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VOLUME 3, ISSUE 1 SPRING 2014

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2 Property Taxation Guide

4 Public Participation Project 5 Uniquely Stony Plain

6 2014 Capital Projects S p r i n g i s h e re : l e t ’s p a r ty! 1012G rowth

“O wind, if winter comes, can spring be far behind?” – Percy Bysshe Shelley

This winter has been a long, brutal one; here’s hoping it’s behind us! Significant snowfalls kept snow-removal crews busy this season, as they worked hard to clear public streets, sidewalks, trails and parking lots as quickly as possible. Despite aching muscles caused by what seemed to be endless snow-shovelling, our residents took advantage of the many winter activities this community offers — skating, cross-country skiing, hockey and other pursuits. Now, the days are getting longer — a sure sign spring is in the air; but, among the positive signs of the season, come not-soattractive signs: litter and potholes. As this long, drawn-out winter FINALLY comes to an end, the Town is switching priorities to coincide with the approaching seasons. The Town maintains approximately 145 km of roadways in Stony Plain. With the freeze-and-—

— thaw cycles, spring is prime-time for potholes to develop. Crews will patch these holes in the weeks to come; please drive carefully when approaching or passing workers or equipment.

Depending on the weather, crews will start street-sweeping sometime in May, clearing sand and debris that accumulated over the winter. As snow and ice may remain in some areas, second-sweepings may be necessary on some streets. Please do not dump organic matter or sand on to the street, as they can wash into catch-basins and storm ponds, causing nuisance weeds, algae, unpleasant odours and sand-deltas in local water sources. Dispose of leaves, twigs and grass via your Organicart or by composting. As snow begins to melt, evidence of grass that may have been damaged by snowplowing equipment may appear. Lightly scraped surfaces will regrow quickly from the below-ground root system. Once warming begins, overturned sod can easily be rolled back into place, where it will re-root.

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The Town has instituted a 75 per cent axle load ban on most streets. Restricting heavy loads minimizes roadway damage and extends the life of the street during the spring freeze/thaw cycles, when the road base is soft and drainage limited. Please do not order large or heavy deliveries to your home or business while these restrictions are in effect.

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As is always the case at this time of year, our community awakens to the new seasons, eager to enjoy spring and summer in Stony Plain. Please do your part to keep the community that we all love safe, clean and beautiful.

“Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!’” – Robin Williams Save the Dates! What’s Happening? Page 14


Town Council: 3%

Office of the CAO: 8%

Facilities: 5%

Corporate Services: 16%

Community— Services: 10%

A loonie doesn’t seem like much, but we can’t afford to underestimate the value of a dollar. That’s why the Town stretches every cent to give you the quality of life you want at a price tag you can afford.

Let’s

Municipal— Planning: 5%

Talk

Recreation, Parks— and Facilities: 14%

Taxes

Protective Services: 22%

Transportation: 17%

*2013 budget

Citizens’ Guide to Property Taxes and Assessments

Without municipal tax dollars, we couldn’t offer the programs and services that make our community safe, vibrant and livable. Your municipal taxes support a town where emergency response is quick, recreation opportunities abound and roads, parks and other infrastructure are well-maintained. Every dollar you pay in municipal taxes is a dollar we put toward the programs and services you rely on.

By paying property taxes, you help create a community alive with opportunity — and we can’t afford to underestimate the value of that, either.

Taxes due June 30 Find answers to more tax-related FAQs at stonyplain.com

View your account status and billing history online. To register, call 780.963.8654. Online payments not accepted.

Q&As What is the purpose of property taxes? Property taxes help pay for a wide range of services that benefit the whole community. Taxes are also collected for public education, seniors’ lodgehousing, protective services and the Tri Leisure Centre. Tax revenues cover operating expenses not paid for by provincial grants, user fees or other revenue sources. continued on page 3

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Who pays taxes?

Taxes Due June 30

All property-owners must pay taxes, even if— they do not use all services.

Who sets the property tax rate? As mandated by provincial legislation, Town Council sets the annual tax rate by passing a bylaw.

How are property taxes calculated?

