Neighbourhood Notes March 2019
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In this Issue • 2018 Accomplishments • Tax & Utility Information • Agricultural Services • Farm Talks, Safe Roads • Growing Kneehill County • Municipal Affairs Decision • Transportaion Update
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2019: A Year to Celebrate Kneehill County was formed in 1944, when the individual districts of Stauffer #309, Norquay #279, Ghostpine #308 and Carbon #278 were dissolved to create the MD of Kneehill #278. (#278 was later changed to #48 in March, 1945.) The ﬁrst meeting of the newly organized MD of Kneehill was held March 7, 1944, 75 years ago. It’s a big year, and Kneehill County is planning some big things to commemorate the 75th Anniversary, with plenty of opportunity for the public to get involved
and share their stories, memories, and photos with us! • Stop by the Kneehill County ofﬁce to see the historical display in the
front lobby, full of local area history books and memorabilia. • Make sure to save the date, September 13, 2019, for the
75th Anniversary Celebration. (More details coming soon, keep an eye out for your invitation in the mail!) • Check Kneehill
County’s website, social media, and The Capital for more exciting announcements, events and ways to get involved in 2019!
75th Anniversary Celebration Timeline January 1, 2019 75 Years
March, 2019 Photo Contest Opens Community Stories
June, 2019 Seniors Tea
August, 2019 Photo Contest Winner Announced
June & July Parade Season Council attend
September 13, 2019 75th Anniversary Celebration!
August 17, 2019 ASB Long Table & Country Market
REEVE’S MESSAGE Welcome 2019! Council is very proud to be the governing body serving Kneehill County residents in our 75th Anniversary year. It will be a year of celebrations, providing opportunities to connect and reminisce. Council has been hard at work this February formulating its strategic plan. These sessions have provided Council, supported by Administration, the opportunity to consistently understand our strengths and the challenges facing Kneehill County. A draft document will be before Council in the weeks to come. We are excited to share it with you. You will see a focus on ensuring Kneehill County is Fiscally Sustainable, that we are preserving your valued Rural Way of Life, pursuit of Focused Growth in
jobs and assessment; Relationships through a commitment to Communication and Engagement; and of course Good Governance. In January, we received notification from Alberta Municipal Affairs that no further investigation of Kneehill County was necessary. We also received a very positive Municipal Accountability Program audit report with only a few minor amendments to policies and bylaws required. We look
forward to moving ahead, and building relationships with all of our stakeholders. Collaboration is a priority under new Alberta legislation in intermunicipal planning and agreements. Our planning department is currently working with all of the municipalities we border on Intermunicipal Development Plans (IDP). The purpose of these plans is to have collaborative discussions regarding developments and planning issues on
Council Contacts Division 3 Reeve Jerry Wittstock Phone: 403-312-6196 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
lands along our shared boundaries. The other legislative requirement includes Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework (ICF) agreements with all municipalities that we border, as well. The purpose of these plans is to identify areas in which we can work together, and areas where we may be able to share costs, where our residents receive service. Currently, Council is working with the Town of Trochu, and discussions are
going well. There are many initiatives being planned for 2019 including our 75th Anniversary Celebration event being held on Friday, September 13th. Watch for more details to follow! Our Ag Service Board is once again hosting a Country Market on Saturday, August 17th at Horseshoe Canyon. It’s an amazing setting and place to see, and tickets will be available shortly. Our departments are also working together
COUNCIL CONTACTS Division 4 Councillor Glen Keiver Phone: 403-443-7738 Email: email@example.com
Division 7 Deputy Reeve Ken King Phone: 403-443-0285 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Division 5 Councillor Jim Hugo Phone: 403-443-7317 Email: email@example.com
Division 1 Councillor Faye McGhee Phone: 403-436-1611 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Division 6 Councillor Wade Christie Phone: 403-588-1992 Email: email@example.com
Division 2 Councillor Debbie Penner Phone: 403-818-3108 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
to bring you informative sessions on various programs such as transportation safety, farm safety, clubroot program and others. As your Councillors, we are always available for feedback and our council meetings are open to the public. Watch our livestreaming videos, our newsletter, newspaper column and social media for Council initiatives. - Jerry Wittstock, Reeve, on behalf of Kneehill County Council
Join us! Upcoming Council Meetings:
March 12 March 26 April 9 April 23 May 14 May 28 June 11 June 25
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2 Kneehill Area Solid Waste Transfer Station Facilities
2018 REVIEW 2018Accomplishments: Accomplishments: AA Year In In Review 2018 Year Review Planning and Development 2018 Accomplishments: 2018 Projects Approved: Planning and Development • Land Use Bylaw – revised to include Cannabis • GrainsConnect with train loop (35,000 tonne grain handling facility) • Draft IDPs – Trochu, Acme, Linden, Wheatland • Solar Farm (88,000 panels 25 MW) 2018 Accomplishments: • Completed several enforcement files • Public Riding Arena Land Use Bylaw – revised to include Cannabis • Wedding Barn Dra� �DPs – �rochu, Acme, Linden, Wheatland • Medieval Campground Completed several enforcement ﬁles
