September 19, 2017 – OFFICIAL MUNICIPAL ELECTION NOMINATION RESULTS
Issued at 12 noon, Tuesday, September 19, 2017 by Returning Officer Lindsay Goebel
Six valid nomination forms were received for five Council positions by the Returning Officer during the nomination period on Monday, September 18 between 10am and 12 noon. After the close of nominations, and within the 24 hour withdrawal period, one candidate provided the returning Officer with a formal written notice of withdrawal of their candidacy. As a result all five remaining nominees are considered to be acclaimed as Wabamun’s next Village Council and will sworn in at the organizational meeting in October.
Wabamun’s new Council will consist of the following members: Chelsea Griffiths, Denise Purdy, Charlene Smylie (I), Jocelyn Wiggins (I) and Jason Wittmeier
September 6, 2017 – Street Light Conversion
August 29, 2017 – Free-cycle Weekend
Wabamun’s ‘free-cycle’ weekend will be held September 16th & 17th. Simply put unwanted items out front on your property to allow others to pick up. Anything that is not picked up will be the resident’s responsibility to remove by the following Monday. Items such as basketball/hockey nets/bikes/garden items etc. that are commonly left outside should not be taken unless there is a sign posted on them that they are for pick-up
August 15, 2017 – Wabamun Common Tender Awarded
Village Council voted to accept the bid of $263,379.46 from Aspen Asphalt and Dirt Works for construction of Wabamun Common. The public square and parking area will extend from the Senior Centre west to 52nd St. on the south side of 51st Ave. and will involve paving, landscaping, lighting and removal of overhead power lines. The project has been presented at multiple open houses along with other major capital works projects being undertaken by the village, most of which are still on display in the village office. The Wabamun and District Seniors Society is contributing $28,000 with the remainder of the project costs being funded by Provincial Municipal Sustainability grants and a $125,000 contribution from Transmountain Pipelines. Construction is slated to be complete by October 15, 2017, weather permitting.
July 28, 2017 – Waterfront Washrooms opens to the public
The Village held a ribbon cutting for the new Waterfront Park Washroom on Friday, July 28 at 2pm. The facility was officially opened to the public. The new facility is part of the overall upgrade of Waterfront Park which also includes pier lighting, new benches, picnic tables and gazeebos along with an additional launch lane, expansion of the beach, landscaping, pier repairs and new underground utility lines. Mayor Charlene Smylie, along with Deputy Mayor Erickson and CAO Shawn Patience, officially cut the bathroom tissue ribbon to mark the occasion. The facility boasts modern features including baby change tables in each of the men’s and lady’s rooms, hand dryers to reduce the paper towel footprint, security system, heating system, automatic faucets, LED lighting and a barrier free washroom for use by parents with children and those with physical imparments. The facility is a key component in the upgrade of Waterfront Park and is designed, along with the rest of the upgrades to the park, to improve the overall user experience.
June 28, 2017 – Village Update
Now that the village is well into construction season (finally) we wanted to provide our residents with an update on ongoing projects
Sidewalks – a number of sidewalk repairs are already underway or complete, including at the library and in various locations around the village. Pararamps have also been installed on some major corners that lacked them and other ramps are being repaired. The sidewalk into Waterfront Park is now almost complete, this is being funded 80% by a grant from Transport Canada and should dramatically improve pedestrian safety into the park. The paved path on the north side of 56th Ave. (Dragonfly Road) have been hard serviced all that remains is barriers between the path and drive lanes. This project will get pedestrians off the road and into a safer walking environment, especially school children.
Roads – a number of road and alley repairs are underway or will be soon including east of the school, on52nd Ave, a number of manhole repairs and in a number of areas that have been excavated or suffered major frost damage.
Waterfront Park – this major upgrade is well underway and will continue throughout the summer and fall of 2017. To date the pier has undergone major repairs and a new sewer line to the park has been installed to replace the line that collapsed last year. New services have been run to the marina and village washrooms and a new lift station has been installed. The steady rain hampered our early efforts to some degree but the new bathroom facility is expected to be completed by mid-July. A new vendor area is also being constructed. With the festival complete we will be doing a significant re-landscaping of the grass area to improve drainage and permanently repair damage caused by the construction. A major project like the one being undertaken cannot happen without a bit of a mess, it would be unrealistic to think otherwise. We believe strongly that the short term pain will be well worth the long term gain. Later this summer we will also be installing new picnic tables, benches and gazeebos in the park, adding a third boat launch lane, expanding the beach area and adding benches and lighting to the pier.
