Wednesday, 6 June 2018

June 6 - 3 Minute Update - Good News for Flood Preparedness, Dust Control and Roadside Mowing

Note: If your are receiving this in your email and the video below does not show up, click the link above it to be taken to the website to view it.

In this video I share:
  • The MD is a recipient of $53,000 for flood preparedness
  • Dust control product is delayed due to rail issues and possible rail strike
  • Roadside mowing program begins June 15

Millarville Water Line Update

Quick 3 Minute Video Update

Millarville Waterline Update

Note: If your are receiving this in your email and the video below does not show up, click the link above it to be taken to the website to view it.

Construction is underway and Contract #2 for mechanical components was awarded today.  Watch the video above for more information.

Sunday, 3 June 2018

Open House Reminder

Reminder of Upcoming MD Open Houses

There are a number of items the MD is looking to get feedback on:

MD Council would like to receive as much feedback as possible on the above items as we want to be sure the changes reflect what you want to see.  Be sure to attend if possible.

For more details on the specific items, see links above or visit:

Thursday, 31 May 2018

Thanks to Our Foothills Fire Department

On behalf of residents in the west part of the MD affected by the fire this past week, I wanted to pass on a big thank you to the Foothills Fire Department for their tireless efforts to get the fire under control and keep our residents safe.  Thanks very much for all your time and effort on this fire and all you do for the MD of Foothills!


Wednesday, 23 May 2018

May 23 Update - Fire Advisory, Burn Permit Updates and Summer Road Bans

Quick 3 Minute Video Update

Fire Advisory, Burn Permit Updates and Summer Road Bans

Note: If your are receiving this in your email and the video below does not show up, click the link above it to be taken to the website to view it.

For more information on:

Fire Advisory in Effect

There is a fire advisory in the MD of Foothills as of today. It is still ok to get burn permits, it is ok to use burning barrels and campfires.

The advisory is to remind people that it is dry out and fires can get away from you very easily. Please be careful and do not leave any fire unattended. With the warm trend that is happening in southern Alberta, the Foothills Fire Department along with Agriculture and Forestry will keep a watch on conditions in the MD of Foothills.

Look at or the MD of Foothills Website or Facebook page for any changes.

James (Jim) Smith, SCO-Fire
Foothills Fire Chief
309 MacLeod Trail  | Box 5605  | High River, AB  | T1V 1M7

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Construction Highway 762 and 549

Construction Updates Highways 762 and 549

Highway 762 from 549 to 22

The final lift will be put down the full length of Highway 762 and lines will be painted starting May 15th and is scheduled to be completed by June 29th (weather permitting of course).  This should finally complete the project.

Spring Coulee Bridge on Hwy 549

Repairs are to be completed on the Spring Coulee Bridge on Highway 549 near Okotoks

High Country Rural Crime Watch Event

You are invited to an *Important* High Country Rural Crime Watch Event on June 9, 2018

We want to fight back against the current Crime Climate by giving you information on how to protect yourself. So, our local Crime Watch is bringing in a guest speaker, Kerry Sauve, to teach us bout “Removing yourself and your property from the victim pool”. Please join us on Saturday, June 9, 2018, from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon at the Priddis Community Hall. We are asking for a donation to cover our costs: $5 per person. And there is a special bonus: A PDF copy of Kerry’s book, “StreetSafe 360°”, will be shared with those in attendance.

Kerry Sauve was referred to HCRCWA by the Red Deer County Rural Crime Watch. He has an incredible background of training special forces, working in the security field, working as a first-responder and is a veteran Correctional Peace Officer with over 20 years of front line experience working with gang members. Part of his portfolio is providing gang prevention and intervention programs to the youth incarcerated in the facility where he works. A second service he provides is awareness training for community partners, law-enforcement and the public. He shares his vast knowledge to help people learn, prepare and get a plan in place.

Municipal District of Foothills No. 31 or Foothills County?

Your Feedback is Important

PLEASE FILL OUT THE QUESTIONNAIRE provided in your tax notice or by going to the link HERE.

Council for the Municipal District of Foothills No. 31 (MD) first proposed a name change over five years ago. On the 7th of February, 2018, Councillors for the MD passed a resolution to submit an application to the Province of Alberta to change the name to Foothills County.