2018 Projects Approved: GrainsConnect with train loop (35,000 tonne grain handling facility) Solar Farm (88,000 panels 25 MW) Public Riding Arena Wedding Barn Medieval Campground
2018 Accomplishments: A Year In Review
Agriculture Services and Parks
Keiver’s Lake, Parks Improvements:
Horseshoe Canyon Improvements: Agriculture Services • Completed picnic shelter and Parks • Replaced barbed fence along west border • Replaced tin Canyon on outhouses Horseshoe Improvements: • Completed east lookout platform Completed picnic shelter • Completed box steps, rope rail and retaining wall along access road • Continued Replaced barbed fencetrail along westtoborder work on upper perimeter connecting Nature Conservancy Canada Replaced tin on outhouses new free east reclamation product as a trial on reclaimed trial area • Installed Completed lookout platform • Leveled out old trail near helicopter pad Completed box steps, rope rail and retaining wall • Replaced locator sign along road TV series filming needs • Liaised withaccess and coordinated • Horseshoe Continued work on upper trail Canyon Masterplan is 90%perimeter complete
connecting to Nature Conservancy Canada Installed new free reclamation product as a trial on reclaimed trial area Leveled out old trail near helicopter pad Replaced locator sign Liaised with and coordinated TV series filming needs Horseshoe Canyon Masterplan is 90% complete
• Leveled front lake stalls
Keiver’s Lake, Improvements: • Completed repairParks work from spring floods • Installed/landscaped Leveled front lake stalls and reworked drainage channels and storm water catchment Completed work from spring floods areasrepair at administration building. Board: Ag Service Installed/landscaped and reworked drainage • Completed centre of County spraying, 882 km of areas road at channels andthird storm water catchment • Completed 50 spot-spraying and Reverse Fence Line spraying throughout administration building. the County • Completed Bertha Army worm survey, noted minimal numbers Ag Service Board: • Completed grasshopper survey, noted minimal numbers Completed centre third of County spraying, 882 • Sold out of 2% Strychnine Gopher Poison km of road • Completed 2 Riparian Restoration grass seeding projects Completed 50 spot-spraying and Reverse Fence
Line spraying throughout the County Completed Bertha Army worm survey, noted minimal numbers Completed grasshopper survey, noted minimal numbers Sold out of 2% Strychnine Gopher Poison Completed 2 Riparian Restoration grass seeding projects
Horseshoe Canyon Vehicles
Swalwell Dam Campground
Horseshoe Canyon Main Lookout (Pedestrian)
Bracconier Dam Campground
Horseshoe Canyon Trail System
Orkney Outlook Vehicles
Swalwell Dam Vehicles
*Due to filming
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2018 REVIEW 2018 Accomplishments: A Year In Review
2018 Accomplishments: A Year In Review Environmental Services
Transfer Sites: Water & Wastewater: All transfer sites are now fenced with new Majority of water systems were inspected by fencing and gates Environmental Services Alberta Environment Landfill area study was completed Transfer Sites: Water & Wastewater: Rehabilitation of the Churchill Water System New entrance signs installed at all Transfer Sites • Majority of water systems were inspected by Alberta began Environment with the final engineering and the• All transfer sites are now fenced with new fencing • Rehabilitation of the Churchill Water System began with the final and the site and gates selection of aengineering pumphouse/reservoir • Landfill area study was completed Found and repaired a water main leak that selection of a pumphouse/reservoir site proved difficult to locate in Torrington • New entrance signs installed at all Transfer Sites • Found and repaired a water main leak that proved difficult to locate in Torrington 6 total waterline break repairs completed • 6 total waterline break repairs completed including: Water Services 2018 including: • 2 in the Hamlet of Torrington 2 in the Hamlet of Torrington Water Modeling Applications 11 • 2 on the Grainger System 2 on the Grainger System Utility Accounts 26 • 1 on the Sunnyslope South system 1 on the Sunnyslope South system • 1 on the Selkirk System 1 on the Selkirk System 14 new • 14 new water service connections installed and connected to water service connections installed and connected to rural water systems Landfill 2018 rural water systems Operations 11 water model applications received and • 11 water model applications received and completed # of Loads at Landfills 1782 Bridges: completed • Operators performed daily system checks as per code of performed daily system checks as Operators Estimated Tonnage 623replaced with General: Two bridges practice, weekly bacteriological samples per code of practice, weekly bacteriological 65 culvert installed, with over 125 compromised samples
2018 Accomplishments: A Year In Review
Peace Officers, Enforcement: • 8 Assist Fire Calls • 2 Assist other Enforcement Agency • 21 Bylaw Calls • 13 Community Service Calls • 199 Rural Crime Patrols • 3 Special Investigation Calls • 4 Calls for Traffic Control • 2 Suspicious Vehicles Peace Officers, School & Community Events • Cruise Weekend • Parades • Discovery Nights • Trochu Light the Night
locations due to spring floods. 3 major slides repaired Ditch clean at Farm Exemption Infovarious locations throughout the CountyCoach Volleyball
