La Crete Raw Water Truck Fill Closure

May 26, 2021
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The La Crete Raw Water Truck Fill will be closed from 12:00 PM, May 27, 2021 to 8:00 AM, May 31, 2021, due to well testing.

All other truck fills are still operational.

For more information, please contact:
Sarah Martens, Public Works Admin. Officer (Utility Clerk)
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Phone: 780.928.3983

Thank you for your patience.


Notice of Public Hearing, Proposed Bylaw 1223-21

May 26, 2021
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Pursuant to the Municipal Government Act, being Chapter M-26 of the Statutes of Alberta, notice is hereby given that the Council of Mackenzie County will hold a public hearing prior to the second reading of Bylaw No. 1223-21. The proposed amendment is to Reduce the Minimum Lot Size in the Rural Industrial General (RIG) Zoning District as follows:

1. That the Mackenzie County Land Use Bylaw Section 9.7.3 be amended with reduced minimum lot size requirements from 0.8 ha (2 acres) to 0.4 ha (1 acre) within the Rural Industrial General (RIG) Zoning District:

Rural Industrial General (RIG)

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The Public Hearing will be held at 1:00 p.m. on June 8, 2021 in the Mackenzie County Council Chambers in Fort Vermilion (4511-46 Avenue). The proposed bylaw may be viewed at any Mackenzie County office during regular office hours. Please submit written submissions to prior to 4:30 p.m., Friday, June 4, 2021 to:

Planning and Development Department
Mackenzie County, 4511-46 Avenue,
Box 640, Fort Vermilion, AB, T0H 1N0
Phone: 780.927.3718 or 780.928.3983
Fax: 780.927.4266


Notice of Public Hearing, Proposed Bylaw 1224-21

May 26, 2021
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Pursuant to the Municipal Government Act, being Chapter M-26 of the Statutes of Alberta, notice is hereby given that the Council of Mackenzie County will hold a public hearing prior to the second reading of Bylaw No. 1224-21. The proposed amendment is to add the Rural County Residential 4 (RCR4) zoning district to the Land Use Bylaw as follows:

1. That the Mackenzie County Land Use Bylaw 1066-17, Section 9 be amended with the following addition:

Rural Country Residential 4 (RCR4) Purpose

9.5.1 - The purpose of the Rural Country Residential 4 (RCR4) district is to allow for single family dwellings and associated uses on large serviced MULTI-LOT country residences adjacent to HAMLET boundary.

Permitted and Discretionary Land Use Classes

9.5.2 - Land use classes within the following table shall be permitted or discretionary within the Rural Country Residential 4 (RCR4) district of this BYLAW.

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Regulations

9.5.3 - In addition to the regulations contained in Section 8, the following standards shall apply to every DEVELOPMENT in this LAND USE DISTRICT.

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Additional Regulations

9.5.4 - In addition to Section 8.33 of this BYLAW, the Development Authority may require any DISCRETIONARY USE to be screened from view with a vegetated buffer strip and/or other SCREENING of a visually pleasing nature, satisfactory to the Development Authority.

9.5.5 - The architecture, construction materials and appearance of buildings and other structures shall be to accepted standards and shall complement the natural features and the character of the site to the satisfaction of the Development Authority.

9.5.6 - The Development Authority may decide on such other requirements as are necessary having due regard to the nature of the proposed DEVELOPMENT and the purpose of this LAND USE DISTRICT.

9.5.7 - Within the Rural Country Residential 4 (RCR4) district a SHOP-Personal shall have a maximum building:

a. Area of 223.0 m2 (2400.0 ft2); and
b. Height of 6.1 m (20.0 ft)

The Public Hearing will be held at 1:00 p.m. on June 8, 2021 in the Mackenzie County Council Chambers in Fort Vermilion (4511-46 Avenue). The proposed bylaw may be viewed at any Mackenzie County office during regular office hours. Please submit written submissions to prior to 4:30 p.m., Friday, June 4, 2021 to:

Planning and Development Department
Mackenzie County, 4511-46 Avenue,
Box 640, Fort Vermilion, AB, T0H 1N0
Phone: 780.927.3718 or 780.928.3983
Fax: 780.927.4266


Property Tax/Assessment Meetings

May 26, 2021
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Mackenzie County's assessor will not be holding open houses to discuss assessments this year.

Taxpayers who wish to discuss their assessment can schedule a one-on-one meeting with the assessor via phone or video meeting. To schedule a meeting please contact:

Aaron Steblyk - Assessor
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Phone: 1-800-251-9711

Property Tax Payment Deadline: June 30, 2021

Questions or concerns? Please contact:

Compass Assessment Consultants Inc.
Aaron Steblyk - Assessor
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Phone: 1-800-251-9711

Mackenzie County Assessment Review Board
Carrie Simpson - Assessment Review Board Clerk
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Phone: 780-927-3718

Mackenzie County Finance Department
Andrew Neigel - Finance Officer, Taxation
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Phone: 780-927-3718

Mackenzie County Main Office
4511-46 Avenue, P.O. Box 640,
Fort Vermilion, AB, T0H 1N0
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Phone: 1-877-927-0677


Zama Road Culvert Installation, May 26

May 25, 2021
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Please note that construction crews will be installing new culverts on Zama Road beginning on May 26, 2021.

Motorists are advised that they may experience delays while travelling Zama Road as culverts are installed.

