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April 2014 The Other K-Country A look at Kathyrn and Keoma. Year in Review Fire Services. How toвЂ¦ Report a road issue. garbage and recyling services lOcaTiOns and HOUrs airdrie* Seven kilometres west on Highway 567, next to the rodeo grounds User Fees elbow Valley Site 1: Mail kiosk on Clearwater Drive Monday to Saturday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Beiseker Transfer site* Site 2: Mail kiosk on Lott Creek Drive 1200 First Avenue Thursday to Saturday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bragg creek 90 Elbow Rise (one kilometre north of the bridge on Wintergreen Road) Wednesday: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. cochrane eco-centre* 50 Griffin Industrial Point Wednesday to Saturday: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Crossfield* 46 McCool Crescent Recycling is available: Monday to Saturday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Garbage disposal is available: Wednesday: 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 1st, 3rd, and 5th Saturday of the month: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. irricana West of Pioneer Acres Park Wednesday: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Keoma Beside the grader shed on First Avenue Tag-a-Bag Program $3.00 Per Garbage Bag (35вЂќ x 50вЂќ) Book of 25 Tag-a-Bag Tickets $65.00 Per Booklet Household Furniture $20.00 Per Item Bulk Waste $45.00 Per Half-ton Truck Load Untreated Wood $30.00 Per Half-ton Truck Load Treated wood or wood mixed with other materials will be charged the вЂњBulk WasteвЂќ rate. Sunday: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. langdon 505 Railway Avenue Wednesday: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Madden Across from the recreation centre note: Locations marked with an asterisk (*) are partner sites and are subject to their own disposal rates and user fees. Please visit or contact these sites directly for current pricing. Saturday: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. springhill SpringHill RV Park on Highway 22 Sunday: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For full details on what materials each location accepts, search вЂњGarbage and RecyclingвЂќ at www.rockyview.ca. recycling Only lOcaTiOns airdrie* Bearspaw Westside Recycle Depot 2925 Main Street Wednesday: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Eastside Recycle Depot 21 East Lake Hill Wednesday: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday to Sunday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Bearspaw Lifestyles Centre 253220 Bearspaw Road N.W. scott lake* Highway 1 and Highway 68 next to Volker Stevin yard sringbank 67 Commercial Court (At the Wild Wild West Events Centre) Monday to Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Day use only 014-0307 В© Rocky View County April 2014 2013 November Council Votes Votes Council Recent County 4 Council County Council decisions. decisions. Manager, Communication Services: Grant Kaiser, APR, P.Mgr. Snowbound Down for Spring 4 Slow Winter emergency supplies Farm equipment on Contributors: Anna Cheryl Wallach; BAComm ; Anna Melnick, Stacy Melnick, McGuire,BCMM; Randy Smith; Infrastructure and BAComm ; Ryanthe Lisowski; Lora Plante; Operations and Cheryl team. Wallach are an essential part of County roads. living in rural Alberta. Design: Sheldon Bueckert; Tyler Williams, B.Des. Tyler Williams, B.Des A Treat By the Numbers 5 EasterвЂ™s A lookstats at this New about the Printing: Apache Superior Printing If you are interested in submitting articles or material for publication in Vantage Point, please contact Rocky View County Communication Services. Printed in Canada with environmentally responsible ink on Forest Stewardship Council В®certified certifiedrecycled recycledpaper. paper. springtime holiday.View. people of Rocky Year in Review 9 In this and future issues of Vantage Point, weвЂ™ll be taking a look at some of Rocky View CountyвЂ™s key activities and services in the past year. This report covers: 403-230-1401 www.rockyview.ca General Rocky View County contact e-mail: [email protected] Vantage Point contact e-mail: [email protected] В© 2014 2013 Rocky View County. All rights reserved. Reproduction or reuse of any information in this publication, in whole or part, without the express written permission of Rocky View County Communication Services is strictly prohibited. While all reasonable care is taken in the preparation of this publication, Rocky View County cannot be held responsible for unintentional errors or omissions. Rocky View CountyвЂ™s large land area and relatively small population presents an ongoing challenge in