Council felt this was an appropriate time to revisit the proposed name change for several reasons.

Cost is usually the most obvious and significant issue to consider. One of the larger costs is signage. The MD has gateway signage on the main highways that pass through our area. This signage has needed to be replaced for some time now, as some signage has come down due to age and deterioration. Replacement of the gateway signage has been budgeted for, whether the name changes or not. Other signage on MD rural roads would only be replaced as needed.

Decals on municipal vehicles would be replaced as needed, when they are worn and need replacing, or when a new vehicle is brought into the fleet.

Summer Road Bans Take Effect May 22/18


For more information and details on which roads are still banned go to:

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

May 9 Update - Responsible Dog Ownership Bylaw and Community Standards Bylaw Proposed Updates

MD Council Looking at Amendments

Today council looked at proposed amendments to the MD's current Dog Bylaw and Community Standards Bylaw as presented by staff.  Council made some proposed changes and will now go to do some public engagement to get feedback from residents on the proposed changes.

Watch the 3 minute video below for more information.

Open Houses for Resident Feedback

Council provided feedback and authorized administration to proceed with the public consultation process prior to submitting the Bylaw with amendments to Council for approval.  To get feedback from residents, Open Houses will be held:

Water Meter Replacement Update

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

GOOD NEWS - $3 million to the MD of Foothills for "Emergency Preparedness"

All Residents of the MD Will Benefit... 

Of the $10 million dollars announced by the province earmarked for "Emergency Preparedness" the MD of Foothills will be the recipients of $3 million.  The funds will go towards a Provincial stockpile of equipment and supplies (i.e.: pumps, hose, sand bags and other supplies for flood prevention) that will be stored in the MD of Foothills

MD staff is still in conversation with the Province as to exactly what will be purchased and included.  They are also discussing with the Province ways to make distribution of the supplies in the state of emergency more seamless.

It sounds as though the MD may also receive an additional $10,000 per year from the province (in addition to the $15,000 they currently receive) for storage and maintenance of the stockpile. Click the video below for more details.

As I receive further information, I will be sure to post it here so be sure to enter your email in the top right hand corner of the page to receive future updates.

Province Announces $10 million to go towards "Emergency Preparedness"

Province Being Proactive for Future Flooding

The Province of Alberta has earmarked $10 million for "Emergency Preparedness".  They made the announcement last night (click here for details) that was a surprise for MD staff as there has been only preliminary discussions on how the funds will be distributed.

As I receive more information, I will post it here and on Facebook.

MD Wide Road Ban Lifted (Regular Bans still in effect)

Effective May 2, 2018, 10:00 am.

75% road ban on all municipal roads including gravel roads has been lifted.

For more information on the current Road Bans, click here 

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

IMPORTANT UPDATE - Apr 24 - Melting snow


Melting snow along with the frost/thaw cycle is causing poor road conditions throughout the MD. 

If you have concerns and have infrastructure at risk of water, the MD does provide sand bags and sand (you are responsible for filling them).

If you are aware of roads that are affected by water or conditions have deteriorated, please contact Public Works at: 403-652-2390

Remember, there is a 75% ban on roads, click here for Road Ban details.

Monday, 23 April 2018

Public Alerting Direct to Your Cell Phone

Public Alerting Direct to Your Cell Phone

Alerting continues to evolve and find new ways to provide alerts to Canadians. Effective April 6th 2018, the most serious alerts will go directly to wireless devices (compatible smartphones, some tablets, and potentially other electronics) in an impacted area.

More information can be found at AlertReady and the Alberta Emergency Alert websites.

Wednesday, 18 April 2018



Effective Immediately - Road ban is now 75% on all Municipal roads!

Due to the extreme winter and rapid spring thaw conditions, the M.D. of Foothills is implementing a maximum 75% load ban on all municipal roads including gravel unless stated lower. Please note this is the first time gravel roads have been included in a road ban. The ban will be lifted as soon as road conditions allow.

Agricultural users will be allowed to apply for a permit for road use. Permits are no fee and will require your name, 911 address and route to the nearest Provincial Highway. 

