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County of Newell

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

Telephone: Fax:

403-362-3266 1-888-361-7921

County Website Chief Administrative Officer Kevin Stephenson Director of Corporate Services Layne Johnson Director of Information & Technology Roberta Fernell County Planner Gavin Scott Manager of Planning & Development Alyce Wickert County Assessor Kevin Halsted Manager of Economic Development Michelle Gietz Manager of Finance Matt Fenske

Agricultural Services Director of Agricultural Services Todd Green Manager of Agricultural Services Holly White Agricultural Services Supervisor Will Schaap

Municipal Services Director of Municipal Services Mark Harbicht Manager of Operations Terry Schroeder Manager of Engineering Services Geoff Tiffin

County Council

Division 1 - Rolling Hills Clarence Amulung Telephone: 403-964-2292 Division 2 - Tilley Gordon Simpson Telephone: 403-377-2596 Division 3 - Patricia/Millicent Anne Marie Philipsen Telephone: 403-378-4724 Division 4 - Rainier/Scandia/Bow City Wayne Hammergren Telephone: 403-501-8909 Division 5 - Cassils/Lake Newell Resort Tracy Fyfe Telephone: 403-793-2076 Division 6 - Bassano Kelly Christman Telephone: 403-641-2274 Division 7 - Rosemary Ellen Unruh Telephone: 403-378-4292 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 Clerk) Printed by: The Brooks & County Chronicle Copyright © 2013 County of Newell

November/December 2013

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Snow & Ice Removal

Road Maintenance Responsibilities The County of Newell is responsible for 1500 km of gravel and 200 km of paved roads including roads within the Hamlets and subdivisions. All numbered Highways (paved and gravelled) in the County are maintained by Volker Stevin for the Province. To contact Volker Stevin please call 1-888-877-6237 (1-888-VS-ROADS) Prioritization of Plow Routes County maintained roads are plowed based on the following prioritization criteria: 1. Arterial and Paved Roadways: Arterials are major roadways having high traffic volumes over medium to long distances and are used for inter-county travel needs. 2. Collector Roadways, School Bus Routes, Subdivisions and Hamlets: Collectors distribute traffic between arterial and local roads serving as main connectors to subdivisions and linking subdivisions together. Collectors usually do not provide direct access to private property. 3. Local Roadways: Local roads are usually low to medium-traffic volumes and provide direct access to residences and private property. Once arterial roadways are cleared, equipment is deployed to clear collector roadways and school bus routes. Local roadways are addressed when arterial and collector roadways are completed. Snow Removal and Equipment Gravel Roads Gravel roads are broken into 10 regions of grader responsibility and each operator maintains approximately 150 km of gravel road. This includes surface grading in the summer months and snow removal in the winter months. Each grader is equipped with a wing blade for pushing snow into ditches. Additionally V-plows and U/V blades can be added to front of graders for removing heavier snow accumulations. The County can dispatch a loader mounted snow blower, to remove very heavy snow drifting, assisted by either a dozer or loader.

Paved Roads The 200 km of paved road infrastructure is broken into seven snow plow responsibility regions. These regions are managed by a fleet of five highway plow trucks. Two trucks with front plows and wings are dispatched to Northern regions (Bassano, Duchess and North County). One truck with extendable reversible front plow and a regular plow is dispatched around the Brooks and Patricia area. Finally, one regular plow truck is dispatched for the Southern area roads. Typically all paved roads will have snow removed and de-icing applied in an 8 hour shift. Hamlets and Subdivisions Snow removal in Hamlets and Subdivisions will happen after Arterial Roads have been cleared. Grader operators will windrow snow in Hamlets, so snow can be removed at a later time with equipment. Paved surfaces in some Hamlets and Subdivisions will be serviced by plow trucks (highway plow trucks or two tonne plow truck). Hamlet and Subdivisions will see two types of services. The first will be plowing snow to the center of streets to allow traffic to freely move. Then when all roads are cleared of snow and staff and equipment are available, snow will be removed from the streets, piled at designated areas. The County is currently installing a “snow gate” on a grader to manage snow windrows in residences driveways. If this tool is successful we will be installing snow gates on graders that service Hamlets and Subdivisions in the future. For information on roads maintained by the County of Newell, please call 403-362-3266.

