web absinthe wormwood shutterstockAbsinthe wormwood, a weed known for its strong unpleasant odor and silvery-grey foliage, has been designated a “noxious weed” in Flagstaff County.

 

join our team webFlagstaff County is recruiting for the permanent, full-time position of: Economic Development Coordinator.

 

 

 

webappendix b drawings 1Q: Will my taxes be raised to build the new Maintenance Shop?

A: No. Provincial MSI Grant funding is earmarked for the bulk of the project. Remaining costs will be covered by Building Reserves. Flagstaff County is debt-free and we intend to remain debt-free. No debenture borrowing will be required.

building community website copyIt takes investment to build community. The citizens of Flagstaff County — the “Community of communities” — contributed more than $6 million last year in support of a variety of activities and services.

 

 

internwebFlagstaff County is recruiting for the seasonal position of: Economic Development Summer Intern.

 

 

rgs150 copyThis year, the populations of Richardson’s Ground Squirrels (RGS) could be high in many areas of the province. They had a good season last year, and the numbers are increasing.

 

 

flagstaff county shop site aerial 300 copy copySince being built in 1975, the current Maintenance Shop has served as the Sedgewick-based hub of a distributed network of County facilities used to store equipment and materials to support a wide variety of County operations.

 

inspect300Flagstaff County Peace Officers are offering a free Farm Truck Inspection on Monday, April 10, 2017 in the UFA parking lot in Killam.

Critical safety items such as brakes, steering, lights, fuel systems and drive shafts will be inspected.

 

strome copyThe Hamlet of Strome cracked the Top 5 in Fortis Alberta’s 2017 Earth Hour Challenge, finishing fourth with a 9% reduction in power consumption.

It’s a strong showing for the community of just over 200 residents. Unfortunately, only the Top 3 receive grants.

 

contractorswebftAs promised last fall when we announced we were proceeding with the Maintenance Shop Project, we will be striving to use local contractors whenever possible in the upcoming construction process.

The project is now out for Proposal Call and the RFP documents can be downloaded online from Alberta Purchasing Connection and COOLNet Alberta.

swag bag winner150Forestburg-area resident Wendy Doran is the winner of our 2017 Public Input Session draw. Reeve Gerald Kuefler presented her with a Flagstaff County swag bag today at our Administration Building in Sedgewick.

Congratulations, Wendy!

 

stromeThe Hamlet of Strome is registered in Fortis Alberta’s EARTH HOUR CHALLENGE this year.

As part of this energy-saving initiative, residents are being asked to unplug and power down on Saturday, March 25 from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

 

richardson150It’s probably the last thing on your mind right now. But when infestations of Richardson’s Ground Squirrels are wreaking havoc on crops and farmland in a couple of months, eradicating the irksome varmints will be top of mind. By then, however, it could be too late.

 

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As Alberta moves towards the goal of having 30% of Alberta's energy come from renewable sources by 2030, a greater number of landowners are being approached by developers to lease land for the establishment of wind and solar farms. Many landowners are excited about the opportunities, but it is important to understand that negotiating a renewable energy lease is not the same as negotiating with oil and gas.

thankyou150wEarlier this month, Peter Hansen, Community Engagement Strategist with Enbridge, stopped by our Administration Building and presented Flagstaff County Emergency Services Coordinator and Regional Fire Chief Kim Cannady with a $3,000 donation to go towards our Community Resource Officer program. Enbridge is a huge supporter of all emergency services, with many of our local departments benefiting over the years. Thank you, Enbridge!

makesureitsout150wFire Prevention Tips

Brush piles burned in the winter months appear to be out, but it is very common to have smoldering embers left in the bottom of these piles. Dry spring winds cause these embers in the pile to blow around causing stubble or grass fires.  

 

ag plastics 150wAg Plastic Facts

There are two main types of agricultural plastics commonly used in agriculture, not including pesticide and other rigid plastic containers. First is Polyethylene (PE) resins which are found in greenhouse film, silage covers, mulch film, bale bags, bale wrap, grain bags and silage bags.

flagstaff crafted 150wThe Flagstaff Region is an Agricultural Powerhouse
With one million acres of fertile farmland and a temperate climate, the Flagstaff Region produces bountiful yields of oilseed, cereal grains, and specialty crops. This region is full of potential to capitalize on our bustling agricultural production.

 

council meeting cancelled ftpgFlagstaff County Council meeting scheduled for February 22, 2017 has been cancelled.  The next Council meeting will be held on March 8, 2017.  Flagstaff County Council meetings are conducted the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month commencing at 9:00 am.  

