Thursday, 18 October 2018

UPDATE - Millarville Rink

Hopefully Some Good News!

As I was driving past the Millarville rink this morning, I saw that Volker Stevin was on site. That should mean they are about to complete the paving! The weather looks good, so they should be able to get it done! The next step after it is completed will be re-installing the boards.

Keep your fingers crossed everyone that we will have ice at the Millarville rink again this year!


If you haven’t registered your children for pond hockey, be sure to visit the Millarville Sports Association website at https://www.millarvillesports.ca/.

I believe registration is closed but imagine they might still be able to squeak you in!

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Oct 17th Update - FUNDS for MRAS Arena Project, Cannabis Bylaw, Millarville Water Line Update and Square Butte Meeting

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Funds for MRAS Arena Rebuild Project

As I mentioned last week, MRAS President, Brent Foster and Treasurer, Nancy Seaman came before MD Council.  They brought Council up to speed on the vision, direction, and progress of the new arena currently being built at the MRAS along with all the incredible ideas for funding and new opportunities at the site.


Council discussed the presentation at authorized support of the MRAS's arena project by way of an interest free Debenture in the amount of $150,000 and a Grant in the amount of $50,000.  Terms of the interest free debenture are still to be negotiated and will come back before council.  The Grant, however, does not need to be paid back.

This is great news and Council is happy to support the MRAS as they realize how important the facility is to not only the Millarville, but the whole of the MD.

As I mentioned previous, I was able to visit the facility under construction and am very excited about the direction it is taking and how amazing a facility it will be upon completion.

Be sure to come out for the Millarville Christmas Market, Nov 8-10th!  It is a great start to the Holiday Season!

Reminder, the MD of Foothills is still accepting donations to go towards the project on behalf of the MRAS.  If you are interested in donating, CLICK HERE for the form or call the MRAS directly at 403-931-3411.

MD Cannabis Bylaw (2:47)

As many of you are aware, today the Federal Government's Bill C-45 (Cannabis Act) came into force.  Back in June, the Government of Alberta made amendments to the Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Act, prohibiting use of cannabis in certain places.

To ensure residents and visitors are able to continue enjoying public places throughout the Municipality, the MD of Foothills has developed it's own Bylaw.  Today it received 3rd reading and has passed.

Details of the Bylaw can be found of the MD's website HERE.

Millarville Water Line Update (Bad News @5:47)

Staff just informed Council today that for the EXTENSION of the line to the Millarville School, there are updates required for the water treatment plant. The bad news is, the parts required are back-ordered and it is estimated to be 4-6 months before they will be in stock.

This set back does not affect residents between Turner Valley and Millarville that are connecting or residents of the Millarville Crossing but DOES affect residents between the Crossing and the school.

I will keep you posted here and on my Facebook page (FB.me/JasonParkerMD31) so stay tuned.

REMINDER of Nov 8 Meeting at Square Butte Hall (7:43)

I will continue to remind you about the above meeting as it will be a valuable one.  We have confirmed:
  • Foothills Fire Department's Fire Inspector & SCO - Cody Zebedee
  • Foothills Director of Emergency Management - Clayton Terletski
  • High Country Rural Crime Watch President & Division 4 Councillor - Suzanne Oel
  • And of course, myself, Jason Parker - Division 3 Councillor
We are awaiting confirmation on a few other presenters and I will let you know as I have further attendees.

Some of the topics of conversation include:
  • The MD's new Enhanced Policing Pilot
  • The Maclean Creek Fire this past summer
  • Update from the Turner Valley RCMP
  • and more
Mark your calendars Nov 8th at 7pm for Square Butte Hall. If there are specific items you would like to have on the agenda, feel free to let me know.

Check back here on my website or at www.FB.me/JasonParkerMD31 for more details as I have them.

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Oct 10 Update - EXCITING NEWS MRAS Arena Rebuild Project, Square Butte Meeting and DarkSkyCountry.ca Project

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EXCITING NEWS - MRAS Arena Rebuild Project

A big thank you to MRAS President, Brent Foster and Treasurer, Nancy Seaman for coming before MD Council today.  They brought Council up to speed on the vision, direction, and progress of the new arena currently being built at the MRAS along with all the incredible ideas for funding and new opportunities at the site.



