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25 Nov 2020

On November 24, 2020, Premier Jason Kenny declared a second state of Public Health Emergency, and aggressive measures have been put in place to protect the health system and reduce the rising spread of COVID-19 cases. We want to assure you that the interest of community health and safety is our priority. Currently, Big Lakes County is not in the enhanced areas, which means that only the following mandatory public health measures apply to our County:  

 Public and Private Gatherings

  • Effective immediately, no indoor social gatherings will be permitted. Individuals who live alone may have up to 2 non-household close contacts who are able to visit in their homes. They must be the same two people throughout the duration of these measures.
  • Social gatherings in indoor workplaces, such as lunchroom gatherings, are also not allowed. 
  • Outdoor social gatherings are permitted to a maximum of 10 people. 
  • Funeral services and wedding ceremonies must follow all public health guidance and are limited to a maximum of 10 in-person attendees. Receptions will not be permitted.
  • No festivals or events.  

 K-12 Schools  

  • In all schools, grades 7-12 will move to at-home learning on November 30, ending in-person classes early. Students in Early Childhood Services and Grades K-6 will remain learning in-person until December 18.
  • All students will return to at-home learning after their winter break and resume in-person learning on January 11, 2021. This measure is mandatory.
  • Alberta’s government is making diploma exams optional for the rest of the school year. Students and their parents can choose whether to write the exam or receive an exemption for the April, June, and August 2021 exam sessions.

Not following the mandatory restrictions could result in fines and enforcement. The Emergency Alert System will be used to ensure Albertans are aware of the mandatory requirements.

 

Effective immediately, the County is taking the following steps to help reduce the risk to our residents, visitors, and employees. Big Lakes County will continue to fully operate core services, including Fire Services, Utilities, Solid Waste, Airports, and Road Safety throughout the duration of this pandemic.

Changes to County Operations Big Lakes County Administration Buildings – OPEN
Effective immediately, the Big Lakes County Administration Buildings in High Prairie and Kinuso will remain open to residents who need to pay their bills. Payment can also be left in the drop boxes that are located outside of the admin offices. Please book an appointment if you need to meet with our staff. Information and services will be available by phone (780-523-5955) and email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). The County staff directory can be found here: https://www.biglakescounty.ca/contact/county-directory. The Kinuso Administration Building is open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

Big Lakes Family and Community Support Services Offices – BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
The Big Lakes Family and Community Support Services Offices will be open by appointment only. To book an appointment with an FCSS Outreach Worker, please call:

  • Kinuso at 780-775-3666
  • Faust at 780-355-3896
  • Joussard at 780-776-3811
  • Grouard at 780-751-3806
  • Enilda at 780-523-5925
  • High Prairie at 780-536-0062

Big Lakes Bus
The Big Lakes Bus is operating under the following COVID-19 safety protocols, which have been implemented to keep our passengers and staff safe:

  • Maximum capacity is 6 riders, plus one wheelchair
  • All passengers and bus driver must wear a mask
  • Social distancing will be enforced, some seats will not be available
  • Hand sanitizer will be available on the bus. Passengers must sanitize their hands each time they board the bus
  • Passengers will be asked to complete a COVID-19 screening when booking and again at pick-up
  • Any passengers with symptoms of COVID-19 will not be permitted to board the bus. Symptoms include: fever, new or worsening chronic cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, sore throat, runny nose, stuffy nose, painful swallowing, headache, chills, muscle or joint aches, feeling unwell in general or severe exhaustion, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or unexplained loss of appetite, loss of sense of smell or taste, or conjunctivitis (commonly knowns as pink eye)

To book a trip on the bus, please call 1-877-925-2537.

