Communicator A quarterly newsletter published by Woodlands County
What a year it has been...
Economic Development & Tourism
Planning & Development
Parks & Recreation
Woodlands County Box 60, #1 Woodlands Lane Whitecourt, AB T7S 1N3 P: 780.778.8400 F: 780.778.8402 OR
We’re at the tail end of 2016, and what a year it has been. There have been struggles and successes, and with each story or project I hear about, I am reminded of the resiliency that our residents and business show time and again. With oil and gas related projects, such as the Pembina Pipeline, positively impacting our area, our Council is always on the lookout for opportunities for diversification that we can bring to our region. We feel that Woodlands County is a great place to do business. In addition to attracting new ventures, we are also focused on protecting existing industry. The Caribou Range Plan has been in the media, and the outcome may have a significant impact on our local forestry industries. We are working with all levels of government to ensure the best interests of our residents and industry are considered before any plan is put in place. It’s only been a few months since the summer Communicator went out, and so many things have taken place in our County. In May, the Children’s Festival in Whitecourt had over 1,000 people attend the event. June was Recreation and Parks Month, with a variety of events including the very popular Summer Solstice Celebration at Hard Luck Canyon. July saw the Hometown Heroes Airshow return to our airport,
and Blue Ridge Family Fun Day, both making for an incredible weekend. In September, another fantastic event we celebrated was the 10th Annual Party In The Park featuring Bif Naked and George Canyon, some top notch talent right here at home. The 2nd Big Bang Mud Run, with over 230 participants, was a messy and soggy day of fun. Following that, Blue Ridge Logging Days was back with entertainment, vendors and this year an axe throwing competition. The Career and Education Expo invited students and the public from throughout our region to learn about job skills and education, but also to showcase career opportunities right here at home. October will be just as busy with The Whitecourt & Woodlands Performing Arts Society presenting The Strumbellas in concert. Small Business Week is being celebrated as well, with training sessions, the popular Top Guns of Business, and the Small Business Week Awards Gala with duelling pianos, sure to be a big hit. Moving to November, members of our Council will represent Woodlands County at several Remembrance Day ceremonies on November 11 as we honor those who have served our country, both past and present. Taking place later in the day, the Whitecourt Wolverines are hosting an Oilers Alumni Event, sure to be a big attraction for our area. Continued on page 2
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Fort Assiniboine Volunteer Firefighters Dale Kluin and David Kluin received a 30 Years’ Service Recognition Award at the Alberta Fire Chiefs Association Conference.
Councillor McQueen, Councillor Merrifield, Councillor Pritchard, Mayor Rennie, and Councillor Govenlock officially breaking ground at the site of the new Blue Ridge Library.
Vaughan, the winner of the Recreation Master Plan Survey draw, with Mayor Rennie and Councillor Govenlock.
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Community Services False Alarm Bylaw Mayor’s Message Continued from page 1
Throughout November and December, wonderful Christmas sales will be popping up, and several are listed with locations and dates in this issue of the Communicator. And also in December, the Annual “Journey to Bethlehem” event will be taking place in Fort Assiniboine, this year with bussing available. Look for more details on this inside as well. Our Planning and Development Department is putting final touches on the West Whitecourt Area Structure Plan as a result of the feedback received at the 2016 open house. Watch for a public hearing date the near future to find out more. Public consultation will also occur late 2016/early 2017 for the Land Use Bylaw Inter-municipal and Municipal Development Plans. Our Parks and Recreation Department is working with Alberta Environment and Parks, and together they have developed a trail plan for the Centre of Alberta near Fort Assiniboine that will be in place in time for the cairn opening in 2018. And speaking of recreation, the Recreation Master Plan First Draft will be presented at open houses and via our website this November. Even with the soggy summer, our Infrastructure Department has been busy with the completion of cold mix and asphalt overlays, including Veterans Ave in Blue Ridge, which came in $500,000 under budget. Other projects completed in 2016 include County owned and residential road dust control applications and capital bridges and repairs. Projects on the go include road shoulder pulls this fall, the construction of the Whitecourt County office and shop, and the new Blue Ridge Library which will open this winter. In closing, it is the start of budget season at Woodlands County, so watch for a number of open houses in November where we ask for your feedback on planned projects, and also for us to listen to new ideas to continue improving our great community. Mayor Jim Rennie