County of Newell - Council Notes UPCOMING MEETINGS by Molly Douglass, Division 9 Councillor, County of Newell Reeve Municipal elections in Alberta resulted in a 47% change in elected officials. The usual number is about 33%. In the County of Newell there were four elections and six acclamations, which resulted in five new Councillors at our table. The familiar faces of Ike Schroeder, Allen Eastman, Ryan Andrews, Mara Nesbitt, and Joel Bulger are missed. We are appreciative of the time, energy, and wisdom given over their years on County Council and wish them good health and good times in the years ahead. Our five new Councillors have put in two Council Meetings already. Gordon Simpson, Wayne Hammergren, Tracy Fyfe, Kelly Christman, and Ellen Unruh seem to be enjoying their new roles. Faced with a wide variety of committee work and a lot of reading, they continue to keep smiling—a good sign! Their positive approach and inquiring minds are welcomed. Look for contact info for your councillor on the front page of this newsletter! Many people hear the term “reeve” but are not completely sure what it means. Basically, it has the same meaning as a mayor. Rural areas commonly refer to their chief elected official as reeve, while urbans call them mayors. Another fact that is not well known is that a reeve or mayor can be chosen year by year by the councillors, rather than being elected at large by the ratepayers. This is the system that the County, Bassano, Duchess, and Rosemary use while the City of Brooks has a stand alone election for mayor. Once a year in October, an Organizational Meeting occurs for municipal councils to determine the make up of numerous committees and to choose a Reeve and Deputy Reeve, if he/she is not elected at large. For 2013-14 Deputy Reeve Brian de Jong and Reeve Molly Douglass will continue in these roles.

To help you understand what “committee work” involves, here are some examples. The Municipal Planning Commission (MPC) involves all ten councillors and meets twice a month prior to Council Meetings. Common agenda items are reports on development/ construction, applications for subdivision of land, permits for home businesses, work on intermunicipal plans, discussion of issues around compliance, or changes to land use. Certain decisions made at the MPC can be appealed to the Subdivision and Appeal Board, which is made up of members-at-large from the public. Much different and smaller is the committee involving the maintenance and operations of the Brooks Airport, which Councillor Lionel Juss sits on. This also involves members at large,Don McIntyre and Lloyd Rommens. This is a joint committee of the City of Brooks and County of Newell. Here’s a few items from Council Minutes. Remember that there are complete copies of agendas, minutes, policies, etc at on our website.

Municipal Planning Commission/Council

The MPC meeting will begin at 10:00 a.m. The Council meeting will begin immediately after MPC adjourns. Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, February 20, 2014 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 183037 RR 145 unless otherwise noted. The Office will be closed on the following days:

Wednesday, December 25, 2013 - Christmas Day Thursday, December 26, 2013 - Boxing Day Wednesday, January 1, 2014 - New Year’s Day Monday, February 17, 2014 - Family Day

Check the County of Newell website for last minute meeting changes

Happy Holidays! The County of Newell offices

Council decided to enter into an agreement will be closed at 3:00 p.m. on with the 8760 Group for the provision of energy December 24 and 31, 2013 services for a period of two years. This company works with our provincial organization, Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties. into the County, Council continues to rescind Cost savings can be realized, not only for the numerous bylaws no longer in effect or required. County building, but also other community Council supported a motion to provide financial organizations associated with the County. support in the amount of 50 cents per capita to The Coyote Control Incentive Program, the Red Deer River Watershed Alliance for 2014. which pays a bounty of $15, will continue this winter from December 1 - March 31. Call the A motion was passed to add 0.65 km segment of Agricultural Service Board at 403 362-3266 for a road in NW 33-19-14 to our road maintenance list. additional information. Due to the dissolution of the Village of Tilley Best wishes for a fun festive season!


The Newell Newsletter - November/December 2013

Snow Removal Bylaw The County of Newell wishes to remind residents that the following bylaw is in effect throughout the County and is subject to enforcement by the County of Newell Enforcement Officers.


