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P.O. Box 130 Brooks, Alberta T1R 1B2

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July/August 2012

The County of Newell has an extensive agricultural base and we should therefore be mindful that, during this time of year, we should expect to encounter large farming equipment moving along our local roadways.

(403) 362-3266 (403) 362-8681

Please note that much of the equipment operated today is slow to move, sometimes hard to maneuver, and incredibly tough to see around. We must give our farmers the space and time that they need to travel on our roads and make the WIDE turns that are required to safely get to their workplaces.

County Website Administrator Kevin Stephenson Assistant Administrator Layne Johnson Manager of IT & GIS James Nelson County Planner Diane Horvath Development Control Officer Alyce Wickert County Assessor Kevin Halsted Economic Development Michelle Gietz Manager of Finance Matt Fenske

Agricultural Service Board Telephone: Fax:

(403) 362-2772 (403) 362-8681

Agricultural Fieldman Todd Green

Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development communicates the following as related to incidents involving farm equipment: •

The most frequent type of single-vehicle incident is a farm tractor being driven too close to the shoulder of the road and rolling into the ditch.

Assistant Agricultural Fieldman Holly White

The most common type of multiple-vehicle collision is a farm machine being hit as it is turning onto a public road from a farm road or another public road.

There is a high number of rear-end collisions, usually occurring at intersections and caused by motorists underestimating the size and speed of the farm equipment.

A large number of collisions occur while the farm equipment is making a left hand turn where operators fail to signal or the signal is not visible to other traffic.

Almost half of all collisions occur in the period July to September, the peak harvest time.

Agricultural Technician Kim Fleming

Public Works Telephone: Fax:

(403) 362-3504 (403) 362-0412

Superintendent of Public Works Mark Harbicht Asst. Superintendent of Public Works Terry Schroeder Technical Manager Geoff Tiffin

County Council

Division 1 - Rolling Hills Clarence Amulung Telephone: (403) 964-2292 Division 2 - Tilley Ike Schroeder Telephone: (403) 377-2587 Division 3 - Patricia/Millicent Anne Marie Philipsen Telephone: (403) 378-4724 Division 4 - Rainier/Scandia/Bow City Ryan Andrews Telephone: (403) 793-8144 Division 5 - Cassils Mara Nesbitt Telephone: (403) 362-3037 Division 6 - Bassano Joel Bulger Telephone: (403) 641-4469 Division 7 - Rosemary Allen Eastman Telephone: (403) 378-4280 Division 8 - Duchess Brian de Jong Telephone: (403) 362-4587 Division 9 - Gem Molly Douglass (Reeve) Telephone: (403) 641-2562 Division 10 - Brooks Lionel Juss Telephone: (403) 362-5689

Newell Newsletter

Editor/Design & Layout Ariana Nielsen (Executive Assistant) Proofing Joanne Wells (Records Management) Printed by: The Brooks & County Chronicle Copyright © 2012 County of Newell

County of Newell - Council Notes by Molly Douglass, Division 9 Councillor, County of Newell Reeve

UPCOMING MEETINGS Municipal Planning Commission/Council

The County of Newell Council has Municipal Planning Commission and Council Meetings twice a month, except for the month of August. Please note that there is only one regularly scheduled meeting and that is on August 9th. Catherine Christensen and Reilly Owen were appointed Weed and Pest Inspectors for the County of Newell for the 2012 season. Two Public Hearings were held to amend the Land Use Bylaw. One was to rezone land from Agricultural to Commercial District and the other for a road closure and sale. A Regional Enhancement Funding Request from the Rosemary Agricultural Society for $5000.00 for equipment in the community room and from the Village of Rosemary for $15,690.00 for signage, lighting and landscaping was approved. Progress is being made in the consolidation and sale of land from the old North Bassano CPR line. Regular updates from the Manager of Finance, M. Fenske, regarding the County of Newell cash flow projections and Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI)/provincial funding provide important information for Council with the rural water project underway. Planning for land use and development is an important responsibility of local government. A Rural Intermunicipal Regional Planning Initiative will consider

the implications of growth near county/ municipal district boundaries with neighbouring rurals in the south and the other will be a plan with the Village of Duchess. The sale of the current Agricultural Services Board facilities to WAV Construction for $565,000.00, the highest tender, was approved. Council approved the cost sharing of a Joint Southwest Brooks Sanitary Sewer Study to determine the most cost effective solution for a larger service area. The tender for crack sealing was awarded to McFadden Road Services. The 2012 cost will be $0.49 per metre. The Pavement Marking Contract was also awarded to Mcfadden. The tender for rural water in the Tilley/ Division 2 area will close in August. The Duchess/Division 8 project should be operational this month! Council responded to a provincial survey regarding the Local Authorities Election Act. One of the proposed, bigger changes is to have a four year term for local/ municipal councillors rather than three. Most provinces have four year terms now. Our provincial association of counties and municipal districts (AAMDC) has endorsed this proposal. With lots of thunderstorms in June and heat in early July, summer has definitely arrived. Have an enjoyable and safe one!

