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Woodlands

Communicator A quarterly newsletter published by Woodlands County

What’s

Summer 2016

Mayor’s Message

Inside

Summer is just around the corner...

Economic Development

2

Corporate Services

5

Community Services

7

Planning & Development

9

Infrastructure Services

10

Parks & Recreation

12

Agricultural Services

18

Council Highlights

19

Woodlands County Box 60, #1 Woodlands Lane Whitecourt, AB T7S 1N3 P: 780.778.8400 F: 780.778.8402

With summer officially around the corner (although it has felt like summer since early May this year) our staff is busy preparing recreation sites and planning activities for residents and visitors to enjoy. June is Parks and Recreation Month, and with the bounty of recreation opportunities we have in Woodlands County, you could do something different every day to celebrate! Inside this edition of the Woodlands Communicator is a calendar for the month of June that features just that. A new way every day to celebrate our parks and to experience activities you may not have known existed in your own backyard. Woodlands County is also busy working on the development of a Recreation Master Plan. The purpose of this is to outline projects important to our residents as it relates to recreation in the county. We want to hear from you, so watch for upcoming Community Workshops in your area, and invitations for feedback via survey coming to your mailbox. More details are in this edition of the Communicator. Seeing as I’m so proud of our area and all that we have to offer, I’m very excited about the first ever “Bring It Tour”, which is also taking place this June. This contest is open to residents and visitors to encourage everyone to get out and experience this wonderful place we call home. Look for more information on the “Bring It Tour” inside. Register a team and get your cameras ready, because it will

be a great way to make memories and possibly win some amazing prizes! Also in this edition of the Communicator you will find a breakdown of the 2016 budget for Woodlands County. On behalf of council, I am pleased to say that a 0% mill rate tax increase has been approved for Woodlands County. Any increases that occur will be due to higher property values, or provincial increases in school tax and social housing levies which are collected on behalf of the province. In economic news, Pembina received the green light to proceed with pipeline construction, running from Fox Creek to Namao, with our region as a hub for the activity. Our hotels and hospitality industry should see a benefit from this activity, and hopefully local businesses will be able to be a part of the project as well. On another note, I would like to say how proud I am to be a part of the community that is Woodlands County. I have seen firsthand local businesses and individuals open their doors, their wallets and donate their time to ensure that residents of Fort McMurray impacted by the wildfire evacuation were cared for like they were family. There is no question as to why Woodlands County is the best place to live in Alberta. Mayor Jim Rennie

OR Woodlands County Box 33 Fort Assiniboine, AB T0G 1A0 P: 780.584.3866 F: 780.584.3988 For more information about this newsletter contact Dana Severson, Economic Development and Tourism Assistant at 780.778.8400 or dana.severson@woodlands.ab.ca

www.woodlands.ab.ca

Mayor Rennie at the May Whitecourt Business Support Network luncheon with Tanis Fiss and Trevor Shand, representatives from Pembina.

Mayor Rennie and Mayor Chichak on site at the new CN rail bridge near Mayerthorpe, AB.

Woodlands Communicator Summer 2016  
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