On July 19, 2016, the False Alarm Bylaw 483/16, came into effect throughout Woodlands County. Due to emergency response services having to investigate numerous false alarms, Council deemed it advisable to establish a system of fees to be charged for responding to false alarms to recover some costs and encourage proper maintenance of alarm systems by users. A false alarm means the activation of a security alarm or fire alarm system which results in services, including Police Services and Fire Services, responding that are not provided on behalf of the County and providers of the service do not find any unauthorized entry or commission of an unlawful act or any evidence of fire, fire damage, smoke in relation to the building, structure, residence or facility, or where there has been no emergency situation. Where the Fire Department and/or a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police must respond to a property because of a warning generated by a false alarm; the property owner or occupant shall pay to Woodlands County: Number of FalseAlarms
Location/ Time Frame
Fee (per alarm)
1 2 - 4 5 or More
Same alarm site within the same calendar year Same alarm site within the same calendar year Same alarm site within the same calendar year
No Fee $200.00 $500.00
For more information on Bylaw 483/16, visit woodlands.ab.ca or contact your local Woodlands County office.
Corporate Services Woodlands County is planning for 2017, and your feedback and ideas are important to us! Please feel free to visit our staff at the following Budget Open Houses:
Fort Assiniboine Legion
Blue Ridge Community Hall
Monday, November 7 l 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Monday, November 21 l 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Westward Community Hall Wednesday, November 23 l 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Information on the 2017 Budget as well as the Recreation Master Plan will be available. See you there!
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Economic Development & Tourism Big Bang Mud Run Recap
Blue Ridge Logging Days
September 10, the 2nd Big Bang Mud Run sent participants up, over, under, and through obstacles mucky enough to make the strongest washing machine shudder. Over 230 people, with a large number of out of town guests took on the terrain and man made challenges with great enthusiasm. In addition to the run, buckets of clean WARM water were sold on site with all proceeds going to the ALS Society, raising over $1000. The event wrapped up Saturday night with a private social event at the Eagle River Casino with a concert from Kenny Shields and Streetheart. As before, the Big Bang Mud Run was a day to remember!
This one of a kind event organized by the Blue Ridge Community League, Blue Ridge Logging Days saw sunny blue skies, and a great turn out throughout the weekend. Wood carving demonstrations, community meals, entertainment and the axe throwing competition were just some of the highlights of the weekend event.
Career and Education Expo Students from grade 8 â€“ 12, from schools throughout the region, attended the 2016 Career and Education Expo at the Allan and Jean Millar Centre in Whitecourt. This free event was also open to the public, where 60 exhibitors were on hand to offer information on career planning and job training.
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Planning & Development RV Storage The end of camping season means the start of RV storage season, which may include outdoor storage of tent trailers, travel trailers, motorhomes and truck campers. There shall be not more then two (2) recreational vehicles (RVâ€™s), not owned by the resident, parked or stored on your property at any time. The Land Use Bylaw and new Community Standards Bylaw set out rules about the use, storage or parking of recreational vehicles (RVâ€™s) on Country Residential parcels. At no time may a recreational vehicle (RV) be used as a permanent or temporary dwelling. For more information on the Woodlands County Land Use Bylaw, please contact the Planning & Development Department or the Peace Officers at the Whitecourt Woodlands County Municipal Office 780.778.8400. Woodlands County Whitecourt Municipal Office #1 Woodlands Lane, Whitecourt, AB T7S 1N3 780.778.8400
Municipal and Environmental Reserves The Municipal Development Plan outlines several reasons for the creation of reserves within Woodlands County. Environmental reserves are created to maintain the integrity of lands that contain slopes, watercourses, swamps, land subject to flooding, natural drainage areas and any other natural feature considered to be environmentally sensitive. Municipal reserves are created to promote green space for esthetic purposes such as: park space, areas of access for the public, or to divide conflicting land uses, such as residential vs industrial. Municipal reserves may also be allocated at time of subdivision in the form of money in lieu of lands. It is important to know where your private property lines are in relation to municipal reserves and environmental reserves. These reserves have been established for the protection and enhancement of the environment. Environmental reserves are areas that are to be kept in their natural state, whereas municipal reserves are often utilized for the purpose of park development or access to public lands. These reserve areas are under County authorization and it is required that, prior to any activities on reserve lands, the County be contacted. Neglecting to respect reserve lands may result in action being taken by the County against a landowner.
