Wednesday, 13 March 2019

March 13th Update - Responsible Dog Ownership Bylaw, Secondary Suites Implementation Plan and Tree Workshops (Square Butte Hall)

Responsible Dog Ownership Bylaw

Today Foothills Council provided 2nd and 3rd Readings to the new Responsible Dog Ownership Bylaw.  

For more information on the bylaw, CLICK HERE for my previous post where I go into more detail on it.

It may be a bit before the new bylaw is posted on the County website, but for information on the previous bylaw, you can visit:  This is likely where the updated bylaw will be posted.  As soon as hear it is live, I will be sure to let you know.

Secondary Suites Implementation Plan

On January 30, 2019 Foothills Council gave first reading to the draft Land Use Bylaw amendments to allow for secondary suites on parcels 2 acres in size and larger.  At that time, Council requested staff come back with details on how these amendments may be implemented.

Today, staff discussed with Council the proposed implementation strategy.  The strategy outlined the following:
  • Education for the public on Secondary Suites
  • Comprehensive Information for the public
  • Details on the permitting process and Safety Code approvals
  • Secondary Suites registry
  • Timelines for coming into compliance
  • Enforcement of Non-Permitted Suites
  • Next Steps for future phases
Council accepted the implementation plan and a more finalized version should come back before Council prior to the Land Use Bylaw Amendments to allow for Secondary Suites receiving second and third readings.  For more information on Secondary Suites, see my post HERE.  For the most recent version of the proposed amendment, CLICK HERE.

Tree Workshops and Square Butte Hall and Seaman Sports Rink

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Mar 6th Update - Foothills County Protective Services Update

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Foothills Protective Services - Year In Review

Today Foothills Council had the Protective Services before Council to provide a Year in Review for 2018.  Watch the video above for details (if the video above does not show, click this link to be taken to the webpage:

For more information on Foothills County Protective Services, CLICK HERE.

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Feb 27th Update - Responsible Dog Ownership Bylaw, Rural Crime Watch & Anti-Bullying Day

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Responsible Dog Ownership Bylaw

Today Foothills Council further discussed the Responsible Dog Ownership Bylaw that was presented at Open Houses back in March and June of 2018.  

Stated on the County website, "Changes are proposed to replace the existing Dog Control Bylaw with an updated Responsible Dog Ownership Bylaw. These changes will bring the existing bylaw into compliance with the Provincial Offences and Procedures Act, provide new operational processes and tools to enable officers to better investigate and respond to complaints and ensure public safety along with making the bylaw more accessible through the use of clear terminology."

Council gave it first reading and directed staff to make some further edits before it coming back for 2nd and 3rd readings.  You can read a little more about it HERE.

High Country Rural Crime Watch Meeting - March 4th (@1:30)

The HCRCW will be hosting it's AGM and a regular meeting on March 4th at the PRiddis Hall.

Topics will include:

  • Updates from the Turner Valley Detachment of the RCMP
  • FireSmart discussion from the Foothills Fire Department
  • and others

Anti-Bulling Day (@2:22)

Be Kind, Be Caring, Be Awesome Day

This year, Feb 27th was Anti-Bullying Day.  It is a day where people wear pink to stand against bullying.  I am not a big proponent of "Anti" things (I am a big believer in focusing on what we WANT vs what we DON'T want but I digress) so I prefer to refer to it as, "Be Kind, Be Caring, Be Awesome Day"!

As someone was on the receiving end of this as a child, I believe in the importance of education and spreading positive words around being more kind and caring.  

Often those young and old need the reminder of how important and IMPACTFUL, both positively and negatively, our words can be.  

I try very hard to very particular with the words I use to promote positivity in the world (and I hope you do as well)as we speak our world into existence with our words!

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Feb 20th Update - Have a Business in the Foothills? Both Video Updates Below are for You!

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Have a Business in Foothills? You Will Want to Watch the Video Below

Do you have a business in Foothills County and looking for a free or low cost advertising opportunity? 

If yes, I have good news (watch the video below or CLICK HERE to find out)!

Does Your Business Tailor to Crime Prevention?

If, yes, you will want to watch the video below (If it doesn't show up, CLICK HERE). 

Okotoks Trade Show 2019 - Crime Awareness and Prevention

As I discussed in the video above, Foothills County Council discussed securing tables at the 2019 Okotoks Trade Show specifically for local businesses that tailor to crime awareness and prevention.

Dates for the event are April 12 and 13th at the Okotoks Recreation Centre.

The number of tables are extremely limited and you need to let staff know ASAP if you are interested.  If you have a business that meets that criteria, than be sure to contact, Johanna Kortenschyl-Allan at the Foothills County Office (403-603-6244).

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Feb 13th Update - Plow Trucks & Burning Barrels/Fire Pits

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Foothills County Plow Trucks

With the looks of a snow storm coming over the next few days, we received some unfortunate new today as Foothills Public Works is down three plow trucks.  Staff is doing what they can to get at least one of them back up and running in the next few days but it looks as though one may be out until spring and the other will hopefully be ready sooner.

What does this mean for residents?  Obviously it may mean that the roads may not be cleared as quickly as public works and residents may like.  Staff is doing everything they can to make up for the lost equipment, but I ask for residents to have some patience over the next while until they are able to get the trucks back up and running.