Remember to use caution and follow all signage when approaching areas of road construction. Thank you.


Committee of the Whole Meeting, May 25

May 19, 2021
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Please note that a Committee of the Whole Meeting will take place on Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. in the Fort Vermilion Council Chambers, 4511-46 Avenue. This meeting will be CLOSED to the public as per the FOIP Act, Division 2, Part 1, Sections 21, 24, and 25.


Notice of Decision on Discretionary Use Development Permits

May 19, 2021
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Development Permit Number: 100-DP-21
Legal Land Location: NE 32-105-15-W5M
Civic Address: 15439 Twp Rd 1060
Location: La Crete, Rural
Description: Intensive Recreation Use (Restless Racers)
Applicant: Samuel Unrau
Decision: Approved
Effective: June 9, 2021

Development Permit Number: 103-DP-21
Legal Land Location: NE 27-109-14-W5M
Civic Address: 109454 Rge Rd 142
Location: High Level, Rural
Description: Garden Suite with a Size Variance
Applicant: Allen Batt
Decision: Approved
Effective: June 9, 2021

Development Permit Number: 111-DP-21
Legal Land Location: Plan 2938RS, Block 06, Lot 16
Civic Address: 5005 River Road
Location: Fort Vermilion
Description: Temporary/Portable Unit
Applicant: Maria’s Diner
Decision: Approved
Effective: June 9, 2021

If you are negatively affected by these decisions, you can submit an appeal to the Subdivision & Development Appeal Board in writing, containing a statement of the grounds of appeal, in person or by mail. The appeal fee is $290 and must be included with the appeal. You have 21 days from the date of this notice to submit an appeal, which is June 8, 2021.

Appeals must be submitted to:
Secretary of the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board
Mackenzie County, 4511-46 Avenue,
Box 640, Fort Vermilion, AB, T0H 1N0


Roadside Vegetation Management - Spray Exemption Agreements

May 18, 2021
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Please note that the deadline for Spray Exemption Agreements is May 31, 2021. No applications will be accepted after this date.


Contact Information Update

May 18, 2021
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Is your contact information up-to-date?

It's important that we have the most current contact information for you on file to ensure we can reach you in the event of billing or service issues. If it's been a while since you last updated your phone number and mailing address, please give us a call.

Fort Vermilion Office: 780.927.3718
La Crete Office: 780.928.3983
Zama Office: 780.683.2378


Waste Transfer Station Holiday Hours

May 17, 2021
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Please note the following changes in Waste Transfer Station hours due to the Victoria Day and Pentecost Holidays on May 24th and 25th. All other Waste Transfer Stations will follow their regularly scheduled hours.

Blumenort:
Tuesday, May 25 - CLOSED
Wednesday, May 26 - OPEN - 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Buffalo Head Prairie:
Tuesday, May 25 - CLOSED
Wednesday, May 26 - OPEN - 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

La Crete:
Monday, May 24 - CLOSED
Wednesday, May 26 - OPEN - 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


Property Tax/Assessment Notices Mailed

May 17, 2021
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The 2021 Combined Assessment and Tax Notices were mailed on May 17, 2021 to all property owners within Mackenzie County.

It is the responsibility of the property owner to ensure that all tax rolls assigned to their name are accounted for and paid in full. If you are missing a tax notice, please contact the County office immediately.

Property Tax Payment Deadline: June 30, 2021

Questions or concerns? Please contact:

Compass Assessment Consultants Inc.
Aaron Steblyk - Assessor
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Phone: 1.800.251.9711

Mackenzie County Assessment Review Board
Carrie Simpson - Assessment Review Board Clerk
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Phone: 780.927.3718

Mackenzie County Finance Department
Andrew Neigel - Finance Officer, Taxation
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Phone: 780.927.3718

Mackenzie County Main Office
4511-46 Avenue, P.O. Box 640,
Fort Vermilion, AB, T0H 1N0
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Phone: 1.877.927.0677


Victoria Day Facility Closures

May 17, 2021
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Mackenzie County Wishes you a Happy Victoria Day!

Have a safe long weekend.

Mackenzie County facilities will be closed on Monday, May 24, 2021 for Victoria Day.


La Crete Facility Closures

May 17, 2021
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La Crete County Facilities will be closed on May 25th, 2021 in observance of Pentecost.


No RCMP Clerical Services, May 19

May 14, 2021
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Please note that RCMP Clerical Services will be unavailable at the La Crete County Office on Wednesday, May 19, 2021.

Questions? Please contact the Fort Vermilion RCMP at 780.927.3258.


Pre-Authorized Utility Bill Payments

May 13, 2021
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Did you know Mackenzie County offers the option to pay your utility bill through a pre-authorized payment agreement?

Entering into a pre-authorized payment agreement allows utility bill payments to be automatically withdrawn from your bank account so you can avoid late-payment penalties.

Sign up today!!

For more information, contact:
Sarah Martens, Administrative Officer (Public Works, Utilities)
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Phone: 780-928-3983


Call for Non-Profits

May 13, 2021
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Are you a non-profit organization looking for a way to generate some extra income? Mackenzie County is calling on local non-profits to conduct 2021 Fall Community Clean-Ups which will allow for the collection of large refuse items such as old appliances and furniture. Organizations will not be expected to collect any bulk/loose items such as tree branches, renovation debris, or household waste.

