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Richard FroeseSouth Peace News Cabins could soon be allowed on agricultural land in Big Lakes County.At its regular meeting Sept. 14 council gave first reading to land-use bylaw 19-2022 to change cabin to permitted use from discretionary use in the…

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News Mayor Alain Dion was granted a leave of absence effective Sept. 14.However, the date of his return is not currently known, CAO Estelle Girard says.The decision was reached at the council meeting Sept. 14.Deputy mayor Joseph…

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News A Grouard landowner has been granted a request to have his property redistricted to allow him to add several structures.At its regular meeting Sept. 14, Big Lakes County council adopted land-use bylaw 15-2022 to redistrict Plan…

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News An application to redistrict a lot in Grouard for residential purposes has been approved by Big Lakes County.At its regular meeting Sept. 14, council adopted an amended land-use bylaw 18-2022 to redistrict Plan 6010AV, Block 1A…

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News A request from a regional children’s services organization based in High Prairie has been denied by Big Lakes County council – at least for now.At its regular meeting Sept. 14, council received a request from the…

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News Concerned about stray and dangerous cats in dogs in the past few months, Big Lakes County council is not ready to bolster its animal-control bylaw.At its regular meeting Sept. 17, council passed a motion to remove…

Emily PlihalSouth Peace News Northern Sunrise County is donating $10,000 to the Salvation Army in Peace River.Council was approached by Salvation Army to provide a donation, which was approved at council’s Sept. 13 meeting. The money donated will help to…

Emily PlihalSouth Peace News Northern Sunrise County recently discussed the issue of illegal dumping of garbage on public and county lands.Although the county has a Public Spaces Bylaw and an Unsightly Premises Bylaw, they only pertain to parks and walking…

Emily PlihalSouth Peace News Northern Sunrise County (NSC) has reviewed and approved the NSC Agricultural Service Board (ASB) resolution for Synthetic Fertilizer Emissions and directed administration to submit it to the ASB regional conference Oct. 28 in Grande Prairie.The federal…

Emily PlihalSouth Peace News M.D. of Smoky River council approved funding at its Sept. 14 meeting for electric vehicle chargers that will be installed at the municipal office.The M.D. had their municipal energy manager apply for funding for both a…

Emily PlihalSouth Peace News Town of Falher council approved the installation of a CT4000 Electric Vehicle Charger after being approved for a grant through the SouthGrow EV Charger grant.Council addressed the infrastructure needs in Northern Alberta, acknowledging that more chargers…

Emily PlihalSouth Peace News Town of Falher foreman Dave Brown addressed council Sept. 15 in regard to a piece of equipment required.“We’ve been looking at lots of ways to maintain ditches,” says Brown. “We have in the past been using…

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News Big Lakes County has appointed a local woman to serve on a newly-created committee to recruit health professionals in the High Prairie region.At its regular meeting Sept. 14, council named Kirsten Sware as a member-at-large for…

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News Big Lakes County has plotted funds to enhance a cemetery south of Kinuso.At its regular meeting Sept. 14, council approved to release up to $11,710 from the Swan Valley Cemetery reserve account to conduct a field…

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News Colony communities in Big Lakes County may soon be allowed on agricultural land.At its meeting Sept. 14, council gave first reading to Land-Use Bylaw 21-2022 to accommodate colony development in the agriculture district.No provisions to develop…

Chris CleggSouth Peace News As promised, the Town of High Prairie has disclosed the legal costs associated with the hiring and dismissal of former CAO Sherry Poole, plus legal advice regarding a FOIP request.Interim CAO Ramona Rollins provided disclosure Sept.…