As a reminder, the County has roughly 2,400 km of road that it plows and the target is to have all of them plowed within 72 hrs of the COMPLETION of a major snow event.  During that time, some routes may be cleared more than once, but the target is to have all of them done within that time frame.

Burning Barrels & Fire Pits (@1:54)

There was a request at Council today by a resident to ban ALL burning barrels and fire pits within Foothills County due to risks of fires spreading.  Council decided to keep them as we are aware that they are important to many other residents.

I would just like to remind residents that, if you have either a burning barrel or fire pit, YOU MUST STAY ON THE PREMESIS while they are burning.  DO NOT LEAVE A FIRE UNATTENDED!  

I know that we have received some more snow, so the risk is not as high as a few months ago, however, we want to be sure that we are Fire Smart and take the necessary precautions to always be fire safe!

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Feb 6th Update - Illegal Trailers and Other Non-Compliant Signage, HCRCW AGM and FireSmart

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Illegal Trailer Signs & Other Non-Complaint Signage

Foothills Council had another discussion today about non-compliant signage within the County adjacent to highways and County Roads.  County Staff is reviewing the current bylaws and will be coming back to Council with an updated bylaw.  Once the bylaw is ready to present to Council, there will be a public hearing scheduled to allow for further public engagement into it.  Watch here and in the Western Wheel to be kept up to date on when the public hearing will take place.

High Country Rural Crime Watch (HCRCW) AGM (@ 1:25)

The HCRCW will be hosting their AGM on March 4th at 7pm at the Priddis Community Hall.  In addition to the AGM, they will also be having a regular meeting and will have members from the Foothills Fire Department in attendance to discuss further on the FireSmart program.

FireSmart Meeting (@ 1:56)

We have still not heard back from FireSmart Canada with a confirmed date for our meeting yet but we are still shooting for something at the Square Butte Hall at the beginning of March.  Be sure to subscribe by entering your email in the box in the top right hand corner of any page on this site to be kept up to speed when we have a finalized date.

Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Jan 30th Update - Property Tax Discount ends Jan 31st, Enhanced Policing, Secondary Suites and Southwest Calgary Ring Road Project traffic interruption

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Property Tax Discount Ends Jan 31st!

If you would like to save 6% on your yearly property tax bill, make sure you pay in full by Jan 31st!  Foothills County is the only municipality to my knowledge that offers this sort of discount so be sure to take advantage of it!

Can't Afford to Pay in Full and Still Want a Discount?

Even if you cannot pay in full, you can still get a 5% discount if you enroll in the TIPP program (Tax Installment Payment Program).  This is where you pay monthly towards your taxes.  For more information of the TIPP program and download the application form, CLICK HERE.

Foothills Enhanced Policing Program 

A reminder that Foothills Council extended the Enhanced Policing Program so be sure to obey all rules of the road and bylaws as there is an increased police presence out there.  For more information on the program, CLICK HERE.

Secondary Suites Receive First Reading

Foothills Council discussed Secondary Suites once again today and gave first reading to the bylaw.  There are still some tweaks to come prior to 2nd and 3rd so be sure to watch for further information if this affects you.

Traffic Interruption Highway 22X and Macleod Trail

For details on the above traffic issue, CLICK HERE for my previous post.

Friday, 25 January 2019

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Jan 16th Update - Enhanced Policing Pilot Project, FireSmart Canada, Secondary Suites discussion continues

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MD of Foothills No. 31 Now Foothills County

As January 1st, the MD of Foothills is now know as Foothills County.  What this means for you?  Nothing too much other than the name is more inline with the new rural addressing.  Many of you are aware that the municipality has been in dire need for updated signage for years, the new signs will represent the new name.

As has been mentioned before, there is minimal cost associated with the name change, this was very important to Council.  With that in mind, expect to still see the old MD of Foothills logo on stationary and fleet vehicles for a while until they are replaced.

The Enhanced Policing Pilot Project - Extended (@ 0:57)

I am happy to say the Foothills Council voted in favour of continuing the Enhanced Policing Pilot Project.  Feedback from meetings with the three area detachments showed favourable results so Council decided to continue for another three months.  After that time, the program will be re-evaluated again.

For those of you that are not familiar with the project, CLICK HERE for further information from when I originally discussed it back in September.

FireSmart Canada (@ 3:03)

During the meeting I hosted along with Division 4 Councillor, Suzanne Oel back in November, we had the Foothills Fire Department start discussing the FireSmart program.  This program helps you to protect your home in the event of a fire.  Details on the program can be found at

There was a great deal of interest in finding out more about the program from area residents.  That night, I discussed the interest with the Foothills Fire Department on hosting an event and we went to work on it immediately.  We are waiting to hear back from FireSmart to confirm dates but I hope we will be able to have something towards the end of February or beginning of March.

Watch here for details on a FireSmart Event coming the end of Feb or beginning of March.

Secondary Suites Discussion (@ 3:56)

Last week, Council had some further discussion on the possibility of Secondary Suites within the County.  No decisions have been made at this point, however, Council will be discussing it again in a few weeks.

For further information on Secondary Suites, you can see my post from September HERE and receive the link for more information on the County website.