What is Property Assessment?

Each year, during the annual budget-planning process, Council determines the amount of income needed to operate the municipality. Known revenues (grants, user fees, permits and licences) are subtracted, and the balance is the amount to be raised through property taxes.

Property taxes are calculated in proportion to the value of the real estate property. Qualified assessors prepare a market value assessment annually for each property, based on provincial legislation and regulations.

This revenue requirement is used to calculate the tax rate (the percentage of assessed value at which each property is taxed) and divided by the assessment base (the total value of all assessed properties in the municipality).

The Town issues one tax bill each year; however, if your property is newly constructed and occupied, you may receive a supplementary bill.

Revenue requirement = Tax rate Assessment base

The tax rate is applied to each property assessment; the result is the amount of taxes for each assessed property. Property assessment X Tax rate = Taxes payable

What is a Supplementary Assessment?

What factors contribute to property tax increases? If more revenues are required, and the assessment base remains the same, the tax rate must increase. If the assessment base increases, and the tax rate remains the same, more tax dollars will be collected. continued on page 4

There are several ways to pay your property taxes, utility bills, licences, program dues or fee-based services:

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YOU HAVE OPTIONS! PAYING YOUR

TOWN BILLS

■■ Financial Institutions— (online- or telephonebanking or in-person) ■■ In-person at Town Office— (during regular office hours)

Credit cards not accepted for tax payments

■■ By mail: make cheques payable to the “Town of Stony Plain.” Post-dated cheques accepted

■ Pre-authorized Payment Plan: payments will be automatically withdrawn from your account.— Note: Other charges, such as supplementary/omitted tax bills or late fees, must be paid in full, prior to going on the payment plan ■ Mortgage company ■■ After-hours drop-box at Town Office

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Citizens’ Guide to Property Taxes and Assessments continued from page 3

How do I know my taxes are fair? Identical properties within a similar geographic area are assessed and taxed at the same rate. Some properties increase in value faster than others. If assessed values are not updated as market values change, some taxpayers would pay a disproportionate share of taxes compared to current values.

What if I disagree with my assessment? You may appeal your assessment by filing a written complaint to the Assessment Review Board within 60 days of the date on your assessment notice.

Estimate your tax bill Try our FREE online tax calculator at stonyplain.com

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What penalties will be applied if my taxes are paid late? Effective July 1, and on the first of each month thereafter, a penalty of 2.5 per cent of the unpaid balance is charged. Unpaid taxes are considered “in arrears” after Dec. 31 of the previous year and are subject to a penalty of 1.25 per cent on the 1st of every month.

What if I don’t pay my taxes?

What about school taxes? The Town is required to collect education taxes on behalf of the Province, which determines the amount to be collected.

When are taxes due? Tax and assessment notifications are mailed in May, and property taxes are due June 30.

Provincial legislation requires the Town to register a tax notification on properties where taxes are in arrears for more than one year. Properties in arrears are placed on a Tax Recovery List; if taxes remain unpaid following the filing of a Tax Recovery Notification, these properties may be sold for tax recovery by public auction. All costs incurred are charged against the property on which the notification is filed.

Payments must reach the Town by the due date to avoid interest charges or late fees.

Public

Participation

Project

Work continues on the Town’s first Public Participation Project, which started in late-2013. The objectives of this new approach to citizen-engagement include strengthening civic health, building trust, promoting accountability and increasing the commitment of all in how the Town is governed. The four-phase, “made-in-Stony Plain” initiative includes: ■ a State of Engagement Audit; ■ a Public Participation Strategy; ■ an Engagement Toolkit; and ■ Capacity-building and Co-learning. Phase One — the Audit — was completed in early-2014 and is based, in-part, on data compiled from extensive interviews and surveys with residents, businesses and other stakeholders. The Town is using the Audit to develop the Strategy, which will be brought to Council for review and approval later this year. For more information, visit stonyplain.com/PublicParticipation.