Slow Down! Please SLOW DOWN when passing equipment and workers on roadways! If you see flashing lights, flag people or signs, please slow down for the safety of our workers and residents!
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Parks & Recreation Memorial Tree Grows in Fort Assiniboine Park Built by Front Step Forge, this new memorial tree stands tall at the Fort Assiniboine Park. Come spring the tree will burst into bloom with its first leaves. These leaves are meant to honour or memorialize residents that are important to the community. Any person or group wishing to honour or memorialize a resident may do so by completing an application form. Residents may be recognized in the following categories:
• Pioneers of the community; • Long term service on a fire department or other emergency services; • Long term service with a community group; • A significant contribution to the community. For a limited period of time, community members and organizations within the Fort Assiniboine area will have the opportunity to add the first leaves to the tree. Woodlands County is offering a limited-time, discounted fee of $50/leaf until November 21, 2016. Application forms are available at www.woodlands.ab.ca or at either Municipal Office. A grand opening celebration is planned for June 2017 to celebrate spring and the addition of leaves on the memorial tree. Invitations will be issued to honourees and nominators.
History Lives on in Topland The Topland School was active from 1930-1956, just outside of the present day Fort Assiniboine. During this time, the school was used for education; however it was also the center of the community and used as the community hall. Dances, card parties, Christmas concerts and three act plays were present at the hall and within the community. The former site of the Topland Hall is now an agricultural field, however a cairn was added nearby to the Topland Hall recreational grounds to commemorate all the teachers and former students who grew up through the school. Recently this summer, the cairn received a complete reconstruction including a new bronze plaque so the history could live on. The cairn continues to be a point of community pride for Topland residents. Family members from the original teachers and supervisors still live within the community including the Flemming’s and Kluin’s to name a few. The cairn continues to serve as an excellent reminder of the history of our original homesteaders and early education in Alberta. To see a similar schoolhouse to what would have been in the community, a visit to the nearby Fort Assiniboine Museum is in order. The museum is open year round, contact 780.584.3737 for operational hours.
Christmas Markets Anselmo November 5, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Anselmo Hall Discover ideas for unique Christmas gift giving by shopping through our business, craft and artisan vendors. Concession with proceeds to a local organization, Christmas photos, and 50/50 tickets on-site. To book a table or for more information, contact Angela, 780.786.4210 or Cecile, 780.786.4838.
Westward Centre November 19 and 20 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Come find a special gift for the special people in your life! Free admission with a food bank donation. Great Christmas crafts and gifts, photos with Santa, and concession on site. For more information contact 780.779.4343.
Fort Assiniboine November 26 and December 17 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Fort Assiniboine Agricultural Centre Discover ideas for unique Christmas gift giving by shopping through our business, craft and artisan vendors. To book a table or for more information, contact: James at 780.584.3971.
Last Chance This Year!
Farmer’s Market December 10, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Fort Assiniboine Agricultural Centre Locally grown, made and baked goodies for the special people in your life! Come join us for the final market of the year. To book a table or for more information call 780.674.9003.
