Local Government

2015 Message from the Reeve

This year I’d like to focus on a snapshot of the progress the County has achieved in regards to our Strategic Plan. As you know, Cardston County Council has identified a strategic plan which can be found on our website. We also have been striving to keep our Facebook page further updated as well.

Some of the particular projects the County targeted for the year of 2015 are as follows:

  • The Welling drainage project is about three-quarters complete, and we hope to have it finished by spring. The drawings are nearly completed for tender for our new maintenance shop facility, and we will keep you updated.
  • Presently, we are working with the province to make improvements on the Police Lake road.
  • The Leavitt road improvement project was completed, and we will continue to monitor the road performance and endeavour to come up with an appropriate roadtop finish.
  • You may have noticed throughout the County the introduction of some road stabilization product application on hill slopes and intersections. Please provide feedback as to any noticed benefits of this measure taken. We will continue to offer dust control program and will continue to advertise regarding this in the paper, our website, and our Facebook page in the spring.
  • Currently in regards to our regional waterlines, the feasibility and design studies have been completed. We are working on engineering and design plans to establish cost for Cardston south and the Hill Spring/Glenwood areas. After reports have been presented to council, we will be advancing the information to the public for informative purposes and input.
  • Administration along with the broadband Committee have drafted an information sheet regarding the County’s interest in providing rural broadband access to residents. This information sheet is being sent to all residences within the County. Please watch for this, read it, and respond.
  • Continued efforts to ensure adequate parks and recreational facilities is ongoing. Currently the County has a grant application for improved emergency response equipment to enhance its radio and GPS locating abilities. This will assist in an improved response time throughout the County emer-gency services area. Other emergency equip-ment improvements and training is ongoing.
This completes our report on our 2015 year, and we look forward to furthering progress in the year 2016. One item of note is the County is a member of the  viability review team concerning the village of Hill Spring.

I would like to recognize that 2016 brings new challenges for us. We have a new provincial government to adjust to and become familiar with. Another challenge is the downturn of the economy. We will continue to maintain a level of awareness for the needs of the County, and this is furthered through the input of our constituents who we continuously encourage to get in contact with division representatives and administration.

Residents are encouraged to contact our office (403-653-4977) with concerns as the office track calls to ensure work is completed. The action list is continually updated and reported to council.

As Reeve for the County, I feel it is both my privilege and responsibility to serve and would like to acknowledge the invaluable efforts of the council and staff for their support and service, and also the valued residents within the County boundaries.

Best Regards,
Reeve Fred C. Lacey

Provincial Government

Alberta is divided into 87 constituencies–groups of voters in specific areas of the province. During a provincial election, the candidate in each constituency who wins the highest number of votes becomes the Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) for that constituency.

Grant Hunter is our representative in the Legislative Assembly of Alberta (Government of Alberta) for the provincial riding of Cardston - Taber - Warner.

Telephone: 780-638-3505 (Edmonton Ofice)
                     403-223-0001 (Taber Office)
Fax:             780-638-3506 (Edmonton)
                     403-223-0002 (Taber)
Toll Free:   1-888-600-6080 (Taber)
Email:         cardston.taberwarner@assembly.ab.ca

Federal Government

Representation in the House of Commons is based on geographical divisions known as electoral districts – currently 308. Canada's electoral system is referred to as a "single-member plurality" or "first-past-the-post" system.

John Barlow is our representative in the House of Commons (Government of Canada) for the western side of the County in the federal riding of Foothills.

Telephone: 613-995-8471 (Ottawa Office)
                     403-603-3665 (High River Office)
Fax:             403-996-9770 (Ottawa Office)
                     403-603-3669 (High River Office)
Toll Free:    1-866-636-9437
Email:          John.Barlow@parl.gc.ca

There is currently not a representative in the House of Commons pending the results of a federal byelection for the eastern side of the County in the riding of Medicine Hat - Cardston - Warner.

Telephone: 613-996-0633 (Ottawa)
                     403-320-0070 (Medicine Hat Office)
                     403-320-0070 (Raymond Office)
Fax:             613-995-5752 (Ottawa)
                     403-320-0070 (Medicine Hat Office)
                     403-320-0070 (Raymond Office)
Toll Free:    1-877-327-0135