John Nesbitt – Municipal Enforcement Supervisor


Beef InfoXchange System (BIXS) Update


Examples of Useful Informa�on Flow


U�lizing Beef Herd Management Informa�on


Using EPDs/Genomics Effec�vely in Selec�on


Pro�ng from Informa�on and Selec�on


Q/A Panel Discussion

Workshop for Commercial Cow/Calf and Purebred Producers All mee�ngs—11:00 am to 4:30 pm Date



Dec. 10, 2013

Elk Point Seniors Recrea�on Centre LARA, Ph. 780‐826‐7260


Dec. 11, 2013

Veteran Hall

CARA, Ph. 403‐664‐3777

Dec. 12, 2013

Brooks, Cassils Hall, 190073, Rge Rd 15‐5

County of Newell, Ph. 403‐794‐2336

WHEREAS, pursuant to Section 18(1) of the Municipal Government Act, Statutes of Alberta, 2000, Chapter M-26, and amendments thereto, a Municipality, subject to every other Act, has the control and management of all roads within the Municipality; and

Jan. 14, 2014

Mayerthorpe Legion Hall

Lac Ste. Anne Cty., Ph. 780‐785‐3411

Jan. 15, 2014

Leslieville Community Centre

Clearwater County, Ph. 403‐845‐4444

Jan. 16, 2014

Claresholm Community Centre

MD of Willow Creek, Ph. 403‐625‐3351

Bylaw No. 1781-13

AND WHEREAS, pushing and clearing snow from private property across or onto County roads adjacent to private property causes frozen ridges, creates excessive drifting, increased maintenance cost and is a very serious safety concern; NOW THEREFORE, the Council of the County of Newell in the Province of Alberta, duly assembled, hereby enacts as follows: A. TITLE: 1. This Bylaw may be referred to as the “SNOW ON ROADS BYLAW” B. DEFINITIONS: 1. “Road” in this By-law has the same definition as in the Municipal Government Act and means land shown as a road on a plan of survey that has been filed or registered in a land titles office. C. OFFENCES AND PENALTIES: 1. Any person who, without justification, deposits snow, ice, dirt and other debris on a road is guilty of an offence. 2. Any person who contravenes any provision of this Bylaw is guilty of an offence and may be ordered to forthwith remove any snow, ice, dirt and other debris deposited on the road. 3. When any person contravenes this Bylaw, the County may remove the snow deposited on the road and recover any expenses incurred in doing so whether or not a conviction is made. 4. Any person who contravenes the provisions of this Bylaw is guilty of an offence and, upon summary conviction, subject to: a. A fine of not less than $100.00 and not exceeding $150.00 for a first offence, and b. A fine of not less than $150.00 and not exceeding $2,500.00 for a second or subsequent offence. D. SEVERABILITY: 1. It is the intention of Council that each separate provision of this Bylaw shall be deemed independent of all other provisions herein and it is the further intention of Council that if any provisions of the Bylaw is declared invalid, all other provisions hereof shall remain valid and enforceable. E. EFFECTIVE DATE: 1. This Bylaw shall come into force and take effect on the date of the final passing.

Registra�on Fee: $20/person Registra�on Deadline: Space is limited so please register by December 6th for the December sessions and by January 10th for the January sessions, to reserve a seat and lunch To Register, call: Local Agriculture Services, contact shown for each loca�on above Sponsored by: Canadian Ca�lemen’s Associa�on, Alberta Angus Associa�on, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, Local Agriculture Services (Coun�es, MDs and Special Areas)

Tilley & District Public Library The Tilley and District Public Library is located within the Tilley School in the Village of Tilley. The Tilley Library became a member of the Shortgrass Library System in 2005, which broadened the scope of library access for all our patrons and has been of great benefit to both our library and our community as a whole. A family membership costs only $10 per year and an individual membership is $5 per year. September - June Mondays

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.


9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. & 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.


10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. July - August


10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. & 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.


1:00 to 4:00 p.m. & 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.


10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

The Tilley and District Public Library experienced some changes in the last few months due to the dissolution of the Village of Tilley and its subsequent reversion to hamlet status. The Tilley and District Public Library Board dissolved as a direct result of the village dissolution, after 38 years of service to the village and surrounding community. This does not mean, however, that our community will not have a library! Our library is now governed through the County of Newell Library Board, similar to Rolling Hills and Alcoma. We continue to provide library services to all members of the community, just as we have in previous years. Through the support of the public library, the students of Tilley School have participated in videoconference sessions already this school year! We hosted the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame out of Cleveland, Ohio, who presented to the Grades 5 and 6 classes, as well as the Royal Botanical Gardens from Hamilton, Ontario, presenting to the Junior High students in support of their science curriculum. We are very grateful to Mrs. Kim Simo and Ms. Erin Bellamy for their enthusiasm in arranging these programs and their willingness to utilize the library’s services! We are very fortunate to be able to provide the opportunity for many people to use our videoconference equipment to attend meetings without driving out of the area. We encourage anyone interested to come in and inquire about programming and upcoming sessions. We are glad to take your suggestions and input and make it work for you the best way possible. Our space is also open to community groups for meetings and gatherings. Special arrangements can be made for proctoring online distance education exams. With the support of the Shortgrass Library System, the Tilley library also offers a Summer Fun Camp in partnership with the TD Summer Reading Program. This takes place over two separate weeks during the summer and consists of crafts, games and activities for children aged 3 to 12. This program is also free of charge.