• • • Healthy Relationships Day • Spelling Bee Judge Micro-Surface: • Remembrance Day Ceremonies Rge Rd 30-4, west of Hwy 806 to boundary • Driving Hero Program • Citizens Hamlet of Huxley in Action Program Torrington, 3rd Ave & 2nd Street South Pulverized Rge Rd 34-0 & Twp Rd 26-1 to gas
plant, restored to gravel
Shoulder Pull: 84 km of shoulder pulls completed in 2018 (Average 71km/year over the past 6 years)
Reclamation: Wimborne fuel tanks removed at lot and old Emergency Management: grader shed • 2018 spring overland flood – applied Ongoing monitoring of soilRecovery Program, for Disaster received initial approval
Torrington Gravel Pit: • May 2018 – Open House for Reclamation plan– awaiting approvals from emergency preparedness week, Alberta Environment for extraction of gravel invited all KREMA partners to Drill results show over 1,500,000 tonnes still at participate the site
• Received AB Emergency Management Agency grant for $5000 for full day Seasonal Tasks: regional emergency exercise with 27 Patching and crack sealing hard top highways and participants throughout region
Bridge deck sweeping Bridge and guardrail grass edging Bridges: Brushing • Two bridges replaced withculverts
General: Roads: • 65 culvert installed, with over 125 compromised locations dueRe-build to spring floods. Reclamation: Rge Rd 25-1, 6.4 km north of Hwy 587, complete • 3 major slides repaired • Wimborne fuel tanks removed at lot and old grader shed • Ditch clean at various locations throughout the County rebuild • Ongoing monitoring of soilIndustry: Micro-Surface: Torrington Gravel in Pit: Contractor to complete ditches and seeding Road pre and post inspections are required for rig • Rge Rd 30-4, west of Hwy 806 to boundary • Reclamation plan– awaiting approvals from for extraction of gravel Spring 2019 moves inAlberta and Environment out of a location • Hamlet of Huxley • Drill results show over 1,500,000 tonnes still at the site 7-Year Road Plan adopted in 2015 with Tasks: a total 116% increase of inspections from 2016 to 2018 Seasonal • Torrington, 3rd Ave & 2nd Street South • Patching and crack sealing top highways and hamlets cost toofgravel $30,470,000 in combination with hard Road Use Agreements are issued on roadways • Pulverized Rge Rd 34-0 & Twp Rd 26-1 to gas plant, restored • Bridge deck sweeping Shoulder Pull: shoulder pulls. This plan is to be completed in seeing a change in use and the applicant may be • Bridge and guardrail grass edging • 84 km of shoulder pulls completed in 2018 (Average 71km/year over the past 6 years) 2019 for a savings of $16,300,000.• Brushing responsible for dust control and maintenance of Roads: Re-build Industry: 84 km of shoulder pulls completed in 2018 the roadway. • Rge Rd 25-1, 6.4 km north of Hwy 587, complete rebuild • Road pre and post inspections are required for rig moves in and out of a location (Average 71 km/year over the past 6 years) ERCB data showed 56 well licenses in Kneehill • Contractor to complete ditches and seeding in Spring 2019 • 116% increase of inspections from 2016 to 2018 County. Theseeing municipal was 93. may • Road Use Agreements are issued on roadways a change average in use and the applicant • 7-Year Road Plan adopted in 2015 with a total cost of $30,470,000 in combination with shoulder be responsible for dust control and maintenance of the roadway. Contract Gravel Purchase: 165 crossing and approach applications in 2018 pulls. This plan is to be completed in 2019 for a savings of $16,300,000. • ERCB data showed 56 well licenses in Kneehill County. The municipal average was 93. Contract Gravel Purchase: Final year of a 3 year tender • 165 crossing and approach applications in 2018 • Final year of a 3 year tender I50,000 tonnes of gravel were stockpiled at the • 150,000 tonnes of gravel were stockpiled at the Berreth Stockpile, at a purchase price of $13.80/ Berreth Stockpile, at a purchase price of $13.80/ Dust Control 2018 tonne. tonne. Gravel Hauled: Calcium Chloride 76 Applications • 152,690 tonnes of gravel applied to County infrastructure at a cost of $20.10/tonne applied. 26,000 m • Average cost of gravel is $16.22/tonne with a delivery cost ofHauled: $3.88/tonne Gravel • Delivery of gravel consisted of 256, 256 km 152,690 tonnes of gravel applied to County Spec Crude 3 Applications
infrastructure at a cost of $20.10/tonne applied. Average cost of gravel is $16.22/tonne with a delivery cost of $3.88/tonne Delivery of gravel consisted of 256, 256 km
TAX INFORMATION Join our TIPP Program! It's Budget-friendly! Divide your annual Property Tax Levy into 12 payments.
Payment is Direct Debited from your account on the last day of every month.
Join any time! Contact Kneehill County 403-443-5541
Contact Information Always keep the County updated with your contact information. Please call 403-443-5541, or email email@example.com, with any changes to your phone number, email or mailing address. Rural Addressing is an important aspect of your home property. These addresses are used by our utilities and operations staff for location. They are also used by First Responders in emergency situations. Always ensure your House or Blue Sign Number is clearly marked, in good repair, and visible from the road.
How does Rural Addressing work? Addresses are based on where your driveway (approach) is located along the public road (Township/Range Road or Highway.)
This is the road perpendicular to the one that accesses your driveway (either the Township Road to the South, or the Range Road to the East.)
This is the property access number, assigned based on the loca�on of your drive� way along the public road.
320020 Rge Rd 241
This is the number of the Range or Township Road that your property is accessed from.
Remember: Keep your en�re address posted by the telephone for quick reference!