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Download— your 12-page— MDP Quick Reference Guide or full— MDP at— uniquelystonyplain.ca

Council approved the Uniquely Stony Plain: Municipal Development Plan on March 10. The MDP is the Town’s highest-level document, establishing a clear vision for Stony Plain, and is the road-map for the community for the next 20 to 30 years. That vision was determined, in large-part, by the people of Stony Plain — as the only way to ensure this Plan accurately reflects

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the community was to engage residents, business owners and other stakeholders. The MDP not only outlines policies to accommodate growth, it balances land use priorities with cultural, social, environmental and economic considerations. After a nearly two-year process, the Plan is now being implemented. For more information, visit uniquelystonyplain.ca.

State-of-the-Town Address

Mayor William Choy, on behalf of the Town, delivered the 2013 Stateof-the-Town Address to the community on Feb. 19. He shared the presentation — “A Portrait of Healthy Growth” — at the Stony Plain and District Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon and online, via live web-streaming. The approximately 20-minute speech focused specifically on key accomplishments from 2013 and offered a brief look at what lies ahead for 2014 and beyond. Watch the presentation, or read the script, at stonyplain.com.

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2014

Capital Projects Arena Renovations $1.1 million

South Park Drive

$2.467 million

The Town will upgrade South Park Drive to improve traffic flow and public safety within the South Business Park. Enhancements include: ■■ Installation of centre median ■■ joint-accesses between existing developments ■■ driveway modifications

The roof of the Glenn Hall Centennial Arena will be replaced with a $600 000-covering this year. The exterior of the nearly 40-year-old building will receive a $550 000-upgrade, with metal-insulated siding to improve energy efficiency, insulation and usability.

■■ sidewalk along east-side of roadway

Traffic Signals

■■ additional left-turning lane

New traffic signals will be installed at three busy intersections:

■■ traffic signals at North Park Drive and Boulder Boulevard

$975 000

■■ Brightbank Avenue and Golf Course Road ■■ Highway 779 and Wood Avenue ■■ 79 Avenue and High Park Road/Westerra Drive

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Pool Expansion Project

Golf

Course

Storm-water Drainage, Phase I $450 000 Nearly half-a million dollars will be invested to improve storm-water drainage to reduce flooding.

The 41-year-old facility will undergo a face-lift in 2014. The modernization will include new changing rooms to service pool-patrons and users of the adjacent Rotary Spray Park. Beautiful Japanese art, reflecting the Town’s long-standing relationship with the Town of Shikaoi, Japan, will adorn the exterior.

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Mowing units $70 000 Protective Netting (Driving-range) $172 000


Sports Fields ■■ Upgrade diamonds at Glenn Hall Park and High Park ■■ Add grassed infields to one diamond at Glenn Hall

48 STREET UPGRADING Alberta Transportation (AT) has not provided the Town with any updates about this project, which has been removed from AT’s three-year plan. The Town continues to lobby the Province to complete the work.

■■ Improve backstops at two diamonds at Glenn Hall Park ■■ Expand infield shale at Diamond No. 2 at High Park

Vehicles

Other Projects

■■ Squad-3 Fire truck ($156 000) — cost-shared (50/50) with Parkland County

Stony Plain Public Library $85 000

■■ Half-ton 4x4 truck —— Safety Codes Officer

The Library’s roof-top mechanical systems will be assessed, and, if required, replaced.

■■ 3/4-ton pickup — horticulturalist ■■ Replace three vehicles (shared between parks and roads divisions)

■■ Road-crossing at Golf Course— (Briarwood Way): $950 000 —— cost split (60/40) between— Town and Developer ■■ Air-quality improvements— (Public Works facility):

$32 000

■■ Concrete shop apron:

$60 000

■■ Snow-blower attachment:

$26 000

■■ Turf-sweeper:

$60 200

2014 Street Improvement Program (SIP) $727 000

Parks, Trails and Playgrounds ■■ Memorial Composite High School Trail  $100 000 A new 500-metre trail will link Westerra Boulevard to existing the trail connecting the High School to Westerra Crescent.