I was able to visit the facility under construction and am very excited about the direction it is taking and how amazing a facility it will be upon completion.

There was some exciting news that came out of the meeting before Council but unfortunately, I cannot share that news until next week when the meeting minutes are ratified.  So STAY TUNED and be sure to check back next week for that!

The MD of Foothills is still accepting donations to go towards the project on behalf of the MRAS.  If you are interested in donating, CLICK HERE for the form or call the MRAS directly at 403-931-3411.

Square Butte Meeting - November 8th IS confirmed (@2:14)

The meeting I discussed last week at the Square Butte Hall in conjunction with the High Country Rural Crime Watch IS CONFIRMED for Nov 8th at 7pm.  Some of the topics of conversation include:
  • The MD's new Enhanced Policing Pilot
  • The Maclean Creek Fire this past summer
  • Update from the Turner Valley RCMP
  • and more
Mark your calendars Nov 8th at 7pm for Square Butte Hall. If there are specific items you would like to have on the agenda, feel free to let me know.

Check back here on my website or at www.FB.me/JasonParkerMD31 for more details as I have them.

DarkSkyCountry.ca (@3:53)

Our Dark Sky Initiatives Stakeholders Working Group has a new initiative being launched in the community.  The following postcard will going out to residents in the area to help bring more awareness to the importance of the MD's Dark Sky Initiative.  If you would like more information on it, visit DarkSkyCountry.ca




Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Oct 3 Update - Enhanced Policing, Snow Removal, Possible Square Butte Meeting & Ag Services

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Enhanced Policing

The MD's new Enhanced Policing Pilot Project is a GO.  There is a new officer that will be STRICTLY allocated for the MD to help with rural crime, gathering intelligence for the Southern Alberta Crime Unit, Enforcement, etc...

Like I mentioned previously, this is a 3 month pilot project that staff and council will revisit to see how effective it has been and re-evaluate.  We are hopeful this project will have a very positive impact for our residents of the MD.

Snow Removal (@ 52 seconds)

It sure has been quite the start to Winter (I mean Fall, it is Fall right?)  As a reminder, the MD has a policy where the target goal for snow removal is having all 2,400 km of MD roads cleared within 72 hours of the COMPLETION of a major event. 

If you have not been plowed out yet, please be patient.  Public Works has done a good job of getting equipment ready for a situation like this and has 75% of its fleet turned over to snow removal.

Be safe out there!

Possible Square Butte Meeting - November 8th (to be confirmed) (@1:54)


We are looking at having a meeting at the Square Butte Hall in conjunction with the High Country Rural Crime Watch.  Some of the topics of conversation include:
  • The MD's new Enhanced Policing Pilot
  • The Maclean Creek Fire this past summer
  • Update from the Turner Valley RCMP
  • and more
Pencil into your calendars Nov 8th at 7pm for Square Butte Hall.  We should have the location firmed up shortly.  If there are specific items you would like to have on the agenda, feel free to let me know.

Check back here on my website or at www.FB.me/JasonParkerMD31 for more details as I have them.

Ag Services in Contact with the Province (3:42)


See video for details.

Recap (4:44)


Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Sept 26 Update (4min) - Federal Livestock Tax Deferral Program and Millarville Waterline

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Federal Livestock Tax Deferral Program

It was brought to my attention by a resident that the MD of Foothills is not currently included in the current map put out by the Federal Government for drought affected areas therefore, ranchers in our area do not currently qualify for this program.

I have discussed this issue with numerous people and some MD staff was able to reach staff at the Federal Government to voice our concerns and was not able to get much information.  What he did learn was the map is purely a preliminary map and it will be updated as forage numbers are evaluated.  They would not tell him where the received their data on what areas suffered drought conditions.

See the above video for more information.

Millarville Waterline

The line is nearing completion.  MD staff stated that they would be doing a flush of the line later this week.  They have stated that they are currently on track with construction projections of completion to the water treatment plant by beginning of October and still are hoping for the beginning of November for the extension to the Millarville Community School.

There may be some traffic interruptions in the hamlet as they start work on the distribution line for the hamlet but as I receive information, I will do my best to keep you up to date.

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

REMINDER - RAO Howdy Neighbour BBQ This Thursday, Sept 20th!