To view agenda for upcoming meeting or review minutes from previous meetings please see our Council Meetings and Minutes page.

dogpawblackonwhite150wWe've Unleashed a new Bylaw 

Flagstaff County has developed its first-ever Dog Control Bylaw for the regulation of dogs within the Hamlets of Strome and Galahad, and throughout rural Flagstaff. County Council approved Bylaw 01/17 during a regular Council meeting Feb. 8. This bylaw takes effect immediately. Here are the highlights: 

population growth150We're growing! Flagstaff County's rural population has risen to 3,738, according to the 2016 census data released February 8 by Statistics Canada.

That's an increase of 494 residents since 2011.

 

kenmartin150Congratulations to the Martin family on their Alberta Century Farm and Ranch Award! Ken Martin stopped by the County office this week to accept a commemorative plaque on behalf of his family.

Alberta families who have farmed or ranched the same land for 100 years or more are recognized through the Government of Alberta’s Century Farm and Ranch Awards.

logoflag150Flagstaff Intermunicipal Partnership (FIP) released the following news release today:

 

 

flush150Cotton swabs. Facial tissue. Paper towel. Kitty litter. Diapers. Wet wipes — even the ones labelled “flushable.” Personal hygiene products. Dental floss.

These are just some of the culprits that can clog the system of underground sewer lines that transports sewage from household and business plumbing to municipal lift stations.

Hamlet 150wA number of water and wastewater infrastructure upgrades have been identified in the assessment studies carried out over the past two years.

For 2017, some potential projects for the Hamlet of Strome include: replacement of existing fire hydrants, rehabilitation of several manholes, spot repairs of the sanitary sewer line and overall system replacement of curb stops.

winter road150wFlagstaff County has approved standards for the efficient clearing of snow during the winter season, which aim to help keep our rural roads safe for all motorists.

There are four main facets outlined in the process of winter road maintenance in Flagstaff County.

 

Maintenance150wNovember 24, 2016 — In our continued efforts to provide a high standard of service, Flagstaff County is pleased to announce that we are moving forward with our planned Maintenance Shop Project.

Since being built in 1975, the current Maintenance Shop has served as the Sedgewick-based hub of a distributed network of County facilities used to store equipment and materials to support a wide variety of County operations.

logoflag150Early consultation shows the region’s residents are concerned about retaining community identity, would like to see closer relationships between communities and just want to get on with finding an appropriate solution, as three open houses for the Flagstaff Intermunicipal Partnership (FIP) Communities Collaboration Initiative are complete.

Adopting the Town of Killam/Flagstaff County Intermunicipal Development Plan Bylaw #06/16 and Bylaw #842

Pursuant to Section 606 of the Municipal Government Act, the Council of Flagstaff County and the Council of the Town of Killam give notice that they have given first Reading to Bylaw # 06/16 and Bylaw #842, respectively, to amend an existing Intermunicipal Development Plan.  

clubroot200One lab-confirmed case of clubroot has been uncovered in Flagstaff County.

Inspectors with the County and the Battle River Research Group have conducted random inspections of 200 fields in recent weeks for the soil-borne disease that affects canola, mustard and other cruciferous crops in the cabbage family.

200alusOn Friday, November 4, ALUS Canada and The W. Garfield Weston Foundation and will make a special announcement on the opening day of The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto.

 

 

logoflag200A comprehensive information package outlining progress-to-date, public survey results and guiding principles of the Flagstaff Intermunicipal Partnership (FIP) Regional Governance Initiative is now available to the public in preparation for upcoming community open houses. People are encouraged to read the package to prepare for the open houses.

 

200solarpanelsA public consultation for the development of a solar park on a Heisler-area farm is being held Tuesday, November 22 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Heisler Community Centre.

 

300waterA steady stream of rural landowners from throughout Flagstaff County dropped off water samples at the administration office first thing this morning (Tuesday, October 25).

 

 

The Rural Crime Watch Association promotes rural crime prevention through communication and community awareness. An informational meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the Sterling Room of the County Office in Sedgewick.

FIP200Four community open houses have been confirmed for the Public Engagement Phase of the Flagstaff Intermunicipal Partnership (FIP) Regional Governance Initiative.

“Citizen engagement is vital as we work together to chart a path forward for the region,” said Bob Coutts, Deputy Mayor of Forestburg and FIP Chair. “I encourage as many people as possible to attend the open houses and have their voices heard.”

FIP200In case you missed it, here's the latest news release from the Flagstaff Intermunicipal Partnership:

October 12, 2016 - For immediate release

An agreement to continue exploring closer relationships and further collaboration between member communities of the Flagstaff Intermunicipal Partnership (FIP) was reached during a significant committee meeting in late September.

It takes investment to build community.

The citizens of Flagstaff County — the “Community of communities” — contributed more than $6 million last year in support of a variety of activities and services.

Chris Fields, Senior Strategist with 13 Ways Inc.Flagstaff County will be hosting our final Business Partnership Breakfast for 2016 on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 8 am at the Multipurpose Room at the Killam Agriplex.