Funding for this year’s SIP projects will be sourced from the Municipal Sustainability Initiative ($230 000), Federal Gas Tax Fund ($184 991) and the Town’s Capital Roads and Capital Sewer Reserves - $190 000 and $156 000 respectively. The Town follows a 10-year Plan to assess the condition of Town infrastructure, in order to prioritize the needs for repair and rehabilitation. ■ New sidewalk north of 43 Avenue:

$471 000

■ Existing sewer service replacements:

$156 000

■ Existing sidewalk replacements:

$100 000

■■ Rotary Trail  $72 300 The Town plans to expand Rotary Trail eastward, from Atim Creek (north of Sun Meadows). This project is possible thanks to a donation from the Rotary Club of Stony Plain. ■■ Outdoor Rink and Playground  $250 000— The Town will work with a local developer to construct a boarded outdoor rink and playground in Westerra. Improvements include a change-shed, lighting, infrastructure improvements and an asphalt pad. The developer will contribute $65 000 for this project.

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Stony Plain

FCSS

stonyplain.com/FCSS

Youth and Seniors Stony Plain Youth Centre Celebrates Seniors

Each year, during Alberta Seniors’ Week, the Stony Plain FCSS Youth Centre (SPYC) hosts an event to recognize and honour seniors in the community. Launched in 2004, the same year the SPYC opened, the celebration has evolved from a small indoor reception into a large community black-party, attracting 150 to 200 people each year. Community partners, including the Stony Plain Public Library, the Multicultural Heritage Centre and the Pioneer Museum, collaborate with the SPYC to organize the annual event. The 2014 “Celebrating Seniors” blockparty runs from 5 to 7 p.m. on June 5 in front of the Town Office (4905 – 51 Ave.). Festivities include live entertainment, dancing and a complimentary barbeque for the first 200 people (or while quantities last).

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2012

2011

Number of Participants in Registered Youth Centre Programs

608

427

748

Number of Drop-in Activities Offered

201

194

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The SPYC offers a safe and supportive environment, where local youth receive educational and preventive services that focus on contemporary teen issues. In 2013, staff and volunteers organized 201 drop-in activities, nine programs and a variety of special events, including: the Seniors’ Block Party, the Youth Centre Birthday Party, the Shikaoi Park Youth Fashion Show and the Annual Christmas Dinner. More than 230 teens accessed the Centre an average of 14 times each throughout 2013. Registered attendance in facilitated programs increased by 42 per cent from 2012. The SPYC also operates Back Alley Threadz, a second-hand clothing store.

Centre

2013

Source: Stony Plain FCSS Youth Centre. Numbers unaudited.

About the SPYC

For information about the SPYC, call 780.963.83846, or visit stonyplain.com/FCSS/YouthCentre.


S N OW Mother Nature certainly had her way this winter, presenting some challenges in maintaining Stony Plain’s 143 km of roads, 30+-km of trails and public sidewalks and parking lots. An earlier-thannormal snowfall — more than 15 840 tonnes of snow were cleared in November alone (compared to 10 143 tonnes in November 2012), tripled with fluctuating temperatures and significant volumes of white-stuff — made for a busy season for snow-removal crews. Thanks for keeping your driveway and sidewalks free of snow and ice and for removing your vehicle from the street when plows were in your neighbourhood.

Year/Season

Loads

Tonnes

Nov. 2013 – Jan. 31, 2014

N/A

35 137.94

Nov. 2012 – April 2013

N/A

20 327.25

Nov. 2011 – April 2012

2 077.50

22 625.03

Nov. 2010 – April 2011

6 505

70 794.81

Nov. 2009 – April 2010

2 694

27 528.47

Nov. 2008 – April 2009

2 618

23 338.67

Nov. 2007 – April 2008

2 154

23 665.27

2 457

28 576.20

Nov. 2006 – April 2007

Source: Town of Stony Plain. Numbers unaudited

Wipe Out Waste

Kilometres of Roads Maintained Annually

Changes to Organics Collection

2013

2012

2011

2010

143

138

133.5

133.5

Winter organics collection ends the week of April 15 to 18. Weekly collection begins the week of April 29 to May 2. Please place your Organicarts out at curbside before 7 a.m. on your regular collection day. For more details, visit wipeoutwaste.ca.