providing effective, efficient fire services. ItвЂ™s a challenge weвЂ™re committed to meet. There are currently six fire stations in Rocky View County: three full-time stations and three volunteer stations. A seventh station in the Bearspaw area is set to open this year. The Fire Services department works cooperatively with residents, businesses, and neighbouring municipalities to ensure safety and security for you and your family. Calls Responded To 11 3 Aircraft Crashes 39 Miscellaneous - garbage fire, odour complaint, etc. 51 Hazardous Materials When Home and Building Fires Happen 26 19 Carbon Monoxide Incidents Animal Rescues 351 586 Traffic Accidents and Road Hazards 53 Agricultural Burning Complaints 6 Time of Day 52 House Fires 35 Medical Gas Lines/Leaks Percentage of Fires Ten Year House Fire Trend OPEN 239 False Alarms 55 Grass Fires 18 Flooding 35 Building Fires 120 100 80 60 40 20 0 95 2004 111 78 2005 89 61 57 2006 2007 2008 2009 Year 74 2010 60 64 2011 2012 52 2013 Other K-Country 8 The Featuring the County Welcome to the New Vantage Point communities of Kathyrn and Keoma. WeвЂ™ve been working hard on County communications over the past few months, with a new website, less (but improved) paid newspaper advertising, and more public open houses and information sessions. WeвЂ™ve also heard your concerns How toвЂ¦ about Vantage Point вЂ“ big, untimely, expensive, and difficult to read. 9 Rocky View County Communications Services 911 вЂ“ 32 Avenue NE Calgary, AB, T2E 6X6 Fire Services Alarm!! Save your life for under $100. Year in Review Fire Services statistics The Business of Rocky View for 2013. Annalise Astley-Blishen вЂ“ Go4Snow Distributors. Number of House Fires Vantage Point is published monthly by Rocky View County and delivered free of charge to County households. Vantage Point is also available online under the News & Events tab at www.rockyview.ca. report road and infrastructure issues. WeвЂ™re listening to you with this new Vantage Point. WeвЂ™ve reduced the size of the publication and the way itвЂ™s printed, and made it monthly. That Flood Recovery dramatically reduces postage and printing costs. This new version costs Projects set to begin. under 25 cents per person to print and mail вЂ“ less than the price of a firstclass stamp. 10 11 Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park The more frequent delivery us give you more timely information about Over 3,000 acreshelps to explore. County Council decisions, upcoming events, and arising issues. WeвЂ™ve made that information easier to read, and the design easier to follow. Over the nextCover few months, weвЂ™ll be tweaking Vantage Point to get it just right, On the and if you have any comments or suggestions weвЂ™d love to hear them. Drop Bob Thompson is a Langdon resident and us a line at [email protected] an avid lover of the outdoors. He can often be touring thenew County on his Harley. Wefound hope you like the and improved Vantage Point. He is actively involved in the community, and has sat on many boards over the years, including the Rocky View County Family OnServices the Cover and Community Support Board, Deanna and Mark the Bow North Recreation Board, andMuchka is a and their children, Derek and Kate, take a break from wrapping up their 2013 season at the past president of the North Bow Community Calgary Corn Maze and Fun Farm in Rocky View County, Facility Board. southwest of Indus. The popular attraction brings the country experience to Calgarians and visitors from around the world. Photograph by Carl Patzel Photography. Photograph by Carl Patzel Photography. Do you know a great face for the cover of Vantage Point? Let us by ae-mailing Do know you know great face for the cover of Vantage Point? [email protected] Let us know by e-mailing [email protected] Rocky View CountyвЂѓ|вЂѓ3 County | 3 Council Votes Here are the highlights of significant or County-wide decisions from the most recent Council meetings. Enhanced Policing Council voted to move forward on an agreement with the R.C.M.P. for enhanced policing of the County out of the Airdrie Detachment. The Province of Alberta pays for core policing in Rocky View, but the County has the option of funding additional R.C.M.P. support. The agreement will cost approximately $145,000 per year, which funds a greater focus on criminal code, traffic, and liquor and gaming offenses. There is a similar arrangement in place with the Cochrane Detachment for enhanced police presence in that area. Funding for Indus-Area Recreation Needs Council voted to provide Emergency Community Recreation funding to the Bow Valley Agricultural Society and the Bow Valley Community Club, both in Indus. A grant of up to $3,900 will be