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2019-05-15  Regionalization Media Release #6

 

Regionalization Working Group discusses Elected Representation.  See the latest media release here.

 

https://secureservercdn.net/166.62.108.43/gbs.424.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Regionalization-Working-Group-Discusses-Elected-Representation-Media-Release-6.pdf

 

 

Newell Foundation Life Lease Home Available

 

 

 

Simplify your 50 + living and maintain your independence in the Community of Bassano.

 

1312 square foot duplex home - 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, kitchen, dining, living room, in-suite laundry, storage and attached garage.  Hardwood floors and an open floor plan. 

Available for $265,000.00

Individuals purchase the right to occupy the home and pay a monthly fee for maintenance, insurance, taxes and management. 92% of initial investment is refunded at the termination of residency.

Call the Newell Foundation today at (403) 363-2406 to view and find out more about becoming part of our welcoming community.

 

 

2019-05-08  Municipal Addressing Contest

Want to win a $250 credit towards a County bill of your choice? Don’t forget to check your tax notice for details about our rural addressing contest! Can’t wait for you tax notice to arrive? Check out the details here...

Municipal Addressing Contest

 


 

2019-04-23  Help is on the Way... But Where are you??

Rural Municipal Addresses are unique to residences and businesses point of access from adjacent public roadway. Emergency services requires a specific address to pin point the emergency for dispatching purposes. 

Know your Rural Municipal Address (this is different than your legal land description).

See more details...

 

 

 


2019-04-23 - Frost Boils

As the weather gets warmer and the ground begins to thaw, motorists may notice soft spots on County roads. These imperfections are known as frost boils, which are caused by the melting and release of subsurface water. 

Frost boils are a common problem on both gravel and paved roads throughout urban and rural settings. They usually begin to appear towards the end of March and stick around until the ground is completely thawed (towards the end of May).
Fun Fact! The County uses budgeted funds annually to improve roadside drainage to prevent future frost boils. When a frost boil appears, we take measures to notify motorists but flagging the location. Major spots are monitored, graded regularly, and more gravel is applied for additional stability.

If you do come across a frost boil, we ask that you report the location to Municipal Services through Newell Connect or by contacting the office at 403-794-2311.

 

 

2019-04-23  Dust Abatement

Areas that the County will be applying Calcium has changed for 2019. The County has a policy whereby ratepayers of the County of Newell may make application to have dust abatement applied on the graveled portion of road in front of their residence. 
Applications must be received not later than April 30, 2019 4:30 p.m. local time.   click here to view rates
 

 

2019-04-22 Request for Proposal- Deadline April 23

The County of Newell is requesting proposals to provide Water Truck Services, Truck and Trailer Services and Hydrovac Services. Please see our Tender page for more details... 

 

 



 

2019-04-22  Agriculture Services Video- Pesticide Control

See the fourth video in the series from the County of Newell's Agriculture Services Department.  Joe Entz, Maintenance Supervisor of Ag Services & Facilities discusses the various units the county has available for Pesticide Control.  See it on You Tube!

 

 


 

2019-04-22 2019 Roadside Mowing & Spraying 

The 2019 Pesticide Control and Mowing Program deals with controlling weeds on County rights-of-way, County-owned land as well as work within the Town of Bassano, the City of Brooks and Grasslands School Division property.  See full Public notice here.


 


 

2019-04-18  Finnegan Ferry

Finnegan Ferry is now open for the season.


 

 

 

2019-04-15  Urban Chicken Bylaw

Council has approved the urban chicken bylaw which now clears the way for land owners and tenants residing in all residential areas of the County to keep chickens, with the exception of Lake Newell Resort and areas zoned as direct control.  For more details please see the links below:

Urban Chicken Bylaw 1938-19

Urban Chicken License Application 

 

 

 

 

2019-04-15  GO VOTE!

Tomorrow is Election day! Please remember to Vote.

For all your voting information see the election website here  

 

 

 

2019-04-09  Agriculture Services Video

Check out the new Ag Services video on YouTube - Catherine Christensen, Environmental Services Supervisor with the County of Newell discusses the Agriculture Services weed identification and control program.

Click here to view video

 


 


 

2019-04-08  County of Newell- Fire Advisory

A Fire Advisory has been issued for the entire County of Newell due to the following conditions:
Temperatures contributing to the fire risk.

Wind speeds exceeding safe burning conditions at times.

Lack of sufficient moisture levels.

 

Fires are allowed but public warning advising extreme caution is issued. This level is a warning and may be upgraded to a Fire Restriction or Fire Ban if conditions do not improve.  

County of Newell Fire Guardians may still issue new fire permits.  All conditions contained on the fire permit shall be followed without exception. Failure to follow conditions will result in fines being issued. 

View full Advisory Notice

 

 


 

2019-04-08  GIS strategies at the County of Newell

See how the County of Newell puts GIS data to work for the organization when Roberta Fernell, Director of IT discusses the strategies during a webinar on April 17th 11am-12pm. The County recently ranked first in their municipality size for their GIS Program. Register for the seminar .