Before Visiting Our Office
The health and safety of our staff and residents is our top priority. Therefore, please do not visit our offices if you have a fever, new or worsening chronic cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, sore throat, runny nose, stuffy nose, painful swallowing, headache, chills, muscle or joint aches, feeling unwell in general or severe exhaustion, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or unexplained loss of appetite, loss of sense of smell or taste, or conjunctivitis (commonly knowns as pink eye). Please be advised of the following mitigation procedures:

  • The number of individuals within the main Administration Building lobby shall be restricted to 6 at any one time
  • Hand sanitizer is located at all entry points of the facilities for use upon entry
  • Members of the public shall maintain a 2-meter separation as indicated by markings placed on the lobby floor
  • Physical barriers have been installed at the main reception desks
  • Countertops and debit machines will be sanitized after each use
  • Businesses cards, pamphlets, reports, etc., have been removed from the reception desks; however, they are available upon request
  • Since Big Lakes County is not in the enhanced areas, masks are not mandatory for indoor workplaces; however, they are encouraged   

All Albertans are encouraged to take personal steps to help prevent the spread
Albertans must continue following existing public health measures to keep everyone safe:

Important Updates from Credible Sources

Big Lakes County will continue to follow the Alberta Public Health Guidelines and closely monitor the COVID-19 cases in our County. If you have questions about County business, please contact the Administration office at 780-523-5955 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For up-to-date information, please visit the Big Lakes County Facebook page or www.biglakescounty.ca or tune into REAL Country 93.5 or BOOM FM 92.7.  

 

Sincerely,
Ken Matthews
Big Lakes County Reeve

 

 

 

For more information, please contact:
 
Victoria Zahacy, Big Lakes County Communications Coordinator
P: 780-523-5955 E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

16 Nov 2020

Compass Assessment Consultants Inc. will be travelling door-to-door in selected areas within the County boundaries starting on Monday, November 23, 2020, through to November 27, 2020, to conduct property re-inspections.

Property re-inspection is a standard policy put in place by the provincial government that requires all Alberta municipalities to perform ongoing re-inspections and complete overall inspections of all properties in a five-year term.

County assessors will be wearing photo identification badges. If residents are not home, assessors will leave a door hangar with information to contact the Assessment department at 1-800-251-9711. If you have any questions, please contact Lucy at Big Lakes County at 780-523-5955.

 

All information collected during the re-inspection is subjected to the Freedom of Information and Privacy of Protection Act.

12 Nov 2020

This past summer, Fusarium graminearum (Fg) was removed as a regulated pest under the Agricultural Pest Act.  With a low occurrence of Fg in the Peace Region, the Agricultural Service Board would like to get input from Peace Region producers as to how they would like the pest to be monitored, reported on and if applicable, controlled.  Your participation is anonymous, and results will inform what action if any, your municipality takes regarding Fg.

The Fusarium graminearum survey is broken up into two parts. Please complete both surveys. 

Survey 1: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XH678K5 

Survey 2: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/V3TFSSX

Survey closes Jan 4th. 

Should you have any questions, please contact Sheila Kaus Agricultural Fieldperson at 780-523-5955. 

 

01 Apr 2020

When: Starting November 4th 2020 from 6pm to 9pm
Where: Joussard Community Hall

To register Call or Txt: April Isadore (780)507-1047

Craft Night is open to anyone 18+ on a first come - first served basis

Maximum 8 adults accepted

** COVID-19 social distancing regulations will be in place as well as PPE available on site.

Pre-packaged snacks and beverages will be provided.

 

Sponsored in full by Kokum’s Outreach

02 Nov 2020

Council for Big Lakes County is considering a proposed amendment to the Big Lakes County Land Use Bylaw No. 03-2017. The purpose of proposed Bylaw No. 28-2020 is to re-district Plan 687RS, Block A (within SW 17-73-10-W5) from the Agriculture (AG) District to the Highway Commercial (HWC) District as shown on the accompanying sketch.

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 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 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 December 9, 2020, 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 Land Use Bylaw amendment.

For additional information, contact the Planning & Development Department at 780-523-5955.

