Big Lakes County News In Brief

  • Pale Yellow Iris Confirmed in Big Lakes County

    Pale Yellow Iris has been confirmed within our borders.  While this is cause for concern, Big Lakes County Agricultural Services is only interested in raising awareness, finding all the locations this plant may be in, and removing the plant properly. To do this effectively, we need the help of our ratepayers!    Please click the link to read the full media release.   Questions, concerns or comments?  Please contact Sheila Kaus, Agricultural Fieldperson at 780-523-5955.  Read More
  • Notice of Pest Inspection Commencement

    Notice is hereby given that annual Pest Inspections will commence July 23rd, 2018 and will continue into September of 2018. Surveys conducted include: Fusarium, Blackleg, Clubroot, and Grasshopper During these surveys, Agricultural Services Staff will be accessing privately held land during reasonable hours, as per the Agricultural Pests Act, Section 17(2) and (3).  All inspectors will be in marked Big Lakes County vehicles and will present identification upon request.    We ask for your cooperation during these inspections.  Any inquiries can be directed to the Agricultural Fieldman at 780-523-8249   Read More
  • Wooly Burdock Confirmed in Big Lakes County

    Wooly Burdock (invasive species) has been found at the Heart River Transfer Site.    Description Woolly Burdock is a tall biennial, reaching as much as 2.5 m. The fleshy tap-root can grow up to 1m long. The stout, grooved, rough stem has multiple branches. Basal leaf stems are hollow or solid. It has large (up to 40 cm) alternating, heart shaped leaves that have a long petiole, very wavy margins and are pubescent on the underside. The flowers are purple and grouped in globular flower head, united in clusters. The flower head is surrounded by a whorls of bracts, each curving to form a Velcro like hook, allowing them to be carried long distances on the fur of animals. Bracts are densely cobwebby.   Key Identifiers ·       Large plant and leaves ·       Lower leaf stalks are both hollow and solid ·       Whorl of cobwebby bracts under 2.5 cm in diameter ·       Long stalked flowers ·       Flowers clumped along stem with branches in groups ·       Velcro like hooks on bracts   More details: https://www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/$Department/deptdocs.nsf/all/prm13932 If you spot this invasive species please contact Sheila Kaus, Agricultural Fieldperson at 780-523-5955.      Read More
  • Notice of Bridge Construction

    Order by the C.A.O. of Big Lakes County Bridge Closure No. BC-2018-02 Defining Closure of Bridge (s) on certain Big Lakes County Roads Pursuant to the Authority granted by By-Law# 41-2007 the Chief Administrative Officer orders that effective 7:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 07, 2018 The following bridge(s) will be closed to public travel: Bridge Location  Bridge File 77167 Bridge Replacement and Other Work at SW 16-73-10-WSM Carrying a Local Road Over Strawberry Creek, 4 km west of Kinuso on Range Road I 04, north of Hwy 2.   Read More
  • Public Hearing - Faust, Joussard & Grouard Area Structure Plan Adoptions