 

 


 

2019-04-08  Dust Abatement

Areas that the County will be applying Calcium has changed for 2019. The County has a policy whereby ratepayers of the County of Newell may make application to have dust abatement applied on the graveled portion of road in front of their residence. 
Applications must be received not later than April 30, 2019 4:30 p.m. local time.   click here to view rates

 


 

2019-04-03  Noxious Weeds- Downy Brome

Spring is finally here! This means be on the lookout for the noxious weed - Downy Brome! It  is an annual grass that reproduces by seed. For more information visit our website Noxious Weeds Page  or call your Ag Service Department  403-362-3266. 
 
 
2019-04-03  Home & Garage for Sale by Tender
The County currently has a Home & Garage for Sale by Tender:

The home and garage will be available for viewing between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm on both April 5th and April 19th, 2019.

Tender deadline is 4:30 PM – Monday, April 29, 2019

View property description

Offer to Purchase Document

 


 
 
2019-04-03  Request for Tender
The County currently has a number of requests for tender, please check our website (Tenders Page) for a full listing:Visit Tenders page here
 
 
 

2019-03-29  Hawk Nesting Poles (SURVEY)
The proposed Nesting poles will provide any species of hawk with a nesting site, and in turn will help agricultural landowners to control Richardson Ground Squirrels (gophers).  The County is running a survey to collect opinions on pest control options and the proposed Hawk Nesting poles.  Please review the documents below and complete our survey.  We appreciate your feedback.
Hawk Nesting Poles policy
Hawk Nesting Poles Agreement
CLICK HERE TO TAKE SURVEY  (thanks for your input)
 
 
 

 
2019-03-27  Regionalization Website Update
New information has now been posted on the Regionalization Working Group website including information on regionalization vs amalgamation and financial information of each municipality. Please check it out at regionalwg.ca


 

 
2019-03-26  VIDEO - Agriculture Services and the County of Newell
Will Schaap, Manager of Agriculture Services with the County of Newell outlines the various Agriculture Services provided by the County, including weed identification, roadside mowing, and chemical weed control. Click here to view video.
 

 

 
2019-03-25  The Provincial Election Has Been Called
 April 16th is Election day. Please make sure you are registered. Click here to see if you are registered 
 
 
 
2019-03-18  Agriculture Services in the County of Newell
Todd Green, Director of Agriculture Services with the County of Newell outlines the many services the County provides. 
 

 
 
2019-03-18  Newell Notify - Spring has Sprung & Flooding has Begun
Stay informed on where the flooding is. Sign up for Newell Notify to receive a notification via, phone, email or text. You select what you want to receive- road closures,County News,Tenders,etc.  Read more about it and sign up for the info you would like us to send you.  

 
2019-03-15  We are hiring! - Full Time - Agriculture Technician
Responsible for the many programs offered by the  County of Newell Ag Services Dept and the enforcement of the Weed Control Act, Agricultural Pests Act and the Soil Conservation Act. See our Careers page for more details.

 
2019-03-15  WATER MAIN BREAK- DIVISION 6,7 & 9
ATTENTION DIVISION 6, 7, AND 9 COUNTY OF NEWELL RURAL WATER USERS Bassano, Gem, Rosemary Newell Regional Services, in conjunction with contractors, are working 24 hours a day to repair a major Transmission Line Break. The break is effecting water delivery to most people in the above divisions. As soon as the break is fixed, water services will be restored. Please exercise good water conservation techniques until further notice. Further updates will be provided as they become available. Thank you for your patience in this matter.

 
 
2019-03-11  Regionalization- THIS AFFECTS YOU- BE INFORMED
Two information sessions being held today in the County of Newell. It is important for citizens to be informed on the proposed Regionalization plan.
To view more information on Regionalization click here.  
 

 

 
2019-03-11  County of Newell Council Meeting
If you missed the last County of Newell council meeting on March 7th, you can view the video on our YouTube Channel (Click here)
 

 
 
2019-03-11  Request for Tender- Herbicide (Closes 04APR)
The County of Newell is requesting tenders for our 2019 chemical needs.  See Request for Tender below:

 
 
 
2019-03-11  Richardson Ground Squirrel 
With Spring on its way, the gophers will soon be emerging from their holes. Early control of infestations is the most effective. For control options available, please call your County Agricultural Services Department 403-362-3266.

 
 
 
2019-03-06  Environmental stewardship and climate change - Producer Grant program
-grazing management -manure & Livestock facilities management -agriculture input and waste management
click here for more information
 
 

2019-03-05  Alberta Wetlands - 2 day training
Alberta Wetlands: From Classification to Policy
This course provides essential background information necessary for making informed decisions about wetlands. CALGARY: 20-21 MARCH EDMONTON: 5-6 MARCH 
click here for more details on the training


  
 

2019-03-04  Regionalization Website
The municipalities of the Town of Bassano, City of Brooks, Village of Duchess, County of Newell and the Village of Rosemary have formed a Regionalization Working Group to discuss the options involved with Regionalization.  Please click here to view the new Regionalization website for more information.
 
