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Communicator A quarterly newsletter published by Woodlands County


Spring 2016

Mayor’s Message


Spring is here!

Economic Development


Corporate Services


Planning & Development


Community Services


Infrastructure Services


Parks & Recreation


Agricultural Services


Council Highlights


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

It’s always an exciting time, fresh and full of new beginnings. Kids are excited to be outside, discovering and exploring their own backyards. “Honey-Do” lists are being written up at home as we all decide how best to take advantage of the great weather to come. Though the winter was fairly mild this year, it was a different kind of storm that many weathered. In working with various levels of government, the economic realities for our province has really hit home. Unemployment is higher than it has been in years, and the discussion of when a rebound is coming comes up in almost every conversation I’m a part of. On the flip side, there have been higher numbers of enrollments in post-secondary schooling than previous years, more entrepreneurs have taken a leap of faith in starting or retooling their business, and one of our major local industries, forestry, is thriving due to the low loonie. The impact of the economy has been far reaching in our community. Recently, however, there have been positive news stories for our area, such as the Pembina Pipeline Corp. Duvernay I Facility, a $125 million gas plant being constructed near the Fox Creek Terminal, in addition to the pipeline activity being staged out of Whitecourt. Our council knows how much this recession has hit our area, and we are here to support our residents and businesses as much as possible, starting with our decision for a zero percent tax increase for 2016. In keeping with this, the 2016 Municipal Budget was

created with our residents in mind, focusing on the needs of our community and ensuring the utmost fiscal responsibility from each of our departments. You’ll find in this edition of the Woodlands Communicator, information related to federal and provincial programs to assist in getting through these rough patches, as well as ways to market your local business to new customers in our area via sponsorship to the Whitecourt Chamber of Commerce Trade Fair. The strength and diversity of our county has come through hard times in the past, and I am confident that by working together, we can come out stronger than ever this time as well. The impact of the low loonie and tighter household budgets doesn’t have to mean a sacrifice of fun, however! With spring comes not only warmer weather, but the reopening of several recreation attractions in our area. Pack a lunch and take a day trip to Hard Luck Canyon for a family hike and see the waterfall up close in all its spring splendor, or spend the afternoon at the Blue Ridge Recreation Area biking, fishing, bird watching or if it’s hot enough, go for a swim near the beach. Tubing season is just around the corner as well! Invite family and friends from out of town and take them on a tour of all our county has to offer. Chaos will always have an element of opportunity, and the Woodlands residents and business community will be the strongest in Alberta as we move into the summer of 2016! Mayor Jim Rennie

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

Mayor Jim Rennie and Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation Chief Tony Alexis celebrating the 8th Anniversary of the Eagle River Casino and Travel Plaza on January 31st.

Members of council toured several fire halls in the county early February, including Fort Assiniboine and Goose Lake.

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Economic Development Help us Spread the Word About Your Event! If your community group is holding an event or if you know of one that is happening in Woodlands County, let us know. We can help promote it to get more people there! Please call or email Dana Severson at 780.778.8400 or

Join us on Facebook

Like the Woodlands County page for up to the minute news, and upcoming programs and events.

Do You Know a Tourism Operator in Woodlands County? Let us know if you or someone you know offers these services and we can refer customers to them. We receive tourism requests for the following: • Horseback Riding • Snowmobile Rentals • Quad Rentals • Guided Tours (Hiking, Fishing, Quadding)

Federal “Work Sharing” Program During this difficult economic time, many companies are faced with the harsh reality that they either reduce their workforce, or close their doors. There is an alternative that employers may not be familiar with that could be of assistance during these times. As quoted from the Service Canada website: “Work-Sharing (WS) is an adjustment program designed to help employers and employees avoid layoffs when there is a temporary reduction in the normal level of business activity that is beyond the control of the employer. The measure provides income support to employees eligible for Employment Insurance benefits who work a temporarily reduced work week while their employer recovers. Work-Sharing is a three-party agreement involving employers, employees and Service Canada. Employees on a Work-Sharing agreement must agree to a reduced schedule of work and to share the available work over a specified period of time. The employer and the employees (and the union, if applicable) must agree to participate in a Work-Sharing agreement and must apply together. An application for a Work-Sharing agreement must be submitted a minimum of 30 days prior to the requested start date. For more information on the Work-Sharing program employers and employees across Canada may call the following toll-free number: 1.866.891.5319 or visit

