2017 Municipal Election



MPC Meeting - Halkirk 2 Wind Power Project

Monday, August 28, 2017
9:00 AM
County Admin Building
#1 Crowfoot Crossing, Castor, AB

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For Immediate Release

July 27, 2017

Progress Update – Economic Opportunities and Transition Study


The Economic Opportunities Taskforce (Counties of Paintearth and Flagstaff, Villages of Forestburg and Halkirk, and the Towns of Coronation and Castor) have retained the consulting services of Urban Systems Ltd. to undertake a review and analysis of the social and economic impacts expected to accrue from the potential closures of the Battle River Generating Station and Paintearth Mine, identify economic opportunities the region can realistically capitalize on and to provide high-level steps to successful transition.

A series of initial town hall meetings and one on one interviews were held in Forestburg and Castor during the week of May 15 -18.  A second series of one-on-one interviews and focus group interviews were held in Forestburg and Castor during the week of Jul 17-21.  This second series of interviews focused on Regional economic assets and transition opportunities. There were many things learned from both sessions.  The Economic Opportunities Taskforce extends a sincere thank you to everyone that participated in these sessions. As an important part of the exercise and to fully appreciate whether the identified assets are indeed competitive or comparative, there must be an appreciation of the external business climate and market conditions. Based on the assets that make the region unique and marketable, Urban Systems is working with external economic development agencies to ensure there is the proper alignment with regional assets and external activities to ensure viable economical opportunities are identified.


What are the next steps that the Economic Opportunities Taskforce will be undertaking:

SURVEY – The survey has been a great success and a welcome source of well thought-out contributions. As a result, the closing date of the on-line survey has been extended to the End of The on-line survey can be found at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ImapctOpportunity

Urban Systems has completed the community visits portion of the study and will continue working with external economic development agencies to further explore opportunities for the region to capitalize on.

Urban Systems will facilitate a workshop with the Task force in mid September that will allow a review of the report as well as work on strategies and tactics on how best use the impact information and identify high-level regional actions that the Task Force and the communities can employ immediately.

The Task Force is presently developing a strategy that ensures use of the information collected and economic opportunities identified will be provided to the local citizens, businesses, community organizations and the Government of Alberta.

The Taskforce has set and stayed true to the guiding principle that the asset mapping and economic opportunities report is a community document and is the property of the region’s citizens.

For any questions, please contact your respective municipality

Progressive Waste Solutions and PRWM Community Enhancement Fund

Progressive Waste Solutions and PRWM Community Enhancement Fund is now accepting applications for the current granting cycle. Completed application forms must be received by the close of business hours on Thursday, August 31, 2017.

Please send completed applications and supporting materials to:

Community Enhancement Fund of Progressive Waste Solutions
Box 509, Castor, AB T0C 0X0
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Your proposal will be carefully reviewed by Progressive Waste Solutions and PRWM Community Enhancement Fund. While a review is completed of the other materials submitted with the application, the Progressive Waste Solutions and PRWM Community Enhancement Fund Application Form is the primary document considered.

Applicants will be advised, in writing of the decision.

If you have questions or require further information contact:
Tarolyn Aaserud or Kelly Siddon at 403.882.3211.

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Due to the high to extreme fire conditions in the County of Paintearth, effective 12:00 a.m., Monday July 24, 2017, there will not be any further fire permits issued by the County of Paintearth No.18 and all other fire permits are cancelled.

Fires are only to be burned in approved fire pits, approved incinerators or approved burning barrels as per County Bylaw 648-16.

"Acceptable Burn Barrel" means an outdoor receptacle that meets the following specifications:

1) a minimum of 3 (three) meters clearance measured from the nearest edge of the Burn Barrel to a building, property lines, or other combustible material;

2) equipped with an expanded metal spark arrestor mesh screen with openings no larger than 16mm (0.6 inches), secured in place with latches or weights;

3) constructed of non-combustible material;

4) not located over underground utility services or under aboveground wires;

5) is supervised at all times by a responsible person until such time that the fire in the Burn Barrel has been extinguished. A fire shall be deemed to include hot ashes and smoldering embers resulting from the fire; and

6) is used to burn non-prohibited debris.

"Fire Pit" means a non-combustible structure or container located on public or private property, used for recreation purposes and constructed in accordance with this By-law.

a) a fire pit shall be constructed with non-combustible materials,

b) the maximum external dimension of the Fire Pit shall not be greater than one meter,

c) a fire pit shall be covered by a substantial screen or grate with openings not to exceed 16mm (0.6 inches) in any dimension,

d) a fire pit shall not be located closer than 3 meters (10 feet) from a property line and two meters from any combustible material, including, but not limited to buildings, structures, fences, patio decks and foliage as measured from the nearest fire pit

e) a fire pit shall not be located less than 6 meters (2 feet) laterally from an underground utility line.


"Incinerator Fire" means a fire that is confined within a non-combustible container or barrel with opening; covered with a heavy gauge metal screen having a mesh size not larger than 13 millimeters and which is ventilated in such a manner as to preclude the escape of combustible materials, including ash.

The County of Paintearth is urging residents to be fire safe and ensure the all fires are supervised and under control at all times.  Burning is ONLY to be done with extreme care and caution.

Tarolyn Aaserud, CLGM
Chief Administrative Officer

Pre-Authorized Tax Payments

Application Deadline:

This form must be fully completed and accepted by the County of Paintearth No.18 no later than December 15th, in order to participate in the Plan for the following taxation year. The tax account(s) must also have a zero balance at December 31st in order to participate.

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