 
 
 
2019-02-28- Urban Chicken Initiative 

The Urban Chicken initiative is being extended to all hamlets and residential areas except for Rolling Hills, Lake Newell Resort and the mobile home parks which are zoned Direct Control. 

First reading has been given to two bylaws which when approved through third reading will enable residents in all other residential areas of the County to apply for and be issued a license for keeping chickens on their property, subject to restrictions outline in the Urban Chicken bylaw.

Please see link below for the draft bylaw presented at the 21FEB Council meeting.  

Draft of Bylaw 1938-19 Urban Chicken Bylaw

 


 2019-02-28 Citizen of the Year & Junior Citizen of the Year

Nomination deadline is Thursday, 07MAR
To be considered for the 2019 Citizen or Junior Citizen of the Year Award:
➢ The work or services performed by the nominee must not concern work performed in public office.
➢ The nominee must not have received compensation for the services performed.
➢ Immediate Executive and the Board of Directors of Grasslands Regional FCSS are not eligible for nomination.
➢ The achievement of the nominee should be something that has demonstrated contributions to the betterment of the community. (e.g. volunteering/nonprofit organizations/community groups)
➢ Junior Citizen of the Year Nominees must be in Grade 10-12
 

 
2019-02-18 Regionalization - Press Release
The municipalities of the Town of Bassano, City of Brooks, Village of Duchess, County of Newell and the Village of Rosemary have formed a Regionalization Working Group to discuss the options involved with regionalization. The Regionalization Working Group (RWG) has arranged for six open houses to obtain questions, opinions and feedback from the residents of any of the communities within the County of Newell boundaries. Residents are invited to attend any/or all of the six open houses in the region.  See below for full release.
 
 
 
 
2019-02-14 Agriculture Funding Workshop
The County of Newell would like to thank everyone that attended the Agriculture Funding Workshop at the JBS Canada Centre on Feb 12th,2019. It was a great turn out! Lots of important information was shared and great questions were asked. 
 

 
2019-02-13 Bylaw 1742-11
The County of Newell would like to remind everyone that as per our Unauthorized Road Use Development Bylaw 1742-11, you are prohibited from pushing snow and/or other materials into the road/ditch from your yard, sidewalk and/or driveway. Please report any concerns through our Newell Connect App or call the Municipal Enforcement Department at 403-794-2311.  Click here to review bylaw 1742-11

 
 
2019-02-07 PACE for Homeowners
The County of Newell is looking into a PACE program for it's taxpayers.  Property Assessed Clean Energy, better known as PACE, is a financing innovation that has revolutionized the way property owners upgrade  their home and businesses.  Pace financing programs allow homeowners to fund 100% of the upfront cost of energy and resource improvements to their homes and repay financing over time through their taxes.  Learn More...
- Pace Information sheet 
- Pace Alberta Website
- Complete our PACE survey

 
 
2019-01-24 REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION PILOT PROJECT ANNOUNCED
In an effort to provide transportation to residents seeking medical and other services in Medicine Hat, the municipalities in the Brooks Region have collaborated on a regional transportation pilot project. Transportation will not be limited to medical services, however, medical bookings will take priority. The pilot project is funded through a Government of Alberta Regional Collaboration Grant. 
- Media Release - Regional Transportation
- Regional Transportation Brochure
- Regional Transportation Fact Sheet
- Regional Transportation Guidebook


 
 

 
2019-01-24 TENDER - REQUEST FOR INFORMATION
The County of Newell is seeking information from firms who can implement a scalable Global Positioning System (GPS) Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) solution. The solution will support the management of the County’s fleet, heavy equipment, emergency vehicle(s), and assist with staff positional/location awareness in the field thus advancing the County of Newell’s operations to make them more safe, reliable, and efficient. See more details...
 

 
 
2019-01-22 LOCAL MUNICIPALITIES CONTINUE TO ASSESS REGIONALIZATION

Bassano, Brooks, Duchess, Rainier, Rosemary and Tilley will host Open Houses to obtain public feedback on the initiative of combining five municipalities into one regional municipality.  Learn More...

 

 


 
 
 2019-01-04  Manure Management Update - 14JAN
 
2019-01-04  Agriculture Funding Workshop for Producers - 12FEB

Considering an improvement project on your operation?
Come learn about provincial funding programs and receive application assistance 

click here for details...

 

 
 
2018-12-14  Webinar - Herbicide Resistance 
We all know about resistance but it is growing problem and becoming a serious issue in some areas of the province. There are more weed control tools than herbicides in your tool box.  If you missed this recent webinar- you can watch the recording here.  WATCH VIDEO
 
2018-12-12  Southern Alberta Clubroot Response Workshop - 07JAN 2019
This meeting will help you gain a better understanding of the clubroot pathogen in the context of southern Alberta and teach you how to limit the impact of clubroot on your community. More details...
 
 
 
2018-12-06  Coyote Control Incentive Program 01DEC-31MAR
The incentive program offers $15 per coyote harvested in the County of Newell.
The hunter must have harvested the coyote and live within the County boundary. 
 See full details 

 

 
2018-12-06  Webinar - Herbicide Resistance 12DEC 10:00-10:30am
We all know about resistance but it is growing problem and becoming a serious issue in some areas of the province. There are more weed control tools than herbicides in your tool box. Click here to register.
 