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Parks & Recreation
Recreation Master Plan Thank you to all residents who completed the survey providing key information on how they recreate. The draft plan that incorporates the results of the resident survey, all the feedback provided from the public open houses and stakeholder meetings held in June, will be presented to the public at the Countyâ€™s Budget Open Houses this November. It will also be available on our website, www.woodlands.ab.ca. Woodlands County is planning for 2017, and your feedback and ideas are important to us! Information on the Recreation Master Plan will be available at the following Open Houses:
Fort Assiniboine Legion Monday, November 7 l 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Blue Ridge Community Hall Monday, November 21 l 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Westward Community Hall Wednesday, November 23 l 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Thank You for a Wonderful Summer! We have had a blast throughout the County this summer. We kicked off the season with celebrating Parks & Recreation Month in June, with 22 suggestions on things to do within the County, and 8 free events. Our most popular event was mini golf at the new course at the Goose Lake Campground. We brought in the summer solstice at Hard Luck Canyon with yoga, drumming, and hula hooping. Many residents attended and crafted up their own flower crowns and participated in the activities. Blue Ridge Family Fun Day saw an impressive 364 participants! We welcomed wagon rides this year around the lake and paddled around in canoes and paddle boats. Returning activities like face painting, the wildfire challenge, pond dipping and a yummy BBQ lunch provided to be favourites again. Together with the Fort Assiniboine Friendship Club, we wrapped up this summer with an old fashioned Ice Cream Social at the museum. Families participating tried their aim at slingshots, panned for gold, churned some ice cream and enjoyed the results of their efforts.
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Fort Assiniboine Trails Administration is working on trail approvals for the Fort Assiniboine area. Conceptual trails west of the Hamlet passed preliminary screening, or Stage 1, of the Application for Placement of Trails within an Alberta Transportation Highway Right-of-Way. The attached map shows the proposed location. Administration will now work through Stage 2 and Stage 3; the Detailed Design and Agreement. In support of this project, Councillor Dale Kluin stated, “The local people have been asking for walking trails. The Community
Fort Assiniboine West: Concept Pathways
All measurements are approximate. Scale approximately 1 : 7,500
Services Committee values healthy living and community building. These walking trails will tie in the Hamlet with the Agriculture grounds over to Linda’s Motor Inn and south to the Mouth of the Freeman recreation area. “ In addition to the Fort Assiniboine trails, the Centre of Alberta trail project is moving forward as Woodlands County and Alberta Environment and Parks have worked collaboratively to finalize the Trail Redevelopment Plan for the Natural Area to ensure the project is on target for the Cairn opening in 2018.
Fort Walsh Trail
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Upcoming Community Events... Save the Date!
Music Jamboree Topland Hall l October 16, 2 -5 p.m. Tickets: $5 Come out for a musical afternoon, refreshments provided. Interested in performing? Contact Katie at 780.584.2488
Halloween Party Anselmo Hall l October 29, 6:30 p.m. For tickets, contact: Angela, 780.786.4210 or Antoinette, 780.779.1086.
Harvest Supper Topland Hall l November 6, 5 - 7 p.m. Harvest supper with bison, ham and pyrogies. Call 780.584.3984 to get your ticket.
The Best of Doc Walker Tour Featuring Erin Haley Anselmo Hall l November 19 Supper 6:00 p.m. l Concert 8:00 p.m. Tickets $80 Contact Angela 780.786.4210 or Cecile 780.786.4838.
Christmas Party Friday, December 2 l 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Blue Ridge Community League Potluck chili, Santa photos, and songs and crafts to put the whole family into the Christmas mood! For more information contact Tracy, 780.288.1770.
Christmas Supper December 7 l 1:00 p.m. Fort Assiniboine Museum Open to the Community, a turkey dinner with all the fixings. Call Bessie to reserve your seat, 780.584.2536.
Christmas Party Anselmo Hall l December 10 For tickets contact: Angela, 780.786.4210 or Cecile, 780.786.4838.
Journey to Bethlehem Journey to Bethlehem is preparing for its 18th season of performance. Itâ€™s a free, outdoor, family-friendly event. Travel through time and consider what it may have been like on the night Jesus was born. 2016 performances take place in the hamlet of Fort Assiniboine on the evening of November 19, 20, 26 and 27 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Tours through Bethlehem begin at the Catholic parish on the edge of town and conclude with refreshments at the Fort Assiniboine Friendship Centre. The outdoor tour takes about 25 minutes, please dress warmly!
Take the Bethlehem Bus on November 26 Begin your pilgrimage and leave the driving to us by taking the bus to Bethlehem. $5/person or $10/family. Reserve your seat by calling us at 1.888.870.6315.