To obtain a permit with 24-hour notice, call:
Roaddata: 1-888-444-9288

Monday, 16 April 2018

GOOD NEWS - High Speed Internet Update

Internet Update - Good News for those West of Millarville!

The area is a recipient of $217,000 from the Connect to Innovate federal government grant to improve internet in partnership with a company called Rigstar.

Watch your mail if you are in the Kew area for information either from Rigstar or ABnet about internet expansion out that way. They will be doing some community outreach and public engagement.

If you know someone out that way that is having internet issues,

Friday, 13 April 2018

Rural Crime Meeting Update

Over 300 in Attendance to Discuss Rural Crime

13 Member panel of representatives from: MP, John Barlow's office,
Solicitor General's Office, RCMP (Local detachments and regional office,
Foothills Protective Services, the three local chapters of the Crime Watch
and others.
Obviously Rural Crime is an important topic within our area. Over 300 Foothills residents were in attendance at the Foothills Centennial Centre to ask questions of the 13 member board assembled.

Takeaway of the Evening

The main message of the evening was, all of us: the Federal Gov, Provincial Gov, Municipal Gov, Crime Watch organizations and all our residents are responsible and
working together at improving communication and protection to PREVENT #RuralCrime.

What Can You Do?

Join Your Local Crime Watch

If you haven’t joined your local Rural Crime Watch, make sure you do. If you are the victim of crime, no matter how small...,
REPORT IT to your local RCMP detachment as every bit of information is essential. 

In the western part of the MD, our Crime Watch Branch is called the High Country Rural Crime Watch (HCRCW).  Details on membership can be found at or click the link at the top right hand corner of this webpage.

The best thing to do is get connected and get engaged with your community and the HCRCW will help you do that.

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Monday, 9 April 2018

Secondary Suites in the Foothills?

What Do You Think About

Allowing Secondary Suites in the Foothills?

The MD of Foothills held three open houses to get public engagement and feedback from residents on the possibility of allowing secondary suites.  If you are looking for more information on the topic, click here.   You can still provide feedback via the survey they have posted on the site here. .

Your feedback is important so please take a minute to fill out the information.

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Gate Owners Need To Register With Foothills 911 -

Security gates are starting to be a popular security feature for people living in rural areas.

However there could be a safety hazard.

In case of an emergency landowners need to register their information about their security gates with the Foothills Regional 911 Dispatch Centre to be prepared in the event of an emergency.

MD of Foothills Councillor Suzanne Oel says it is important, in case of an emergency, that ambulances, police and fire have quick access so they can help.

"All they have to do is email our Foothills Regional 911 centre," said Oel. "They will take the information and attach it to a file that is related to their address.

Click the link below for the full story

Gate Owners Need To Register With Foothills 911 -

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Mar 7-18 Update - Snow Removal

Mar 7/18 Update - Snow removal - Watch the video below for information on the Foothills County Snow Removal Policy 72 hrs, Province and Volker's changes that need to be addressed, personal snow removal of County roads and snow removal around Canada Post mailboxes...

Thursday, 1 March 2018

MD helping racetrack ground road improvement

Photo credit: Brent Calver/OWW

MD helping racetrack ground road improvement: Foothills: Millarville Ag Society to contribute through grant application

The MD of Foothills is working with an agricultural society to improve the internal road at the Millarville racetrack, one of the biggest tourist attractions in the area.

Foothills councillors voted on Feb. 21 to write a letter of support for the Millarville Agriculture Society for a $25,000 provincial grant to improve the inside roadway at the racetrack and grounds just north of the hamlet.

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Great Feedback at Rural Crime Watch Open House -

Great Feedback at Rural Crime Watch Open House - A good turn out for an open house about rural crime in the Foothills at the Crescent Point Field House in Aldyersyde on Wednesday, February 21. Foothills MP John Barlow and Highwood MLA Wayne Anderson have been gathering information to put together... Click here to continue reading...

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

South West Calgary Ring Road Public Information Sessions

Information Sessions

Alberta Transportation, Mountain View Partners, and KGL Constructors will be hosting public information sessions on February 26 and 27 to provide an update on the 2018 construction season for the Southwest Calgary Ring Road (SWCRR). Display materials will feature information on the road alignment, highlight key construction activities, outline areas that may qualify for noise mitigation, and identify upcoming traffic impacts.