13 Ways To Kill Your Marketing:  An informative, entertaining, and a little bit crazy presentation devoted to raising the bar - and helping your business make profitable connections to customers - in a world of marketing noise mayhem, presented by Chris Fields, Senior Strategist with 13 Ways, Inc. 

Friendly reminder: Taxes are due October 17, 2016. A penalty of 12% will be applied on all unpaid taxes after the due date.

To avoid penalties, payments made by mail must be postmarked no later than October 17, 2016 and payments made by Internet banking or Telpay must be received no later than October 17, 2016.

iriswilliams150wAnd the winner of the Flagstaff County trivia contest is ... (drum roll, please) ... Iris Williams of Lougheed!

Iris answered the most questions correctly to win a pair of tickets to Flagstaff Celebrates Success 2016, featuring David Segal, co-founder of DAVIDsTEA.

150wRangeRoad123Construction has been completed on a 1.5-mile portion of Range Road 123 between Township Road 392 and the Battle River, southeast of Alliance.

 

Gerald art 205wA heartfelt thank-you goes out to eight-year-old artist Alex and the Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation for the cool artwork!

In recognition of Flagstaff County's recent $100,000 donation to the Stollery Children's Hospital, we have been gifted with this framed masterpiece.

meyers150Flagstaff County and the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) are proud to announce a partnership dedicated towards conserving the Meyers property, an ecologically significant piece of land along the Battle River.

This project is of particular importance as it represents the first time NCC and Flagstaff County have partnered to conserve a property owned by the municipality.

clubrootphoto150wField inspections for clubroot throughout Flagstaff County have begun.

Inspectors with the County and the Battle River Research Group are conducting random inspections of roughly 150 properties in the coming weeks.

Clubroot is a soil-borne disease that affects canola, mustard and other cruciferous crops in the cabbage family.

simpsonbarn 150wIn response to queries regarding the historic Simpson Barn, Flagstaff County would like to point out that while Council recently approved a list of repairs to be conducted on the barn, the County is not funding those repairs.

 

buildingblocks150w We need your input…input that will shape the future of your community!

Our communities in the Flagstaff region…
Town of Daysland
Town of Hardisty
Town of Killam
Town of Sedgewick

Scholarship 150wCongratulations to the recipients of a $1,000 Flagstaff County Educational Scholarship! This year, we awarded a total of $51,000 in scholarships to 51 very deserving students in five categories.

 

 

bisonfrtpgwArchaeologists have unearthed what is believed to be an ancient bison bone from a historically significant area of Flagstaff County.

The discovery was made in a three-metre-deep trench dug up with an excavator Aug. 27 during excavation efforts near one of the County’s gravel pits.

 

Fall Seniors 150wIf you’re 55 years of age or older, you won’t want to miss this fall’s Flagstaff Active Living Conference for seniors.

The full-day conference features a lineup of well-respected speakers who will be discussing topics that will help you maintain the gleam in your golden years.

 

 

150w DonRuzickaIf you’re a landowner and you’re interested in reaping the countless benefits of a stewardship project on your property, there’s plenty of funding and experts available to help you.

 

watershedevent250wJoin us for the launch of the Battle River Watershed Riparian Restoration program on Tuesday, August 9. Under this new initiative, funding is available to support landowner and community projects that improve the health of the Battle River and its tributary streams in the Iron Creek Watershed and Flagstaff County.

 

2016goats150wCome and meet our four-legged weedeaters

Their work here is almost done.

 

beetle150wLeafy spurge has been “bugging” Wyatt and Theresa Bitzer for years.

This summer, the Hardisty-area farmers are finally turning the proverbial tables on the persistent perennial weed – by unleashing 4,000 flea beetles on a patch of their infested land.

The tiny black beetles, referred to scientifically as aphthona lacertosa, are known to have a voracious appetite for leafy spurge.

stollery1 150Flagstaff County is donating $100,000 to the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Unanimously approved at last week’s regularly scheduled Council meeting, the donation is earmarked for the Foundation’s Battle River Community Initiative to help fund a new pediatric operating room at the hospital.

barn150wFlagstaff County has been taking inventory of a valuable part of the region’s rich heritage: its barns.

Over the summer, we enlisted university student Sydney Hampshire to spearhead this important project, which aims to bolster the understanding and appreciation of rural agricultural history right here in Flagstaff County. Hampshire fast became our resident barn expert, gathering information on the locations of barns throughout the county, visiting them, photographing them, interviewing the

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BRcoal150wCounty Council’s Statement on the Phase-out of Coal-fired Power Plants

June 10, 2016 - County Council understands the concerns of residents of the Village of Forestburg and the citizens of Flagstaff County. Phasing out coal-fired plants will impact our communities and the workers employed in the coal industry. However, we recognize the provincial government’s plan to phase out coal-fired electricity generation by 2030.

goats150wA herd of hungry goats – 150 in all – is working to purge an infestation of leafy spurge from a quarter-section of Flagstaff County-owned land.