    Hamlet of Faust Area Structure Plan Council for Big Lakes County is considering the adoption of Bylaw 08-2018 being the Hamlet of Faust Area Structure Plan.  The purpose of proposed Bylaw 08-2018 is to provide for a framework and set of policies to properly guide the future use, subdivision and development of the lands within the Hamlet of Faust.   Copies of the proposed Hamlet of Faust Area Structure Plan may be examined in the office of the Big Lakes County Administration Building between the hours of 8:15 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday or on the County’s website at www.biglakescounty.ca.   Any person, group of persons, or person representing them who claims to be affected by the proposed bylaw may make an oral or written submission to Council for consideration.  If you would like to make a presentation to Council, contact the Big Lakes County at 780-523-5955.   The Public Hearing will be held on August 22, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at the Big Lakes County Administration Office.  Council will consider any oral or written presentations with respect to the proposed Bylaw.   For additional information, contact the Director of Planning & Development at 780-523-5955.   Hamlet of Grouard Area Structure Plan   Council for Big Lakes County is considering the adoption of Bylaw 09-2018 being the Hamlet of Grouard Area Structure Plan.  The purpose of proposed Bylaw 09-2018 is to provide for a framework and set of policies to properly guide the future use, subdivision and development of the lands within the Hamlet of Grouard.   Copies of the proposed Hamlet of Grouard Area Structure Plan may be examined in the office of the Big Lakes County Administration Building between the hours of 8:15 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday or on the County’s website at www.biglakescounty.ca.   Any person, group of persons, or person representing them who claims to be affected by the proposed bylaw may make an oral or written submission to Council for consideration.  If you would like to make a presentation to Council, contact the Big Lakes County at 780-523-5955.   The Public Hearing will be held on August 22, 2018 at 1:15 p.m. in the Council Chambers at the Big Lakes County Administration Office.  Council will consider any oral or written presentations with respect to the proposed Bylaw.   For additional information, contact the Director of Planning & Development at 780-523-5955.   Hamlet of Joussard Area Structure Plan   Council for Big Lakes County is considering the adoption of Bylaw 10-2018 being the Hamlet of Joussard Area Structure Plan.  The purpose of proposed Bylaw 10-2018 is to provide for a framework and set of policies to properly guide the future use, subdivision and development of the lands within the Hamlet of Joussard.   Copies of the proposed Hamlet of Joussard Area Structure Plan may be examined in the office of the Big Lakes County Administration Building between the hours of 8:15 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday or on the County’s website at www.biglakescounty.ca.   Any person, group of persons, or person representing them who claims to be affected by the proposed bylaw may make an oral or written submission to Council for consideration.  If you would like to make a presentation to Council, contact the Big Lakes County at 780-523-5955.   The Public Hearing will be held on August 22, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at the Big Lakes County Administration Office.  Council will consider any oral or written presentations with respect to the proposed Bylaw.   For additional information, contact the Director of Planning & Development at 780-523-5955. Read More
  • Bridge Construction in Joussard

    Effective Friday, August 10, 2018, the Main Access Road into the Hamlet of Joussard (Range Road 134) will be closed to traffic for culvert replacement construction near the Joussard School. Local traffic is advised to follow detour routes or use an alternate route during this time. Read More
  • Notice of Public Hearing - Land Use Bylaw Amendment Legalization of Cannabis

    Council for Big Lakes County is considering proposed amendments to the Big Lakes County Land Use Bylaw No. 03-2017.  The purpose of proposed Bylaw No. 11-2018 is to incorporate Cannabis and Cannabis- related uses, such as “Cannabis Production & Distribution Facility”, and “Cannabis Retail Store,” to the Land Use Bylaw.  This bylaw also adds development standards, including separation distances from provincial health care facilities, schools, licensed day cares, commercial recreation facilities, indoor and outdoor recreation facilities, parks or recreational uses, and residential districts, to the Land Use Bylaw. Copies of the proposed Land Use Bylaw Amendment may be examined in the office of the County Administration Building between the hours of 8:15 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. Any person, group of persons, or person representing them who claims to be affected by the proposed bylaw amendment may make an oral or written submission to Council for consideration.  If you would like to make a presentation to Council, contact Big Lakes County at 780-523-5955. The Public Hearing will be held on September 12, 2018 at 1:45 p.m. in the Council Chambers at the Big Lakes County Administration Office.  Council will consider any oral or written presentations with respect to the proposed Land Use Bylaw amendment.   For additional information, contact County Administration at 780-523-5955. Read More
  • Assessors will be in Big Lakes County

    Please note that from Monday August 13, 2018 to Friday August 17, 2018 Assessors will be in Big Lakes County assessing properties. For more details please contact Lucy Girard at (780) 523 – 5955. Read More
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Meet Your Reeve and Councillors

Reeve Ken Matthews

Reeve Ken Matthews

Deputy Reeve David Marx

Deputy Reeve David Marx

Fern Welch

Fern Welch

Ken Killeen

Ken Killeen

Robert Nygaard

Robert Nygaard

Richard Simard

Richard Simard

Donald Bissell

Donald Bissell

Donald Charrois

Donald Charrois

Ann Stewart

Ann Stewart

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