Pick Up Times
Drop Off Times
Whitecourt Municipal Office
Blue Ridge Community Hall
Goose Lake Mail Boxes
Help Clear the Way... Please keep the path to your utility meter clear of debris and snow so County staff can safely reach them to collect the correct data.
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Infrastructure Snowplowing of Roadways and Driveways Woodlands County commences snow removal on municipal roads if there is 3” of snow accumulation on gravel-surfaced roads, and 1” of snow on paved/based-surfaced roads. When good winter driving conditions have been achieved along all routes, cleanup activities will commence (i.e. plowing of approaches, intersections and winging of shoulders). If and when a windrow of snow is left on an approach or intersection that is above 6” or considered by the operator to be unsafe for the travelling public the windrow shall be removed. Snow plowing of driveways will apply to County residences only. Residents are required to sign a waiver. All residences requesting snowplowing services are required to purchase a snow plow flag for $40.00 plus G.S.T. per 300 meters or portion thereof. Snowplowing of private driveways will occur after main roads and school bus routes are cleared except in emergencies. The grader operator will pick up the flag once the plowing is complete. The County will provide up to five free snow plow flags per year for senior citizens (65 years of age or older) or physically handicapped person, by either producing their vehicle mirror hanger or obtain letter from their physician to qualify. For the persons that clear their own driveways be sure to not leave any mounds of snow on our road ways as this is very dangerous for passing motorists. Below is a suggested safe way to clear snow from driveway:
2016 Project Updates Completed Projects Cold Mix Overlays - Gautier Subdivision, Robison Road, Tower Road Estates, Strydhorst Subdivision, TWP 585A, TWP 590 Cold Mix Construction - TWP 592A Campsite Road Culvert Extension Repair - TWP 592 Rebuild TWP 564 from West of RR102 to RR101 Mill & Overlay Frost Heaves - RR125 (Old Ferry Rd) Asphalt Overlay - Railway Avenue Paving and Curb Works - Veteran Avenue Asphalt Bridge - 75665 Doris Creek RR53 Fort Assiniboine Bridge - 78736 Corbett Creek TWP 611 Fort Assiniboine Bridge - 80802 Paddle River RR110A off Hwy 647 Bridge - 74901 Goose Creek RR70 Fort Assiniboine Airside Signage
Projects still in Progress Design and Build Maintenance Shop for Equipment and Staff Airside Subdivision Hangar Development Phase 1
Hamlet Water Meters Reminder to keep debris away from the water meters to make them accessible for staff.
Transfer Site Hours Road Safety Tips
Hours for Anselmo, Doris and Goose Lake Transfer Sites:
• Woodlands County wishes to remind residents with the onset of
Summer Hours l March 1 to November 1 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
• When approaching equipment/graders be aware that graders will
Winter Hours l October 31 to February 28 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
the winter season please watch for staff and equipment.
often reverse without notice – please be sure to remain at least 15 meters behind graders until it is safe to pass.
• Please drive according to the weather conditions and help us to keep all motorists safe.
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Agriculture Services Woodlands County Agricultural Services Bursary The Woodlands County Agriculture Services Board wishes to recognize
academic achievement and community contributions of local students. Those students wishing to pursue post-secondary education in agricultural or environmental sciences may apply for the Agriculture Services Bursary (one $500.00 Bursary is awarded annually). Eligibility Requirements, Bursary Information & Application Deadline information is listed below: • Applicants must be enrolled full-time in an Agricultural or Environmental Science Program at a post-secondary educational institution in Alberta. • Applicants, or their parents, must be residents, or own property, within Woodlands County. • Applicants must supply a transcript of their marks from the last year of high school attended, together with a letter of acceptance and course of studies planned at a post-secondary institution. • The Woodlands County Agriculture Services Board will select a bursary recipient based upon scholastic achievements, social and community activities and the chosen program of study.
Boughs ‘n’ Bows Workshop Join us for a day of decorating tips, demonstrations and the creation of your own holiday masterpieces for your home.
Two Locations to Choose From! December 10, 2016 Blue Ridge Briar Patch December 11, 2016 Fort Assiniboine Recreation Hall 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (bring a bag lunch) Cost: $40.00 (covers basic materials) Registration Deadline is November 27, 2016.
