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Digest Council approves new traffic bylaw

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On January 10 Council approved a new bylaw that consolidates regulations from nine road-related bylaws into one. Traffic Bylaw 13-2011 affects matters of road work, RV and commercial vehicle parking, curb ramps, and all things related to activities that take place in the County’s road rights-of-way. Watch for more information over the coming weeks and months. • 780-417-7100

New online event calendar

Community groups and organizations now have a new and improved calendar to promote their events. For residents, this online calendar is a place to find out what is happening in the community. Check it out and let us know what you think. • 780-464-4242

Transit passes increase February 1 The fare for monthly transit passes increases, as of February 1. The same is true for annual passes for seniors. All other on-board fares remain the same as 2011. Check for details. • 780-464-RIDE (7433), press 0

Do you need help completing your tax return? Strathcona County Family and Community Services is hosting free tax clinics for low-income residents who qualify. The sessions will be held in March and April at the Strathcona County Library. To see if you qualify, check the website or call for details. • 780-464-4044

Friendly visiting can make a big impact Help seniors stay connected to the community by volunteering as a Friendly Visitor. This is an ideal opportunity for those who enjoy meeting new people, have a passion for helping others, and enjoy sharing life stories and experiences. The next training session will be offered late February. • 780-464-4044

2012 waste collection calendar is now available Did you receive your 2012 waste collection calendar in the mail? If not, there are copies available for pickup around the County. Stop by Millennium Place, County Hall, Glen Allan Recreation Complex, Information and Volunteer Centre, Heartland Hall, Strathcona Wilderness Centre and the Strathcona Public Services Yard. • 780-449-5514

Check your sump pump hose If you have a sump pump discharge hose, check it regularly to ensure that it does not freeze. This is especially important when the temperature fluctuates frequently. • 780-449-5514

Winter wise information on website All you need to know to be wise about winter in Strathcona is readily available on the County website. •

Snowmobiling safety starts with you As the sport of snowmobiling continues to grow in Strathcona County, it is important that residents familiarize themselves with local, provincial and federal laws. We encourage everyone to inform themselves of the regulations and safe practices. Through education and training, everyone from the expert to the novice will be able to enjoy a safe and legal snowmobiling season. Be responsible and set a good example. • 780-467-7741

Council Meetings in February Tuesday, February 7 Council Meeting 2 p.m. Council Open House 5:30 p.m. Public Hearings 5 p.m. or 7 p.m.

Tuesday, February 21 Council Meeting 2 p.m. Council Open House 5:30 p.m. Public Hearings 5 p.m. or 7 p.m.

Meetings are subject to change or cancellation. Meetings are held in Council Chambers in the Community Centre, 2001 Sherwood Drive, Sherwood Park. Members of the public are welcome to observe.

Council meetings are now webcast. Go to the Strathcona County website to watch and listen to meetings live. Or, view them later online for up to six months after the meeting date. Agendas and reports are available by the Friday before the meeting date on the County website, at the Council meeting and at the Strathcona County Library. Council Meetings Council Committee Meetings 780-464-8105 or 780-464-8060 780-464-8296 •

Public meeting on South Cooking Lake Area Structure Plan

Just for women Relax, rejuvenate and enjoy yourself at the Windows on Wellness - A Women’s Conference on March 17. For the low cost of $45 per person, choose from nearly 50 sessions on personal wellness, relationships and wisdom. The day starts with an energizing drumming activity. Register before February 17 to be entered in the Early Bird Draw, a Karyn Chopik Studio necklace, courtesy of Purple Daisy Flower Shop. Registration forms are available online or at Strathcona County Family and Community Services, #200, 501 Festival Avenue, Sherwood Park. Register early; this conference sells out fast! • 780-464-4044

Disconnect to connect – Family Day Unplugged Take time to unplug from technology on Family Day, February 20. Instead connect with family, friends or community. Then on February 20, 21 or 22, record the hours you spent unplugged - go to and share your story of how you unplugged on Family Day. Strathcona County Family and Community Services has ideas for Family Day activities and other ways to connect. Check them out. • 780-464-4044

Family Day admission supports Everybody Gets to Play Residents are invited to attend a public meeting to comment on a draft land use concept being developed for South Cooking Lake. Strathcona County is currently reviewing the existing Area Structure Plan (ASP) for the hamlet, and the draft concept incorporates community input from public consultations held in 2011. The intertactive input session will be held Thursday, February 2 at the South Cooking Lake Community Hall, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; the input session starts at 6:30 p.m. • 780-464-8080

Public pool hours modified at Millennium Place On February 11 and 12, Millennium Place is hosting the Silver Tide Winter Invitational Swim Meet. To accommodate this event, the pool hours for the public will be: Lap pool – 5:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Wave pool – 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. The hot tub, steam room and sauna are open regular hours • 780-416-3300

Check out advertising notices for other County programs, services and events on adjacent pages.

General information: 780-464-8111

On February 20, 100 per cent of admission fees from Millennium Place, Kinsmen Leisure Centre, Glen Allan Recreation Complex and the Strathcona Wilderness Centre will be donated to support Everybody Gets to Play in Strathcona County. The Everybody Gets to Play program aims to reduce barriers to recreation for our residents. • 780-416-3300

Be part of the village that raises our children! Are you a parent or a community member who cares about early childhood development? You’re invited to attend an information session on February 2 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Strathcona County Library. Join other parents and caregivers to learn how the children in our “village” are developing. Be part of the community plan to help children reach their potential. Register by calling Sheila at 780-464-8209. A light supper will be provided. • 780-464-8209

Digest and Dates February 2012  

County Digest page placed in January 27, 2012 edition of Sherwood Park News