If you are a non-profit interested in this opportunity, Mackenzie County invites you to submit your proposal. All submissions should include the proposed clean-up date(s), clean-up location(s), and the cost to complete the clean-up. Proposals should be received no later than 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 13.

Submit proposals to:
Don Roberts, Director of Community Services
Attn: Fall Community Clean-Up
Address: 4511-46 Avenue, Box 640,
Fort Vermilion, AB, T0H 1N0
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Phone: 780-927-3718
Fax: 780-927-4266


Live Stream Link, Special Council Meeting

May 12, 2021
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Please note, today's Special Council Meeting will be streaming live on Mackenzie County's YouTube channel beginning at 12:00 p.m. MST. A direct link to the livestream has been provided.

Subscribe to Mackenzie County's YouTube channel!


Live Stream Link, Regular Council Meeting

May 11, 2021
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Please note, today's Regular Council Meeting will be streaming live on Mackenzie County's YouTube channel beginning at 10:00 a.m. MST. A direct link to the livestream has been provided.

Subscribe to Mackenzie County's YouTube channel!


Council Meeting Live Streams

May 10, 2021
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Please note that due to the additional restrictions recently imposed by the Government of Alberta, upcoming council meetings will be streamed live on Mackenzie County's YouTube channel. Thank You.

Subscribe to Mackenzie County's YouTube channel!

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzaqYiAWW_SKTHpug5ybVqw/videos?view=57


Camping Season is Open!

May 10, 2021
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Camping Season Begins Here!

Municipal Campgrounds Open May 15, 2021
Hutch Lake Campground
Machesis Lake Campground
Wadlin Lake Campground

Also check out these other recreational areas:
Fort Vermilion Bridge Campground
La Crete Ferry Campground
Buffalo Head Tower (Day Use Only)
Tourangeau Lake (Day Use Only)

Please note that Zama Community Park and Campground will open on June 1, 2021.

Visit mackenziecounty.com/campgrounds for more information.


Special Council Meeting, May 12, 2021

May 6, 2021
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A Special Council Meeting will take place on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. in the Fort Vermilion Council Chambers, 4511-46 Avenue. The purpose of this Special Council Meeting will be to discuss the following agenda items:

Petition to Form a New Municipality - Mackenzie Regional Restructuring

Regional Service Sharing Agreement - Town of High Level (This portion of the meeting will be CLOSED as per the FOIP Act, Division 2, Part 1, s. 21, 24, 25.)

Personnel (This portion of the meeting will be CLOSED as per the FOIP Act, Division 2, Part 1, s. 21, 24, 27.)

No matter other than that stated in the notice calling the special council meeting may be transacted at the meeting unless the whole council is present at the meeting and the council agrees to deal with the matter in question.


Revision to the Notice of First Reading: Proposed Bylaw No. 1222-21

May 6, 2021
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Please note the following revision for this Notice of First Reading for Proposed Bylaw No. 1222-21, posted May 5, 2021: "The cost of the project will be recovered primarily via off-site levy fees at the subdivision development stage at the value of $10,810 per hectare."

Pursuant to the Municipal Government Act, being Chapter M-26 of the Statutes of Alberta, notice is hereby given that the Council of Mackenzie County has given first reading to Bylaw 1222-21 which will, upon passage of second and third reading, impose an off-site levy. The proposed Off-Site Levy Bylaw serves to pay for the costs of the North Storm Water Management Plan in the Hamlet of La Crete.

The total estimated cost of the project will be $2,353,200 which will be funded by Mackenzie County. The cost of the project will be recovered primarily via off-site levy fees at the subdivision development stage at the value of $10,810 per hectare. The benefitting lands are shown below:

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Bylaw 1222-21 received first reading on April 28th, 2021 and will be presented to Council for second and final reading on May 26th, 2021. For questions, or to view the full bylaw, please contact the Planning & Development Department located at the La Crete sub office.

Planning and Development Department
Mackenzie County
Box 640, Fort Vermilion, AB T0H 1N0
Phone: 780.927.3718 or 780.928.3983
Fax: 780.927.4266


Notice of Decision on Discretionary Use Development Permits

May 5, 2021
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Development Permit Number: 019-DP-19
Legal Land Location: Plan 052 4622, Block 21, Lot 03
Civic Address/Location: 10507-99 Street, La Crete
Description: Temporary/Portable Unit Time Extension
Applicant: Max Fuels
Decision: Approved
Effective: May 26, 2021

If you are negatively affected by these decisions, you can submit an appeal to the Subdivision & Development Appeal Board in writing, containing a statement of the grounds of appeal, in person or by mail. The appeal fee is $290 and must be included with the appeal. You have 21 days from the date of this notice to submit an appeal, which is May 25, 2021.

Appeals must be submitted to:

Attn: Secretary of the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board
4511-46 Avenue, P.O. Box 640, Fort Vermilion, AB, T0H 1N0


Notice of First Reading: Proposed Bylaw No. 1222-21

May 5, 2021
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Pursuant to the Municipal Government Act, being Chapter M-26 of the Statutes of Alberta, notice is hereby given that the Council of Mackenzie County has given first reading to Bylaw 1222-21 which will, upon passage of second and third reading, impose an off-site levy. The proposed Off-Site Levy Bylaw serves to pay for the costs of the North Storm Water Management Plan in the Hamlet of La Crete.