UTILITY PAYMENTS Paying Your Utility Bill
For more online banking information, contact your nancial institution.
Did you know?
The County provides garbage collection to residents of hamlets. This service was provided free of charge until December 31, 2018, however, effective January 1, 2019, a $25.00 charge per month for garbage collection will be added to your Utility Bill.
Kneehill County accepts cash, cheque, debit, Visa or Mastercard payments, which can be mailed or brought to the Office, (#1600, 2nd Street NE, Three Hills, AB) during regular business hours, Monday to Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. Online Banking: Remove the decimal when adding your account number, You can also pay your utility bill at most financial found at the top right of your utility bill. institutions, or through online banking. Never miss another payment! Sign up for pre-authorized payments direct-debited from your bank account, following your regular billing cycle. For more information on utility payments, contact the Utility Department, 403-443-5541, or visit our website, www.kneehillcounty.com.
Utility Rates Increase
Huxley & Wimborne
Equity & Mount Vernon
Churchill, Gamble, Grainger, Kirkpatrick, Selkirk, Sunnyslope, Swalwell & Torrington
Residents in the Hamlets of Huxley, Sunnyslope, Swalwell, Torrington & Wimborne will have a new charge of $25.00 per month (flat rate fee) for waste disposal added to their utility bill as well. (Non-residential properties may opt-out of waste disposal services, contact Kneehill County for more information.)
Bulk Water Fill Stations: Acme, Carbon, Swalwell, Torrington and Trochu Increase from $3.15/m3 to $4.50/m3, no maximum. Minimum charge of $10.00 for every billing.
Garbage Collection Guidelines:
Residents are allowed 3 bags of garbage each week Collection is curbside pick-up only Have your waste ready for collection by 7:00 am on Thursdays If your garbage is not picked up, please call Kneehill County administration: 403-443-5541, Ext 203
*Effective January 1, 2019, Master Rates Bylaw #1781
Water Service Area (WSA)
SNOW REMOVAL Per Transportation Policy 13-28, Kneehill County is offering private lane snow plowing to residents who sign up for the service. Here’s how it works: • A completed Snowplowing Agreement and payment must be received prior to
Kneehill County plowing private driveways. • Generally, plowing will only be undertaken when snow accumulates to a minimum 10 cm. • Plowing may not follow school bus routes. • Sanding or ice blading will be done as required.
Windrows are the responsibility of the landowner. • If the weather is severe and operators are at risk, Kneehill County will halt plowing operations. • First Priorities: arterial roads, collector roads, hamlets, country
residential subdivisions, reservoir sites, transfer sites. • Second Priority: private driveways. For more information, and to fill out an agreement, please visit our website, www.kneehillcounty.com, or phone the office, 403443-5541.
Did you know? Kneehill County can
Plow your Private Lane! Contact the office, 403-443-5541 for more information.
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AGRICULTURAL SERVICES The Ins and Outs of Rural Residential Water
GRAZING MANAGEMENT > Riparian area fencing > Portable watering system
MANURE AND LIVESTOCK FACILITIES MANAGEMENT > Improved manure storage > Relocation of livestock facilities
AGRICULTURAL INPUT AND WASTE MANAGEMENT > Improved nutrient and pesticide management > Plastic rollers
Rural residents face different challenges than their urban neighbors when managing residential utilities, particularly when it comes to the water going through their homes. This two-part workshop series will aid rural residents in learning about different types of water wells and septic systems, how they work, and how to manage these systems. The Working Well Workshop will take place on March 13th and Septic Sense will take place on March 27th. Both events will be held at the Three Hills Community Center from 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm each night. This interactive workshop series will assist rural residents with effectively and efficiently managing water on their property to aid in greater economic and environmental sustainability. Pre-Registration is Required
*These are just examples of projects that are available under the three categories.
$20 to attend either the Working Well or Septic Sense Workshop, or $30 for both! ResidentialWater.Eventbrite.ca
FOR MORE INFORMATION: For program details go to: www.cap.alberta.ca/CAP/program/STEW_PROD Phone: Ag-Info Centre at 310-FARM (3276) Email: CAP.ESandCCProgram@gov.ab.ca Alberta Environmental Farm Plan: www.albertaefp.com
The presence of heavy machinery, livestock, and long hours spent outdoors in farming operations requires producers to be proactive in their approach to farm safety.
Farm and Ranch Safety Management Seminar Friday March 22, 2019 1:00pm - 4:00pm Three Hills Community Memorial Centre Coffee and refreshments provided.
This workshop presents an opportunity for producers, land-owners and local residents to learn how the hazards associated with the industry impact their operation, and how to implement an effective Health and Safety program for their farm or ranch business.
Limited Spaces Available Pre-registration is required to reserve your free seat: agsafekneehill.eventbrite.ca
Land Care Programs Protect Your Water by Decommissioning Abandoned Water Wells
Old, abandoned wells oﬀer a direct route to groundwater for contaminates such as vermin, manure, pes�cides and fer�lizers. Keep your water sources safe by u�lizing Kneehill County Agriculture Services decommissioning program, for up to $300/well!