Lift Station – a number of major upgrades have been underway in the sewage lift station, many being carried out as part of an insurance claim when frozen pipes due to mechanical failure caused significant damage. Upgrades of our water/waste water systems have been ongoing for 3 years in order to protect our major infrastructure systems.
Osprey Subdivision – We are very close to going to market with Osprey (old Trans Alta housing site). Overhead wires and power poles will be removed in late August along with the installation of new underground power, telecom and gas lines. Some minor work is still to be done on the water and sewer services to 6 properties and work on the sidewalks will commence shortly. Lastly we will be bringing the lift station up to standard. Subdivision and rezoning is complete and marketing is well under way. This exciting new development will see 76 new dwelling units, including townhouse condos, duplexes, manufactured housing and single family dwellings. When complete this development will represent a 25% increase to the residential tax base for the village.
Discovery Wharf – work continues on gaining approvals from various branches of government and on full blown node and infrastructure design of this exciting new development. The next open house is Wednesday, June 28, 2017 from 5-7pm in the Village Office boardroom.
Water – work continues in our water plant to complete the last of the communication and treatment upgrades related to the regional system. Phase 1 of the WILD regional system is complete and phase 2 is in process. Later this year we will be decommissioning the wells that supported our previous treatment system and removing the filtration system. We hope to complete the last of our leak detectors later this year, as time allows, and we continue to replace curb stops and in street water valves as needed.
Playgrounds – Playgrounds were replaced in Horseshoe Park and in Lions Park late last year, including new borders and sand. Some minor work remains to complete the borders and Lions Park will see the installation of new benches, picnic tables and a new gazeebo.
Cemetery – we will be employing ground penetrating radar at the cemetery to ensure all our graves are marked and properly located, this can be an issue, especially with older grave sites. The biggest change will be the addition of a granite columbarium for cremated remains. The pad is in place and delivery is expected in August. It will house 48 nooks that can hold up to 2 urns and will have space on the ends for memorial plaques for those who have chosen to have their ashes spread.
June 6, 2017 – Fire Smart Grant
The village was successful in garnering a $10,500 grant to develop a Fire Smart Committee and develop a Wildfire mitigation strategy
June 6, 2017 – Arena Disposition
At their regular council meeting on June 6, 2017, based on the building condition, the major mechanical repairs required to open and the dissolution of Wabamun Minor Hockey (who was by far the largest user group), village council members present voted unanimously to cease operations of the arena for the 2017-18 season. Council will continue to work with their partners at Parkland County to determine an appropriate course of action regarding the arena. The arena assessment, completed by Stantech engineering, will form the basis for those discussions, which will include evaluating long term options, costs, usage, need and location among others. The village will be looking at other temporary options for utilizing the facility while its long term future is determined.
May 10, 2017 – Council Member Resignation
It was with regret that we accepted Councillor Pasko’s resignation, she resigned her seat May 10, 2017 as their family has recently relocated – as per the MGA there will be no bi-election and the seat will remain vacant until the October Municipal elections, Kristi was valued member of Council and we wish her all the best moving forward
March 15, 2017 – Edmonton Boat and Sportsman Show
Village Council members will be promoting the village at this week’s show at Northlands in Edmonton. This is a huge show and council hopes to be able to promote the community as a place to live, invest in and work from. The Boat show runs Thursday, March 16 from 12pm -9pm, Friday, March 17 from 12pm -9pm, Saturday, March 18 from 10am -8pm and Sunday, March 19 from 10am -5pm
March 13, 2017 – Capital works update
January 17, 2017 – Interim Budget Passed
As required by the MGA, Village Council approved an interim operating budget at their regular meeting of Council.