The MPC meeting will begin at 10:00 a.m. The Council meeting will begin immediately after MPC adjourns. Thursday, August 9, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, August 23, 2012 - CANCELLED Thursday, September 6, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. All meetings are held in the Council Chambers of the County of Newell Administration Building located in Brooks, AB at 707 - 2nd Ave. East unless otherwise noted. The Office will be closed on the following days:

Monday, August 6, 2012 - Civic Holiday Monday, September 3, 2012 - Labour Day

Check the County of Newell website for last minute meeting changes NEWELL FURTHER EDUCATION provides adult further education courses in all County of Newell Rural communities. Watch for the Course catalogue in your mailbox early September! Request a class for your community by calling our office at 403-641-3444.


The Newell Newsletter - July/August 2012

Sleeping Like a Baby

by Keith Martin, Fire & Emergency Services Coordinator

Nighttime Fire Drills Critical for Heavy Sleepers and Children Is someone in your family heavy sleeper? Whether it’s a child or an adult, people who are heavy sleepers need extra help if there is a fire in your home. That’s because heavy sleepers may not wake up when a smoke alarm sounds. Or their judgement may be impaired when they do wake up because they are groggy or confused. Current research indicates that children may have different sleep patterns than adults, which may prevent them from hearing and reacting appropriately to alarms. It appears that children, especially those under 15, have a deep-sleep phase in the first few hours after they fall asleep, which may prevent them from hearing and reacting appropriately to smoke alarms. This does mean that smoke alarms are useless; it means that, in addition to having smoke alarms, fire escape planning is an even greater necessity. Smoke alarms save lives by providing you with an early warning of smoke and fire danger. However, you won’t know how your children or household members will react to the sound of a smoke alarm until you’ve tested their response to it. When you only have moments to get out safely, a fire is not a time to discover these obstacles. If your family practices a home fire drill at least twice per year, including during the night, you can identify these issues and plan for them in your fire escape plan. For children and other family members who sleep through alarms, appoint an adult or babysitter to be responsible for them in advance. Practice escape drills so your children know how the alarm sounds and what it means. By practicing your escape plan, you can find out any problems with safe escape beforehand and take action before it is too late. Children are not the only ones at risk of sleeping through an alarm. The elderly, sleepdeprived students, shift workers, teenagers, the hearing impaired and anyone taking medication or alcohol or drugs may be affected. Routine home fire drills will help you detect unanticipated special needs when the smoke alarm sounds. It is a frightening thought to realize that your child or household member may sleep through the piercing sound of a smoke alarm. However, by planning and practicing a fire escape plan at night you can identify potential problems and solve them.

Clubroot Scouting

by Todd Green, Agricultural Fieldman

To date we still only have three confirmed Clubroot infested fields within the County of Newell. Monitoring has been taking place every year since the initial find was made in 2007. Each year the Ag Service board dedicates one week to inspecting every canola field within our borders. We do this by sending out 4 staff members to drive roads and visually inspect the fields. If we find any suspect symptoms from the road, we will contact the landowner and do further investigation. Things to watch out for in your own fields are: 1. Early maturing patches of canola around field entrances, low spots, and wet areas 2. Dying or wilting plants spread throughout these areas If you see these symptoms, please call me at 403-362-3266 ext 114 so that we can do a thorough inspection and determine the cause of the symptoms. These symptoms can be caused by other things but should not be taken lightly as Clubroot can be very detrimental to yield and quality if proper rotations and cleaning protocols are not followed. There are ways to protect yourself from the disease: 1. Clean your equipment in the field – knock off as much soil and material from your equipment as possible, wash with pressurized water, and, if possible, sanitize with a bleach solution 2. Make sure industrial equipment moving into your fields have moved in clean. Equipment is the primary source of transferring material and that material can carry not only Clubroot but weed seeds as well. 3. Try to limit your field activity during periods of wet weather. Mud is exceptionally hard to clean off equipment, and can get stuck between duals, on frames, and in tough to clean areas. 4. Try to be a good neighbor and keep your field in your field. Soil erosion due to water or wind is also another possible vector for spreading this disease. For more information or for help scouting your canola fields, please call. We are more than happy to be of assistance. We all have the responsibility to maintain our land and keep the County of Newell a productive a viable agricultural area.