Statistics The goals of the Wipe Out Waste are to reduce waste at the source, boost recycling and enhance efforts to reach an 80 per cent diversion rate of waste destined for the landfill.

Curbside and Rotary Recycling Centre 2013

2012

Garbage (tonnes) 2 884.33 3 100.83 Recycling (tonnes) 821.37 1 144.12 Organics (tonnes) 2 255.24 2 079.69 E-waste (tonnes) N/A 80.66 Paint (litres) 27 195 24 557

2011

2010

3 213.27 1 221.75 1 662.12 68.83 27 306

2 851.36 2 833.61 1 019.01 1 006.46 1 343.76 1 271.53

Source: Town of Stony Plain. Numbers unaudited.

Additional stats posted at wipeoutwaste.ca.

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Development Residential So far this year (Jan. 1 to March 31), the Town has issued 39 permits, with a combined value of $8 672 030, for new residential construction. A variety or serviced lots are available for single-family and medium-density new residential construction in several subdivisions, including The Brickyard, Genesis-on-the-Lakes, Silverstone, South Creek and Westerra.

Commercial/Industrial The Town issued four permits for new commercial, industrial or institutional construction in the first quarter of 2014, for a total value of $5 million. New serviced lots are available for commercial and industrial development.

Building Stats 2014 New Construction Starts Permit Residential Commercial, industrial, institutional Alterations and additions (residential, commercial, industrial, institutional)

2014

Value

2013

Value

39

$8 672 030

36

$8 886 862

5

53

$5 000 000

$1 925 829

Source: Town of Stony Plain. Numbers unaudited.

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$2 100 000

$24 536

Permit

Jan. 1 - Dec. 31, 2013 2013

Value

2012

Value

Residential

174

$34 295 412

177

$36 103 619

Commercial, industrial, institutional

13

$12 559 510

10

$21 570 000

Alterations and additions (residential, commercial, industrial, institutional)

278

$8 554 231

289

$9 401 089


Featuring a LIVE performance by:

Martin Kerr

Mayor’s Pancake Breakfast

Edmonton-based artist Martin Kerr will amaze you with his crystal-clear voice and passion for music.

Sat., May 31, 2014 Heritage Park 5100 – 41 Avenue Stony Plain Admission: $2 Ages five and under: Free

Come enjoy a morning with friends! stonyplain.com/FarmersDays

Golf Course ■ The Stony Plain Public Golf Course celebrates its 31st birthday in 2014. The facility offers a variety of community programs, including: —— Golf-in-Schools: Golf Course staff work with area schools to introduce and adopt golf into physical education curricula —— Friday-night Mixed-9 and Dine: Fridays, June 1 - Aug. 31 — perfect for all ages and skill-levels —— Junior League: professional instruction for youth ages 12 to 18 —— Junior-Junior Program: for the youngsters —— Beginner “Leagues:” perfect for those new to golf. Ages 12+ —— Get Golf-ready: perfect for newbies! Learn the fundamentals of the game — grip, swing, putting, short-game, driver and on-course etiquette — in a group-setting. Just $99 per person for five one-hour sessions

@GolfStonyPlain

—— Family “League” and Tournament:— nine-hole games, or fun-tournaments,— for families —— Outdoor movie: watch a free family movie on the big-screen near the driving range (four times per season)

—— NEW — Foot-golf: golf blended with soccer. Players use their feet and soccer balls, instead of golf clubs and golf balls, on this new, two-hole course. FREE! ■ For information on these or other programs,— visit stonyplaingolf.ca

Book your— tee-time online at stonyplaingolf.ca, or call— 780.963.2133

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Economic

Development The Town continues to implement its Economic Development Strategy and Action Plan, which Council approved in 2012.— The Plan addresses six areas: ■■ Business Engagement Program ■■ Improving Investment Readiness ■■ Marketing Strategies ■■ Downtown Improvement ■■ Enhance Regional Partnerships ■■ Building on Cultural Assets

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Economic Development Strategy SI

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2013

Contractor

Home-based

16%– New Business) (499

21%

Hawker/Peddler

1%

Retail and Service

62%

The Town issued 119 new business licences in 2013.