 
2018-12-05 FOR SALE - 2 (Two) Fire Caddy Trailers
Please check our Tenders & Requests for Proposal page for more details.
 
 
 
 
2018-11-27   NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING -20DEC

Purpose of Bylaw 1935-18 is to re-designate a portion of of land from Parks and recreation (PR) to  Direct Control (DC)  to accommodate the location of a moved-in building for the purpose of establishing a post office in Rolling Hills...  see full public notice

 

 
2018-11-22  Request for Tender - Snow Removal
The County of Newell is now accepting tenders for Snow Removal Services in the Hamlet of Tilley and the Hamlet of Scandia. Closing date is Friday, November 30th at 2pm.
See our Tenders page for more details.

 
 
2018-11-19 Farm Health & Safety Producer Grant
Grant available to help offset some of the costs employers may incur in complying with OHS regulations for farms and ranches, which takes effect Dec.1,2018.
Click here for more details
 
 
 
2018-11-19 Alberta Environmental Farm Plan
The Environmental Farm Plan is a voluntary,whole farm, self-assessment tool that helps producers identify their environmental risks and develop plans to mitigate identified risks. For questions or to sign up please call 794-2293. click here for more details
 

 
2018-11-16 Fire Advisory Lifted
The Manager of Fire & Emergency Services for the County of Newell, in conjunction with County of Newell Fire Bylaw #1839-15 has Lifted the Fire Advisory for the entire County of Newell due to the following conditions:

·       Current ground conditions are partially snow covered.
·       Colder temperatures are keeping the ground temperatures and fine fuels lower.

County of Newell Fire Guardians are able to issue new Fire Permits. All conditions contained on the Fire Permit shall be followed without exception. Failure to follow conditions will result in fines being issued.   more..

 

2018-11-05 SUSTAINABILITY SERIES webinars

06NOV-Supporting our Cattle Industry – The BIXSco Story

21NOV-Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Crops

28NOV-Making Sweet Certifiably Sustainable – Alberta Sugar Beet Growers
Click here for more information

 
 
2018-11-15 - Penalties on Current Taxes
A penalty of 8% will be levied on all unpaid CURRENT taxes as at 4:30 p.m. on November 15, 2018.
To avoid penalties, all CURRENT  taxes must be paid on or before November 15, 2018 
Please make payment to County of Newell, Box 130 (183037 RR145), Brooks, AB  T1R 1B2
 
 
2018-11-01  Finnegan Ferry

The Finnegan Ferry crossing is now closed for the season.


 
Rural Crime Watch Town Hall Meetings
 
 
2018-10-26  Feed what you need
 
 

2018-10-25  Clean Farms - 26OCT

Obsolete Pesticide Collection Program -26OCT

Farmers can safely dispose of unwanted agricultural pesticides and equine/livestock medications at a designated collection site from October 22 – 26, 2018. Brooks area is 26OCT

 
 
2018-10-23  Anti-Icing Control

This week, the County will be doing anti-icing control on TR192 (JoAnne Trucking Road) and HWY1A (within the County boundary only.) Please drive safely and give workers room to work.

 

2018-10-19  Shelter Belt Program
There is funding available for the establishment of permanent shelterbelts through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) program-Environmental Stewardship and Climate Change- Producer.  For more information see links below and click here to see the CAP website
Please call the County of Newell Environmental Services Supervisor, Catherine Christensen at 403-362-3266 ext 2293
Shelterbelt Overview
Shelterbelt Planning, Planting & Maintenance
Shelterbelt Workbook
 
 

2018-10-17  You can now trim your Elm Trees!
The only time it is legal to prune elms in Alberta is between October 1 and March 31. This is when the elm bark beetles, responsible for spreading the deadly DED fungus, are not active. Click here to see more information on the Elm pruning ban.

 
2018-10-17  Cannibis in the County - Know the Bylaw (1930-18)
According to federal law, the possession and consumption of cannabis may be legal, but all County residents and visitors need to understand that County Bylaw 1930-18 prohibits the consumption of cannabis in all public places throughout the County.  Click here to view the Bylaw (1930-18)

 

2018-10-05  Hydrant Flushing at Lake Newell Resort

Newell Regional Services Corporation, on behalf of the County of Newell, will be performing hydrant flushing at Lake Newell Resort on Wednesday October 17, 2018.  Due to the high volume of water being flushed at high velocities, you may notice sediment in the water or the water appearing cloudy from the fixtures in your home.  This is not a safety hazard, and the water is still perfectly safe.  To remedy this situation run your taps until the water clears up.

If you have any concerns don’t hesitate to contact Newell Regional Services Corporation at 403-794-4000   

 


2018-10-05  Council Meeting Video from 20SEP

Did you miss last week's Council Meeting (20SEP)? You can watch it now on YouTube [click here]. See the agenda and skip forward to the parts that interest you. The next Council Meeting scheduled for Thursday, 11OCT.