Riparian Restoration Program
Riparian areas provide an ecological buﬀer for water ﬂow, increase water reten�on and improve wildlife habitat. �y protec�ng and enhancing these areas we can lessen the impact of ﬂooding and drought, and improve water quality. To assist with this Kneehill County Agriculture Services is oﬀering free grass seed and 75% of other riparian improvement costs up to $2000.
All Land Care projects are subject to approval by Agriculture Services Staff.
Did you know? We oﬀer assistance from a trained EFP Technician to complete your personalized Environmental Farm Plan. To learn more or get started visit www.AlbertaEFP.com
Clubroot in Kneehill County What is Clubroot? Clubroot (Plasmodiophora brassicae) is a regulated pest under the Agricultural Pest Act. It is a serious disease of cruciferous crops (canola and cabbage family). The disease is caused by microscopic soil-borne spores which infect the roots causing the development of root galls which, in severely infected plants, resemble a club-like appearance. These galls inhibit the plants ability to transport water and nutrients to the rest of the canola plant, causing significantly reduced yields and quality. Clubroot has the potential to spread and become established in many of the traditional canolagrowing areas of western Canada, and once established poses longterm risks as resting spores of the clubroot pathogen can survive in soil for up to 20 years. In January of 2019, clubroot was officially confirmed in Kneehill County. Prevention of Clubroot Infestation: Kneehill County’s Role Under the Pest Act, a municipality shall appoint a sufficient number of inspectors to carry out the Act and the regulations, as well as take active measures to prevent the establishment of and/or control or destroy all regulated pests in the municipality.
Working under the act, Kneehill County staff are appointed to perform surveys of all canola fields within the municipality each year. Each field is visually inspected from the roadside for signs of plant stress such as wilting, stunting and yellowing symptoms, premature ripening, and shriveled seeds, which are all indicators of possible infection. If a field is displaying symptoms during the visual inspection, a physical inspection will be conducted. During a physical inspection, staff (following provincial protocols for inspections which include all actions necessary to not become the vector of spread, such as wearing disposable boot covers) may walk into the distressed canola stand and pull a sampling of plants, looking for galls on the roots or root hairs . If galls are found, the plant is considered to be possibly infected and an adequate sample is collected and sent to the lab for testing. Now that clubroot has been found in the County, Agricultural Service Board staff have enacted the ASB Agricultural PestClubroot Control Policy 1-29-3 and Provincial Clubroot Management Plan and Protocols. Producer’s Role Under the Pest Act an owner or occupant of land or property shall take active measures to:
• prevent the establishment of clubroot on or in their land or property • control or destroy all clubroot on or in their lands or property • destroy any crop, vegetation, or other matter that contributes or may contribute to the maintenance or spread of clubroot on or in their land or property. Kneehill County’s Clubroot Control Policy Overview Kneehill County ASB recognizes that clubroot is a serious pest problem and presents a risk to all properties in the County. ASB staff will take the following measures to prevent the clubroot from spreading: • Informing the landowner, in writing, of the discovery of clubroot. • The notice will prohibit the growing of any crucifer crop on the
entire parcel of land for a period of: • 3 years, if a clubroot resistant crop variety is planted. • When clubroot has been found and confirmed on a field, the current crop may be harvested. However, during harvest operations all crucifer crop residue must remain on the field. • Subsequent non-host crop must be treated with a registered herbicide for control of Cruciferous
Weeds, which may act as an alternate host. • If a crucifer crop is sown on land infected by clubroot, where a current notice has been issued restricting the growth of a crucifer crop, the crucifer crop will be destroyed, with the expenses incurred charged to the landowner. • The landowner of the land infected with clubroot must follow Best Management Practices to reduce the spread of the disease through the movement of soil and equipment. • Lands previously verified positive for clubroot will be inspected annually for compliance. Prevention of Clubroot Infestation: What can you do? In Alberta, clubroot is spread mainly through soil infested with resting spores. Infested soil can be carried from field to field by farm machinery, especially tillage equipment, and can also be moved by wind, animals or water erosion.
All landowners and users can do their part to prevent the spread of clubroot, by: • taking measures such as vehicle and equipment sanitation especially in wet conditions. • proper crop rotation 1 in 4 to prevent the establishment of clubroot on their land and to minimize the spread of clubroot to other land or property • growing resistant varieties when clubroot is present or is known to be present in the area and following a four-year rotation to deter resistance breakdown • observing and following all management practices to meet the objectives of the Alberta Clubroot Management Plan, available on our website, www.kneehillcounty. com . For more information on clubroot and Best Management Practices, call the Kneehill County Ag Services Department, 403-4435541, or visit www.kneehillcounty. com.
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Kneehill County has a trained EFP Technician to aid in completing your Environmental Farm Plan. What is an Environmental Farm Plan (EFP)? An Environmental Farm Plan is a personal risk assessment tool which aids agriculture producers in identifying best management practices to improve the long term sustainability of their farm. Completing an Environmental Farm Plan can increase awareness of alternative management practices, qualify farms for funding opportunities via the Canadian Agriculture Partnership Program, and increase market access via improved social license and public perception. Who should complete an Environmental Farm Plan? Any agricultural producer interesting in improving their operation’s sustainability and the public perception of their farm and industry. How to get started: Register to start an Environmental Farm Plan online at www.AlbertaEFP.com, or contact Kneehill County’s Land Care Specialist for assistance, 403-443-5541.