provided to the Agricultural Society to match funds raised to replace two aging furnaces in the Bill Herron Arena. A grant of up to $3,315 will go to the Community Club for a new stove in the curling facility. The stove is an important part of the lounge, which is a significant source of revenue for the facility. On average, County Council deals with many agenda items at each meeting, most relating to localized land use and development issues. If youвЂ™re interested in all of CouncilвЂ™s decisions, or details on the decisions shown here, you can read the full Council Minutes by visiting www.rockyview.ca and clicking on the вЂњGovernmentвЂќ then вЂњCouncilвЂќ tabs. Slow Down for Spring The planting and summer pasture season is here, and with over 90 percent of Rocky View CountyвЂ™s land devoted to agriculture, it is not unusual to see tractors, trucks, and other large equipment on roadways as farmers and ranchers move equipment and animals. have turn signals (theyвЂ™re not required by law). The operators will instead use hand signals to indicate their intentions, and thatвЂ™s something many drivers are not used to, so watch carefully for these big vehicles turning. Remember that living in Rocky View County includes the need to occasionally slow down for equipment on the roads. ItвЂ™s all a part of the unique rural quality of life we enjoy. Remember to slow down as you approach these slowmoving vehicles, and make sure the equipment operator sees you. TheyвЂ™ll move to the side of the road when they can, giving you the chance to pass in safety. Much of the farm equipment you may encounter wonвЂ™t 4вЂѓ |вЂѓ Vantage Point Since all of Rocky View County sees farm equipment on the roads, there are no special signs to warn drivers.В Be careful everywhere. Rocky Viewers will spend just over $1.6 million on Easter this year, including candy, flowers, and decorations. EasterвЂ™s A Treat Easter is the oldest Christian festival and holiday, with traditions that come from many cultures. It is the most flexible holiday on the calendar. Easter occurs on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the first day of spring. That can put Easter anywhere between March 22 and April 25. Easter sees the highest dollar value of candy eaten. вЂўSolid chocolate Easter treats are a dentistвЂ™s best friend. People often break teeth on solid chocolate eggs and bunnies, but not on hollow ones. Since the early 1800s, Easter has been associated with candy, and here are some sweet facts about Easter treats: вЂўIn Sweden and parts of Finland, little girls dress up as witches on the Thursday or Saturday before Easter and go door to door with a copper kettle looking for treats. вЂўEaster and Halloween battle for sweet supremacy. Halloween sees more candy consumed, but вЂўThe jelly beans eaten at Easter would circle the world three times if laid end to end. вЂўCadburyвЂ™s Creme Eggs are the most popular eggshaped treat, with over 200 million sold world-wide each year. вЂўWhen taking a bite into a chocolate bunny, 76 percent of people eat the ears first, 13 percent eat the feet first, and 10 percent eat the tails first.В вЂўJelly bean guessing contests are popular at Easter. YouвЂ™ll have an advantage in knowing that 248 standard-sized jelly beans fit in a one-liter container. Rocky View CountyвЂѓ|вЂѓ5 Year in Review In this and future issues of Vantage Point, weвЂ™ll be taking a look at some of Rocky View CountyвЂ™s key activities and services in the past year. This report covers: Fire Services Rocky View CountyвЂ™s large land area and relatively small population presents an ongoing challenge in providing effective, efficient fire services. ItвЂ™s a challenge weвЂ™re committed to meet. Calls Responded To 52 26 House Fires Miscellaneous - garbage fire, odour complaint, etc. Carbon Monoxide Incidents 3 51 351 Aircraft Crashes Hazardous Materials Traffic Accidents and Road Hazards 239 55 18 False Alarms 6вЂѓ |вЂѓ Vantage Point 39 Grass Fires Flooding There are currently six fire stations in Rocky View County: three full-time stations and three volunteer stations. A seventh station in the Bearspaw area is set to open this year. The Fire Services department works cooperatively with residents, businesses, and neighbouring municipalities to ensure safety and security for you and your family. When Home and Building Fires Happen 19 Animal Rescues Agricultural Burning Complaints 586 35 Medical Time of Day 53 Gas Lines/Leaks Percentage of Fires OPEN 35 Building Fires Number of House Fires Ten Year House Fire Trend 120 100 80 60 40 20 0 95 2004 111 78 2005 89 61 57 2006 2007 2008 2009 74 2010 60 64 2011 2012 52 2013 Year Rocky View CountyвЂѓ|вЂѓ7 The Other K-Country In the centre of Rocky View CountyвЂ™s eastern lands lie the hamlets of Keoma and Kathyrn. These two community centers lie about four kilometres apart, along Highway 566. Keoma is a first nationsвЂ™ word meaning вЂњover thereвЂќ or вЂњfar away.