• High school graduates entering the first year of post-secondary studies will be given priority over students in subsequent years’ studies. • Applications and all supporting documentation must be received by the Agriculture Services Manager no later than October 15, 2016. For more information, or to obtain an application form, please contact: Dawn Fortin, Agriculture Services Manager Fort Assiniboine Regional Municipal Office Telephone: 780.584.3866 l Toll-free:1.866.584.3866
Don’t miss the October 15 application deadline!
Think Like a Wolf Seminar This course will provide education to participants for managing wolves in order to avoid livestock predation. Learn strategies and the significance of respect for the wolf in relation to successful harvesting. This a two day workshop discussing topics such as wolf politics, wolf biology, habits of consistent wolf trappers, equipment (traps, snares, baits and lures), salient features and choosing capture sites, strategies and sets, humane trapping and avoiding accidental catches.
November 5 - 6, 2016 l 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Fort Assiniboine Recreation Hall Instructor: Ross Hinter Cost: $50.00 (includes lunch and course materials) Registration Deadline is October 28, 2016. Space is limited so register early to secure a place.
Class size is limited to 25 participants so pre-registration is required to reserve space.
To register or for more information please call: Telephone: 780.584.3866 Toll Free: 1.866.584.3866
Please contact: 780.584.3866 or toll free 1.866.584.3866 to register or for more information.
Dawn Fortin, Manager, Agriculture Services email@example.com
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Highlights from the May 17 Meeting Bylaw 477/16 – Community Standards Bylaw: Council gave first reading to Community Standards Bylaw 477/16 and scheduled public hearings on June 7 at 7:15 at the Regional Office in Fort Assiniboine and June 8 at 7:15 at the Municipal Office in Whitecourt. West Whitecourt Area Structure Plan: Council met with Gary Buchanan with Opus Stewart Wier and have scheduled a public open house/information session on the draft West Whitecourt Area Structure Plan (ASP) for Monday, June 13, 2016 from 6 -.7:30 p.m. at the Westward Centre. Road Closure Request – PT Road Plan 8222836 within SE 36-60-10 W5M: Council denied the road closure request for PT Road Plan -822-2836 within SE 36-60-10 W5M as Alberta Transportation indicated that it could not be closed. Mutual Aid Agreements – Yellowhead County: Council is continuing to update their mutual aid agreements with neighbouring municipalities and adopted revised agreements for Yellowhead County. Proposed Annexation (1 & 2, 60-12 W5M): Council confirmed that Woodlands County is in favour of the Town of Whitecourt’s plans to annex sections 1 & 2 of 60-12-W5M and the SW & NW of 6-60-11 W5M subject to satisfactory negotiations with the landowners. Rural Communication Utility Tower Budget & Priorities: Council approved the updated budget projections and directed administration to start the acquisition and construction of the first three rural communication utility towers. Step Funding for Fort Assiniboine Friendship Club: Council directed administration to send a letter to the local MLA’s expressing disappointment in the STEP program funding for 2016 as numerous community groups were denied funding which they had received in the past. Woodlands County has also and to request clarification on how rural community groups can qualify for funding in the future. Recreation and Parks Month Proclamation: Council proclaimed June as Recreation and Parks Month within Woodlands County. 2016 Hometown Heroes Airshow: Council approved the Whitecourt Airshow Society request to host the 2106 Hometown Heroes Airshow at the Whitecourt Airport on July 23 to July 24, 2016.