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through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a federal, provincial and territorial initiative. Safe & Strong “Everyone agree that safety on theby farm is Credit important”, Michael Hoffort, FCC Farms: Build ancan AgSafe Canada is presented Farm Canada.said In 2019, CASW sponsors include president and can be as dangerous, there are simple safety measures long-time corporateCEO. “While sponsor Farmfarming Credit Canada, well as CN, Syngenta, and Fertilizer Canada.
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VOLUNTEER KNEEHILL Kneehill Regional Family and Community Support Services would like to invite you to join us at one of the Volunteer Appreciation Coffee events listed below: Torrington Monday April 8, 9:00 – 11:30 am Silver Willows Senior Centre; 113 Centre St, Torrington Linden Monday April 8, 3:00 – 5:00 pm High Seas Coffee; 107 Central Ave, Linden Carbon Tuesday April 9, 3:30 – 5:30 pm Carbon Library; 718 Glengarry St, Carbon Trochu Thursday April 11, 9:00 – 11:30 am Trochu Drop-In Centre; 313 Main St, Trochu Acme Thursday April 11, 6:00 – 8:00 pm Acme Library; 610 Walsh Ave, Acme Three Hills Wednesday April 10, 9:30 – 11:30 am CommUnity Drop-In Centre; 499 3 Ave SE, Three Hills AND Friday April 12, 1:00 – 4:00 pm Kneehill Regional FCSS Office 779 2 St NE, Three Hills Kneehill Regional FCSS is pleased to announce the launch of the Volunteer Kneehill website during National Volunteer Week, which will be set up for attendees to explore during each of the community coffee events. We look forward to meeting with organizations and volunteers and sharing the resources that Kneehill Regional FCSS has to offer in support of volunteerism in the Kneehill area!
PUBLIC SAFETY Kneehill County Community Peace Officers are passionate about creating a safer community and creating positive relationships with each and every resident in our beautiful county. A big part of a Community Peace Officer’s job is to encourage safe use of our roads through education, relationship building and, lastly, through enforcement.
Our main priority each day is your safety, our goal to have zero fatalities or injuries on our roads. When County Peace Officer’s are interacting with you, it is our hope that we
pass on that passion for community safety and personal accountability. Your life is important to us and we need your help to safeguard it. At the core of respecting the rules of
the road is respecting the lives of other people. When we all drive safer, we are protecting ourselves, our community and other road users. Each and every time you access the roads, either as a pedestrian, cyclist, or motorist, you have the opportunity to protect those around you. Each time you choose to drive to the road conditions, make a complete stop and
use eye contact to communicate with those around you, you are choosing to put the value of life first. Please do not take that lightly. Your efforts to protect those around you do not go unnoticed. Kneehill County has started a program to recognize the Driving Heroes in our community, the ones who are helping us save lives. If you are caught being a Driving Hero, Kneehill
County Peace Officers will gather your name, and (if you are driving), your vehicle information. We will award you with a Driving Hero window cling. Your information will be kept on file and if we need to stop future unsafe driving habits, we will recognize your previous safe driving efforts. Driving safely means saving lives. And its heroes who save lives.
blocking, bracing, dunnage or dunnage bags, shoring bars, tie downs or a combination of these.” There is no exemption given for either of these standards. It is our goal for
everyone accessing the roads in Kneehill County to arrive at their destination safely. The amount of time it takes to properly secure cargo is a very small price to pay for the safety and security of those around us. Simply put, securing
cargo saves lives. We look forward to seeing you at our next Farm Talks event, date and location to be announced. Please check Kneehill County’s social media and website for updates, www. kneehillcounty.com.
Farm Talks, Safe Roads As we gear up for Ag Safety Week it’s important to remember, by putting safety first we’re putting our families first. Ag Safety weeks runs March 10 – 16, 2019. Each year Kneehill County Community Peace Officers connect with the farming community by hosting open sessions with Commercial Vehicle Enforcement to answer questions about traffic safety laws. In 2019, we held a Farm Talks session on February 27 at the Wimborne Community Hall. Due to facility issues the February 28 session was cancelled and will be rescheduled at a later date. Our safety focus this year is cargo securement.
In 2018, we noticed an increase in the amount of cargo lost on our roads. Fortunately, none of the lost cargo resulted in fatalities or injuries, but lost cargo can and does cause fatalities across our province each and every year. According to the NSC Standards Section 5(2) “The cargo securement
system shall provide a downward force equal to at least 20% of the weight of an article of cargo if the article is not fully contained within the structure of the vehicle.” Also, NSC Standards Section 9, “Cargo shall be firmly immobilized or secured on or within a vehicle by structures of adequate strength,
Permits are now required year round to burn in Kneehill County.
Remember to permit, before you burn it! Visit our website, www.kneehillcounty.com, and follow the links to fill out the form. It's fast, easy, and will save you a $500.00 fine!
Booster cables and tow rope.
Warm clothes and blankets. Small candles and matches.
Animal licenses are available for all Kneehill County residents. For residents of Torrington, Wimborne, Sunnyslope, Huxley and Swalwell, they are required.
An animal license can be a lost pet's ticket home. Licensing your animals helps us protect and identify them. Visit www.kneehillcounty.com to fill out the online form, and get yours today!
