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Water shut off in Galahad

Water is expected to be back on in Galahad by about 2 p.m. today (June 21).

Once the water is flowing again, the hamlet will be under a 48-hour boil water advisory. That means drinking water, as well as water used for washing dishes, should be boiled at a rolling boil for at least a minute. Otherwise, Galahad residents face a risk of bacterial infection.

For further information on what to do during a boil water advisory, please visit Alberta Health Services’s website at: https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/news/Page4238.aspx.

Residents with questions may also call Flagstaff County Lead Utility Operator Jason Loosemore at 780-385-6153 or Flagstaff County Utility Operator Michael Northey at 780-385-8211.

Yesterday’s water main break occurred around 4:30 p.m. near the Galahad Care Centre and has affected all residents living in the hamlet.


Update: We believe we’ve located the source of the water main break. Repairs are ongoing. Water is still anticipated to be turned back on this afternoon.


Repairs are underway in Galahad this morning (Friday, June 21) following yesterday’s water main break. Water is anticipated to be back on this afternoon, at which time the hamlet will be under a boil water advisory until further notice.

For more information on a boil water advisory, please visit: https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/news/Page4238.aspx

Stay tuned for updates.

Tell officers about positive deeds!

Nominating a child in Flagstaff for a positive ticket just got easier.

Now you can do it online at: https://lf.flagstaff.ab.ca/Forms/PositiveTicket.

Positive tickets are issued for positive behaviour such as practicing personal safety, being a community hero and making smart choices. Our peace officers want to be notified by teachers, coaches, friends and neighbours throughout the Flagstaff Region who have witnessed a child doing a positive or helpful deed, or performing a safe act that would be worthy of receiving a positive ticket.

You can also contact Officer Skyler Zelinski or Officer Aaron Young if you know of a deserving youth! Officer Skyler and Officer Aaron can be reached by phone at 780-384-4100 or via email at szelinski@flagstaff.ab.ca or ayoung@flagstaff.ab.ca.

Positive tickets come with a $10 coupon that can be redeemed at participating businesses, as well as a bracelet for a free swim at the Killam Regional Aquatic Centre.

Let’s acknowledge the good that our young people are doing right here in Flagstaff!

EcDev Team earns award

Congratulations to the Flagstaff County Economic Development Team, winners of a 2023 Minister’s Award for Municipal and Public Library Excellence.

The EcDev Team earned the award for their Flagstaff Crafted program in the Building Economic Strength Category.

The award recognizes their initiative to enhance the exposure of local makers, artisans, and retailers of local products within the Flagstaff Region.

Flagstaff County Reeve Don Kroetch presented the award last week to the EcDev Team (from left): Charlene Sutter, Kerri Lefsrud and Jenalee Waring. Not pictured: Shaina Dunn.

CAMA recognizes CAO

Congratulations to Flagstaff County CAO Shelly Armstrong, recipient of a long service pin from the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (CAMA).

“It is our privilege to acknowledge the commitment of your Chief Administrative Officer, Shelly Armstrong, for her remarkable thirty years of service in municipal government management roles,” CAMA President Tony Kulbisky wrote in a letter addressed to Flagstaff County Reeve Don Kroetch.

“Shelly’s dedication to her role has undoubtedly contributed to the advancement of your municipality, and we are pleased to recognize her achievements.”

Don presented Shelly with her recognition pin at Wednesday’s Council meeting.

Tax Notices mailed

Watch for your Tax & Assessment Notice in the mail. All notices were mailed Thursday, May 30, 2024. If you have not received your notice by Monday, June 17, 2024, please contact our office at 780-384-4100. If you require a receipt to be sent to you, please indicate that on the bottom of the notice when you return your payment.

The tax due date is Tuesday, October 15, 2024.

If you have a concern or believe there is an error regarding your property assessment, please report this immediately to Accurate Assessment, Sean Cosens, Assessor, 780-417-6840.

If your concern is not resolved to your satisfaction, you may submit an Assessment Review Board Complaint along with the appropriate fee within 60 days of mailing (by August 6, 2024), to Flagstaff County, Box 358, Sedgewick, AB T0B 4C0, Attention: Shelly Armstrong, CAO. If you require a receipt to be sent to you, please indicate on the bottom of the notice when you return your payment.

The Assessment Review Board has the authority to review your assessment and direct the assessor to make amendments. Its function is to hear evidence as to whether your property is assessed on an equitable basis with similar properties.

For more on taxation, please click HERE.

2024 Municipal Census

Enumerators are now going door-to-door to all rural and hamlet addresses in Flagstaff County as part of our 2024 Municipal Census.

To avoid an in-person visit to your residence, please complete the census at: https://censusalberta.ca/flagstaffcounty, or by calling 780-384-4100. You will need the two-part secure access code that was mailed to you in late April.

The only information we require is the number of residents in your dwelling, and their age and gender.

Please note that we are using the census to complete an Electoral Boundary Review and to help support Municipal Services offered.

As this is our first census in several decades, your participation is crucial in helping us plan for the evolving needs of Flagstaff County.

Years of population change, including the more recent incorporation of the Hamlets of Strome and Galahad, have left an uneven distribution throughout our seven electoral divisions. It’s time to redraw our electoral boundaries to give residents the best possible municipal representation.

Please help us to serve you better.

Enter our colouring contest!

Kids, break out those pencil crayons and markers! In honour of National Public Works Week from May 19 to 25, the Municipal Services Department is hosting a colouring contest!

One winner for each of the following age groups will be announced during Public Works Week and will receive a prize:

  • Up to 4 years old
  • 5 – 8 years old
  • 9 – 12 years old
  • 13 and up

*Prizes can be picked up at the Flagstaff County Administration Office between May 21-31.

Entries for the colouring contest can be emailed to county@flagstaff.ab.ca or delivered in-person to the County Administration Office by the contest deadline on May 15.

Please ensure contestants submit their name, age, and contact information.

Click the image below for a printable PDF.

Online Crime Reporting

Online Crime Reporting (OCR) offers an alternative and convenient way for people to report non-emergent crime without having to call the police or visit the detachment.

All reports received through OCR are forwarded to the Call Back Unit for investigation and completion.  Use of online crime reporting by the public provides frontline members the chance to spend more time on the road being proactive. 

The OCR tool can be accessed by using the link https://ocre-sielc.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/alberta. The OCR tool is also available on the RCMP app.

Avoid 6% penalty

Just a friendly reminder that a penalty of 6% will be levied on all outstanding taxes on May 1, 2024.

To avoid penalties, payments made by mail must be postmarked no later than April 30, 2024, and payments made by Internet banking or TelPay must be received no later than April 30, 2024.

Payment options available:

  • County Office: 12435 Twp Rd 442, Sedgewick, AB
  • Mail: Flagstaff County, P.O. Box 358, Sedgewick, AB T0B 4C0
  • Internet banking: Through the Credit Union, ATB Financial, BMO Bank of Montreal, e-Transfer, or TelPay (TelPay payments can be made at www.telpay.ca).

Click HERE for more information on taxation.

Online Survey: What We Heard

We asked you to complete our 2025 Business Plan Survey online or in print by April 2, 2024. Now here’s a look at what we heard.

Scroll down for survey results, or click HERE to download a PDF.

(Please keep in mind that these survey results, along with the ideas submitted to our online Brainstorm Board and all feedback from our Coffee with your Councillor event, have been evaluated by Council during the review of the Program and Services Priorities and will be considered by Council in the development of the 2025 Business Plan and Budget.)