It is that time of year again!  Get to know more about the Rothney Astrophysical Observatory and meet some of your neighbours.  

This is a great event to get to learn about a number of initiatives going on at the RAO.  Also, a great event for families.

If you are interested in attending, be sure to RSVP!

Sept 19 Update - Emergency Preparedness Funding, Calgary Metropolitan Region Board, and Millarville water line

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Emergency Preparedness Funding

Back in May, I reported on the MD receiving grant funding from the Province for Emergency Preparedness.  The MD has been awarded $525,000 in funding from this grant.  Details will be released shortly.  Watch here and the Western Wheel for more information when it becomes available.

Calgary Metropolitan Region Board (CMRB) - 1:10

Council discussed the current proposal for the Interim Growth Plan for the CMRB.  A sub committee of the board will be discussing it on Friday and if they approve it, the CMRB will discuss and make a decision on it Oct 2.

Millarville Water Line - 2:14

The Millarville line is still progressing and hoping to be connected to the treatment plant the beginning of October with the extension to the school scheduled to be completed in November.  This is weather dependent, so hopefully the weather will cooperate.  As a clarification, for those that sign agreements to connect to the line and pay the connection fee, the MD will be bringing the line directly to your property line.  The landowner is responsible for taking the line from the property line and connecting to the residence.

Construction is currently under budget and when it is complete, if it is still under budget, Council may look at the possibility of lowering the connection fee accordingly.  This is a Council decision, so no guarantees at this point, but I am hopeful!

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Recycle Your Electronics

It's that time of year again...

(If image below is too small, click on it to enlarge.)

Recycling Roundup Event

Bring your old computers, TVs and old paint to:

Black Diamond Transfer Station
Hwy 22 & 402 Ave W
(west side of Black Diamond)
Priddis Transfer Station
Priddis Greens Dr W & Hawk’s Landing Dr
(south east of the Priddis Greens Golf & Country Club)
Saturday, September 22, 2018  from 10 am - 4 pm
These materials can be recycled at the Foothills Regional Landfill year-round at no cost.

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Sept 12 Update - Secondary Suites, Millarville Waterline and Roadside Mowing

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Secondary Suites

MD Staff presented their report from the second round of public engagement to council today.  Council has made the report public so you can see the feedback.  It should be posted on the MD website shortly at: https://www.mdfoothills.com/services/planning-and-development/secondary-suites.html

Millarville Waterline

Today MD Council approved the proposed extension for the water line to include the Millarville Community School and residents in the hamlet.  As the project was under budget, they were able to move forward on this with in the previous approval.

Roadside Mowing

The MD's Ag Services department is currently mowing north of Highway 549 W and making their way north.  The large mowers have already been through and the small mowers are now making their way in the northwest.  Their goal is to complete all the mowing by the middle of October.  If AFTER that time, there are areas they have not completed, feel free to contact them by calling the MD office at 403-652-2390.

Landfill Extended Hours


(Information from: http://foothillslrrc.com/hours/)

Extended hours are back! September 17 – October 18, we will stay open from 8:30 AM – 6:30 PM on Monday through Thursday. Friday and Saturday are regular hours for the site. 

Note, only the Throw & Go area stays open past 4:30 for small residential loads, recycling, and yard waste. Large commercial loads for the landfill will not be accepted after 4:30.

Regular landfill hours are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday-Saturday. 
The landfill is CLOSED on Sunday and all statutory holidays.

Regular hours of operation at MD of Foothills transfer stations:
Priddis Transfer Station
SE-29- 22-3- W5M (264 St. W. & 178 Ave)
Open Tuesday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Phone 403-931- 3266


Black Diamond/Turner Valley Transfer Station
SE-17- 20-2- W5M (168 St. W & 402 Ave) west of Black Diamond
April 15 – Nov 15: Open Monday-Tuesday, Friday-Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Nov 16 – April 14: Open Friday-Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


*Bags can be purchased at the Priddis transfer station for $2 per bag. Bags for use at the transfer stations are also available at Millarville General Store, Hi Ho in Turner Valley, and the Esso in Black Diamond. Sale prices of bags at retailers is at the discretion of the retailers and may be more than $2 per bag.