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Big Lakes County welcomes first pumper/rescue truck

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News Big Lakes County Protective Services has welcomed its first pumper/rescue truck.The 2022 International 607HV with a Prestige fire truck body arrived Jan. 19 and went into service Jan. 21, fire chief Jason Cottingham says.The spanking-new unit…

Emily PlihalLocal Journalism Initiative Reporter On Jan. 9, Peace River town council shared information about upcoming repairs on Pat’s Creek engineering with Northern Sunrise County (NSC) for their approval.An engineering study was tendered in 2021, with the goal of the…

Emily PlihalLocal JournalismInitiative Reporter Town of Peace River council received notice at its Jan. 9 meeting that nearly $300,000 would no longer be given to them from the Government of Alberta to complete Lift Station 7 in the community.“The Province…

Emily PlihalLocal JournalismInitiative Reporter Northern Sunrise County administration asked council to provide direction to them regarding required distance regulations for confined feeding operations in the county at its monthly meeting Jan. 10.Administration was approached by a landowner (his name was…

Emily PlihalLocal JournalismInitiative Reporter At its Jan. meeting, the Town of Peace River council talked about the need to review the Fire Services Agreement between them and the County of Northern Lights (CNL).The current agreement has not been renegotiated since…

Emily PlihalLocal JournalismInitiative Reporter At its Jan. 10 meeting, Donnelly village council received responses from the M.D. Smoky River regarding correspondence sent late last year.The decisions from the M.D. have left Donnelly council disappointed and considering further communication with the…

Emily PlihalLocal JournalismInitiative Reporter North- ern Sunrise County Council gave first reading to a proposed bylaw for Temporary Camp Districts at its meeting on Jan. 10.The bylaw would allow council to approve locations of temporary camps within the Agricultural District.“The…

Emily PlihalLocal JournalismInitiative Reporter Northern Sunrise County is currently undergoing a major Land-Use Bylaw (LUB) refresh to ensure its bylaws are staying relevant.At its Jan. 10 meeting, council was presented with the potential addition of five new items for the…

Emily PlihalLocal JournalismInitiative Reporter The M.D. of Smoky River decided at its last council meeting Dec. 14 to pursue electric vehicle grants through Municipal Climate Change Action Centre (MCCAC).Council decided to apply for both a fleet truck for municipal employees…

Emily PlihalLocal JournalismInitiative Reporter Peace Regional Pool is facing a change in normal operations as the hot tub is now closed to be demolished for replacement.“The pool was found to be leaking in the spring of 2022 and we initially…

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News A new strategy in the High Prairie region to encourage and welcome immigrants to fill job vacancies is taking shape.In October, the Town of High Prairie and Big Lakes County region was named by Alberta Labour…

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News Big Lakes County has launched a plan to build a web page to better promote businesses, services and communities in the region.At its regular meeting Dec. 14, council agreed to match a $2,500 grant from the…

Emily PlihalLocal JournalismInitiative Reporter Village of Donnelly will be going forward with a byelection in February to fill its fifth elected official position on council.Council chose Feb. 20 as nomination day, with municipal byelection to be held on March 20,…

Emily PlihalLocal JournalismInitiative Reporter Peace River town council is considering rate increases to a number of community services in the 2023 budget, many of which will see an increase between four to six per cent.“Rate increases are always a hard…