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
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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.