 

2018-10-05  Members-at-Large-County Committees

The Council of the County of Newell invites written applications from electors within the County who may wish to sit as a member on one of the following Committees. Available positions are:

County of Newell Library Board

o 1 member residing in either Division 5 (Cassils/Lake Newell Resort) or Division 10 (Brooks)

o 1 member residing in Division 7 (Rosemary)

• 1 member for the Agricultural Pest Act/Weed Control Act Appeal Committee

• 1 member plus alternates for the Subdivision & Development Appeal Board
– successful applicants will be required to undergo formal training provided or arranged by the County.

• 1 member plus alternates for the Assessment Review Board
– Members are appointed to a regional pool for reviewing property assessment appeals that may be launched within the County of Newell, the Town of Bassano, the Village of Duchess, and the Village of Rosemary.

 

See Application information...

 


2018-10-04  Hamlet of Lake Newell Resort- Sign Upgrade and Standardization

Did you know as of April 1st, 2018 producers will need to have an Environmental Farm Plan dated within the last 10 years to be eligible for cost-sharing funding with the Canadian Agriculture Partnership (CAP)? Visit http://www.albertaefp.com or call 794-2293 for more information.

 

2018-10-02  Hamlet of Lake Newell Resort- Sign Upgrade and Standardization
The County of Newell will be upgrading Regulatory, Warning and Information signs at Lake Newell Resort. These efforts are being taken to bring signage into compliance with Alberta Transportation Highway Guide and Information Sign Manual. With this planned work this is what you can expect... see more...

 

 

2018-09-19 Fire Restriction lowered to Fire Advisory

Good News! The Fire restriction has been downgraded to a Fire Advisory – Fires are allowed, but a public warning advising of extreme caution is issued. Please burn safely! For more information see our Fire bans web page... countyofnewell.ab.ca/p/-fire-bans

 

 


2018-09-19 On-Farm Solar Photovoltaics ( OFSPV) Program
FUNDING IS STILL AVAILABLE!

 

-The Solar PV program has a $3.5 M budget for 2018-19
-The program has received over 68 applications to date
-The program has approved less than $2M in applications, so we have over $1.5M still to allocate, and another $3.5 M next fiscal year.
click here for more information

 

2018-09-19   Farm Energy and Agri-Processing (FEAP) Program
FUNDING IS STILL AVAILABLE!

• The producer FEAP program has a $13.5 M budget for 2018-19

• The program has received over 670 applications to date

• Even if we approved everything in the queue we would have over $2.5M still available and another $13.5 M for next fiscal year.

click here for more information 

 

2018-09-11 Fire Safety- smoking
Never throw out cigarettes into vegetation, landscaping, peat moss, dried grasses, mulch, leaves, garbage and other similar items - they can easily catch fire. See more...

 

 

2018-09-11 Back to School safety- driving in School and Playground Zones

School Zones - In urban and rural areas, the speed is 30 km/h unless otherwise posted. 

Playground Zones- The lower speed limit posted is effective starting at 8:30am until one hour after sunset, seven days a week.  See more...

 


2018-09-11 Tree Planting at Aqueduct Trout Pond - 22SEP 9:00AM - 1 2:00PM

This fall, join thousands of volunteers across Canada to help open doors for a more sustainable tomorrow! Register today at tdtreedays.com
 
 

2018-08-27  Obsolete Pesticide Collection Program
Farmers can safely dispose of unwanted agricultural pesticides and equine/livestock medications at a designated collection site from October 22 – 26.  Brooks collection site is at  CPS on 26OCT.   See more . . .

 

 

2018-08-22  Public Notice

The County of Newell would like to engage the public to report all suspicious activities on all gravel roads, specifically in

the Bassano area. Suspicious activities include removing gravel material from the road surface and placing in piles on the

road or in the adjacent ditches.  See Full notice...


 

2018-08-21 -Local Crime Map-

The County of Newell has joined with other municipalities to show local crime maps to raise awareness about property crime in the area. This will also facilitate interagency collaboration.

Crimes listed will include theft of/ from a motor vehicle, break & enter, mischief and missing persons. If there is an emergency such as a school lockdown, a flag will show up on the map for a brief period of time.

You can view the crime map for our area on the County of Newell Website... http://www.countyofnewell.ab.ca/p/rural-crime-map

 

2018-08-13- Public Hearing Notice
PROPOSED ROAD CLOSURE BYLAW 1918-18

THURSDAY, September 6, 2018 11:30 am – County of Newell Council Chambers

Concerns must be submitted in writing to the County no later than 30AUG 4:00 pm
see full notice...

 

 

2018-08-08 Upcoming County of Newell Council Meetings

MPC and Council meetings are this Thursday, 09AUG at 10 am.  

There will not be MPC or Council meetings on 23AUG.  

The next regularly scheduled meetings will be 06SEP at 10 am.

 

2018-08-03 Construction Zone Safety

Motorists in the #County of Newell are encouraged to slow down, be alert and drive safely through construction zones.

