2014 Holiday Hours
These facilities & services will have modified hours over the holiday season.
BOLT Transit Service:
BOLT will run on its regular Monday - Saturday schedule with the exception of the following statutory holidays, when there will be NO transit service running:
Thursday, Dec. 25th, Friday, Dec. 26th, & Thursday, Jan. 1st
Red Deer Transit service will also be ceasing operation early on the evening of Wednesday, Dec. 24th. As such, customers taking BOLT (Route 100), arriving at Sorensen Station at 6:38 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 24th will not be able to make transfer connections to the Red Deer Transit service at that time.
Please see www.bolttransit.com for the detailed BOLT Transit schedule and route map.
Modified operating hours will be in effect on the following dates:
Wednesday, Dec. 24th - OPEN 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 25th - CLOSED
Friday, Dec. 26th - OPEN 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 31st - OPEN 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 1st - OPEN 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Contact 403.885.4039 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Waste & Recycling Collection:
There will NOT be collection on Thursday, Dec. 25th or Thursday, Jan. 1st.
During the holiday season, the area that regularly has Thursday collection will instead receive collection on Saturday, Dec. 27th and Saturday, Jan. 3rd.
Town Office - Civic Centre:
Wednesday, Dec. 24 at noon, Thursday, Dec. 25, Friday, Dec. 26, & Thursday, Jan. 1
From the Mayor, Council, and all Town Staff,
Best Wishes for a Safe & Happy Holiday Season & a Prosperous New Year!
Santa in the Neighbourhood
Weather permitting, Santa will once again be touring the community with Blackfalds Fire/Rescue. Watch for him and your dedicated volunteer firefighters between 5 - 9 p.m. on:
Monday, December 22nd - west side of Hwy. 2A
Tuesday, December 23rd - east side of Hwy 2A
On the 22nd, the route will begin on the south side of town on the west side of the railway tracks & proceed to the north end of town. Then the area to the east side of the railway tracks, but still west of Hwy 2A will be done - again starting in the south & working toward the north.
On the 23rd, the part of town east of Hwy 2A will be done beginning on the south end and working along toward the north end.
There will be 2 fire trucks - the first will have its siren on to alert residents that the 2nd truck that will be carrying Santa is close behind!
On Dec. 9th Town Council passed the 2015 Operating Budget of $22,427,300.00 and the Capital Budget of $1,857,200.00, allowing for current levels of service delivery as well as a full year of regional transit, further development of parks and trails, and required transportation studies and features.
There will be an overall 2.0 percent increase to the 2015 property tax rate and utility rates will remain unchanged from 2014.
Some of the highlights of the 2015 budget include:
3.5 additional full-time staff
Extension of the TransCanada Trail to connect to the Abbey Centre
Playground replacement and installation at the Civic Center and in McKay Ranch
Pine Cres. Park development: trails, trees, and parking lot
Construction of a required lift station
Recommended equipment purchases, as outlined in the Fleet Replacement Policy
Necessary landscaping and entrance features for roundabout at Hwy. 2A & Hwy 597
Undertaking of required transportation studies and a Parks & Facilities Community Needs Assessment to inform the long-term infrastructure Master Plan and implementation of future capital projects
For more detailed information on the 2015 budget CLICK HERE
NEW Snow Removal Route Map
The snow removal route map for the current season is now available by clicking HERE. This map indicates the priorities for snow removal on community roadways. The red lines indicate the highest priority routes - main collector roads that are used by transit, and / or provide access to schools, Town facilities and downtown commercial amenities. The green and blue lines represent the minor collector roads and the residential through roads that are the next priority routes for snow removal.
The accompanying Snow Removal and Ice Control Policy that was recently adopted calls for less windrowing along most roadways in the community and increased removal of snow through blowing and hauling. For full details on the Snow Removal and Ice Control Policy please click HERE.
Transit passes are available for purchase at the Abbey Centre and the Town Office. The BOLT brochure displays the schedule and routes and is available at the Abbey Centre, the Town Office at the Civic Centre or FCSS.
Waste & Recycling - A Guide to using your new Carts
How to use your new Waste and Recycling Carts - CLICK HERE for the information that was delivered with each cart to residents of Blackfalds. Carts need to be placed according to the instructions to ensure pick-up. If you require further information or are experiencing difficulty with the new system, please contact the Town Office at 403-885-4677.
Installation of Pedestrian Lights
Please Note: Commencing Monday, December 1st there will be construction in the downtown area of Broadway Avenue and Park Street to allow for the installation of overhead pedestrian crossing lights. It is anticipated that the construction period will be about three weeks in length, but no major traffic detours are anticipated.
2014 Business of the Year Award Winners
Congratulations to the businesses nominated for the 2014 Business of the Year Awards:
Focus Family Chiropractic, Peaceful Patch Quilt Shoppe, Blackfalds Professional Pharmacy, Sandstone IDA Pharmacy, Alpen Dental, Blackfalds Gas & Wash, Rose’s Front Room, Main Street Hardware, Farmer’s Market, DEEEZ Workshop, Tiki Sun Studio, and After the Grind.
Representatives from the winning businesses: Service Business of the Year Award - Alpen Dental, Retail Business of the Year Award - Peaceful Patch Quilt Shoppe, and Community Spirit Award - Blackfalds Farmer's Market, are pictured above.
think before you print