The total estimated cost of the project will be $2,353,200 which will be funded by Mackenzie County. The cost of the project will be recovered via off-site levy fees at the subdivision development stage at the value of $10,810 per hectare. The benefitting lands are shown below:

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Bylaw 1222-21 received first reading on April 28th, 2021 and will be presented to Council for second and final reading on May 26th, 2021. For questions, or to view the full bylaw, please contact the Planning & Development Department located at the La Crete sub office.

Planning and Development Department
Mackenzie County
Box 640, Fort Vermilion, AB T0H 1N0
Phone: 780.927.3718 or 780.928.3983
Fax: 780.927.4266


Holiday Closure: La Crete County Facilities 

May 4, 2021
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Please note that La Crete County Facilities will be closed on May 13th, 2021 in observance of Ascension Day.


Waste Transfer Station Holiday Hours

May 3, 2021
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Please note the following changes in Waste Transfer Station hours due to the Ascension Day Holiday on May 13th. All other Waste Transfer Stations will follow their regularly scheduled hours.

Blue Hills:
Wednesday, May 12 - OPEN - 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 13 - CLOSED

Buffalo Head Prairie:
Wednesday, May 12 - OPEN - 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 13 - CLOSED

La Crete:
Wednesday, May 12 - OPEN - 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 13 - CLOSED


45th Annual Highway Cleanup

April 30, 2021
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The 45th annual highway cleanup takes place on Saturday, May 1, between 7 am and 5 pm. Volunteers wearing orange safety vests will be collecting trash along Alberta highways. Motorists are advised to watch for cleanup crews, slow down, obey signs and use caution when passing.


Alberta River Forecasts

April 30, 2021
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On April 30, 2021, the RFC reaffirmed that the River Ice Advisory for the breakup of the Peace River near Fort Vermilion has ended. Based on a Sentinel 2 satellite image, the Peace River ice front was located km 910 (78 km downstream of Fort Vermilion) at 11:58 MST on April 29, 2021. This location is just upstream of the Vermilion Chutes, which remain open. The ice cover downstream of the Vermilion Chutes is still intact, with no visible open leads. Given the low flows and limited snowmelt runoff in the Peace River, large ice jams are not expected and no ice issues are anticipated as the ice cover breaks up downstream of the Vermilion Chutes.

To see this update from the RFC, visit: https://rivers.alberta.ca

Alberta's River Forecast Centre (RFC) is responsible for monitoring and reporting on the conditions of Alberta's river systems. Mackenzie County reviews these reports as they are published by the RFC. Mackenzie County will continue to notify the public of these updates as they become available.


RCMP Services: County Office in La Crete

April 29, 2021
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Wednesday's from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Closed between 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Criminal Record & Vulnerable Sector Checks, Motor Vehicle Accident Reporting, Lost Item Reports, Criminal Complaints, Statement taking for ongoing cases.

Criminal Record & Vulnerable Sector search requests will be available for pickup on the following Wednesday.  Those requiring immediate results are requested to attend the RCMP detachment in Fort Vermilion Monday through Friday, between 9:00 am and 4:30 pm.

Questions? Please contact the Fort Vermilion RCMP at 780.927.3258.


Waste Transfer Fee Changes: Effective April 28, 2021

April 28, 2021
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Council has passed a new fee-schedule bylaw which allows for an adjustment to residentials solid waste disposal fees. Residents will now be able to dispose of up to three (3) bags of residential solid waste at waste transfer stations for a fee of $5.00.

Punch cards can now be purchased for $20.00:

  • at any Mackenzie County Office (debit, credit, or cash),
  • via phone by calling 780-927-3718 (credit card only), or
  • at any waste transfer station (cash only)

Alberta River Forecasts

April 27, 2021
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On April 27, 2021, the RFC reported that the River Ice Advisory for the breakup of the Peace River near Fort Vermilion has ended. Based on a Sentinel 1 satellite image, the Peace River ice front was located km 859.6 (27 km downstream of Fort Vermilion) at 18:31 MST on April 26, 2021.

The Peace River ice cover melted through Fort Vermilion on April 25. No ice issues were reported. The thermal breakup of the Peace River is speeding up as the remaining ice cover continues to degrade in the spring temperatures. Small ice jams may form and push into the degrading ice cover, temporarily raising water levels. Given the low flows and limited snowmelt runoff in the Peace River, large ice jams are not expected and no ice issues are anticipated as the ice cover breaks up downstream of Fort Vermilion.

To see this update from the RFC, visit: https://rivers.alberta.ca

Alberta's River Forecast Centre (RFC) is responsible for monitoring and reporting on the conditions of Alberta's river systems. Mackenzie County reviews these reports as they are published by the RFC. Mackenzie County will continue to notify the public of these updates as they become available.


Alberta River Forecasts

April 25, 2021
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On April 24, 2021, the RFC issued an Ice Advisory for the breakup of the Peace River near Fort Vermilion. This is a routine breakup advisory issued for the breakup of the Peace River through Fort Vermilion. No ice related issues are expected as the Peace River continues its breakup.