 

 Imagine sitting in your cubicle with cars whizzing by perilously close to your workspace and so fast that you can feel the tailwind. For many of our employees and contractors, these near‐misses are a common occurrence when they are out working on the roadway. When you see construction, please slow down and observe all posted signs and flag persons. Help those working on the roads get home safe to their loved ones.


Everyone hates delays. Here are some tips for helping you avoid them.

  • Sign up for Newell Notify to receive alerts for road construction and closures in the area.
  • Check the 511 Alberta site for information on Provincial Highways (http://511.alberta.ca/)
  • Plan trips with the expectation that travel will take a few minutes longer during the summer construction season.
  • Use alternate routes, especially zones operating over a lengthy period of time. This will reduce traffic congestion and related risks.

Be safe

  • Obey speed limits in construction zones. Sometimes hazards are not visible to the motorists, but still pose a threat.
  • Obey all rules and signs even when people and equipment are not working – these are there for your safety and there may be danger present!
  • Cooperate with other drivers to keep traffic moving smoothly. When traffic needs to merge because of a lane closure, ease into the driving lane early and leave gaps for other vehicles to merge.

When you encounter road construction, slow down for everyone's protection and obey the signs and the flagperson's instructions. Obey the signs even when there are no construction workers on the road, because there may still be some other road hazards present.


Speeding fines are doubled in construction zones. The Government of Alberta also enacted increased speeding fines in construction zones, which now range from $156 to $949. For

more information see Traffic Safety in Alberta.

 

 

2018-07-30  Obsolete Pesticide Collection Program
Farmers can safely dispose of unwanted agricultural pesticides and equine/livestock medications at a designated collection site from October 22 – 26

Brooks collection site is at  CPS on 26OCT.   See more . . .


 

2018-07-20 RURAL BEAUTIFICATION TOUR

If you would like to take the Rural Beautification Tour to see some of the outstanding rural yards,
please call Joeleen at 403-794-2311. The tour will be on July 27th.


 


2018-07-19 - ROAD CONSTRUCTION JULY-NOV

Please be advised that The County of Newell, in conjunction with Alberta Transportation, will be starting construction for the paving of Highway 873 from PR103 to Highway 36, and Highway 535 from Highway 873 east to the existing pavement on Monday 23JUL.
  

Construction is expected to be ongoing until the end of November. Please expect delays and obey all signage and flag persons so the crews can complete their work safely. Where possible consider using alternative routes.

Should you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact Geoff Tiffin, Manager of Engineering Services at 403-794-2311.

 

2018-06-28 - PUBLIC PARTICIPATION POLICY
How can the County better communicate and provide additional opportunities for the public to provide input?

The County of Newell is developing a Public Participation policy.  This reiterates the County's ongoing commitment to utilizing a variety of public communication methods, in an effort to keep the public informed about matters that may impact them.  

The County is asking the public to review the Public Participation Policy and provide feedback;
- Are there any areas of the policy that require changing?
- How can the County better communicate and provide additional opportunities for the public to provide input?
- Let us know how you like the County to communicate information on issues that may affect you...
(Post info to the website, social media, Newell Notify, notice in newspaper, radio announcement, council discussion, etc)

The County is committed to keeping residents fully informed on County matters.  We appreciate your feedback and thank you for your input.
Please send your feedback to administration@newellmail.ca  of call the County office  403-362-3622 no later than 12pm on July 13, 2018.

 view DRAFT of Public Participation Policy here

 

2018-06-25 -  RURAL BEAUTIFICATION 2018.  Nominate a beautiful yard now!  
Each year the residents in the #CountyofNewell that own more than a one-acre yard and maintain it in an aesthetically pleasing manner have the opportunity to be recognized. Nomination deadline is 16JUL, and judging will take place 19-20JUL. Only three awards  for the entire County. http://ow.ly/PAvH30kiyIG 

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 2018-06-25- Alberta Dutch Elm Disease Awareness Week June 22- 28 

What you shouldn’t do!
• Do not transport or store elm firewood at any time! DED and the beetles are declared pests under the AB Agricultural Pests Act and this can be enforced.
• Do not transport elm firewood into Alberta! Firewood is confiscated at all the Alberta-Montana border crossings.
• Do not prune elms between April 1 to September 30.

 What you should do!

- Water elms well from April to mid-August.  To allow the tree to harden off for the winter, watering should be stopped mid-August followed by a good soaking or two before freeze-up.
- Report all suspect trees to the DED Hotline at 1-877-837-ELMS.  A confirmed DED tree must be removed immediately to prevent further spread.

learn more...

Dutch Elm



2018-06-21 Fraud Alert from the Alberta Fire Commissioner
In recent weeks several fire departments in the province and their communities have been the subject of fraudulent fundraising activities.  Individuals have been calling residents of the communities and identifying themselves as a member of the local fire department.  The caller would then advise the resident that they were conducting fundraising efforts for the fire department and seeking cash donations.  In all reported instances, the fire departments mentioned were not conducting any fundraising and they do not raise funds in this manner.  The fire departments involved have notified the RCMP and/or Municipal Police and I understand investigations are ongoing.