27 Oct 2020

Big Lakes County Council elected Ward 3 Councillor Ken Matthews as Reeve and Ward 1 Councillor David Marx as Deputy Reeve at the annual organizational meeting on Tuesday, October 27, 2020.

Reeve Matthews has been on Council since 2006 and was the former Reeve from 2013 -2018 and the former Deputy Reeve from 2018 – 2020.

“I would like to thank my fellow councillors for their trust and confidence in electing me to the position of Reeve,” said Reeve Matthews. “I plan to make it my priority to work as a team with Council, Administration, ratepayers, and stakeholders to help accomplish Council’s goals. As always, I will continue to advocate for the residents of Big Lakes County to ensure that our issues are heard.” 

Deputy Reeve Marx has been on Council since 1998 and was the former Deputy Reeve from 2001 - 2018.

“It is an honour to serve the people of Big Lakes County as Deputy Reeve,” said Deputy Reeve Marx. “I would like to thank Council for their continued support and look forward to ensuring that Big Lakes County remains the ideal place to live, work, and play.”

Council holds an organizational meeting each year to choose a Reeve, Deputy Reeve, and make various committee appointments.

 

 

Contact
Victoria Zahacy
Communications Coordinator
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
780-523-5955

23 Oct 2020

Big Lakes County has made the difficult decision to permanently close the Enilda Transfer Station effective January 1, 2021.

The County is committed to working diligently to identify cost savings while keeping our residents' needs in mind. With the close proximity of both the Grouard Transfer Station and the Regional Landfill Facility, closing the Enilda transfer station is cost-effective without significantly impacting the residents in that area.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact Vic Abel, Director of Public Works at 780-523-5955.

Maps to Regional Landfill and Transfer Stations: https://bit.ly/3oeAwPO

Transfer Station Winter Hours

Banana Belt
Wednesday & Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

ENILDA - Closing January 1, 2021
Open 24 hours (bagged household garbage only)

FAUST/KINUSO
Wednesday & Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

GROUARD
Wednesday & Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

HEART RIVER
Wednesday & Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

HIGH PRAIRIE WEST/GILWOOD
Wednesday & Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

JOUSSARD
Wednesday & Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

REGIONAL LANDFILL
Monday, Thursday, & Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

02 May 2020

The sewing group begins October 15th at 10 am at the Joussard Homesteader's Hall. Bring a lunch and stay for as long as you want. 

Social distancing rules will be in effect. 

01 May 2020

Kinuso Senior Get Togethers at the Kinuso Seniors Centre. Coffee & Games Wednesdays at 2:00 pm.

30 Sep 2020

Family & Community Support Services Home Support Worker

Part Time Contract

Enilda - High Prairie - Grouard 

 

Summary

Reporting to the High Prairie FCSS Community Outreach Worker, the Home Support Contract Worker is responsible for assisting senior and disabled residents of Big Lakes County and the Town of High Prairie with light housekeeping. This contract requires you to have a safe and reliable vehicle to travel to lakeshore communities and rural areas; pays $20.00/hr plus mileage.

Education & Experience

  • Cleaning experience
  • Experience working with seniors and disabled clients is an asset
  • Current class 5 driver’s license
  • Provide a current criminal records check including vulnerable sector
  • Provide current 5 year drivers abstract

Knowledge, Skills & Attributes

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Trouble shooting and problem-solving skills
  • Must maintain confidentiality
  • Must be self-motivated, and able to work with minimal supervision

Working Conditions & Physical Environment

  • Physical job requirements: May require lifting and carrying of up to 20 kg, bending, twisting, kneeling, squatting
  • Extensive use and operation of a vehicle. 

Submit cover letter and resume, including references to:

Eunice McCauley

Human Resources Manager

Big Lakes County

Box 239, High Prairie, AB T0G 1E0

Ph: 780-523-5955     Fx: 780-523-4227

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Deadline for applications: Open until suitable candidate is found.

 

Big Lakes County thanks all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. 

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