The ice cover on the Peace River continues to melt from upstream to downstream. Based on ground observations, the ice front was observed ~ 30 km upstream of Fort Vermilion in the morning of April 24. A small ice jam approximately 5 km long is in place upstream of the retreating ice front. At the current rate of the retreat, the Peace River is expected to break up through Fort Vermilion on April 25, or in the early morning of April 26. The thermal breakup of the Peace River is speeding up as the remaining ice cover continues to degrade in the spring temperatures. Small ice jams may form and push into the degrading ice cover, temporarily raising water levels.

To see this update from the RFC, visit: https://rivers.alberta.ca

Alberta's River Forecast Centre (RFC) is responsible for monitoring and reporting on the conditions of Alberta's river systems. Mackenzie County reviews these reports as they are published by the RFC. Mackenzie County will continue to notify the public of these updates as they become available.


Alberta River Forecasts

April 23, 2021
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On April 23, 2021, the RFC issued a River Ice Advisory for the breakup of the Peace River near Fort Vermilion. Based on ground observations, the Peace River ice front was located at Atlas Landing (km 751 – 80 km upstream of Fort Vermilion) at 5:00 MST on April 23, 2021.

The Peace River ice cover is continuing its steady thermal breakup with the rate of ice front retreat staying approximately 20 km/day. Breakup is expected through Fort Vermilion early next week. No ice issues are anticipated as the ice cover breaks up though Fort Vermilion or its nearby communities.

To see this update from the RFC, visit: https://rivers.alberta.ca

Alberta's River Forecast Centre (RFC) is responsible for monitoring and reporting on the conditions of Alberta's river systems. Mackenzie County reviews these reports as they are published by the RFC. Mackenzie County will continue to notify the public of these updates as they become available.


Pre-authorized Property Tax Payments

April 23, 2021
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Mackenzie County offers property owners the option to pay their taxes through a pre-authorized payment plan. Individuals on a payment plan are exempt from penalties as long as their agreement remains in good standing. 

Payments are automatically withdrawn from your bank account. The number of payments and the amount will depend on when you sign up. For example: for the 2021 tax year, agreements entered into by May 15 = 8 equal payments.

For more information contact:
Andrew Neigel, Finance Officer
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Phone: 780-927-3718

Sign-up for your payment plan before June 30, 2021 to avoid potential penalties.


Get a Free Echo-Pioneer Subscription

April 22, 2021
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Mackenzie County residents can sign up to receive a FREE weekly copy of the Echo-Pioneer Newspaper! To receive your copy by mail, complete a subscription form online at www.mackenziecounty.com/forms, or call the Fort Vermilion County Office at 780-927-3718. Completed forms can also be dropped off at any county office, or mailed to:

Mackenzie County, P.O. Box 640, Fort Vermilion, AB, T0H 1N0

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Echo-Pioneer is also available to read online for FREE at mrnews.ca!


Notice of Decision on Discretionary Use Development Permits

April 21, 2021
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Development Permit Number: 068-DP-21
Legal Land Location: Plan 052 0560, Block 05, Lot 01
Civic Address/Location: 9506-88 Avenue, La Crete
Description: Home Based Business, Minor (Beyond Basics Fitness & Nutrition)
Applicant: Edyth Neudorf
Decision: Approved
Effective: May 12, 2021

Development Permit Number: 082-DP-21
Legal Land Location: Plan 192 2183, Block 01, Lot 01
Civic Address/Location: 10600-113 Street, La Crete
Description: Dwelling - Single Family & Garage - Attached
Applicant: Alpine Builders
Decision: Approved
Effective: May 12, 2021

If you are negatively affected by these decisions, you can submit an appeal to the Subdivision & Development Appeal Board in writing, containing a statement of the grounds of appeal, in person or by mail. The appeal fee is $290 and must be included with the appeal. You have 21 days from the date of this notice to submit an appeal, which is May 11, 2021.

Appeals must be submitted to:

Attn: Secretary of the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board
4511-46 Avenue, P.O. Box 640, Fort Vermilion, AB, T0H 1N0


Alberta River Forecasts

April 19, 2021
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On April 19, 2021, the RFC reported that based on a RADARSAT Constellation Mission satellite image, the Peace River ice front was located at km 619.3 (32 km upstream of Carcajou, and 75 km upstream of Tompkins Landing) at 7:13 MST on April 18, 2021.

The ice cover in the northern reaches of the Peace River from Tompkins Landing to Fort Vermilion remains intact with little signs of deterioration. No large scale ice movements are expected at this time.

To see this update from the RFC, visit: https://rivers.alberta.ca

Alberta's River Forecast Centre (RFC) is responsible for monitoring and reporting on the conditions of Alberta's river systems. Mackenzie County reviews these reports as they are published by the RFC. Mackenzie County will continue to notify the public of these updates as they become available.


Notice to Interested Contractors: Capital Project Site Tours - Roads and Culverts

April 19, 2021
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Mackenzie County will be conducting site tours for contractors who may be interested in submitting proposals for Capital Projects involving roads and culverts.

Site tours will take place on Thursday, April 29th at 8:00 a.m. Contractors will be given a brief overview of the required work to help provide insight into the projects they may wish to submit proposals for.

Interested contractors can call the La Crete County Office at 780-928-3983 to register. Registered contractors will meet at the La Crete County Office located at 9205-100 Street by 8:00 a.m. Mackenzie County Staff will proceed with contractors to each of the project sites to facilitate tours.