To find out how to practice fire drills at home please call your local fire department or me. Now you know, so practice a nighttime fire drill and get prepared. Remember that “Safety is an Attitude.”

ADVERTISING PROCEDURES FOR DEVELOPMENT The Planning & Development Department would like to inform County of Newell residents about our updated advertising procedures. All development permits are required to go through a 2 week appeal period in which they are advertised so that interested parties are aware of the development that has been approved or refused. Previously, permitted use permits were advertised in the newspaper. This practice delayed applicants longer than necessary, while waiting for the next issue of the newspaper to come out. With improved technology comes more efficient ways to advertise. All permitted use permits are now placed on the counter at the County of Newell Administration building as well as on the County of Newell website ( In addition, notices for discretionary applications will be posted on the web site. If you have any questions about our advertising procedures, please contact the Planning & Development Department.

Rolling Hills Public Library by Johnene Amulung, Librarian

Over the summer months, the Rolling Hills Public Library will be open Monday and Thursday evenings from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. The library will resume its Wednesday hours in September. We invite all new residents in our area to visit the library and see what we have to offer. There is something for everyone! We are located through the southeast door of the Rolling Hills School. All residents of Rolling Hills and area are reminded that there is no library membership fee.

New Library Catalog App Available for Public Libraries in Newell County Want to search your library catalog? Want to renew your library materials or place a hold on a new DVD? Now there’s an app for that! The SLS Libraries BiblioMobile app is available for free in the app store and provides library users with access to the library catalog on the go. Users can log in with their library barcode and pin number for instant access to their account. The app is currently available for iPhone, with an Android app to be released later this summer. The app makes it easy for library users to find, discover, borrow, and track their account activity. In addition to providing a mobile library catalog, the app also provides detailed library information about Shortgrass’ 12 member libraries, including daily and holiday hours, contact information, and full GPS/mapping capabilities. Library users can now easily find materials and manage their accounts on the go. Other features include: •

Results can be limited to available titles, along with a map view of their locations.

New titles are continually being added to our collection. Being a member of the Shortgrass Library System gives our patrons the ability to borrow books from other member libraries. We can also acquire books through The Alberta Library if no copies are available in our system.

Your pickup library location preferences are remembered for streamlined hold request.

Manage your library account including cancelling holds and renewing items.

Check out our selection of “give-away” books. There may be something there for you! Also, keep your eye on our window display at the local Canada Post Office. The volunteers who set up the displays often include newly acquired titles or resources for theme projects.

Convenient summary view on login, featuring the information library users need most: “next due” and “available now”.

For inquires, the telephone number for the library is 403-964-2186. The eight volunteers who keep the library functioning look forward to seeing you soon.

Need more information about the app? Visit any County of Newell public library to find out more!


The Newell Newsletter - July/August 2012

Setting Achievable Goals in Economic Development by Michelle Gietz, Economic Development & Tourism Coordinator Whether personal, business, or economic development, we tend to use the excuse that life is so complex and encompasses such a variety of areas we cannot possibly measure or execute the necessary actions required to reach our goals. We struggle to find the balance between being too strict or too easy, setting unrealistic or vague measures to ensure success, and avoid confrontation and discussion which is required to form effective plans. A common error in planning is assuming that setting a goal is the exercise. This conveys only an appearance of progress. Once the goal is set, we tend to forget about determining the tactical plans for execution. As a result, there is little hope in achieving an outcome. Probably more daunting is the setting of too many goals, which only allows us to pick and choose the goals we want or are the easiest to accomplish, but are not necessarily the most important. It is important to prioritize otherwise we dilute the spending of resources, so that no one goal is effectively accomplished, but all are attempted. With too many goals also comes the ability to trade choices. People assume if they take on one goal, they are relieved of another. In this way, in order to avoid completion and the measurement of success, the commitment is bounced between goals, generally leaving them all incomplete and often unattained.

