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County Council Meetings
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 May 24th, 2016 and the next Municipal Planning Commission meeting will also be held on May 24th, 2016.
As always, anyone is welcome to attend our meetings and recordings of the meetings are available on our Youtube page.
We have received a number of complaints regarding people driving to transfer stations or the regional landfill with unsecured loads of waste materials.
We are requesting that residents secure their loads properly when hauling waste to transfer stations or the regional landfill.
This helps protect the safety of people and vehicles as well as ensures that waste materials are ending up at the appropriate destination.
Thanks for your cooperation!
Cardston County is no longer under a provincial fire ban, so we are now able to issue fire permits as usual. You can obtain a fire permit by calling (403) 653-3712 and you can find more information on provincial fire bans here.
Gravel will be available for purchase from the County again this year during the following weeks:
- May 24th to 27th
- August 15th to 19th
If you are interested in purchasing gravel this year, you will need to come to the County Office and pick up a purchase order prior to receiving any gravel. You will need to produce your purchase order to the truck driver when you arrive to pick up your gravel.
If you have received a purchase order, we will be calling you at a later time to let you know the available dates and times for loading at specific gravel pits.
Please be aware that if you are planning on picking up gravel, you must be wearing appropriate safety vests and equipment.
Summer Construction Season
Our public works department would like to let everyone know that our graders, road, and culvert crews are beginning work for the summer construction season.
We will be doing our best to limit our impact on residents, but we do ask that you please proceed slowly and cautiously around graders and work crews for your own safety and the safety of our employees.
We hope everyone has a safe and happy summer season.
Alberta Open Farm Days
Alberta Open Farm Days is looking for farmers and ranchers to be hosts for the 2016 Alberta Open Farm Days on August 20th and 21st.
The main objective of Alberta Open Farm Days is to provide an opportunity for our urban and rural neighbours to visit and learn about farms and ranches.
Encouraging people to travel to our farms and ranches will help the vitality of our rural areas and increase positive messages about our agricultural industry.
If you are interested in being a host farm or ranch, click here and fill out the registration form before May 31st.
Fire Permit Phone Number
We have a new phone number for residents looking for a fire permit. If you require a fire permit, please call (403) 653-3712. Fire permits will only be issued during weekdays from 8:00am to 5:00pm, so make sure to receive your permit in advance.
Alberta Fire Bans App
There is a new Alberta Fire Bans mobile app that will make information on current fire bans, advisories, and restrictions more readily available to Albertans. The app is available for free through your mobile device’s app store.
During 2015 alone, nearly 5,500 square kilometers of land was lost in Alberta in 1,786 wildfires. These wildfires affect Albertans’ homes and livelihoods and our province’s land and wildlife.
Approximately 35% of wildfires are caused by lightning, with the remaining 65% being caused by humans. The Alberta Fire Bans app will hopefully help decrease the amount of human-caused wildfires in Alberta by making it easier for Albertans to access information on fire notices.
You can also find information via the Alberta Fire Bans website here.
Information on Accessing Pole Haven
Cardston County has been receiving a number of inquiries on changes to the accessibility of the Pole Haven Community Pasture. The County does not manage Pole Haven nor does the County have any influence on how the Community Pasture is managed, but we can provide the following information to residents from the Provincial Department of Environment and Parks and the Pole Haven Grazing Association:
- "Effective immediately, the Pole Haven Grazing Association will restrict recreational access to foot access."
- "Motorized access, camping, campfires, mountain biking, horse use, snowmobiling, and wood cutting for personal use will not be permitted at this time."
- "The intent is not to restrict reasonable foot access, but to manage the rangeland resources under best management practices and the Rangeland Stewardship Code of Practice to maintain a healthy rangeland status."
- "Currently, the best way to achieve a healthy range status is to restrict recreational access on the lease due to the increase in recreational use and the resulting undesirable impacts to rangelands and wildlife habitat."
If you have any concerns about the changes to Pole Haven Community Pasture, please contact the Provincial Department of Environment and Parks or the Pole Haven Grazing Association directly.
2016 Dust Control Program
Cardston County is now taking applications for its 2016 Dust Control Program. Please review the application form carefully and submit it along with the prepayment prior to April 30th, 2016. The County must receive both the application and the prepaid amount before the deadline to be eligible for dust control.
You can find the application form here and you can submit your application and prepayment to the County Office. If you have any questions about the Dust Control Program, please feel free to contact us as (403) 653-4977.
- The minimum length for dust control will be 100m (300') for the cost of $300.00 which must be prepaid and submitted along with an application prior to the deadline of April 30th, 2016.
- There will be an additional cost of $3.00 for every 1m (3') over the minimum 100m (300') which will also need to be prepaid and submitted along with an application prior to the deadline of April 30th, 2016.
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.We are now on Facebook!
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