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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Cold Lake, AB – The City of Cold Lake is hoping to enlist community members in its efforts to land CATSA-screened commercial air services. By taking a short survey about residents’ air travel needs and habits, the city is hoping to bring valuable market research to the commercial air carriers that would consider serving this market.

“To have a CATSA-screened commercial air service is a crucial driver for our region’s economy,” said Mayor Craig Copeland. “Once we have the necessary agreements in place, we will be looking to obtain commercial air service from a major western Canadian hub airport.”

CATSA screening will allow passengers to check their bags and board a flight in Cold Lake and then seamlessly connect onwards, if needed, to domestic or international flights from the destination hub airport. In 2015, the Federal Government made regulatory changes required for the City of Cold Lake and several other communities who were seeking CATSA screening in their airports. The changes allowed the communities to consider a new, cost-recovery option to establish CATSA-screening.

By taking a short survey about residents’ air travel needs and habits, residents of the region can contribute valuable market research to commercial air carriers. Links to the survey are available at www.coldlake.com and the city’s social media sites. The survey will be open from Tuesday, November 14 to Tuesday, December 12, 2017.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

On November 7, one of the City of Cold Lake’s internal IST servers experienced a critical hardware failure, bringing some services down. Affected programs and services relate to some financial functions and some web-based services, which will remain offline until the server is repaired.

While city staff are working with the hardware provider to remedy the situation and resume normal operations as soon as possible, some delays in issuing cheques may be experienced and Citizen Self Service will remain offline until server repairs are completed.

The City of Cold Lake is taking every effort to avoid delays and resume all services in a timely manner.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Cold Lake, AB – A road project extending 54 Avenue to connect 49 Street and 45 Street in Cold Lake South is now open for use.

In the city’s transportation study, 54 Avenue east of Highway 28 was identified as an important collector road that will play an increasingly important role in moving traffic as Cold Lake South continues to grow.

“This project gives people living in Brady Heights an important new access to the downtown area,” Mayor Copeland said. “It’s a small but important stretch of road when you look at the overall vision in the transportation study. Not only will this have an immediate, positive impact in the area, but it moves us closer to that vision, and opens up new options in the area.”

Monday, October 16, 2017

COLD LAKE, AB – The polling station closed for the Cold Lake 2017 Municipal Election at 8:00 p.m. today, reporting that 1,814 out of 11,170 eligible voters cast a ballot.

The following are the unofficial results for the 2017 Cold Lake municipal election:

Friday, October 6, 2017

Cold Lake, AB – The City of Cold Lake walked away with another award for its annual National Public Works Week celebrations.

“It’s amazing to see such recognition for the work that our Public Works staff do,” said Mayor Craig Copeland. “They work extremely hard throughout the year, and National Public Works Week is a chance for the community to come out and see all the different tasks that Public Works is responsible for.”

The city was awarded the Community Celebration Public Works Week Award from the Alberta Public Works Association.

“We applied for the award after expanding our celebrations from last year,” said General Manager of Infrastructure Services Azam Khan. “To be named as the winner really goes to show how appreciated our staff’s efforts are in the community. A big ‘Thanks’ goes out to our staff, and to the community for celebrating Public Works Week with us.”

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Cold Lake, AB – Work on the artificial turf field is underway, beginning with a substantial amount of earthwork to prepare the site.

“There is more top soil to move than expected, but we are hoping to see the earthwork and the site preparation done before freeze-up this year,” Mayor Craig Copeland said. “This project has been planned for years and it will be exciting to see it take shape.”

The grandstand will include a building that will house a large team dressing room, four smaller dressing rooms, a concession stand, public washrooms, room for storage, a media and announcers’ room, and two fully equipped multi-purpose rooms.

The project also will include a digital scoreboard as well as an outdoor lighting and audio package. The field itself will be lined for football, soccer, and rugby. It is designed so that the infrastructure for an inflatable dome structure can be added as a possible Phase 2 to the project.

“The possibility of putting a dome over the field was very intriguing, so we designed the facility in a way that this can be considered in the future,” Copeland said. “We’ve heard that enclosed fields in other communities see heavy use by a wide range of recreational groups throughout the year – it’s an option we wanted to keep open.”

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Cold Lake, AB – The city will be marketing a program to help businesses improve their property after council voted to extend the application deadline for 2017 projects until the end of this year.

“Staff noticed that businesses that had not applied for the City’s Business Retention and Attraction Incentive Policy (BRAIP) were undertaking renovations that would probably qualify for a municipal tax rebate under the program,” Mayor Craig Copeland said. “Council passed this policy to support our business community, and we want to make sure that owners who can take advantage of this are aware it’s available to them.”