Cellphone charger with adapter.
Are you prepared? Necessary medications.
Build a winter roadside emergency kit with these supplies:
Flashlight and extra batteries.
Small shovel. First-aid kit and pocketknife.
Snacks, energy bars, and water.
Ice scraper and snow brush.
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PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
Public Information Open House Wheatland County & Kneehill County Proposed Intermunicipal Development Plan Wednesday, March 27, 2019 Carbon Community Centre 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Please join us for an open house to discuss the proposed Intermunicipal Development Plan between Kneehill County and Wheatland County. For more information, please visit our websites: www.kneehillcounty.com www.wheatlandcounty.ca
GROWING KNEEHILL COUNTY MARKET & LONG TABLE DINNER The Growing Kneehill 2019- Country Market & Long Table Dinner focuses on strengthening and supporting the growth of business diversity in Kneehill County and the surrounding area. This event will take place on August 17, 2019 at Horseshoe Canyon, and will tie into the popular Alberta Open Farm Days weekend and conclude the Alberta Local Food Week. The Country Market will include vendors showcasing agricultural and artisan products grown or created in Kneehill County, as well as agriculture info groups, local societies, and tourism operators from the area. Last year’s inaugural market saw over 1,500 visitors over four hours. This
year’s market will run from 10 am to 4 pm and vendors will be provided a 10x10 booth space, plus parking. The Long Table Dinner will feature locally produced food prepared by top chefs while overlooking the spectacular Horseshoe Canyon for a unique dining experience. The dinner is limited to 100 guests who will be treated to a taste of Kneehill County surrounded by breathtaking vistas while they dine on the canyon-top plateaus sampling a true taste of Kneehill County. The whole event is tailored to promote local business, agri-tourism, and tourism and assist in expanding market access and promotion through networking
and exposure. Most importantly, it provides
thousands of visitors and residents an
opportunity to sample all that Kneehill County
and the surrounding area has to offer.
CALL FOR Growing Kneehill COUNTRY MARKET
Saturday, August 17, 2019 Horseshoe Canyon FOOD PRODUCERS · ARTISANS · AG INFO GROUPS LOCAL SOCIETIES · TOURISM OPERATORS
Kneehill County is now seeking local food producers, artisans and tourism operators to take part in our Country Market, Saturday, August 17, 2019, at Horseshoe Canyon. With nearly 2000 visitors to the Canyon on event day, the Market is an amazing opportunity to promote your products to both a local and international audience, showcasing everything Kneehill County and the surrounding area has to offer!
Register by Friday, May 31, 2019, at www.kneehillcounty.com.
KNEEHILL COUNTY COMMUNICATIONS for feedback through At its Strategic Planning YouTube channel. The by the MGA, and bylaws. and be open to different session in February, Council link to the live-stream is surveys, other meetings, guided by the Freedom • Using social media ideas and opposing identified Communication published on our website and concern forms on of Information and and the local media viewpoints. and Engagement with and on social media the website Protection of Privacy Act. to advertise events, • Increase your citizens and ratepayers as before 8:30 am the • Staff also answer resident • Members of Council programs, services, understanding and one of its key priorities. morning of the meeting. questions, and are are always available safety information, knowledge about local The following information • Each Council decision available Mondayfor discussion, and to emergency notifications issues, as well as your references Kneehill County’s is posted on Kneehill Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 answer questions you and other news affecting role in Kneehill County’s Communications Policy 18-1 County’s Twitter and pm. may have. Contact residents. decision making process, and Public Participation Facebook pages as they Communications: information for your • Publishing a free quarterly so you can participate in Policy 18-2, all available take place during the Resident’s Role Divisional Councillor is newspaper, with a meaningful way. for viewing on the Kneehill meeting. Communication is a twoavailable on the Kneehill seasonal information • Make sure we can contact County website. • Following the Council way street. Kneehill County County website. and current events, you. Update your phone Communications: meeting, the liveresidents must share in Communications: distributed via the Three and email information on Council’s Role stream video is saved the responsibility to stay Kneehill County Staff’s Hills Capital to every file so we can reach you Kneehill County Council as a webcast and the informed. This means Role Kneehill County resident. directly, if required. is committed to open and video is time-stamped paying attention to Council Kneehill County staff • Publishing News Have your say! accountable decision making, to correspond with the decisions, attending a aim to provide the public Releases, Public Now’s your chance to which includes appropriate Council agenda, allowing Council meeting, reading with timely, accurate, clear, Hearing dates and other communicate! We want levels of communication interested residents to the newsletter, browsing objective and complete announcements in the to hear from you--let us and consultation between easily access portions the website, following social information about the Three Hills Capital, know what you think of Council and the public. of the meeting based on media posts, participating in County’s priorities, policies, Drumheller Mail, and Communicating with the agenda item. Kneehill County’s current engagements, conducting programs, services and other local media, as residents is a key function of • Council Notes, a brief communications strategies