Public Information Session: Municipal Development Plan, Land Use Bylaw, and Off-Site Levies Bylaw

April 19, 2021
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Mackenzie County is updating the Municipal Development Plan, Land Use Bylaw, and Off-Site Levies Bylaw to guide how land is used and where the County grows over the next 20 years.

There will be a public information session in La Crete on: April 29, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Attend in-person at the La Crete County office or virtually by visiting the project page, www.planmackenzie.com, to access a link.


A Reminder to Residents: Overland Flooding

April 16, 2021
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Mackenzie County would like to remind residents that spring thawing may increase the risk of overland flooding in some areas.

If you anticipate overland flooding on your property, please note that before-and-after photos are usually required by insurance companies when making a claim. If you experience any overland flooding, it is also important to notify your insurance company immediately.

For residents who find themselves in need of assistance, Mackenzie County can help provide direction to the appropriate resources and supports. Please contact the La Crete office at 780-928-3983, or the Fort Vermilion office at 780-927-3718 to inquire.


Public Notice: Spring Road Maintenance

April 16, 2021
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Mackenzie County has started their Spring maintenance program on county roadways. Road crews will be out completing pothole repairs and addressing other road issues throughout the season. We ask the public to exercise caution when approaching road crews at work.

To report a road issue, please call the La Crete or Fort Vermilion county office and leave your name and phone number, the rural address, and issue details with front desk staff. Thank you.

La Crete: 780-928-3983
Fort Vermilion: 780-927-3718


Public Consultation Session: Off-site Levy Review

April 15, 2021
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A public consultation session regarding Mackenzie County's off-site levy review will be held at the La Crete county office on Thursday, April 22, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Visit www.planmackenzie.com for more information.


Notice to Residents: Spring Thawing

April 15, 2021
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With warm weather approaching, Mackenzie County has been actively managing the incoming reports of issues related to spring thawing, such as:

Gravel Road Washouts
Frozen Culverts
Drainage Backups
Property Flooding

Mackenzie County asks that residents direct these concerns to the La Crete county office at 780-928-3983, or the Fort Vermilion county office at 780-927-3718. Please leave the following information with front counter staff:

Name
Phone Number
Rural Address
Area of Concern

With the increase in the number of reports, we ask for your patience as operations staff work to resolve these issues. Thank you.


Public Information Session: Municipal Development Plan and Land Use Bylaw

April 15, 2021
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A public information session regarding Mackenzie County's Municipal Development Plan and Land Use Bylaw will be held at the Zama City county office on Tuesday, April 20, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Visit www.planmackenzie.com for more information.


Alberta River Forecasts

April 14, 2021
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Alberta's River Forecast Centre (RFC) is responsible for monitoring and reporting on the conditions of Alberta's river systems. Mackenzie County reviews these reports as they are published by the RFC.

On April 9, 2021, the RFC reported that based on satellite image observations, the ice cover in the northern reaches of the Peace River from Tompkins Landing to Fort Vermilion appear intact with little signs of deterioration. The RFC does not expect any large scale ice movements at this time.

To see this update from the RFC, visit: https://rivers.alberta.ca

Mackenzie County will continue to notify the public of these updates as they become available.


Flood Preparations Update

April 9, 2021
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As a part of our flood preparation efforts, Mackenzie County has invested in a sandbagging machine which in capable of filling approximately 2000 sandbags per hour. This machine will be used to assist residents and businesses in filling sand bags, which they can use to protect their properties from floodwaters. Volunteer organizations will also be coordinating with Mackenzie County to assist with the sandbag filling process.

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Alberta River Forecasts

April 9, 2021
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Alberta's River Forecast Centre (RFC) is responsible for monitoring and reporting on the conditions of Alberta's river systems. Mackenzie County reviews these reports as they are published by the RFC.

On April 9, 2021, the RFC reported that based on satellite image observations, the ice cover in the northern reaches of the Peace River from Tompkins Landing to Fort Vermilion appear intact with little signs of deterioration. The RFC does not expect any large scale ice movements at this time.

To see this update from the RFC, visit: https://rivers.alberta.ca

Mackenzie County will continue to notify the public of these updates as they become available.


Dust Control Program Deadline Extended to April 16th, 2021

April 7, 2021
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Mackenzie County will be offering dust control service on municipal roads to property owners for a maximum length of 200 linear meters. Due to program changes all Residential, Hamlet Residential, Rural and Hamlet Commercial/Industrial, and Schools will be required to pay for their dust control and submit an application. Applications are available at any County Office or online at www.mackenziecounty.com. The deadline for applications is now April 16th, 2021. Following the deadline, the dust control product will be available for purchase at $0.30/litre for self-application.

Dust Control Product - $1,350 plus GST. Seniors (65 years and older) - $450 plus GST.

Property owners considering placing their own dust control product (ie. oil) must contact the County for guidelines, regulations and to obtain approval.

For more information please contact:
Sylvia Wheeler, Public Works Administrative Officer
La Crete Office
Phone: 780-928-3983
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Tompkins Crossing Ice Bridge

April 6, 2021
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Please note that the Tompkins Crossing Ice Bridge is CLOSED! Please do not attempt to use the crossing.