If our local fire departments are conducting any fundraising activities, they will ensure that messaging is developed to create awareness of those activities for your residents and local media.  The messaging will include contact information so that anyone having any questions or concerns can contact and discuss them with fire department officials. 

 

 

2018-06-13  SIGN UP FOR NEWELL NOTIFY
When you sign up for Newell Notify you will be notified in case of local emergency... but you can also select other County of Newell information/updates you would like to receive.  Sign up before 15JUN to be entered into a draw for a two-night stay at Emerson Bridge.  http://www.newellnotify.ca

 

2018-06-12  TAX DEADLINE - JUNE 15th
 A penalty of 3% will be levied on all unpaid CURRENT taxes as at 4:30 p.m. JUNE 15th, 2018. To avoid penalties, all CURRENT taxes must be paid by JUNE 15th, 2018.

 

2018-06-12 Tilley- Hydrant Flushing
The County of Newell, will be flushing hydrants in Tilley on Tuesday June12 and Wednesday June13. If your water appears cloudy, this is normal and does not pose a safety hazard, just run water until clear.  If you have any concerns don’t hesitate to contact Newell Regional Services Corporation at 403-794-4000.

 

2018-06-05 Lake Newell Resort- Hydrant Flushing
The County of Newell, will be flushing hydrants at Lake Newell Resort on Wednesday 06JUN. If your water appears cloudy, this is normal and does not pose a safety hazard, just run water until clear.


2018-05-30  The Fire Restriction remains in place for the County of Newell.  see more...

 

2018-05-23 FIRE RESTRICTION
No new Fire Permits will be issued until the Fire restriction is lifted.  Any existing permits are hereby cancelled.
No Fires except for approved gas or propane cooking appliances or portable propane fire pits or campfires in designated fire sites within approved campgrounds.  see more...

 

2018-05-22  Public Works Week - MAY 20-26
Streets, roads, bridges and public transportation keep us linked together. Clean water and sanitation services keep us healthy and allow our communities to grow and prosper. Thanks to all Public Works staff- we appreciate you!

 

 

2018-05-14  Rolling Hills Agricultural Day - 14JUN
Workshops on: Farm Financial Literacy, Cattle and Grain Marketing, Succession Planning and more. Livestock and Crop Tours. http://ow.ly/jfBZ30jZoeR


2018-05-08
Finnegan Ferry Now OPEN

 

2018-04-27-  STATEMENT OF CLARIFICATION on behalf of Alberta Environment
TDL’s are not the correct authorization for dewatering. An application for an approval under the Water Act must be submitted in accordance with the information requirements of the Dewatering fact sheet.  See more...

 

2018-04-27 ROAD BAN-
Axel weight restriction 50% - Johnson Estates Subdivision 1, 
from TR191 north to end of road.

Please be advised that Road Ban Committee members were called individually today to discuss imposing a 50% ban on Johnson Estates 1 residential subdivision access road, as per the white line in the attached image. It was agreed by all committee members that the ban will be put into effect immediately today and remain until such time as operations has the road restored and safe for motorists use. We pride ourselves on maintaining roads open for travel however in this instance the situation requires these measures to be taken.

2018-04-20 Canadian Agricultural Partnership & Environmental Farm Plan

In Alberta, CAP will deliver programs developed in consultation with stakeholders, and is organized under five themes: Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change; Products, Market Growth and Diversification; Science and Research; Risk Management; and Public Trust.  more...

If you are applying for a grant- you will require a current Environmental Farm Plan. The Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) is a voluntary, whole farm, self-assessment tool that helps producers identify their environmental risks and develop plans to mitigate identified risks. We are working together with farmers committed to environmental stewardship.  more...

For more information please contact Ag Services at the County of Newell. 
Catherine Christensen 403-794-2293 or email christensenc@newellmail.ca 

 

2018-04-17 Road Closures  

There are a number of temporary road closures in the County of Newell.  For a current list of closures please see our

 Road Reports, Bans & Temporary Road Closure page

 

2018-04-16 Partial Road Closure
Please be advised that there is a partial road closure on RR131 North of HWY876. The road will be closed from the Dead End South for approx 230 meters
(shown in blue on map).

 

2018-04-15 Road Closures  
There are a number of temporary road closures in the County of Newell.  For a current list of closures please see our Road Reports, Bans & Temporary Road Closure page  
 

 

2018-04-13 #MyCountyofNewell Photo Contest
We had a great response to #MyCountyofNewell Photo Contest! We need your help to select the People's Choice Winner before we announce the winners! We've selected some of the best ones - click on the link below and vote for your favourite! http://ow.ly/AHdL30ju6xU 

 

2018-04-12 Road Flooding- Stay Alert!

Due to Spring thaw, some ditches in the County of Newell may be overflowing and causing flooding on roads.  We are placing barricades and signs in known flooded areas.  Drive with caution and let the County know if you see flooded areas without signage.  403-362-3266 

 

2018-04-12 Dust Abatement 2018
Areas that the County will be applying Calcium has changed for 2018. The County has a policy whereby ratepayers of the County of Newell may make application to have dust abatement applied on the gravelled portion of road in front of their residence. 
Applications must be received not later than April 30, 2018 4:30 p.m. local time.   click here to view rates

 

 

2018-04-12 ROAD CLOSURE
Please be advised that TR212 between RR183 and RR184 is closed effective immediately until further notice.