вЂќ The community was founded in 1910 along the CP rail line, and rapidly grew to include a lumber yard, store, post office, school, blacksmith shop, barber shop, and community centre. With the coming of the automobile and the mechanization of agriculture, the importance of small railway communities slowly declined. The population of the Keoma area reached 67 in 2006, but has rebounded to 85 in the 2013 census. That might be considered a boom вЂ“ on a percentage basis, the hamlet has grown by almost 27 percent in seven years. Kathyrn is a year younger than Keoma, and is experiencing a similar miniboom. Residents around the hamlet now number 20 вЂ“ almost a 43 percent increase from the 2006 population of 14. The community was founded when local farmer Neil McKay donated land to the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway on the condition it be used for a town named after his daughter. The unusual spelling of the name is the result of low literacy skills in early Alberta. A sign painter switched the Y and the R in Kathryn on the railway station sign, and the error was never corrected. Kathyrn was originally about three kilometers north of its current location. The original land Mr. McKay donated was unsuitable, so the community moved south, but the name вЂ“ and spelling вЂ“ remained. Today, people tend to settle in larger, centralized communities. But to the rural residents of Alberta and Rocky View County, these small hamlets remain an important gathering place for the community, and the centre of the agricultural lifestyle. Keoma is an important gathering place for the community. Adopt a Pet Thor is a super sweet, burly boy who loves a good cuddle and will purr up a storm for you. He loves his scratching posts and is always searching for things to play with. Come see Thor, heвЂ™s easy to fall in love with and will be an excellent addition to your home! Learn more about Thor at www.cochranehumane.ca. Rocky View County funds and works with the Calgary and Cochrane humane societies to ensure the welfare of animals throughout the County. 8вЂѓ |вЂѓ Vantage Point Escaped animals on roadways are one of the issues the County relies on residents to report. How to . . . report road and infrastructure issues Highways All primary and secondary highways in Rocky View County are the responsibility of the Province of Alberta. These roads are marked as highways, and you can find a map of them by searching for вЂњProvincial RoadsвЂќ at www.rockyview.ca. For any issue on a provincial highway, call one of the ProvinceвЂ™s private contractors: вЂўFor the northeast part of the County call 1-888-255-5554 вЂўFor the west or southeast part of the County call 1-888-877-6237 County Roads and Infrastructure For non-urgent issues and requests, such as road repairs, ditch and culvert repairs, road dust control, and brush or snow clearing, there are three ways to contact Rocky View County to report the issue or make a service request: вЂўFill out the online form found by clicking вЂњContact UsвЂќ in the upperright corner of www.rockyview.ca вЂўE-mail: [email protected] вЂўCall Rocky View CountyвЂ™s Response Line at 403-520-6378 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For nonurgent issues after hours, itвЂ™s best to e-mail or use the online form. Some road and infrastructure issues pose a real risk, such as missing stop signs, large objects on the road, loose animals, or flooding. Rocky Viewers should report these urgent issues to the 24-hour Response Line at 403-520-6378. Emergencies Remember to dial 9-1-1 in an emergency. Trying to contact hospitals or fire stations directly can cost lives. If itвЂ™s an emergency, call 9-1-1. Winner, Winner, Free Dinner! Congratulations to Edward Z. of Bearspaw who is the winner of a $100 gift certificate from FebruaryвЂ™s Vantage Point restaurant contest. Having just moved from Thunder Bay, Ontario, for work, Edward is excited to explore the County and find a new favourite restaurant. Watch for more contests in upcoming issues. Rocky View CountyвЂѓ|вЂѓ9 Damage from last JuneвЂ™s flooding to the CountyвЂ™s infrastructure was extensive. Flood Projects Set to Begin Last JuneвЂ™s flooding in southern Alberta impacted 20 different locations throughout Rocky View County, including Bragg Creek, Elbow Valley, Bearspaw, Conrich, Springbank, and more. Just over 320 landowners were affected by the floods, with about 65 reporting damage serious enough to warrant participation in the Province of AlbertaвЂ™s Disaster