January 6, 2017 – 13 Ways to Kill Your Community
You are invited to attend
An inspiring presentation by Doug Griffiths
Wednesday, January, 18th 6 – 8:30 pm at the Jubilee Hall
Doug helps communities identify what is holding them back from finding success, and then helps them overcome it. When they aren’t looking he inspires, and often shocks them, with a presentation showing how they are destroying their own chance at success. Then he helps build them back up and get them on a better path. ‘’The 13 Ways Team is committed to helping communities build ambitious futures – no matter where they are. It’s our passion. It’s what drives us. We know that no matter what obstacles are getting in the way of your community’s success, there is always a way to overcome them, as long as you have the right attitude.’’
Doug is President and CEO of 13 Ways Inc.. He holds three degrees and has served in some significant leadership roles in government, including being a former Minister of Municipal Affairs. He also wrote the national bestselling book, 13 Ways to Kill Your Community.
This is a free event sponsored by the Wabamun & District Family and Community Support Services (FCSS). Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be served. A question and answer session will follow Doug’s presentation.
Learn about the attitudes that sabotage a community’s success, and how to overcome those attitudes. Join us on a journey to help our community succeed.
December 22, 2016 – Christmas Display Contest
Residential—$100 First Place, $75 Second Place, $50 Third Place and $25 Fourth Place, Commercial—$100 First Place and $50 Second Place
and the winners are ……
Residential – 1st Place – 5105 – 54 Ave., 2nd Place – 5517 – 50A St., 3rd Place – 5121 – 51st St., 4th Place – 5636 – 52nd St.
Commercial – 1st Place – 5123 – 52nd St., 2nd Place – 5107 – 52nd Ave.
December 7, 2016 – Light up your Life Campaign Kick Off
The Light Up Your Life Society is a charitable society established in 1992 in Stony Plain, Alberta. Their dedicated and compassionate volunteers work tirelessly to support palliative, hospice and continuing care in the Tri-Community area of Alberta (Stony Plain, Spruce Grove, Parkland County). This is what they do: promote awareness of palliative/hospice and continuing care; raise funds; purchase enhanced equipment and special services; assist those in need; help families and caregivers of terminally ill patients. Donations can be made online or at the village office. http://www.lightupyourlifesociety.org/ http://www.lightupyourlifesociety.org/
December 6, 2016 – Regional Economic Development
At their regular meeting of council on Dec. 6, 2016 Village council approved joining the GROWTH REDA. GROWTH Alberta is a Regional Economic Development Alliance serving a region of more than 46,000 people in North Central Alberta. The Alliance was established by the Grizzly Regional Economic Alliance Society so that Municipalities, School Divisions and Support Agencies could work collectively to address regional issues. Through projects like our annual Business Awards and School Expo, GROWTH Alberta is continually striving to support sustainable regional growth. The Grizzly Regional Economic Alliance Society (GROWTH Alberta) is an alliance of eleven communities (twelve with Wabamun), two school boards, and four supporting agencies in North Central Alberta. GROWTH Alberta was established in 2001 and incorporated as a not for profit society in September of 2002 to provide economic development support and promotion for its member communities. The members of GROWTH Alberta will work collectively, as a region, to achieve economic, social, and political environments in which sustainable, diversified, and regional growth is realized. With this mission statement as a guide, GROWTH Alberta undertakes various projects – in partnership with a variety of stakeholders – to support the prosperity of the GROWTH Alberta region. They are currently focused on Regional Cooperation and Sustainability Major projects for 2015-2016 include Business Awards and Youth Retention along with Business Retention and Economic Diversification with major projects for 2015-2016 including Business Awards, WILD Alberta Tourism Development and the promotion of a rural broadband strategy. Other members include County of Barrhead, Lac Ste. Anne County, Barrhead, Legal, Mayerthorpe, Onoway, Swan Hills, Westlock, Clyde, Westlock County, Woodlands County and now Wabamun.
