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Chris CleggSouth Peace News A proposed development permit for a cardlock facility, convenience store and sanitary dump in the High Prairie’s west end has hit a snag. However, High Prairie town council is quickly dealing with the matter. The applicant…
Tax break for Tolko continues

County honouring agreement Chris CleggSouth Peace News Big Lakes County is honouring its commitment to Tolko Industries by providing a tax break in 2020. While it may look bad in some resident’s eyes, especially since council raised taxes at a…

Chris CleggSouth Peace News Should Big Lakes County council have the right to re-open debate on previous decisions any time it chooses? Apparently not, if CAO Jordan Panasiuk’s proposal passes. Panasiuk is proposing in an amended Procedural Bylaw that motions…

Chris CleggSouth Peace News Big Lakes County has thrown its support behind a $7.4 million expansion project to add 20 units onto High Prairie Pleasantview Lodge in 2021. Council agreed unanimously at its July 22 meeting to write Heart River…
Effort to save buildings at Police Point renewed

Chris CleggSouth Peace News The historic buildings at Police Point are up for discussion. Big Lakes County discussed the buildings after receiving a development permit from the landowner to move a manufactured home onto the property. In short, current bylaws…

Chris CleggSouth Peace News Citing the need to be consistent, Big Lakes County will not be giving a tax break to the owner of Strawberry Service as he attempts to re-open his business. Imtiaz Akhtar attended council’s meeting July 8…

Editor’s note: Big Lakes County released the following news release July 15 regarding their declaration of the agriculture disaster July 15: Big Lakes County council declared a Municipal Agricultural Disaster at the June 24 meeting. In 2019, agricultural producers faced…

Chris CleggSouth Peace News The High Prairie Fire Department is getting a new fire truck! Council decided at its meeting July 14 to borrow $324,000 to pay for the truck. According to law, council gave first reading at a meeting…

Councillors called ‘idiots’ and ‘economic wizards’ Chris CleggSouth Peace News Big Lakes County can no longer be trusted with its funding promises, says Town of High Prairie Councillor Michael Long. He made the statement at council’s meeting July 14 while…

Controversial bylaw for beekeeping passes Chris CleggSouth Peace News Bees are now allowed in High Prairie. Under strict circumstances, however. High Prairie town council passed its Beekeeping Bylaw at its July 14 meeting, ending months of debate that began Jan.…

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News Big Lakes County proposes to raise the bar to allow residents in hamlets to build higher fences in their front yards. At its regular meeting July 8, council gave first reading to a bylaw to change…

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News Big Lakes County Fire Services will get some new fire hoses and facepieces to replace outdated equipment. At its meeting July 8, council approved an additional $50,000 in the budget to replace 77 lengths of hose,…

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News Big Lakes County will honour volunteers in 2020 despite two major events previously cancelled over risks and restriction in the coronavirus pandemic. At its regular meeting July 8, council approved a motion to hold the Wall…
Plenty of space for more RVs, says council

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News Big Lakes County is giving a second look at a bylaw to allow property owners to host up to four recreational vehicles on their property. At its regular meeting July 8, council directed administration to prepare…
Proposed family campground denied

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News Faust residents have spoken. Letters from more than 30 residents opposed to a proposed private 10-unit family campground in a residential area of Faust helped Big Lakes County council put an end to the plan. At…

Chris CleggSouth Peace News Bylaws to allow bees and chickens in High Prairie continues to weed its way through the system. High Prairie town council delayed the passing of both bylaws at its June 23 meeting and agreed to send…