The four-legged, bearded weedeaters have been grazing through the noxious weed in a fenced area just southeast of Hardisty from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day since May 22.

ALUS2 150wGot prairie potholes?

Well we feel your pain. Let’s face it, wetlands or any other form of marginal farmland can take a toll on your farm’s bottom line.

 

 

collaboration thumbPhase Two of the Flagstaff Regional Governance Project is underway as the Province approved three separate grants for the Flagstaff Intermunicipal Partnership (FIP).  

"This is great news for people in the region," said Bob Coutts, Deputy Mayor of Forestburg and FIP Chair.  "This funding will allow us to develop home-grown, regional solutions to help ensure the sustainability of our communities." 

Kim recognition200w At the April 13th Flagstaff County Council meeting, Kim Cannady, Regional Emergency Services Coordinator was recognized for his exemplary work in his field and for going above and beyond in his line of duties.

 

brushfire 150wA Holdover fire is one that lays dormant for a while before flaring up.

Brush piles burned in the winter months appear to be out, but it is very common to have smouldering embers left in the bottom of these piles.

 

collaboration thumbThe Flagstaff Intermunicipal Partnership (FIP) has been working together since 2003 to find local solutions for regional issues. Successful initiatives include: Regional Emergency Services Communications System; Regional SCADA System for Water Treatment Plants; Regional Assessment Review Board; Regional Subdivision and Development Appeal Board. In addition the communities have existing established partnerships in: Waste Management, Housing, FCSS, and RCMP advisory.  

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Jimson weed-not common to Alberta. 

ALL PARTS OF THE PLANT ARE POISONOUS

Concern:  Jimsonweed (a.k.a. Devil's Trumpet) has toxic effects that have resulted in death to livestock and humans that ingest it. 

 Update on Dissolution of Galahad and Strome

 Villages of Galahad and Strome to become Hamlets Effective January 1, 2016

On November 17, 2015, Cabinet approved the dissolution of the Village of Galahad through Order in Council 259/2015, and the Village of Strome through Order in Council 260/2015. The dissolution for both communities will be effective January 1, 2016.

What happens when a Village becomes a Hamlet?

Flagstaff County wants to assure our citizens that we continue to have fire suppression coverage for all rural residents as we are committed to your safety. We are in the process of planning and addressing future fire suppression coverage.

Flagstaff County is excited to receive the news that Paterson Grain is constructing a new modern grain handling and storage facility near Daysland.

Agriculture is a valued industry in our area and any development which supports this industry is an exciting opportunity for Flagstaff County. Enhancement to the agricultural sector will attract other economic benefits to our region.

Reminder - for all user groups who received 2014 Recreation Grant, deadline for follow-up forms to be submitted for payment was June 1, 2015. Contact the County office for more information.

For more information about the current Recreation Grants Program or to download a follow-up form, click here.

Villages of Galahad and Strome
May 11, 2015

Both the Villages of Galahad and Strome have undertaken a viability review of their communities. The initiation of the viability review process was a result of a formal request from the Village Council to Municipal Affairs.

A Viability Review is a collaborative process which brings together key decision makers (Viability Review Team) and empowers communities to make sound decisions about their futures.

Flagstaff County held a Public Input Session on Tuesday, March 10, 2015.  For those unable to attend the Tuesday session, we are accepting online input submissions until 4:00 pm, Thursday, March 19th, 2015. 

For your reference, the Public Input Session Information Package is available here

Public Input Meeting online

Flagstaff County is now publishing the Rural Road Committee Highlights after meetings. The highlights briefly describe items of interest to the public. To view the latest Rural Road Committee Highlights, click here.

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Take a step back in time... Take a FREE ride on the Flagstaff County Community Bus as we tour the region visiting the 6 museums located throughout Flagstaff County.

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Is childcare an issue in Flagstaff County?

Join us for a Childcare Community Brainstorming Session on Wednesday, September 10 from 6 - 8 p.m. in the Sterling Room at the Flagstaff County Administration Building.

  • Following up to the June 24 Childcare Info Forum.
  • As a community, brainstorm the next steps in getting childcare in our region.
  • Bring your questions, concerns, and ideas.

For more information, contact the Economic Development Department at 780-384-4150.

The Village of Galahad viability review was initiated in May 2013 as a result of a Village Council request. In the past nine months, a Viability Review Team has worked to gather and analyze information about the finances, governance, and administration of the Village of Galahad.

March 27, 2014

In response to public meeting workshops, a Public Works Program and Services Review was initiated.