NEWS

Subdivision and Development Appeal Board Decision

The SDAB tasked with adjudicating the appeals of 10 wind turbines recently issued their decision to the County, the appellants, and to the project developers Capital Power.  It states that there were no planning issues that the SDAB could hear that were not already addressed and approved by the AUC – Alberta Utilities Commission – from their 3 day merits hearing held back in November 2017.   And as such, the authoritative power of the provincial agency prevails over local municipal development authorities (our MPC and SDAB boards) as provided for in Section 619 of the Municipal Government Act.  This meant that the SDAB had to uphold the permits issued to Capital Power back in August of 2017, and now allows Capital Power to seek provincial funding approval for construction as their final hurdle to completion.  These type of dual or competing approval agencies pose complexities beyond normal development permit processes as the County is subject to the higher powers of the Province – which means the County as well as our local residents do not have the local autonomy we are used to seeing on development approvals.  This SDAB period was a long and often adversarial process and the County is hopeful that community relationships may be able to take a step towards reconciliation with residents in the affected area.

View full SDAB decision

RMA Post-Secondary Scholarship Program

The 2018 application term is now open and closes August 31, 2018

In recognition of the importance of an educated population to the future well-being of rural communities, the Rural Municipalities of Alberta (RMA) established the RMA Scholarship Program in 1995. The RMA Scholarship Program is designed to encourage young rural Albertans to pursue further education, and thereby enhance the ability of these young people to make meaningful contributions to their communities in subsequent years. A scholarship in the amount of $1,000 is presented to one successful applicant from each of the five districts.

View application form

COUNTY COME & GO LUNCHEON

You are invited to attend a Come & Go Luncheon.

Date:      Thursday, June 21, 2018
Time:       11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where:    County Administration Office (Twp Rd 374 & Hwy 12)

Please join us for beef-on-a-bun and enter in the draw for one of the door prizes. Staff will be available to accept property tax payments. The contracted County Assessor will also be available for private consultations. We look forward to seeing you on Thursday, June 21st!

Notice: Fire Advisory Lifted

The fire advisory for the County of Paintearth will be lifted effective June 01, 2018 starting at 12:00 p.m.

This means that fire permits will be issued. The use of incinerators, campfires, burning barrels and fires for cooking and warmth are now allowed. We do ask that you continue to take care when burning. As the weather becomes warmer and dryer further restrictions or fire bans may be issued.

For further information contact the Community Peace officer, Colm Fitz-Gerald at 403.740.2997. For fire permits please call the County Administration Office 403.882.3211.

Brenda L. Hepp
Interim Chief Administrative Officer

NOTICE: 2018 PROPERTY TAX NOTICES

County of Paintearth No. 18
Deadline for Payment:  June 30, 2018

Please be advised the property tax notices for 2018 have been mailed.  The deadline for payment is June 30, 2018.  Balances still owing after June 30, 2018 will be subject to a 5% penalty July 1 and a further 10% penalty applied on all outstanding balances October 1, 2018.

Payment can be made by cheque, cash, or debit at the County Administration Office located at #1 Crowfoot Crossing, Highway 12 and Twp Road 374, at the TD Canada Trust in Coronation, or the ATB Financial branches located in Halkirk, Castor, or Coronation.  Check our website, www.countypaintearth.ca, for the list of financial institutions set up to accept on-line payments.

Tarolyn Aaserud, CAO