For more information on GROWTH click on this link http://www.growthalberta.com/
December 6, 2016 – Public Art Policy
At their regular meeting of council on Dec. 6, 2016 Village council approved a public arts policy for the community. The purpose of the Public Art Policy is to provide a framework for the Village of Wabamun to provide for creative, interesting, and compelling public spaces by encouraging, funding, selecting and displaying Public Art inside and outside of our public buildings, in parks, public spaces, gateways and along our trails and waterfront to enhance opportunities to showcase local artists and arts and culture organizations. The council believes that Public Art enriches the daily life of residents and visitors while complementing the natural assets of the community. Public Art celebrates our culture, heritage, people, events and environment while enhancing our economic vibrancy. It promotes creativity and creates a more interesting, visually-rich community. It cultivates pride, increases tourism and economic development by attracting visitors and potential investors, creating partnerships and employment opportunities, and increasing land values.
December 2, 2016 – Wabamun Christmas Display Judging
will take place between 6pm and 8pm on Monday, Dec. 19, 2016
Residential—$100 First Place, $75 Second Place, $50 Third Place and $25 Fourth Place
Commercial—$100 First Place and $50 Second Place
December 2, 2016 – Christmas in the Village
Wednesday, December 7, 2016 From 5 pm — 9 pm at Jubilee Hall. Concession, vendor tables, visit from Santa Claus, children’s activities sponsored by the Wabamun and District Chamber of Commerce. Horse Drawn Hay Ride – Wednesday, December 7, 2016 From 6:30 pm — 8:30 pm with pick up at Jubilee Hall sponsored by the Village of Wabamun. Light up your Life – the annual Christmas tree light up Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at 7pm in front of the village office in support of the Light up your life campaign sponsored by the Village of Wabamun.
November 15, 2016 – Policy Approvals
At their regular meeting of Council on November 15, 2016 council approved an amended remuneration policy for council per diems and expenses that will be effective January 1. 2017 along with a new policy for staff expense reimbursement.
November 15, 2016 – Waterfront Development
At their regular meeting of Council on November 15, 2016 council approved in principle, subject to public and stakeholder consultation, the draft master development plan for the village owned waterfront lands south of 51st Ave., known as Discovery Wharf. The approval in principle allows the village to move forward with consultations prior to final approval of the draft or amended draft plan based on the results of those consultations.
November 15, 2016 – MLA presentation
At their regular meeting of Council on November 15, 2016 council heard a presentation from M.L.A. Erin Babcock. She provided an update to Council on job creation, infrastructure investment, job training and educational opportunities and changes to provincial borrowing laws. She also provided information on domestic violence legislation, school curriculum reviews, climate leadership plans, coal plant phase outs and small business assistance programs. Erin has been a strong supporter of the village and a regular visitor and participant in local events.
November 14, 2016 – Christmas Social
Saturday, December 3, 2016. Cocktails at 5:30 pm. Dinner at 6:30 pm. Dance to follow. Tickets are $30.00 each and are available at Servus Credit Union and the Village of Wabamun office. This event is sponsored by the Wabamun and District Chamber of Commerce and the Village of Wabamun. Special thanks to Servus Credit Union for organizing this years event.
October 24, 2016 – Playgrounds and Parks
Play sets have been removed from Horseshoe Park on 55th Ave. off of 50th St. and from Lion’s Park on the corner of 51st St. and 52nd Ave.. These play sets were found to not meet standards as far back as 2007 so they were removed as of October 13, 2016 and have been replaced by new play sets that meet equipment and set back standards. Work is currently underway to complete the new borders and provide new sand in these playgrounds. In spring of 2017 the wooden benches and picnic tables will also be replaced in these two parks and a new gazebo will also be installed in Lion’s Park.
October 18, 2016 – Street Light Conversion
Council agreed to Fortis’s proposition to convert the village street lights from high pressure sodium to LED heads. This will save app. 53764 kWh/year and be considered dark sky friendly. Devon has already completed the conversion. Fortis owns the 140 street lights but offered the village the opportunity to have them converted and noted it would reduce the village’s costs by $5.71 per light annually. The new LED lights would have similar brightness to existing lights but carry no up light. It is anticipated that the conversion would be completed in 2017.
