FLAG LOWERING - March 12, 2014
Canada is in the process of completing it's 12-year mission in Afghanistan, and on March 12, 2014, Canadian flags in Blackfalds will be at half mast until 12 noon.
Blackfalds is proud to honor and recognize the sacrifices of the fallen, to celebrate the missions end in Afghanistan and to give thanks to those returning safely home. This truly is a very significant day for Canadians, and for Alberta.
For full details from Alberta Municipal Affairs, please read below:
UPDATE - March 11, 2014: With the onset of warmer weather, crews are now cleaning up alleys and windrows to clear access for spring run off and snow melt to drain into catch basins. We ask residents and visitors to watch out for icy patches when driving and walking around Town.
Garbage and recycling will remain at the front pick up for all residents until further notice.
ABBEY CENTRE OPENING DATE - MARCH 31, 2014
We would like to inform you that the opening of the Abbey Centre has been moved to March 31, 2014.
Since the Abbey staff just moved into the building, we are working diligently to ensure that all systems, procedures and training are complete and everything is running smoothly in order to provide you with the best service and facility possible.
Please note: All classes at the Abbey are still running as scheduled and all bookings of the facility will be accommodated as planned. This includes any birthday parties, sport rentals, and meetings.
If you have any concerns or questions please contact:
Abbey Centre - Guest Services - 403-885-4039 (Between 9 am - 5 pm)
PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE - March 25, 2014
MUNICIPAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN AMENDMENT
PROPOSED AREA STRUCTURE PLAN & LAND USE BYLAW AMENDMENT
Town of Blackfalds Council has given First Reading to Bylaw 1174/14 and Bylaw 1175/14, to adopt the area structure plan and amend the Land Use Bylaw 1081/09.
Copies of the Bylaws and related documents may be inspected at the Town Office during regular office hours - Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm.
Public Hearings will be held in Council Chambers at the Town Office, 5018 Waghorn Street on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 commencing at 7:00pm.
Persons wishing to present at the Public Hearing must submit written comments no later than 3:00pm on the day of the hearing.
For more information, contact Planning and Development Officer, Terry Topolnitsky at 403-885-6237.
PUBLIC NOTICE - Immediate Service Change to GARBAGE and RECYCLING Collection
EFFECTIVE January 15, 2014
Residents are advised that due to the condition of rear alleys in the Town of Blackfalds, back lane garbage and recycling collection is relocated to front street, effective immediately.
We request that all residents place garbage and recycle containers at the front street to facilitate collection. The massive amount of snow received this year and snow build up alongside the lanes, combined with mild temperatures, the weight and limited turning radius of the collection vehicles, has made the alleys unusable for service vehicles.
FRONT STREET PICK UP IS EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY AND WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
Residents are asked to ensure that garbage and recycling is accessible to collectors. Residential Waste and Recycling Pickup will continue to follow the existing pick up day schedule. Please place garbage and recycle containers between the snow windrow breaks, at the front driveway and/or sidewalk, without obstructing pedestrians or motorists.
Public Works will continue to remove loose snow from alleys as required, to maintain access to the back lanes for normal residential vehicle traffic.
Please CLICK HERE to view the Media Release sent out. If further information is required, please contact the Town Office at 403-885-4677. Thank you.
TELUS Fibre Optic Network
The Town of Blackfalds and TELUS are excited to share the news with residents and visitors that the TELUS Fibre Optic Network is coming to Blackfalds! The Town supports TELUS in upgrading efforts to bring new technology to Blackfalds. Most residents & businesses willsoon be eligible to enjoy Optik TV & the fastest internet speeds.
Socio-economic opportunities of having over 90% of homes, businesses and organizations able to connect to a fibre optic network will include:
- Homes will have access to the best entertainment experience for generations to come;
- Businesses will have access to the services they need to operate locally and compete globally; and
- Service providers in areas such as health and education will have the opportunity to innovate how they deliver services.
(T) 1-855-595-5588 or Click Here
CORIX RADIO UPGRADES
Residential Water Services
All remaining homes in Blackfalds will be upgraded to the new Radio Read Water Meter system this quarter. A uniformed Corix Utilities installation person will be working in your neighbourhood installing radios on your water meter touchpad on the outside of your home. If the technician cannot gain access to your touchpad and you are out, they will leave door hanger to arrange installation time. The entire touchpad change out process takes 10-20 minutes. If the touchpad outside does not function, then an install person will require access to you water meter inside your home to fix the issue. What can Residents do? Ensure clear access to the water meter touchpad on the outside of your home, unlocked gates and ensure dogs are kept inside or on leashes.
BLACKFALDS FIRE DEPARTMENT IS RECRUITING
BLACK KNOT FUNGUS
Cherry trees in Blackfalds are being infected with a fungus called Black Knot.
This deadly fungus can kill the tree and spreads easily to other cherry trees. Residents are advised to remove the black knot from their trees to prevent the spread of the fungus to other trees areas of town. The Parks Department began removing Black Knot from Town owned trees on the west side of town and found large infected areas on Panorama Drive from Hwy 2A to Pioneer Way, which are residential trees. It is recommended to hire a Certified Arborist for Black Knot removal.
For more information, please visit the alberta.ca / Agriculture and Rural Development at http://www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/$department/deptdocs.nsf/all/faq7622.
OUTDOOR PONDS - SKATING SURFACES
OUTDOOR PONDS: Centennial Pond and Riser Pond are OPEN for skating, in cleared off areas and will be maintained throughout the season - weather permitting.
We advise everyone to please use caution and discretion on outdoor ice surfaces. Please use at your own risk, and avoid areas that have not been cleared.
Thank you and we hope you enjoy safe outdoor activities this winter.
Regional Transit Service
The Town of Blackfalds, City of Lacombe and City of Red Deer have partnered to launch a Regional Public Transit Service connecting the three communities, commencing September 2014. CLICK HERE to review the Media Release sent out August 28, 2013.
"Blackfalds Town Council is very excited about this new service, and we see tremendous opportunity in linking our three communities through transit", said Blackfalds Mayor Melodie Stol.
COMMERCIAL Land For Sale
The Town of Blackfalds has HIGHWAY COMMERCIAL Land for sale. Click on the highlighted section for detailed information.
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