 

 

2018-04-11 ROAD CLOSURE 

Please be advised that the following roads will be closed effective immediately until further notice due to deep ruts and soft road conditions, local traffic only:

 

  1. RR184 from TR210 to TR204
  2. TR212 from RR184 to RR185

 

2018-03-28  ROAD CLOSURE  (This road still closed APR09 8:40am)

 Please be advised that RR163 between HWY539 and TR184 will be closed until further notice due to water over the road in multiple locations.


2018-04-03  ROAD CLOSURE
Please be advised that  RR184 from TR210 to TR204 will be closed today (Apr 3) from 8:30am to 2:30pm.

 

 

2018-03-28  ROAD CLOSURE  
 Please be advised that RR163 between HWY539 and TR184 will be closed until further notice due to water over the road in multiple locations.


 

2018-03-27  ROAD CLOSURE -UPDATE-DUE TO HIGH WINDS CONSTRUCTION HAS BEEN POSTPONED.  ROAD IS OPEN.

Please be advised that  RR184 from TR210 to TR204 will be  close today from 8:30am to 3:00pm, local traffic only. 

 

2018-03-14  2018 Fire and Emergency Tenders

The County of Newell Fire & Emergency Services is requesting tenders on the following:

-2018 One Ton 4 Wheel Drive 4 Wheel Drive Pickup
-Emergency Vehicle Lighting Package
-Ultra High Pressure Skid Package

 Deadline April 2, 2018 12:00pm. more...

 

2018-03-02  2018 Herbicide Tender

The County of Newell is requesting tenders on its 2018 chemical needs. Deadline 28MAR 12:00pm. Herbicides are to be delivered any time before May 1, 2018.more...

 

2018-03-02 10:20AM  ROAD CLOSURE  UPDATE 

This has been extended to 03MAR at 12:00pm

Please be advised that TR192 from HWY873 to RR143 and RR143 from TR192 to TR193 will be closed effective immediately and will be reopened at 12:00pm on March 2, 2018, local traffic only into Evergreen Subdivision.

 

 

2018-02-26

COUNTY OF NEWELL PENALTIES ON TAX ARREARS 28FEB

A penalty of 12% will be levied on ALL unpaid taxes as of 4:30 p.m. FEBRUARY 28th, 2018

An additional charge of $25.00 per parcel will be added on April 1st, 2018 against every parcel of land on which taxes are more than ONE YEAR in arrears.

To avoid penalties, all tax arrears must be paid on or before FEBRUARY 28th, 2018

PLEASE MAKE PAYMENT TO:
County of Newell
P.O. Box 130 (183037 RR145)
BROOKS, Alberta
T1R 1B2


2018-02-12

Alberta Environmental Farm Plan Renewal Period

As of April 1st, 2018, decided by the Alberta EFP Stakeholder Advisory Committee, producers that have previously completed an Environmental Farm Plan will need to have an EFP completion letter dated within the last 10 years. This letter is necessary to be considered current and eligible for cost-share funding with the Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change programs of the Canadian Agriculture Partnership (CAP).  more...

 

2018-01-22 

The #MyCountyofNewell Photo Contest starts today!  Now that the weather is beautiful, get outside and send us your best pics of the County of Newell. 

Enter through our Newell Connect app.  Click the "Report" button, Click "Issue Title"- here you will see all the departments you can submit an issue to.  Scroll down to 'County Administration" and select "#MyCountyofNewell Photo Contest". 

We look forward to seeing your entries this year!  Full contest details   Contest closes  March 16, 2018.

 

2018-01-11

Now accepting funding applications from community based organizations that provide recreation services or may be undertaking recreation related initiatives in the Brooks and Cassils Area. Deadline is February 9th.

  Invitation to Submit Recreation Funding Applications ,County of Newell Division 5 & 10 – Brooks and Cassils Area


 2018-01-04  Westland Acres Poll

 https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WestlandAcresPoll

 


2018-01-02

 Invitation to Submit Recreation Funding Applications ,County of Newell Division 6 – Bassano Area

 

 2017-12-20  PLEASE NOTE THIS HAS BEEN LIFTED (as of 10:30 am today)

The County of Newell has issued a Fire Advisory as of today at 8:00am.  Fires are allowed but public warning advising extreme caution is issued.  
http://newell.municipalwebsites.ca/UploadFiles/Docs/FireAdvisoryDecember142017_lOzOnv.pdf (2017-12-14)
 
2018-01-02 PLEASE NOTE THIS IS NOW OPEN 
 Please be advised that TR240 East of HWY862 will be closed starting this evening for approximately 4 weeks while a bridge file is replaced . (2017-12-12)
 
2017-12-07
 The Council of the County of Newell invites written applications from electors within the County who may wish
to sit as a member on one of the following Committees... more