October 18, 2016 – Council Committee Appointments 2016-2017
CAPITAL REGION BOARD (CRB) – Council Member: Mayor, Alternate: Deputy Mayor
CITIZENS ON PATROL (COPS) – Council Member: Jocelyn Wiggins, Alternate: Jake Little
COMMUNITIES IN BLOOM (CIB) – Council Member: Jake Little
DISASTER SERVICES COMMITTEE – Appointment of all of Council (the CAO = DEM and ACAO = DDEM)
DRAGONFLY FESTIVAL COMMITTEE – Council Member: Jake Little
FAMILY AND COMMUNITY SUPPORT SERVICES (FCSS) – Council Member: Kristi Pasko, Alternate: Jake Little
MERIDIAN FOUNDATION – Council Member: Art Erickson, Alternate: Jocelyn Wiggins
PHYSICIAN RECRUITMENT – Council Member: Jocelyn Wiggins, Alternate: Charlene Smylie
PLAYGROUND ADVISORY COMMITTEE – Council Member: Kristi Pasko
SUBDIVISION & DEVELOPMENT APPEAL BOARD – Council Members: Art Erickson, Kristi Pasko
WABAMUN PUBLIC LIBRARY BOARD – Council Member: Kristi Pasko, Alternate: Jocelyn Wiggins
WABAMUN SCHOOL COUNCIL – Council Member: Jake Little, Alternate: Kristi Pasko
WABAMUN WATERSHED MANAGEMENT COUNCIL – Council Member: Kristi Pasko, Alternate: Art Erickson
WABAMUN YOUTH ADVISORY COUNCIL – Council Member: Kristi Pasko, Alternate: Jocelyn Wiggins
WATERFRONT DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE – Appointment: Mayor, Appointment: CAO
WEST INTER LAKE DISTRICT REGIONAL WATER SERVICES COMMISSION (W.I.L.D) – Council Member: Art Erickson, Alternate: Charlene Smylie
YELLOWHEAD HIGHWAY ASSOCIATION – Council Member: Art Erickson, Alternate: Charlene Smylie
YELLOWHEAD REGIONAL LIBRARY BOARD – Appointment: Kristi Pasko, Alternate: Jocelyn Wiggins
October 18, 2016 – Appointment of Mayor and Deputy Mayor
At the October 18, 2016 organizational meeting of Village Council the council voted to appoint Charlene Smylie as Mayor from the October 2016 Organizational Meeting through to the October 2017 Organizational Meeting. Deputy Mayors appointed were Jocelyn Wiggins from the October 2016 Organizational Meeting until April 18, 2017 and Art Erickson from April 19, 2017 through to the Organizational Meeting in October 2017
October 18, 2016 – Council Meeting Time Change
At the October 18, 2016 organizational meeting of Village Council the council voted to change the times for regular council meetings. Previously council meetings had been held at 1:30pm on the first Tuesday and 6:30pm on the third Tuesday. The new times will be 1:30pm for all regular council meetings to be held on the first and third Tuesday of the month.
October 4, 2016 – Regional Water
Regional water began flowing through village lines on October 4, 2016. This water is supplied by EPCOR through the WILD regional water system. The change will have a major impact on water prices and further details on costing and the water itself can be found in the “Regional water and water rates’ section of our website at http://wabamun.ca/explaining-water-rates/ . As we anticipated receiving regional water in May of 2016, rates were proposed to be adjusted at that time. As a result in the unexpected delay, the Council passed a motion on Tuesday May 17, 2016 to maintain the previous consumption rate for water, which was $2.30/cubic meter, instead of applying the new rate effective May 1, 2016 as originally scheduled. Since regional water has been being delivered to the village since early October the increase to $4.30/cubic meter was enacted on October 4, 2016 and effective for the upcoming billing for the month of October, 2016. This rate will only bring the water system to a break even point based on projections but council and administration will be evaluating the rates regularly as we move forward. A cubic meter of water is app. 220 imperial gallons, meaning the treated water delivered to your home will cost app. 1.95 cents per gallon plus flat rate charges to operate the system. To put this in perspective, a modern washing machine will use 14 – 27 gallons for a load of laundry, or 27 to 53 cents worth of water while a full bath, depending on tub size, which can range from 24 to 80 gallons, will cost anywhere from 47 cents to $1.56 for water if filled to the top.