Business Development Stats 2013 1 000 911

600

671

756

807

897

800

Read or— Download— the Plan at stonyplain.com

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2013

2012

2011

2010

Total Business Licences Tri-Municipal Licences Source: Town of Stony Plain. Numbers unaudited

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202

196

221

200

222

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2009

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Industry—

Receptions The Town hosted its 2014 Builders’ and Developers’ and REALTORS® receptions, in February and March, respectively. The annual events, which attract representatives from these industries, are opportunities for networking and mutual exchange of ideas.

Tri-Municipal Region Event-hosting

Seeds for Success Youth Entrepreneurship Pilot-Program

Seeds for Success is a new project jointly-sponsored by the Town, the Stony Plain and District Chamber of Commerce and Stony Plain Memorial Composite High School. Zephyr Ventures, a local business, is mentoring two youth who are starting a local social media business. As part of this initiative, the youth will create a local Social Media Business Directory. Learn more at seedsforsuccess.ca.

Strategy

The Town, together with the City of Spruce Grove, Parkland County and the TransAlta Tri Leisure Centre, is developing a regional event-hosting strategy for the Tri-Municipal Region, to support the attraction of sport, culture and business events. The strategy will provide a structured approach to identify and attract events, in a way that recognizes the important contributions of the local communities. The draft strategy will be presented to Area Councils in Spring.

Engaging the Community — — Build Leaders Stony Plain and Parkland County have been selected for the province-wide “Becoming a Community Builder” SPONSORS leadership project. Designed ■■ Town of Stony Plain Ian HIll by Ian Hill – a humanitarian, ■■ Parkland County rict social entrepreneur, business■■ Stony Plain and Dist leader and award-winning community Chamber of Commerce change-agent, the province-wide initiative ■■ Rotary Club of Stony Plain of n Unio dit Cre nurtures community leadership-capacity us ■■ Serv Stony Plain throughout rural Alberta. The free 15-week program is open to anyone and features ■■ Community Futures Capital Region two distinct learning tracks: one for adults ■■ Pankratz Enterprizes, Ltd. and another for high-school students. More information: — 780.968.7013 or— evelynaj@cfcapitalregion.ca

Register at becomingacommunitybuilder.com.

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Cultural—

Development Cultural

Master Plan

Implementation of the Cultural Master Plan (CMP), which Council approved in 2012, continues. Intended to help shape the cultural development of the community over the next decade, the CMP defines 24 actions in several key areas. Read or download the Plan at stonyplain.com.

NEW Cultural

Development

Officer

Chantelle Held started with the Town in January. She has a strong background in cultural and economic development and hails from Ontario.

Chantelle Held— Cultural Development Officer

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Save the ! Dates

WHAT’S HAPPENING? April 10: Volunteer Appreciation Evening April 11-13: Tri-Municipal Business and Home Expo April 20-26: Pitch-in Canada Week April 22: Earth Day April 23: New Residents’ Open House April 30: Employee Job Fair May 3: Family Safety Festival May 3-4: Treasure Hunt May 6-9: Large-item Pickup May 14: Unleash Culture May 23: Pool Opens May 24: Arbour Day May 31–June 2: Stony Plain-Kinsmen Farmers’ Days Rodeo and Exhibition June 2: Registration opens — children’s summer programs June 2-8: Seniors’ Week June 5: Seniors’ Week Block Party June 7: Neighbours’ Day June 14: Community Street Market July & August: Children’s Summer Programs July 1: Canada Day Aug. 1-3: Blueberry Bluegrass and Country— Music Festival Aug. 21: Outdoor Movie Event Online events calendar: stonyplain.com


Staff

Profile

Introducing….

Tiffany Anderson Community Peace Officer Supervisor

Officer Tiffany Anderson has served the residents of Stony Plain since May 2008. She leads the municipal enforcement services team, which is comprised of four community peace officers and a clerk.

Intervention Skills Training,— Verbal Judo and training in photo— radar and pepper-spray and— fire arms safety.

