What's Going On?
County Council Meeting
Cardston County's Council Meetings are held on the 2nd Monday of each month and occasionally we require a second meeting during the month which will be held after the MPC meeting on the 4th Monday. The next Council meeting will be held on February 8th, 2016.
The Council Meeting scheduled for March 14th, 2016 has been rescheduled to February 29th, 2016.
As always, anyone is welcome to attend our meetings and recordings of the meetings are available on our Youtube page.
Off-grid Solar System Workshop
The County will be hosting an off-grid solar system workshop for residents interested in learning more about going off the grid with solar.
The workship will be held in the Agricultural Services Board room at the County office from 1:00 to 3:30pm on February 26th, 2016. There is a registration fee of $10 and you can register by calling the County office at (403) 653-4977.
Fiber Optic Survey
The County is considering investing in fiber optic infrastructure to bring better internet to residents. One of the ideas being considered is linking the existing wireless towers with fiber optic, which would boost internet speeds for residents with wireless internet. We are also exploring the idea of providing a fiber optic network for residents to directly access.
Waterton Lakes Prescribed Burns
Parks Canada is beginning to implement prescribed fires this spring. As conditions permit, they will create fire guards by carrying out small-scale fires. They expect this activity to continue throughout the winter and spring when favourable conditions exist.
You may see smoke this winter and spring in these areas:
- Blakiston Valley
- Highway 6 near Pincher Creek
- Maskinonge Day Use Area
The goal of fire management in national parks is to restore and maintain historical fire frequency, while protecting people and facilities from wildfires. Restoring fire is important to the health of the ecosystem, including the wildlife it supports.
Cardston County & Town of Magrath Intermunicipal Trail Masterplan
Cardston County and the Town of Magrath are undertaking a masterplan that will identify additions to Magrath's existing trail network. The proposed addition would be a peripheral loop around the Town.
Olman River Regional Services Commission will be drafting the masterplan, and is looking for feedback from the community on the proposal. ORRSC has provided a map and mailout you can view here and there is a survey you can fill out the survey here.
Farm Succession Workshop
Cardston County along with Price & Comin and FCC would like to invite you to a Fam Succession Workshop. It will be held at the Remington Carriage Museum Theater on January 26, 2015 at 10:30-1:00. This will be a great workshop with David Specht, author of "The Farm Whisperer" and Strategy Consultant to family farms and ranches. The Cost is $15.00 and includes a copy of his book and lunch. This should be a great workshop for families in our farming/ranching community. Plan to attend, Call to register at the office 653-4977. The poster is HERE.
Age-Friendly Community Recognition
Cardston County and the Villages of Hill Spring and Glenwood were recognized by the Government of Alberta for their efforts in creating an age-friendly community.
Age-friendly communities promote healthy and active aging. People in age-friendly communities are supported in maintaining their independence, and can access public buildings and amenities, participate in community events and initiatives, and acquire the supports and services they need. You can learn more about age-friendly initiatives here.
Here is Deputy Reeve Jim Bester receiving recognition along with representives from the Villages of Hillspring and Glenwood and the Government of Alberta.
Bill 6 and Carbon Tax Legislation Petitions
The County office currently has two petitions available for interested residents to sign.
There is one petition regarding holding a plebiscite on Bill 6, The Enhanced Protection for Farm and Ranch Workers Act, as well as another petition regarding holding a plebiscite for the introduction on carbon tax legislation.
If you are interested in signing either petition, you may visit the County office during our regular business hours of 8:30am - 4:30pm.
Fall 2015 AAMDC Conference
Cardston County Councillors recently had the opportunity to attend the Fall AAMDC Conference. The AAMDC is an organization made up of all the rural municipalities across the province that advocates for rural Alberta.
The AAMDC Conference is an opportunity for all councillors representing rural Alberta to attend education sessions, discuss issues with other councillors across the province, meet with provincial ministers, and promote the interests of rural Alberta.
Here is a picture of the attending Councillors meeting with the Minister for Municipal Affairs and Service Alberta, the Honourable Danielle Larivee. (In order: Councillor Lloyd Kearl, Reeve Fred Lacey, the Honourable Danielle Larivee, Councillor Roger Houghton, and Deputy Reeve Jim Bester)
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