The Canada-Alberta Job Grant “The Canada-Alberta Job Grant is an employer-driven training program. This means that employers decide on who gets training and what type of training may be needed for new and existing employees. Employers are required to use a third-party training provider to deliver the formal training either on site, online, or in a classroom setting. The Canada Job Grant is part of the Government of Canada and Government of Alberta’s commitment to help address skills mismatches and ensure that employees are being trained in high-demand areas. Any training is eligible as long as it is: • 24 hours and over in length delivered by a third-party trainer • Training that does not replace prior training investments or regular operational training • Completed within 52 weeks of training program start date • Results in some sort of credential (record of completion, certificate, grade, etc.) • Training must start within six months after receiving approval Under the Canada-Alberta Job Grant, employers will cover a minimum of one third of direct training costs, with up to a maximum of $10,000 in government contributions.” If you have questions about the Canada-Alberta Job Grant or need additional help, you can call toll-free 1.855.638.9424, email, or visit l 3

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Corporate Services Understanding Property Assessment & Tax Notice Properties in Woodlands County are reassessed on an annual basis by professionally qualified Assessors. Your 2016 Assessment reflects your property value as of July 1, 2015. Because of this, the assessment value may change from year to year depending on the market and modifications made to your property. Since the assessed value is used to calculate your property taxes, it is important to review your assessment BEFORE the Assessment Complaint Deadline. TAX BILLS ARE NOT DISPUTABLE. You must pay your tax bill in full before the deadline, or a penalty will be applied. If an Assessment Complaint changes your Property Assessment, a refund for the difference will be issued.

Taxes are calculated using this formula: Assessed Property Value X Property Tax Rate = Property Tax Bill May 12, 2016

Tax Notice is mailed out

June 30, 2016 Tax deadline before penalty is applied July 1, 2016

Property tax penalty on unpaid taxes = 6% (Except for TIPPs)

July 11, 2016

Assessment Complaint Deadline

September 1, 2016 Property tax penalty on unpaid taxes = 6% (Except for TIPPs) For more information, please contact us at 780.778.8400 and ask to speak with our Finance Department.

Planning & Development

Did you know... A Development Permit is a requirement, by Woodlands County, for any new development or change in use of land within the County as per the Woodlands County Land Use Bylaw?

Are you planning to construct a new residence, garage, shed? Moving a mobile home, manufactured or modular home? Starting a home based or transport contractor business? The County Land Use Bylaw sets out rules about the size, type and location of structures on land within the County.

It is important to consider Development Permit requirements during the planning stages of your project.

Having a development permit ensures that the proposed structure or use of the land does not conflict with surrounding uses. It will also ensure that the development is setback the appropriate distances from property lines. Setbacks are required to ensure that the development is located in a safe place so that it isn’t too close to road right-of-ways, water courses, steep banks or oil and gas facilities.

A Development Permit will become valid a MINIMUM of 3 weeks after it has been submitted so apply early to avoid delays in your project. Please allow time for review and processing of your application.

Development Permit applications are available at both Woodlands County Offices or online at Woodlands County Whitecourt Municipal Office #1 Woodlands Lane, Whitecourt, AB T7S 1N3 780.778.8400 Woodlands County Regional Municipal Office Hwy #33, Box 33, Fort Assiniboine, AB T0G 1A0 780.584.3988

For detailed information on whether a development permit is required for any proposed development please call a Development Officer at the Whitecourt Woodlands County Municipal Office 780.778.8400. l 5

Community Services June 6 - 10, 2016 is Senior’s Week Every year Albertans honour senior citizens in our communities by hosting “Senior’s Week.” In conjunction with the Town of Whitecourt, Woodlands County organizes an annual event on the Thursday of Senior’s Week, which is June 9, 2016. The Town of Whitecourt organizes events for the rest of the week. Planning is underway for the Woodlands County Senior’s Day event. In previous years, seniors have been bussed to and from the venue to partake in lunch, entertainment, and door prize draws. Stay tuned to the Woodlands County website and Facebook page for more updates on what events will be happening throughout Seniors Week.

