audited financial statement and the recommendation to place the resulting $584,525 surplus into facility life-cycling reserve. It will examine the proposed 10-year financial strategy for capital expenditures that is heavily ladened with transportation infrastructure projects, including the new bridge, improvements to Centre Ave. and railway crossing projects.
Council will be selecting members for the newly created parks and recreation board and they'll have to make some tough choices. Sixteen people have applied for the eight positions available on the new board. There are also two people who have applied for the one seat available on the public library board.
Also being reviewed is the procedure bylaw for the new tri-site concept. The bylaw was forced when council insisted on having a voice on the committee and formalizing it as a committee of council.
Council meets the second and fourth Monday of the month starting at 6 p.m. Council chambers are located in the Cochrane RancheHouse, 101 RancheHouse Rd.