A graduate of the Police and Security program at Grant MacEwan University, Anderson came to the Town after completing her practicum at the City of Spruce Grove.

Like all community peace officers, she— undergoes intensive defensive tactics training— every year and stays up-to-date on local and provincial legislation and policies.

One reason she enjoys working in Stony Plain is because the— Town takes great pride in keeping the community beautiful. “Stony Plain is well-maintained, which demonstrates the Town’s commitment to residents,” she says. “It is a privilege to be a part of that.” Anderson has completed the Provincial Peace Officer Training program, Pressure-Point Control Tactics, Applied Suicide

For Anderson, the variety of experiences she encounters— each day is rewarding. “There is no ‘average day,’” she explains. “Generally, residents’ concerns determine the course of my day. The role of a peace officer is to serve the community. I like community policing, being involved with residents and assisting other enforcement and protection agencies in the area.”

The Town of Stony Plain— and Social Media The Town uses Social Media to increase its efforts to communicate with a broad audience, through venues that encourage two-way dialogue and public engagement. We are developing a Social Media strategy, policies and procedures and internal best practices to ensure the organization has a well-maintained, effective presence on relevant Social Media platforms. Social Media is a critical component of Town communications strategies, including for crisis communications and during public emergencies. The Town currently uses Twitter, Flickr and YouTube but has plans to launch its Facebook page and incorporate podcasting, blogging, audio/video and other Social Media tools in 2014.

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Social Media Summary (Jan. 1 – March 31, 2014) TWITTER New followers: 207 Lifetime followers: 2 651 YouTube New views: Lifetime views:

519 8 119

Website Summary (Jan. 1 – March 31, 2014) Site visits: 41 392 Desktop: 24 955 Mobile: 11 757 Table: 4 670 Unique visitors: 25 488 Page views: 119 136

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Uniquely Stony Plain Our Vision Environmental Responsibility

Economic Opportunity

We have integrated social, environmental and economic goals to $protection and manage our environmental $ reinforce environmental footprint. Stony Plain is a compact community, with a mix of uses, supported by strong, non-vehicular networks. We have fostered and retained our connections to open spaces and agricultural land.

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Community Development As Stony Plain grew, progressed and prospered, we have maintained the strong sense of belonging, friendliness and characteristics that $ $ makes our community such a great place to live. We have housing $ choices for all. It feels like home, because it’s safe and healthy. Stony Plain, and its neighbourhoods, are attractive, well-maintained and have their own character. Our community is welcoming, inclusive, close-knit and connected — both physically and socially. We celebrate our culture.

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Our residential growth is complemented by culture, tourism, institutional, industrial and commercial sector expansion. Residents and visitors access a broad range of services. The strong local business community provides many employment opportunities. Our historic downtown thrives and is the heart of the community. We are committed to growing new opportunities inappropriate locations.

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Town Council (photo) L–R: Coun. R. Graff, Coun. P. Hansard, — Coun. B. Lloy, Mayor W. Choy, Deputy$ Mayor $ R. Twerdoclib, Coun. D. Ganske, Coun. J. Bennett

Town Meetings

We actively maintain our infrastructure, including roads, water, storm and sewer systems and community facilities in a costeffective manner. We have a comprehensive, interconnected network of transportation options, including an extensive trail system. Infrastructure is expanded hand-in-glove with development.

Governance and Partners The Municipality and the community have a strong connection, based on a shared Vision. Council creatively and carefully directs development that is consistent with community values and makes wise choices for effective resource use. We deliver infrastructure, municipal and recreational services within our financial capacity, to all — young and old.

Regular Council Meetings 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month, except July,— August and December (once per month) 7 p.m. — Council Chambers, Town Office

Committee-of-the-Whole Council Meetings 1st Monday of each month, except July, August and December

Follow us on Twitter @TownStonyPlain

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Town of Stony Plain

3rd Monday of each month 6 p.m. — Council Chambers, Town Office

4905 – 51 Avenue Stony Plain, AB  T7Z 1Y1 T: 780.963.2151 F: 780.963.2197 info@stonyplain.com— stonyplain.com

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