VOLUNTEER Volunteer Appreciation Week The National Volunteer Appreciation Week is April 10 - 16, 2016. According to the National Volunteer website, there are approximately 12.7 million people that volunteer in Canada. Volunteerism is all around us; take a moment and think about how volunteers have touched your life… From the coaches that spend hours planning stimulating practises for their players, organizing schedules, travel and accommodations, to the complete stranger that saw a need and helped a person to their vehicle with their grocery bags. We have seniors clubs, community leagues, 4-H groups, recreation societies that plan and organize events, and the groups that maintain public spaces in their community, to the groups that address social needs such as community kitchens, clothing stores and shelters. Local fire fighters that volunteer their time to attend practises so they are ready to help when the need arises. All of these volunteers are a vital part of our community fabric. Take a moment during the week of April 10 - 16, 2016 and thank a volunteer that you know for giving their time to help make your community a better place to live. Please stop by either the Whitecourt or Fort Assiniboine County offices to pick up a “Volunteer Week Token of Thanks,” compliments of Woodlands County to give to a volunteer in your area.

APPRECIATION Income Tax Preparation Program Monday, February 22, 2016 to Friday, April 8, 2016. Free income tax preparation is available for Woodlands County residents that meet the maximum income criteria as outlined below: Family Size Single person Couple 1 Adult & 1 Dependent

Maximum Income

$30,000 $40,000 $35,000

For each additional dependant you can add $2,500 more to the maximum income level. Additionally, we CANNOT prepare your taxes if you have any of the following: • Capital Gains /Losses • Business or Rental Income and Expenses • Self-Employment Income • Interest over $1000 • Bankruptcies • Estates

Please bring any tax forms, T4 slips, your Social Insurance Number, annual prescription print out, etc. to either of the Woodlands County offices between the hours of: Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Municipal Office #1 Woodlands Lane Whitecourt, AB T7S 1N3

Regional Municipal Office Highway 33 Fort Assiniboine, AB T0G 1A0

Please be prepared to spend a few minutes completing an information sheet that will assist us in preparing your income tax form. The Community Services Department will contact you when your income tax return has been completed and is ready for pick-up. For further information please contact the: Woodlands County Community Services Department at 780. 778.8400.

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Infrastructure Services 2016 Project Updates There are a number of projects on the books to get done this construction season. Once winter finally leaves, our crews will start preparing for spring re-gravelling and the application of spring dust control. Cold Mix Overlays Scheduled for:

Gauthier Subdivision, Robison Road, Strydhorst Subdivision, Tower Road Estates, TWP 585A, TWP 590, TWP 621, Walsh Park Sports Grounds in Fort Assiniboine

Cold Mix Construction Scheduled for:

TWP 592A

Existing Cold Mix to Gravel, in Preparation for Cold Mix Overlay In 2017 Scheduled for:

Flats Road (2 Km), St. Martin Subdivision, Tower Rd. (1Km), west end of TWP 614 (1.5 Km)

Road Construction:

TWP 592 – culvert extension repairs Rebuild TWP 564 from RR 102 to RR 101 RR 125 – repair of frost heaves Railway Ave. in Blue Ridge – asphalt overlay Veterans Ave. in Blue Ridge – curb, gutter and new asphalt Airport Road and Hwy 32 intersection improvements

Whitecourt Airport:

Airside signage, Wildlife deterrent fencing Convert maintenance shop to airport specifications

Whitecourt Regional Municipal Office:

Build a new maintenance shop for equipment and staff Administration Building renovations and addition New salt and sand pole storage shed

Transfer Station Spring Hours Whitecourt Regional Landfill (Located on Highway 43, 11 km southeast of Whitecourt)

Summer Hours: April 1 to September 30 Monday to Thursday - 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday - 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed Sunday and statutory holidays


Whitecourt Transfer Station (Located on the Old Blue Ridge Highway)

Summer Hours: April 1 to September 30 7 days a week. 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.


Anselmo Transfer Site (Located on Sec Highway 751, 18 km south of Highway 43)

Summer Hours: March 2 to October 31 Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.


Goose Lake Transfer Site (Located on Twp Rd 614, 2 km east of Sec Highway 658)

Summer Hours: March 2 to October 31 Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.