Performing Arts & Culture Centre Meeting: Council will be having a joint Performing Arts & Culture Centre meeting with the Town of Whitecourt on June 9 from 7 - 9 p.m. Water Fill Station: Council has directed administration to look into options for the Anselmo Water Fill Station in order to ensure all users are given an equal opportunity to utilize the water fill station. Highlights from the June 7 Meeting Bylaw 482/16 – Debenture – Administration Office Addition: Council passed bylaw 482/16 which provides Woodlands County authorization to borrow funds to complete the administration office addition. Public Hearing - Community Standards Bylaw 477/16: Council heard from county residents what they thought of the proposed community standards bylaw 477/16 and if additional changes should be made prior to passing the bylaw. The public hearing was well attended and council will take the points raised at the meeting for consideration prior to passing this bylaw. Blue Ridge Fire Pumper: Council approved purchasing a fire pumper unit for the Blue Ridge Fire Department. New Whitecourt Maintenance Shop Tender Results: Council awarded South West Design and Construction Limited the contract to construct the new Whitecourt maintenance shop. Recreation Master Plan – Framework Setting Workshop: There will be community workshops held in June to discuss the recreation master plan with a framework setting workshop taking place on August 11, 2016 with Council for the development of the recreation master plan. Anselmo Agricultural Truck Fill Options: Council has directed administration to budget for an automated truck fill system in Anselmo for the 2017 budget and further directed administration to look into other government grants that would help expand the Anselmo Agricultural Truck Fill. Appreciation Letter on Municipal Taxes: Council received an email from Alberta Newsprint regarding municipal taxes and their appreciation that Woodlands County did not increase the mill rate for 2016. Highlights from the June 21 Meeting Bylaw 477/16 – Community Standards Bylaw: Council passed bylaw 477/16 community standards bylaw which will allow the county to follow up on residential complaints.
Pembina Hills Regional Division No. 7 (PHRD): Council meet with members of the board of trustees for PHRD and reviewed the new attendance area, and digital sign agreement. They were also advised that Lorna Hiemstra will be the new Fort Assiniboine principal commencing for the 2016/17 school year. Rural Communication Utility Tower Project: Council has directed administration to undertake a costing model and to put out an expression of interest for internet service provider. Highlights from the July 5 Meeting Blue Ridge Library / Change Room: Council awarded the construction of the Blue Ridge Library/Change Room building to Monteith Building Group Ltd. at a total cost of $907,000 plus GST. Strategic Plan: Council reviewed the 5 year Strategic Plan and noted that a number of items such as the Blue Ridge Library/Change room, the Recreation Master Plan and the new county shop are in progress. Children’s Festival: Council accept the Children’s Festival update as information and directed administration to invite Chelsea Grande, Director of Community Services for the Town of Whitecourt to a future meeting to discuss the festival further. Highlights from the July 19 Meeting Bylaw 483/16 – False Alarms Bylaw: Due to the significant increase in false alarms, Council passed Bylaw 483/16 – False Alarms Bylaw. The bylaw allows the RCMP or Peace Officers the ability to ticket repeat offenders, as the reoccurring false alarms become onerous on the RCMP and Fire Services. Eastlink Park Funding Request: Council approved an unbudgeted expenditure of $12,500 for the 2015/16 operational deficit for Eastlink Park with the 2016-17 proposed budget to be forwarded to the 2017 budget deliberations. Vehicle Restoration Development Permit: Council was advised that any landowner wishing to do vehicle restoration as a hobby could apply for development permit for the use “Vehicle Restoration”. Alberta Municipal Affairs Letter re Flooding: Council received a response to their inquiry regarding compensation for properties located in the floodway from Alberta Municipal Affairs. Continued on page 12
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Woodlands County Council Members SYLVIA BONNETT Councillor for Anselmo Electoral Division - Division 1 firstname.lastname@example.org 780.786.2298
CHAD MERRIFIELD Councillor for Whitecourt West Electoral Division - Division 2 email@example.com 780.706.2065
RON GOVENLOCK Councillor for Whitecourt Central Electoral Division Division 3 firstname.lastname@example.org 780.778.3343
JIM RENNIE Woodlands County Mayor Councillor for Whitecourt East Electoral Division - Division 4 email@example.com 780.778.0202
DANIEL PRITCHARD Councillor for Blue Ridge Electoral Division - Division 5 firstname.lastname@example.org 780.648.2149