Recovery Program. A significant amount of municipal infrastructure was also damaged or destroyed. Once the initial recovery efforts were completed, Rocky View CountyвЂ™s Infrastructure and Operations department began an ambitious plan to repair infrastructure and reduce the impact of any future floods. A tremendous amount of work has been done in securing funding, completing engineering and technical studies, and lining up equipment and contractors. With warmer spring weather, work can soon begin on 37 individual projects throughout the County: вЂўBearspaw: Aspen Dr. Repairs; Meadow Dr. Repairs; Rolling Acres Rd. Repairs 10вЂѓ |вЂѓ Vantage Point вЂўBottrel: Campground Pedestrian Bridge Repairs; Township Rd. 283В Bridge Repairs вЂўBragg Creek: Balsam Ave. Erosion Reconstruction; Bracken Rd. Bridge Repairs; Bracken Rd. Flood Gate; Bracken Rd. Repairs; CampgroundВ Repairs; Community Association Building Repairs; River Dr. South Armouring Project; Snowbirds Area AccessВ Reconstruction; Water & Waste Water Project Work; Water Intake; Wildrose Close Repairs; Wintergreen Rd. Erosion Repairs; Township Rd. 233 Bridge Repairs; Range Rd. 54 Repairs; Water Intake Stage 2 (now completed); White Ave. Armouring Project (now completed) вЂўConrich: Township Rd. 244BВ Repairs вЂўDivision 1: Hermitage Rd. Bridge Repairs; Range Rd. 45 Repairs вЂўDivision 9: Township Rd. 274 Repairs; Township Rd. 272 Bridge Repairs; Range Rd. 54 Bridge Repairs; Range Rd. 53 Bridge Repairs вЂўElbow Valley: Bank Reconstruction вЂўRocky View County Emergency Operations Centre вЂўSlapping Tail Pond Reclamation вЂўSpringbank: Springbank Rd. Bridge Repairs; Range Rd. 41 Bridge Repairs The cost of these projects is estimated to be just over $13.2 million. Each has its own timeline, and Rocky View County is looking to complete the projects as quickly as possible, while still ensuring the budgets are efficiently and effectively spent. The Province of Alberta, with financial support from the Government of Canada, is funding these important projects. Thanks to this exceptional level of support, Rocky View County can rebuild our infrastructure; help mitigate the potential damage of any future flooding events; and help restore the quality of life of all Rocky Viewers. The Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park maintains foothills parkland in its natural state. Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park Rocky View County is known for the beauty of its vistas and its rugged prairie and foothill landscapes. It can be hard to single out a diamond in a land full of gems, but few will argue that the Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park stands out, even by Rocky View County standards. Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park officially opened to visitors in August of 2011, making it AlbertaвЂ™s newest provincial park. The 3,300 acres of foothills parkland was sold to the Province at about half its value by the Harvie family, under the condition that the truly beautiful and historically important area be preserved. The family also established a $6 million foundation to promote and develop the park and the Lois Hole Centennial Provincial Park near Edmonton. The Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park is managed differently than other parks in Alberta. The parkвЂ™s board consists of equal representation from Alberta Tourism, Alberta Parks & Recreation, and the Harvie Conservancy Foundation. The park continues to be a working ranch. Cattle graze the fescue grasslands, as bison once did, helping to protect this threatened landscape. Cattle eat the grass stalks in the late fall and winter, helping sunlight to penetrate in early spring, which ensures healthy new fescue stalks. Visitors can experience the park through 25 kilometres of walking and cycling pathways, or through a trip to the visitor centre to see displays on the history and culture of the area. Stop by and take a look for yourself. You can find more information on the Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park by visiting www.rockyview.ca and searching вЂњParks and Pathways.вЂќ Fast Fact: The sandstone that makes up AlbertaвЂ™s Legislature and many other historic buildings came from a quarry located within the parks boundaries. Do you know an entrepreneur, an interesting person, or a neat place in Rocky View County? Send an e-mail to [email protected] to let us know. Rocky View CountyвЂѓ|вЂѓ11 Many Hands Make Light Work April is Volunteer Month and we salute those who give their time to help make our community such a great place to live, learn, work, and play. 014-0307 В© Rocky View County The spirit of volunteering is alive and well in Rocky View County.