Doris Creek Transfer Site (Located South of Sec Highway 661 on Range Road 55, 13 km north of Fort Assiniboine)

Summer Hours: March 2 to October 31 Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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Annual Roadside Clean-up Campaign Woodlands County is seeking interested volunteer groups to conduct roadside clean-up on Saturday, May 7, 2016 to Saturday, May 14, 2016 (inclusive) on County managed roads only and on Saturday, May 7, 2016 (or Saturday, May 14, 2016 being the alternate date) along Provincial roads. The roadways within Woodlands County are as follows: Provincial Roads

County Managed Roads

Carson-Pegasus Provincial Park Road Secondary 661 – Esso to Gravel Secondary 661 – Gravel to Ferry Secondary 658 – Goose Lake to Hwy 33 Secondary 658 – Christmas Creek to Goose Lake Secondary 658 – Christmas Creek to Hwy 43 Secondary 751 – Hwy 43 to Secondary 647 Secondary 647 – RR100 and Secondary 751 south to TWP560A Hwy 32 South to TWP 580 Hwy 32 North for 35 KM

Flats/Trestle Road Horse Creek Road Pride Valley Road Secondary 661 - Gravel to Ferry Timeu (RR45) West Mountain Road East Mountain, Tower and Cutacross Rd. Old Ferry Road Old Blue Ridge Highway Pavement Westridge Bison Robison

Woodlands County will pay $100 per kilometer (includes both sides) of roadway cleaned. Volunteer groups will be covered under Woodlands County general liability insurance policy. A mandatory training session for “Road Managers” of participating organizations will be held on Monday, May 2, 2016 at 4:30 p.m. at the Woodlands County Municipal Office in Whitecourt, a training session will also be held at the Woodlands County Regional Municipal Office in Fort Assiniboine on Monday, May 2, 2016 at 4:30 p.m. Woodlands County reserves the right to assign roadway sections. Deadline for letter of application: Wednesday April 27, 2016 All interested groups should contact: Debbie Kushnirak, Infrastructure Services Secretary Box 60, #1 Woodlands Lane, Whitecourt, AB T7S 1N3 Telephone: 780.778.8400 Facsimile: 780.778.8402 E-mail:

Dust Control

Spring Burning

Residents who wish dust control applied adjacent to their residences can now submit an application plus pay a fee of $150.00 + G.S.T. The applicants will receive ONE application of the dust control material per year, which shall be applied to approximately 200 meters of road surface. Please submit an application on, or prior to Friday, May 2, 2016. Application forms are available online or at either Woodlands County office.

Alberta’s wildfire season begins March 1 this year. Starting March 1, all burning activities in Alberta’s Forest Protection Area, excluding campfires, will require a fire permit. Fire Permits are required until October 31. Fire permits are free and can be obtained by contacting: Whitecourt Wildfire Management Area 5020 - 52 Ave, Whitecourt, AB T7S 1N2 780.778.7237

Contractor Truck & Equipment Registration for 2016 Woodlands County is now accepting registrations for the supply of gravel trucks and/or equipment effective January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016. Forms are available at our Municipal Office in Whitecourt, or our Regional Office in Fort Assiniboine, or on our Woodlands County website at

Hamlet Clean-up Fort Assiniboine, Goose Lake, Blue Ridge Woodlands County has a hamlet cleanup campaign that is held around the long weekend in May in which our staff pick up the items on the Tuesday, Wednesday after the weekend. The following items must be separated into individual piles: wood, metal, domestic garbage (bagged) leaves, grass and animal feces ( these must be bagged). The following will not be picked up: large objects such as car bodies, large chunks of concrete, building demolition debris or trees over 3” in diameter. Your contribution to this annual event will benefit you and your community!

Road Bans Road bans will be placed on our road ways as required once the weather begins to warm up and the road surfaces begin to thaw. These notifications are announced on the radio stations, in newspapers, and will be posted on our web site. There is also an ongoing contact list if you wish to be added, contact the Infrastructure Services Secretary at debbie.kushnirak@ or 780.778.8400.

Hamlet Water Meters Reminder to keep debris away from the water meters to make them accessible for staff.

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Parks & Recreation Schedule of Events... Save the Date!