DALE MCQUEEN Councillor for Goose Lake Freeman River Electoral Division - Division 6 email@example.com 780.584.2619
DALE KLUIN Councillor for Fort Assiniboine/ Timeu Electoral Division - Division 7 firstname.lastname@example.org 780.584.2610
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Council Highlights Highlights from the August 2 Meeting Reallocation of Funds for Historical Resource Impact Assessment (HRIA) Future: Council approved reallocating $25,000.00 for trail development in the 2016 budget to cover the potential costs of the Historical Resource Impact Assessment for the Future Fort Assiniboine Recreation Area for a total of $45,000.00. The bylaw allows the RCMP or Peace Officers the ability to ticket repeat offenders, as the reoccurring false alarms become onerous on the RCMP and Fire Services. Mobile Renal Dialysis Bus Discussion: Woodlands County, Lac Ste. Anne County, and the Towns of Mayerthorpe and Whitecourt will be sending a joint letter to the Minister of Health in support for the mobile renal dialysis bus to ensure that the program continues for local residents unable to drive to larger centres for treatment. Sewer Dump: Due to some water filling issues at the Fort Assiniboine Sewer Dump, council requested that administration to place a “strictly for RV use only” sign to help eliminate the problem. Hamlet Hoedown: Council approved funding the Hamlet Hoedown Breakfast on Saturday, August 20th to a maximum of $1,200.00. Highlights from the August 16 Meeting Woodlands County Administration Office Addition: Council awarded the construction of the Woodlands County Administration Office Addition and the wash and repainting of existing stucco on the existing building to MakLoc Construction Inc. Fort Assiniboine Hamlet Walking Trails – West of Hamlet: Council accepted the update for the stage 1 preliminary application with Alberta Transportation for walking trails west of Fort Assiniboine as information. Veterans Ave. (Blue Ridge) – Paving & Concrete Works: Council awarded the Veterans Avenue paving and concrete works to E. Construction. Community Garden: Council directed administration to proceed with surveying the community of Fort Assiniboine with regards to interest in a community garden 20’ x 20’ plot for $35.00 per year. Highlights from the September 6 Meeting 2016 Small Business Week Events: Small business week takes place from October 19-22, 2016, numerous events take place throughout the week with the Small Business Awards Gala winding up the week on Saturday, October 22 at the Whitecourt Central School.
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Highlights from the September 6 Meeting BF 71315 Hwy 33 Bridge Bypass Options, Fort Assiniboine: Council directed administration to send a letter to Alberta Transportation regarding the safety concerns on the cabling system being used on the roads and approaches. Arts & Culture Centre: Council approved the unbudgeted expenditure of $11,160 for the schematic design for the proposed Arts & Culture Centre. Muscular Dystrophy Awareness Month: Council proclaimed September as Muscular Dystrophy Awareness Month within Woodlands County. Resolution for AAMDC to support the Northern Gateway Pipeline Project: Council directed administration to draft a support resolution for the next meeting for the Northern Gateway Pipeline Project to be forwarded to AAMDC as a resolution at the fall conference. Canadian Voyageur Brigade Tour: Council directed administration to invite Bernie Kreiner as a delegation to a council meeting to make a presentation to outline the plans relating to the Canadian Voyageur Brigade Tour. Highlights from the September 20 Meeting Art Bauer – Dual Credit Program: Council had the opportunity to hear about the benefits the dual credit program is providing to students in the Whitecourt/Woodlands area as well as from three students who are currently participating in the program. Athabasca River Voyageur Brigade Group: Rich Zroback, Athabasca River Voyageur Brigade Group and Dan Moore provided Council with an overview of their plans for the Canadian Voyageur Tour taking place in 2017 for the 150th birthday celebration for Canada which include stops in the Woodlands County area with Fort Assiniboine being the final destination for the Tour. Children’s Festival Update: Council approved funding the 2017 budget for up to 25% to a maximum of $12,000 for the proposed 2017 Children’s Festival. Support for Northern Gateway Pipeline Project: Council approved forwarding a draft resolution in support of the Northern Gateway Pipeline Project to Pembina River Zone 3 for inclusion to AAMDC. Northern Gateway Tanker Ban Information: Council directed administration to draft a resolution regarding the proposed federal tanker ban for the next meeting and to send a letter of concern on the proposed ban to AAMDC.
For more details on these and other Council agenda items, all Council minutes are available on our website at www.woodlands.ab.ca