Mayor Martin Shields and Reeve Molly Douglass attended the Remembrance Day Ceremony in Brooks, AB on November 11, 2013. (Photo by S. Stanway, Brooks Bulletin)

Our volunteers are here to help you with everything from finding that next great novel to ordering materials from other libraries, basic Internet use and word processing, downloading electronic and audio books online, accessing community information and networking, or just providing a comfortable place to sit and read. Come in and visit us soon! Contact Anita Chappell at 403-377-2233 Extension 150 (school) or email us at for more information.

The Newell Newsletter - November/December 2013


Exploring Southeast Alberta Industry by Michelle Gietz, Manager of Economic Development Using 2011 Statistics Canada data, the Newell Regional Economic Development Initiative analyzed industry and employment in the Newell Region to give an economic snapshot of local industry. The data was compared to that in other municipalities and districts to allow us to compare our industry to that and to an Alberta standard. Industry was analyzed using the North American Industry Classification System to identify the top revenue producing industries in the area. The graphs below are a sample of some of the findings.

2014 Provincial ASB Summer Tour Hosted by the County of Newell

Source: Statistics Canada 2011

In the� 2011 Summary of Exploring Southeast Alberta Industry� report by the Newell regional Economic Development Initiative, research showed that the Industry Revenue per Worker in the City of Brooks and surrounding area is higher than that for both the City of Calgary and the City of Edmonton.

The County of Newell is very excited to be hosting the 2014 Provincial Agricultural Service Board (ASB) Summer Tour from July 7-10, 2014. This is an annual event that is hosted in a different part of the province each year. The hosting municipality showcases their area to elected officials and Agricultural Fieldman from across the province. The County of Newell last hosted this tour 18 years ago in 1996. A number of changes to agriculture and industry have occurred since then and we are thrilled to share what we have to offer with delegates from across Alberta. Typically around 300 delegates, 100 spouses and 50 children attend the summer tour each year. Our organizing committee is working hard to provide different and exciting tours for each of these groups. They will include everything from Dinosaur Park to a high tech robot dairy to specialty agriculture as well as an extensive tour of irrigation throughout our region. The Eastern Irrigation District and City of Brooks have partnered with the County to help with organizing and hosting this special event. Sponsorship opportunities are also available for other organizations that may be interested in assisting with the summer tour. Please check out the website at for more sponsorship and contact information.


Source: Statistics Canada 2011

Meat processing in the Newell Region is the second highest contributor of that industry to the Province of Alberta.

TOP 5 Industries by Business Revenue in the Newell Region NAICS Industry Category

Total Revenues (Millions $)

Total Labour

21 - Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction



31-33 - Manufacturing



$987.75 $854.69 $286.66

450 200 855

41 - Wholesale Trade 22 - Utilities 23 - Construction top 5 industry total



Total of all industry



Source: Statistics Canada 2011

Over 75% of all industry in the Newell Region is generated by five industry categories, employing 40% of all labour in the region.

Merry Christmas!

You are cordially invited to join your elected officials for a

Christmas Open House Tuesday, December 17, 2013 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at the County of Newell Office 183037 RR 145 For more information, please contact Ariana Nielsen, County of Newell 403-794-2319

The County of Newell would like to remind County residents that you must have snow and/or ice removed from publicly owned sidewalks within 24 hours after any snow fall event. Any owner and/or occupant of the property where the sidewalk is not cleared may be issued a fine as well as any costs incurred to clean the sidewalk. For more information please refer to Bylaw #1779-13 or call 403-362-3266. John Nesbitt, Municipal Enforcement Supervisor.