Blue Ridge Spray Park Looking for a fun way to beat the heat during the summer months? Take a trip to the Blue Ridge Berry Nice Spray Park – a great afternoon outing for the whole family. You’ll love the quaint hamlet of Blue Ridge, located just 20 kilometres from Whitecourt along Secondary Highway 658, and its new spray park with 13 splashready water features. Parents will enjoy the relaxing outdoor atmosphere of the park, while children marvel at the assortment of enticing water-play activities. Best of all, this park is free to visit, making for an economical way to spend the day. Portable washroom facilities are located on site, and picnic tables are there for your leisure when taking a break from the water. The spray park is also an ideal location for birthday parties and other group adventures. To make your day even more enjoyable, a playground and shade structure are located nearby – perfect for children of all ages. Open: End of May - September, weather permitting Visit our website at or Facebook to check the parks’ status.

APRIL April 10 - 16

National Volunteer Appreciation Week

JUNE June 1 - 30

Parks and Recreation Month Celebrations June 6 - 10 Seniors Week June 26 Summer Solstice Party

Hard Luck Canyon

JULY July 1 July 8 - 10 July 23

Canada Day Parade Whitecourt & Woodlands Rodeo Blue Ridge Family Fun Day

Westward Center Blue Ridge Rec Area

AUGUST August 6 - 7 August 12 - 14

Mayerthorpe Agricultural Fair Mayerthorpe Hamlet Hoe Down Fort Assiniboine

SEPTEMBER September 3 - 4 Party in the Park September 10 Big Bang Mud Run September 24 - 25 Blue Ridge Logging Days

Rotary Park Whitecourt Meteorite Site Blue Ridge

Antique Car Rally Saturday, May 28 Pancake breakfast at 8:00 a.m. at the Fort Assiniboine Recreation Centre. Vehicles on display until 11:00 a.m.

Blue Ridge Community Garage Sale Saturday May 14 l 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Blue Ridge Community Hall Table Rental: $10 at the hall Tables available for garage sale items and home based businesses Proceeds from table rentals will be donated to the Kidz Zone at Logging Days. Contact Sally at 780.648.2388 to book and more details.

Parks and Recreation Month Woodlands County encourages everyone to celebrate June is Recreation and Parks Month by getting outside, getting active, making new friends, and encouraging others to do the same. Spread the word about June is Recreation and Parks Month, and experience why your community is a great place to live. Take the Recreation challenge, or join in our Parks & Recreation month events. Visit our website at or on Facebook at for upcoming events (released in May).

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Geocaching Spring Fling Friday, April 8 & Saturday, April 9 Geocaching is the real-world treasure hunt that is happening right now, all around you. There are over 6 million geocachers worldwide, and over 2 million active geocaches. Armed with a smart phone, a few prizes, and your wits, can you take on the challenge? This event includes a Geocaching 102 learning seminar on Friday evening, and a full Saturday of caching between Blue Ridge, Goose Lake and Fort Assiniboine, and a wrap-up event in Fort Assiniboine with prizes. To view all events, visit

MAKE YOUR CAMPING RESERVATION Groat Creek Recreation Area, Group Campground Open May 20 - October 10, 2016 Included in your rental: 10 large sites with fire rings and picnic tables, shelter with woodstove, group fire pit, NEW playground & rustic playhouse, one cord of wood. $450/weekend (2 nights). Additional weekdays also available. Reservations: first come, first served

To book: call the Forest Interpretive Centre 780.778.3433 or 800.313.7383

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Agriculture Services Equipment Rentals EQUIPMENT COST ATV Sprayer


Backpack Sprayer


Bran Bait Appl.


Calf Cradle


Cattle Scale


Cattle Squeeze


Corral System


Demco Sprayer


FIMCO Pasture Sprayer


Forage Sampler


Hand Seeder


Land Roller


Magpie Trap


Meter Mizer


Post Hole Auger


Post Pounder


Pruning Equipment $1.00/day/ package Skunk Trap


Soil Sampler


Tractor Cyclone Seeder


Tree Spade


The above rental equipment is available to both the Fort Assiniboine and Whitecourt areas, and must remain within the Woodlands County boundaries. Equipment will only be transported between the Whitecourt & Fort Assiniboine equipment yards through the course of the staff’s regular duties. Lessees are responsible for picking up equipment and returning to the same location, unless otherwise instructed. To book or for more information, contact the Woodlands County Fort Assiniboine Office at 780.584.3866; Toll Free: 1.866.584.3866.