Notice of Public Hearing: Proposed Bylaw No. 1215-21

April 6, 2021
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Pursuant to the Municipal Government Act, being Chapter M-26 of the Statutes of Alberta, notice is hereby given that the Council of Mackenzie County will hold a public hearing prior to the second reading of Bylaw No. 1215-21. The proposed amendment is that the land use designation of the following property known as: Part of SE 35-105-15-W5M, be rezoned from Agricultural “A” to Rural Industrial Light “RIL” as shown below:

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The Public Hearing will be held at 1:00 p.m. on April 28, 2021 in the Mackenzie County Council Chambers in Fort Vermilion (4511-46 Avenue).

The proposed bylaw may be viewed at any Mackenzie County office during regular office hours. Please submit written submissions prior to 4:30 p.m., Friday, April 23, 2021 to:

Planning and Development Department
Mackenzie County
Box 640, Fort Vermilion, AB, T0H 1N0
Phone: 780-927-3718 or 780-928-3983
Fax: 780-927-4266


Alberta River Forecasts

April 6, 2021
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Alberta's River Forecast Centre (RFC) is responsible for monitoring and reporting on the conditions of Alberta's river systems. Mackenzie County reviews these reports as they are published by the RFC.

As weather becomes warmer in the South, it is natural for ice to break up and make its way North through the Peace River.

On April 6, 2021, the RFC ended the River Ice Advisory for the breakup of the Peace River at the Town of Peace River.

To see this update from the RFC, visit: https://rivers.alberta.ca

Mackenzie County will continue to notify the public of these updates as they become available.


Fire Permits

April 1, 2021
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Wildfire season started March 1, 2021. Permits are now needed for all burning in the Forest Protection Area. Do your part to prevent spring wildfires. If you have burned debris over the winter months please revisit all burn sites and ensure they are extinguished. For more information visit Alberta Wildfires.


Special Council Meeting

April 1, 2021
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A special council meeting has been called for the purpose of discussing the regravelling tender.

The special council meeting will take place: Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. in the Fort Vermilion Council Chambers (4511-46th Avenue).

No matter other than that stated in the notice calling the special council meeting may be transacted at the meeting unless the whole council is present at the meeting and the council agrees to deal with the matter in question.


Notice of Decision on Discretionary Use Development Permits

March 31, 2021
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Development Permit Number: 032-DP-21
Legal Land Location: Plan 792 1881, Block 15, Lot 10
Civic Address/Location: 10410-102 Avenue, La Crete
Description of Use: Dwelling-Stacked Row Housing
Applicant: Courtney Miller
Decision: Approved
Effective: April 21, 2021

If you are negatively affected by these decisions, you can submit an appeal to the Subdivision & Development Appeal Board in writing, containing a statement of the grounds of appeal. The appeal fee is $290 and must be included with the appeal. You have 21 days from the date of this notice to submit an appeal, which is April 20, 2021.

Appeals must be submitted in writing or in person to:
Attn: Secretary of the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board
4511-46 Avenue, P.O. Box 640
Fort Vermilion, AB, T0H 1N0


Easter Closures

March 30, 2021
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Mackenzie County wishes you a safe and happy Easter!

All Mackenzie County facilities will be closed on Friday, April 2nd and Monday, April 5th for the Easter long weekend.

La Crete county facilities will also be closed on Tuesday, April 6th.


Waste Transfer Station Easter Holiday Hours

March 30, 2021
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La Crete:
Monday, April 5             CLOSED
Wednesday, April 7       OPEN - 2:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Blumenort:
Tuesday, April 6            CLOSED
Wednesday, April 7       OPEN - 12:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Buffalo Head Prairie:
Tuesday, April 6            CLOSED
Wednesday, April 7       OPEN - 4:00 - 8:00 p.m.

All other Waste Transfer Stations will follow their regularly scheduled hours.


Alberta River Forecasts

March 29, 2021
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Alberta's River Forecast Centre (RFC) is responsible for monitoring and reporting on the conditions of Alberta's river systems. Mackenzie County reviews these reports as they are published by the RFC.

As weather becomes warmer in the South, it is natural for ice to break up and make its way North through the Peace River.

On March 29, 2021, the RFC issued a River Ice Advisory for the breakup of the Peace River at the Town of Peace River.

To see this update from the RFC, visit: https://rivers.alberta.ca

Mackenzie County will continue to notify the public of these updates as they become available.


2021 Roadside Vegetation Management Plan

March 29, 2021
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Roadside Mowing:

  • Full width cut on all County roads north of the Peace River.
  • Single pass cut (15ft/4.5m) on all County roads south of the Peace River.

Roadside Spraying:

All County Roads south of Township Road 106-0 (Airport Road) will be sprayed with a residual herbicide in 2021 to control broadleaf weeds and brush. This includes the Buffalo Head Prairie, Blue Hills and Tompkins areas.

  • Herbicides to be used are Aspect, Navius & Clearview.
  • Product labels and regulatory requirements will be followed.
  • All spraying is done by a licensed Pesticide Applicator.
  • Spraying is to commence June 10th, completion by July 10th.

"Do not Spray" Program:

Mackenzie County maintains a “Do Not Spray” program for residents who do not want any spraying along county roads adjacent to their property (i.e.; organic producers, berry patches, herbicide allergies, etc.).

Those interested must complete and sign a “Spray Exemption Application”. These are available at all County offices. Mail-in requests are not accepted and all applications must be completed in the presence of a Mackenzie County employee.