research, asking initiatives, using a variety of needed. Join questions, us! Division 3 summary of the Council Division 4 the County, involving elected and methods. What works and providing feedback. We methods of communication. • Advertising current Upcoming Wittstock Councillor Glen Keiver officials and employeesReeve at all Jerry meeting including all for you? What would you encourage all residents to: This is achieved by: events, programs Council Meetings: Phone: 403-312-6196 Phone: 403-443-7738 levels. Council decisions, is like to see improved? Which • Meaningfully engage so • Maintaining the Kneehill and workshops in the The Municipal published on the Kneehill Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Email: email@example.com communications methods do your voices strengthen County website with newspapers and/or radio Government Act (MGA) County website. March 12 you prefer? decisions and your current and relevant stations. establishes a legal • A summary of each Email your thoughts March 26 involvement helps to information regarding our • Including fliers and mailDivision 7 Council meeting is also Division 5 requirement for Council to communications@ build a strong community departments, programs, outs in monthly billings Deputy Reeve Ken inKing Councillor Jim Hugo April 9 and Council committees to published the Three • Be heard, but also listen kneehillcounty.com. services, policies and • Providing opportunities Phone: 403-443-0285 Phone: 403-443-7317 April 23 conduct business in public, Hills Capital and other Email: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org and to ensure the public is email@example.com local media outlets. May 14 notified of certain kinds of • Official minutes from each May 28 decisions. Kneehill County Division 1 meeting are available Division 6 June 11 Council does this inCouncillor the on the McGhee Kneehill County Faye Councillor Wade Christie June 25 following ways: website and published in Phone: 403-436-1611 Phone: 403-588-1992 • The agenda Email: and firstname.lastname@example.org the Three Hills Capital. Email: email@example.com corresponding • Council also holds monthly information package for Committee of the Whole Connect With Us! each Council meeting is Division 2 meetings to discuss Kneehill County A preliminary review that Kneehill County Affairs.” available on the website issues that are Councillor County Debbie Penner Reeve Jerry Wittstock conducted by Twitter ministry andundertook voluntarily in the Staff already Follow uswas on Facebook, Instagram: @kneehillcounty, and has for public viewing, coming to the forefront. Phone: 403-818-3108 and Council havetune beenin to staff in December. fall, as well as improved addressed 5 of the 6 items our YouTube channel to watch Council meetings live! usually on Thursday These are generally also Email: firstname.lastname@example.org notified by the Minister of Advice from ministry staff communications between identified in the MAP the week prior to the open to the public. Municipal Affairs that no indicates that addressing Council, Administration audit. Council will address meeting. • From time to time, Council further action will be taken “minor issues” identified in and residents “…would a renewed commitment • Council meetings are livedoes move into Closed in response to a petition the recent Municipal Affairs address any items to communications in streamed and available Session to deal with submitted by the residents Municipal Accountability of concern from the an upcoming Strategic for residents to watch labour, land or legal on Kneehill County’s matters, as permitted of Kneehill County. Program (MAP) audit standpoint of Municipal Planning Retreat.
Minister of Municipal Affairs Decision: Municipal Inspection Not Warranted
Kneehill Area SolidSOLID Waste Transfer StationTRANSFER Facilities KNEEHILL AREA WASTE STATION FACILITIES *Winter hours in effectfrom from October October 1,1,2018 to April 30,30, 2019. *Winter hours in effect 2018 - April 2019.
Unacceptable materials will be refused!
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EFFECTIVE ON FRIDAY, MARCH 15TH, 2019 AT 7:00 A.M. LOCAL TIME
PAVEMENT & CHIP SEAL: � • 75% - Airport Road (RR 23-4, From Hwy 583 South to Airport) � • 75% - Allingham Road (TWP 32-0, From intersection of Hwy 583 West to County border) �• 75% - Buffalo Jump Road (TWP 34-4, From Hwy 21 East to RR 22-0) • 75% - Hastie/Gorr Road (RR 25-1, From Hwy 587 South to Hwy 583) �• 75% - Linden Home Road (RR 25-4, from TWP 30-4 North to TWP 31-0) �• 75% - PBI Road (RR 24-0, From Town of Three Hills North to TWP 32-2) �• 75% - Linden East (TWP 30-4, From Hwy 806 West to County Border) �• 75% - Linden West (TWP 30-4, From Town of Linden border East to Hwy 21) • 100% - Wimborne Gas Plant Road (RR 26-1& TWP 34-0, From Hwy 805 east for 1 mile and RR 26-1 from TWP 34-0 North to Gas Plant) Ofﬁce #: 403-443-5541 Toll Free: 866-443-5541 Website: www.kneehillcounty.com *** Depending on conditions Road Bans will be scheduled to be removed Friday, May 24th, 2019 at 7:00 AM Local Time***
Did you know? Kneehill County has a 24-hour emergency call service for reporting road and water service concerns after hours.
Snow Removal Safety
Call us anytime, 1.866.443.5541, if you spot any road issues or hazards, When removing snow from your property or lane, please make sure the ? including flooding over the roads. snow is plowed clear of all roadways and approaches. Drifts left behind, like ty has a 24‐hour emergency call service for repor�ng road and water service Alternatively, you can use our online Concern Form to report any issues, the one pictured above, can become an obstacle for other vehicles, creating er hours. available at www.kneehillcounty.com. unnecessary traffic hazards. Thank you for your cooperation! me, �‐���‐44�‐��4�, if you spot any road issues or hazards, including ﬂooding over the roads. you can use our online Concern Form to report any issues, available at www.kneehillcounty.com.
March edition of Kneehill County's quarterly ratepayer newsletter.