Woodlands County 2015 Rural Beautification Award Winners Division 1 Agricultural: Jim & Meridell Veenstra Division 1 Non-Agricultural: Kevin & Cecile Hagman

Division 6 Agricultural: Tom & Patty Olson Division 6 Non-Agricultural: Greg & Sherry Cross

Division 5 Non-Agricultural: Norma Brick

Division 7 Agricultural: Max & Pam Wood Division 7 Non-Agricultural: Clifford & Dorothy Utas

Giant Hogweed or Cow Parsnip? Media stories on giant hogweed have drawn attention to this invasive plant and the fact that it can cause skin irritation, blistering and burning upon contact. This has raised local public concerns and interest in the plant. According to Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, all plants reported in Alberta to date have proven to be cow parsnip. Cow Parsnip is: • a native plant, common to Woodlands County • very similar to giant hogweed – both plants are members of the Carrot family • found in similar habitats as Giant Hogweed There have been no confirmed giant hogweed plants identified in Woodlands County. Physical differences: l 11

Frugal Landscaping Are you doing landscaping with trees this spring, and willing to put in sweat equity to save a few dollars? Consider a Forest Product Tag! A Forest Product Tag can be purchased online or at your local ESRD Office. This tag is a permit to remove trees from crown land for personal use, including up to 20 trees 2.5 meters in height. Cost:

$5.00 (plus GST)

Ag Conference Bursary Title: Agriculture Services Board Sponsorship Policy No: 6303 Approval: County Council Effective Date: May 4, 1994

Valid For: 30 days from the time of purchase

Revised Date: January 22, 2016


This permit entitles individuals to remove one of the following:

• Three Christmas trees under 2.5 metres in height

Supersedes Policy No: 1994, 2006, & October 6, 2015


• 20 trees less than 2.5 metres in height for transplanting

OR • Up to 5 cubic metres of green volume (usually used for firewood). The number of trees cut depends on tree species and size, but it is approximately: • 5 to 7 large coniferous trees (generally trees with needles) OR • 4 to 6 deciduous trees (generally trees with leaves) Trees and timber are to be cut from designated Crown Provincial Land only. The permit must be with you at all times while cutting or transporting.

Policy Statement: The Agriculture Services Board may encourage agriculture producers to upgrade their knowledge of conservation and farming techniques by sponsoring up to two applicants per year to attend the agriculture conference of their choice in Alberta. 1. Any person who wishes to request sponsorship must apply in writing to the Agriculture Services Board who will, at their regular board meeting, approve or decline sponsorship. 2. Individuals or farm couples may apply for sponsorship once every three years. 3. Sponsorship will include conference registration and lodging expenses up to a maximum of $1000 per sponsored individual or farm couple. 4. Sponsorship will apply to Woodlands County residents only.

Beaver Flood Control Agriculture Services provides a means of alleviating the detrimental effects of the beaver to the natural drainage pattern through cultivated, pasture, hay land, or woodlots (defined as a treed area with a commercial value).

Crown land, shown on the map in dark green, accounts for approximately 85% of the land in Woodlands County. For a more detailed map, or information on these permits, contact the Whitecourt Forest Area office at 780.778.7153.

Beaver Flood control is carried out, between May 1 and October 31, upon completion of an application available at either of the Woodlands County offices. All requests for beaver dam breach will constitute a charge of $120.00 per dam (plus G.S.T.). Payments must accompany applications.

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Woodlands County Council Members SYLVIA BONNETT 
 Councillor for Anselmo Electoral Division - Division 1 780.786.2298

CHAD MERRIFIELD Councillor for Whitecourt West
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Council Highlights Highlights from the December 15 Meeting Bylaw 473/15 – Temporary Road Bylaw: Alberta Council gave first and second reading to temporary road bylaw 473/15 for the purpose of opening a temporary road on private lands located on the southwest portion of SW 15-61-8 W5M. PHRD No. 7: Council had a presentation from the board of trustees J. Tuininga and J. Lefebvre for PHRD No. 7. whom provided an overview of student enrolment in PHRD, Fort Assiniboine School, area attendance review and partnerships and also advised that the board will not be considering any school closures or grade re-configurations for the 2016-2017 school year. 780.706.2065