The Newell Newsletter - November/December 2013

The Real Property Report & Letter of Compliance by Alyce Wickert, Manager of Planning & Development In the sale of property, it is often suggested or even required that a Real Property Report (RPR) be prepared for the property and that a Letter of Compliance accompany the RPR as part of the purchase agreement. As the landowner or purchaser, the following questions may come to mind: •

What is a Real Property Report and a Letter of Compliance?

Why are they important?

How much are they going to cost?

A Real Property Report (RPR) is a legal survey document, prepared by registered Alberta Land Surveyor. It shows the locations of all improvements on the property relative to its boundaries. An ‘improvement’ refers to pretty much any structure that exists on the property. The surveyor will also include the legal description of the parcel, encroachments into the property or an adjacent property, boundaries of the property, utility rights-of-way and easements that affect the title, and any other surface interests on the title. In order for the RPR to be valid, look for the surveyor’s stamp (red) and his signature in blue ink. Anything else is not a legal RPR.

A Letter of Compliance is issued by the municipality (usually the Development Officer) to verify that the improvements and information indicated on the Real Property Report are consistent with the requirements of the current Land Use Bylaw. While the municipality has no legal obligation to issue a Letter of Compliance under the Municipal Government Act (MGA), most municipalities prepare them as a public service.

The cost of preparing a Real Property Report by a registered surveyor will vary, depending on the type and size of the parcel, the number of improvements, and the difficulty of the survey. Expect to pay at least $1000.00 to have the RPR prepared by the surveyor. Keep in mind that the RPR is a small part of the total cost of your investment in the property and may help sell the property more quickly.

The RPR and Letter of Compliance are useful tools for everyone involved in the sale or purchase of a property. For the landowner, the RPR shows the exact locations of improvements, whether encroachments exist, and compliance with the Land Use Bylaw. For the purchaser, it verifies the boundaries and improvements of the property and reveals any compliance issues. For the bank, it either verifies that the property conforms to municipal bylaws, or highlights problems that need to be resolved. Overall, a Letter of Compliance provides the confirmation as to whether the property complies with the Land Use Bylaw. If not, steps may need to be taken to ensure the property becomes compliant. It’s very important that the RPR is completed early in the process of selling the property, so that issues may be resolved prior to final sale. This will ultimately speed up the sale of the property and reduce legal fees.

In order for the County of Newell to review an RPR and issue a Letter of Compliance, the following items are required: 1. An original Real Property Report, signed and sealed by the surveyor; 2. The RPR must be less than 1 year old; 3. The fee: residential compliance - $75; commercial or industrial compliance $150. For further information about Real Property Reports, contact an Alberta Land Surveyor or go to their website: You can also contact the Planning & Development Department at the County of Newell.

Newell Recycling News

County of Newell Rental Equipment

by Florence Juska

by Holly White, Manager of Agricultural Services

Have you an event coming up that requires collection of cardboard, paper, newsprint or beverage containers? Rolling Hills has already booked the Newell Recycling events mobile recycling trailer for the long weekend in August, 2014. The beverage containers collected in the trailer need to be counted for Alberta Beverage and Container Recycling Corporation (ABCRC) and the proceeds will be returned to your organization.

Have you been plagued by raccoons? Are magpies driving you nuts? Would a portable loading chute make your next cattle round up easier? Would a big BBQ be the perfect tool to make your family reunion a success? If you answered yes to any of these questions maybe it is time you checked out the County of Newell ASB rentals page on our website. We have a wide range of rental options for cattle handling, pest control, weed spraying, no–till drills, tree planters and a large portable BBQ for events. All available to our rate payers at very reasonable prices. For more information on our rental equipment check out the Agricultural Services page at or stop in at the new building and visit us at the parts counter.

Have your garden and flower beds been put to sleep for the winter? Think ahead to soil preparation for the next year with some compost from Newell Recycling. The compost (which is a beautiful light mixture and greatly enhances tired soil) has been the preparation of grass, leaves and garden waste from the back alley compost bins and the drop off from residents over the summer and autumn seasons. Best of all it’s free if you bring along some buckets and load it yourself or for $25 Newell Recycling staff will fill a half ton using the bobcat.

Tandem Axle BBQ

For more information call Newell Recycling at 403 362 2132.

Portable Loading Chute

Livestock Squeeze

Portable Scale

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County of Newell Mini Bus Service

Newell Newsletter (November/December 2013)  

County of Newell Newsletter for November/December 2013