Anyone who signs a Spray Exemption Agreement will accept responsibility to control all weeds along these road allowances. The County Weed Inspector will be carrying out inspections to insure this is done, as weed control is essential to successful vegetation management.

The deadline for agreements is May 31, 2021; no applications will be accepted after this date.

Any questions or concerns can be forwarded to:
Grant Smith, Agricultural Fieldman
Phone: 780-927-3718
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Fort Vermilion Waste Transfer Station New Hours

March 26, 2021
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Effective April 1, 2021, the new hours for the Fort Vermilion Transfer Station will be as follows:

  • Tuesday - 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Thursday - 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Saturday - 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Tompkins Crossing Ice Bridge

March 23, 2021
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Please note that the Tompkins Crossing Ice Bridge remains OPEN at this time.

Mackenzie County continues to receive direction from Alberta Transportation about changes in the status of the Tompkins Crossing Ice Bridge. The county provides these updates to the public as they are received.

Based on current conditions, there are no indications that ice bridge capacity should be reduced.


Alberta River Forecasts

March 23, 2021
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Alberta's River Forecast Centre (RFC) is responsible for monitoring and reporting on the conditions of Alberta's river systems. Mackenzie County reviews these reports as they are published by the RFC.

To see the latest river and ice observation reports from the RFC, visit Alberta Rivers and select "Forecaster Comments" and "Ice Observation Reports" from the menu.


Agricultural Equipment Disinfection

March 22, 2021
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As auctions for agricultural equipment commence this spring, Mackenzie County would like to remind farmers that any equipment purchased from other areas should be washed and disinfected thoroughly before being used on local farmlands.

Taking these measures will help to minimize the risk of contaminating local soil with crop diseases such as Clubroot of canola, or pests. It is much easier to prevent the introduction of diseases or pests than it is to manage them once established.

Any questions or concerns regarding agricultural equipment disinfection can be directed to:
Grant Smith, Agricultural Fieldman
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Phone: 780-927-3718


Snow-Plowing

March 16, 2021
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Snow-plowing for residential driveways is completed once the following critical infrastructure has first been serviced:

  • Air ambulance airport runways
  • Major emergency routes and facilities for emergency services
  • Arterial roads
  • School bus routes (public and private)
  • Collector roads/Hamlet streets
  • Local roads

Residents who wish to have their driveway plowed must register with the county and obtain a snow-plowing sign. Residents will then be billed $60 each time their driveway is plowed. There is no charge for seniors.

If immediate snow removal is required, residents may wish to contact a private contractor.

Questions or concerns can be directed to the La Crete county office at 780-928-3983.


Dust Control Program

February 11, 2021
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Mackenzie County will be offering dust control service on municipal roads to property owners for a maximum length of 200 linear meters. 

Due to program changes all Residential, Hamlet Residential, Rural and Hamlet Commercial/Industrial, and Schools will be required to pay for their dust control and submit an application.

Applications are available at any County Office or online at www.mackenziecounty.com. The deadline for applications is April 1st. Following the deadline, the dust control product will be available for purchase at $0.30/litre for self-application.

Dust Control Product - $1,350 plus GST. Seniors (65 years and older) - $450 plus GST

Property owners considering placing their own dust control product (ie. oil) must contact the County for guidelines, regulations and to obtain approval.

For more information, please contact:
Sylvia Wheeler, Public Works Administrative Officer (Operations)
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Phone: 780-928-3983


Changes to User Pay Services

Fees and services are reviewed annually during the budget process. Each service offered is reviewed for its value and cost effectiveness.

Mackenzie County Council has decided not to increase the Residential Mil Rate which would increase taxes. This means that in order to continue to maintain the current service levels provided by the County, some fees needed to be implemented or increased.

User pay fees are a common practice in all municipalities. Using a user pay system avoids costs being incurred by residents not requiring a service. Also, continuing to subsidize services to residents is not sustainable for the future, subsidizing also means that all residents are essentially covering the cost through their taxes.

The full copy of the Fee Schedule Bylaw listing all the current fees can be found at http://www.mackenziecounty.com/municipal-government/bylaws or available at any County Office.

Watch your mailbox for a brochure listing these changes or click here for a copy.


Unauthorized Ditching in County Road Allowance

Mackenzie County has noticed a significant amount of unauthorized ditching in County Road Allowances. In some cases, this ditching has created unsafe road conditions due to side slopes being removed. This also increases the potential for soil erosion, as suitable ditch grades have not been established, allowing water to flow at high speeds. This creates added strain to road culverts, resulting in damaged and flooded roads.

Another overlooked concern is the potential to flood neighbouring farm land, as most perpetrators do not consult with neighbours and the results can be catastrophic.

This unauthorized ditching has also caused concern for the power companies, as power poles have had the required cover removed and have the potential to fall over. In some instances, ditching has come within 8 inches (20 cm) of the poles.

Ditching in County road allowances without authorization from Mackenzie County is illegal and perpetrators can have legal action taken against them which can result in a large fines and repair costs. Ratepayers are required to consult with County personnel to obtain approvals and direction before any ditching takes place to help avoid these unsafe conditions.


Notice to Landowners & Contractors

With reference to any activity on County owned land, please be advised that without the written approval of an administrative representative from Mackenzie County, any activity taking place on our road allowance or property owned by Mackenzie County will be considered trespassing.

Contractors are therefore advised to contact the County Office prior to any such activity.