2016 Interim Budget: Council passed the Woodlands County 2016 Interim Budget details of which can be viewed at


Policy 6208 Welcome to Woodlands Program Policy: Council passed policy 6208 – Welcome to Woodlands Program Policy a copy of the policy can be viewed at

Councillor for Whitecourt Central 
Electoral Division Division 3 780.778.3343

JIM RENNIE Woodlands County Mayor Councillor for Whitecourt East Electoral Division - Division 4 780.778.0202

DANIEL PRITCHARD Councillor for Blue Ridge Electoral Division - Division 5 780.648.2149

DALE MCQUEEN Councillor for Goose Lake Freeman River Electoral Division - Division 6 780.584.2619

DALE KLUIN Councillor for Fort Assiniboine/ Timeu 
Electoral Division - Division 7 780.584.2610

Amendments to Groat Creek Rental Rates: Council approved increasing the rental rates at Groat Creek for the 2016 Season. The site day rate has increased from $140/day to $150/day and the Weekend rate (Friday & Saturday night) has increased from $400 to $450. Blue Ridge Library: Council has directed administration to increase the proposed new library plans by 400 sq. feet and to bring the design back to council for further review. Highlights from the January 5 Meeting Additional Airport Staffing Requirements: Council approved two new staffing positions at the airport that are required to accommodate the increased workload due to an increase in general aviation usage and scheduled traffic service. 2016 Property Tax Auction Sale Date: Council has set the public auction of Lot 4, Block 3, Plan 2835MC (306-4 St. Blue Ridge) for 2:00 p.m. in Council Chambers at the Woodlands County Office in Whitecourt for Thursday, February 25, 2016. The property is offered for sale on an as-is, where-is basis with no guarantees or warranties. The terms of the sale are cash or certified cheque paid in full on the day of the auction. The reserve bid has been is set at $40,000.00 the 2015 assessed value of the property. Highlights from the January 22 Meeting Policy 6303 Agricultural Service Board Sponsorship: Council approved changing policy 6303 – Agricultural Service Board Sponsorship to include any agriculture conference available in Alberta. The sponsorship is available to Woodlands County residents in order to encourage agriculture produces to upgrade their knowledge of conservation and farming techniques.

Seasonal Maintenance on Provincial Roads: Council recently received a response to the concerns raised in their August 31st letter to the reduced seasonal maintenance taking place on provincial highways from the province. The province has indicated that reductions will continue in the 2015-18 budget and feels the reduction will not compromise driver safety in the short term. Highlights from the February 2 Meeting Whitecourt and Woodlands Tourism: Council met with representatives from the Goose Lake Recreation Association, Topland Recreation Society and the Fort Assiniboine Agricultural Society to discuss what the boards long-term plans and goals are as well as projects that they are currently working on for 2016. Whitecourt and Woodlands Tourism: Council approved the recommendation from the Joint Economic Development and Tourism Committee and adopted the new name “Whitecourt and Woodlands Tourism” to replace “Joint Economic Development and Tourism” board name. Airport Landing Fee Implementation: Council approved looking at implementing an Airport Landing Fee and requested that all affected regular airport users be notified of the landing fee implementation and to request their comments back by April 13, 2016 for Council to review at the April 19, 2016 meeting. Request Letter from Whitecourt Wolverines: Council approved sending a letter of support to the Whitecourt Wolverines for Kraft Hockeyville 2016. Fire Hall Tours: Council had the opportunity to tour the Goose Lake and Fort Assiniboine Fire Halls and meet with members of the fire department. Highlights from the February 16 Meeting Alberta Forest Products Association: Council met with representatives from the Alberta Forest Products Association and were given an overview of AFPA, the forest industry, as well as concerns regarding not having an agreement in place with the US and the possible problems that could arise from this. School Resource Officer: Council confirmed Woodlands County’s funding commitment and approval for an additional 2 year extension for the memorandum of understanding for the School Resource Officer with Woodlands County, County of Barrhead, Town of Barrhead, Pembina Hills Regional School Division No. 7 and the RCMP. Social Awareness Week: Council proclaimed February 28 - March 5, 2016 – Social Work Awareness Week within Woodlands County.

For more details on these and other Council agenda items, all Council minutes are available on our website at

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