Setting an objective that is too vague creates confusion. There is no time frame. There is no measure of success. There is no accountability. It is important to know where one plans to finish, so that you know you have arrived. It is just as important to be prepared with the required information and planning in order to proceed. However, it is easy to continually utilize preparations, studies, and research as a false form of progress and a way to avoid the hard work that needs to be done. Too much planning often delays the moment of commitment to a real goal. Often in planning we do not define the measurement of success. If there is no measurement, there is no way to determine if the goal was achieved, and consequently, no way to evaluate the reasons for the lack of achievement. Evaluation is the tool to determine what factors affected the outcome and does the process taken need to be changed so that the goal can be reached in the future. Finally, we can choose to set the standards too low. People tend to perceive tough expectations or concrete measures as unattainable. Rather than buckle down and set to achieve the goals, it is easier to ignore them by labeling them only as wishful thinking. Often too many visionaries and not enough workers result in incomplete tasks.

Let’s look at an example. Say the goal is to encourage business in the region. Since we have set the goal, the job of the organizers is seen as accomplished. However, the workers are left with a vague idea which raises many questions. Are we focusing on existing or new business? What does the word encourage mean? At least we have only one goal, but there are many options that could be used to achieve it, probably resulting in the tinkering of many ideas, but a lack of focus on one. Someone might suggest we need a study to determine the best way to approach business or what type of businesses are needed. How do we measure that we have encouraged business? The word encourage might suggest helping or aiding, but not necessarily attracting new business? A more precise goal could be written as “In the coming year (time frame stated), through the process of consultation and promotion (methodology), we hope to attract three new businesses (measurable outcome) to the region.” Most of us fall into these traps that limit the success and measurement of progress. Individuals, businesses, and leaders who do not set precise goals will continue to have concerns that little progress is being made. Demanding better results in a clear and compelling way brings out the best in people. Are you setting clear and concise goals to propel you forward in your personal life or business?

Construction Zone Safety

by Erin Martin, Public Works Seasonal Administrative Assistant PLAN •

Be conscious of construction zones. Be sure to check for road closure and construction information.

Leave a bit earlier, if necessary, to arrive at your destination on time. Consider using an alternate route that bypasses the construction zones.


Road surfaces and traffic routes change unexpectedly and frequently in construction zones.

Anticipate potential detours and stops.

Watch for construction equipment turning and backing up.


Signs in construction zones contain valuable information about closures and detours that may lie ahead.

Always obey the actions of the flag person and/or peace officers if present.


Drive at the posted speed limit, for the entire construction zone.

Maintain a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front of you.

Do not tailgate as unexpected stops are common in construction zones.

Alberta Transportation, Office of Traffic Safety June 2011


The Newell Newsletter - July/August 2012

Final Year for Growing Forward Water Program by Holly White, Assistant Agricultural Fieldman The Growing Forward Water Management program is designed to help agricultural producers plan for their long-term water needs and take action to increase security of their water supply. The final year for the Growing Forward Water Management Program is April 1st, 2012 to March 15th, 2013. Money will be allocated on a first come first serve basis so it is better to apply as soon as possible and all projects must be approved prior to construction. Long term solutions to water shortage may include: •

New wells

New dugouts

Dugout expansions of 200,000 Imp. Gal or greater

Spring developments


Deeply buried pipelines

Tie-ins to multi-user pipelines

The The Growing Growing Forward Forward Water Water Management Management program program is is designed to help agricultural producers

plan for their long-term water needs

and and take action to to increase increase the the security security of of their their water water supply. supply.

The long term solution to water shortage may include:

The program assists in the cost of these up to 1/3 of the cost up to a maximum of $5000.00 for the construction of a new or expanded water source. Special incentives for groundwater protection and improved water management are also available at a 50% cost share. Tie-ins to multi-user water supply pipelines are included as special incentives.

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New wells New dugouts Dugouts expansions of 200,000 Imp. Gal or greater

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Spring Developments Dams Deeply buried pipelines

The Growing Forward Water Management program is available to assist in the cost of these up to 1/3 to a maximum of $5000 for the construction of a new or expanded water source. Special incentives for

For more information please visit: or call 310-FARM.

groundwater protection and improved water management are also available at a 50% cost share. Additionally, since April 1, 2012, tie-ins to multi user water supply pipelines are included in special incentives.

2012 Southern Alberta Grazing School for Women will be held in Delia, AB on July 25th and 26th.

An approved Long Term Water Management Plan is required prior to commencement of your project. The current program closes March 15, 2013. For more information, please visit the web site: (Water Management section) or call 310-FARM and ask to speak to an ARD Water Specialist.

For more information please visit

Building a Deck? Please be aware that the deck you’re building may require permits. Any deck larger than 120 sq ft (11 sq m) needs a Development Permit.

Any deck higher off the ground than 24 in (60 cm) needs a Building Permit.

Contact Darby, Shanna Lee or Alyce at the County office for more information

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