The City of Calgary will also be in attendance to provide details on its projects connecting to the SWCRR. This includes:

Monday, 19 February 2018

Rural Crime Town Hall Hosted by MP John Barlow

Mr. Barlow is hosting two Town Halls about rural crime in the riding next week and would like to extend an invitation for you to attend.  You can find the details of the Town Halls attached to this email.

The purpose of the Town Hall is to gain a better understanding of our constituents’ concerns about rural crime and to receive any suggestions residents may have in

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Feb 7/18 Update - Rural Crime and Enhanced Policing

Regional Crime Meeting

MD Wide Crime Discussion Meeting

With the increase in the incidents of crime throughout the province over the last few years, MD Council is looking at different options to address the situation.

To that end, Council wants feedback from residents as to what you would like to see.  Because of that, the MD is organizing a Regional Crime Discussion Meeting featuring the three crime watches, Councillors, MLAs, RCMP, MD Protective Services, Fish & Wildlife and you as members and residents.

More details are to come but mark your calendars:

Date: April 10, 2018

Time: 6:30pm. 

Location: Foothills Centennial Centre in Okotoks.

Thursday, 1 February 2018

RCMP Launches New Volunteer Auxiliary Program

Auxiliary Program Returns

The RCMP has recently announced they are launching a new volunteer auxiliary program.

It is great to see they are taking steps to add safety to the public without adding much cost to taxpayers.

For further information on the program, please visit:

Monday, 29 January 2018

Working Well Workshops for Residents

Workshop Registration:

7:00 pm, Tuesday, February 6, 2018 – Priddis Community Hall - WORKSHOP FULL

7:00 pm, Wednesday, February 7, 2018 – Davisburg Hall - Spots Available

1:00 pm, Tuesday, February 13, 2018 – Highwood Memorial Centre - Spots Available

In an effort to provide valuable information to residents, the MD has brought back their Working Well Workshop by popular demand.  The previous workshops filled up fast so be sure to RSVP ASAP.

IMPORTANT: Register by January 30 with your Legal Land Description or your Lot/Block/Plan#, Date of Well Completion, and Original Owner or Depth of Well, so that you can receive all the information for your well from provincial records to be used in the workshop.
  • Did you know that a poorly maintained water well can put your water supply at risk of contamination and reduce your well yield?
  • Have you had your well water tested in the last two years?

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

RSVP Septic Sense Workshops

Septic Sense: Solutions for Rural Living Workshops
Understanding and taking care of your septic system

7:00 pm, Mon. January 22, 2018 at Priddis Community Hall
7:00 pm, Wed. January 24, 2018 at Davisburg Community Hall...
7:00 pm, Mon. February 12, 2018 at Highwood Memorial Centre

Pre-registration required:

Did you know the average person puts 340 liters of sewage through a private sewage system (septic system) every day? For a family of four living in a two-bedroom house, that amounts to 1,360 liters per day and just under half a million liters per year!

Rural property owners are responsible for ensuring their systems operate properly and safely. If you have a septic system on your rural property, you will benefit from attending this workshop. Presenters will teach you how to understand, assess and properly manage your septic system, enabling you to protect your investment in your property and the valuable natural assets associated with your land.
Learn what you can do to properly manage and maintain your septic system. Attend the Septic Sense workshop hosted and presented by M.D. of Foothills, with technical expertise provided by the Alberta Onsite Wastewater Management Association (AOWMA) and materials developed by Land Stewardship Centre (LSC).

During the workshop we will cover:

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Jan 10/19 Update - MD Snow Removal, Graders and Snowmobiles

MD Snow Removal Policy

Many of you may be aware that the MD public works has a snow removal target of 72 hrs after the completion of a major snow event.  The goal public works has is to clear all 4,400 lane km within that timeframe.  Some of you may not have received it within that timeframe over the last few weeks.

See the video below for more details or continue reading below...

There are a couple reasons they have had challenges with this recently:

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

ATTENTION Snowmobilers in Millarville!

For Your Own Safety,

Please no not ride on the lake in the hamlet of #Millarville as it is spring fed and has sections of thin ice and open water!

Please share this with others as we don’t want to have a tragedy here in Millarville. Thank you and be safe out there!