The issue was first brought to the attention of the Economic Development Advisory Committee, which felt that the city needed to find a method to ensure businesses are reminded of the BRAIP program. The committee recommended that council extend the application deadline for 2017 projects to December 31, 2017 so that projects started this year can apply for BRAIP.

The program grants rebates based on commercial property taxes. In the case of new commercial construction, the rebate paid out over three years and is equal to one year’s worth of the increase in municipal property taxes resulting from the construction. In early 2017, the program was expanded to include projects that were primarily cosmetic in nature as would not necessarily result in an increase in assessment and municipal taxes paid. Such projects are eligible to receive a one-time grant equal to 10 per cent of the municipal property taxes levied in the year the project is completed.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Cold Lake, AB – After a boost in the budget earlier this year, the Capital Road Improvement Program has taken off for 2017.

“The areas that we focus on are usually streets that see a lot of traffic,” said City of Cold Lake’s Chief Administrative Officer Kevin Nagoya. “We want to keep them up to standard, and the Capital Road Improvement Program gives us the opportunity to prioritize which infrastructure needs resurfacing.”

The Capital Road Improvement Program is governed under a road analytics program, which uses a software that analyzes the surface distress index of roadways and degradation curves to assist in making decisions on pavement resurfacing. This way the life of the asphalt can be extended before the pavement requires total replacement, which is a more costly procedure.

In May, it was announced that with funding from the Basic Municipal Transportation Grant, and the Municipal Sustainability Initiative, an extra $1 million was added to the budget for road improvements, increasing the total to $1.75 million.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Cold Lake, AB – The Annual Residential Lane Construction Program is ready to see work commence for this year.

“Improving our laneways has been a steady task for the last few years,” said Mayor Craig Copeland. “We wanted to make sure that lanes are kept up to date, to prevent them from costing more in the long run if they need to be replaced completely.”

Since 2014, the program has improved or completed two or three blocks of rear lanes each year, bringing them up to proper standards, using a set amount of $200,000 each year.

“There is a process to determine which lanes get attention each year, and as we move forward, sometimes those priorities change if a lane suddenly needs more attention than originally observed,” said Copeland. “The lanes for this year have been chosen for a reason, and I’m glad to see them getting attention.”

This year’s targeted areas include 54 Avenue from 62 Street to 60 Street park; 62 Street from 52 Avenue to 54 Avenue, and Lakeridge Close on the north and east sides. While the 54 Avenue and Lakeridge Close areas are set to be completed this year, 62 Street will be completed in 2018, as it requires some winter weather for the wet material removal.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Cold Lake, AB – Cold Lake Transit is about to see additional improvements through the Transit Enhancement Sidewalk and Trail Connectivity program.

“With so many residents using Cold Lake Transit on a daily basis, it’s important to make sure that the stops and shelters are accessible and easy to use,” said Mayor Craig Copeland.

Thanks to a successful application under the Government of Alberta’s GreenTRIP grant, the connectivity program covers a few portions of Cold Lake Transit, including new concrete pads at stops with additional shelters, new asphalt trails, and sidewalk construction in high-traffic areas.

“We wanted to enhance the accessibility to make sure the public would have safe and direct access to all current stops, especially where there was no sidewalk or trail,” said Copeland. “As well, we’ll be placing additional shelters at high-traffic stops, giving riders a place to hide from bad weather.”

Concrete pads and shelters are planned to be installed at the Energy Centre; 50 Avenue at 46 Street; JJ Parr; 54 Avenue, and 52 Avenue.

The sidewalk construction will be at 8 Avenue from 13 Street to 12 Street; a continuation of 16 Street from 14 Avenue to 16 Avenue; along 69 Avenue by Tim Horton’s to connect to the Transit Centre, and 57 Street from 50 Avenue to Veteran’s Way.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Cold Lake, AB – The City of Cold Lake was named the winner of the Canadian Public Works Association Small Centre Award for National Public Works Week – again.

“A lot of hard work and dedication goes into our National Public Works Week events,” said General Manager of Infrastructure Services Azam Khan. “We want to connect with the public about what Public Works does, and it is always a great opportunity for the community to get involved.”

Typically taking place in the third week of May, National Public Works Week is celebrated across Canada. For Cold Lake, it’s a time of week-long celebration, including events for children, students, adults, and seniors.

“We’re always looking for ways to improve our celebration of National Public Works Week,” said Khan. “This year we had a special flag made, and did a flag raising ceremony to kick everything off.”

Friday, August 11, 2017

Cold Lake, AB – The second annual City-Wide Sale is leading up to be another great success.

With over 140 pins already registered, the sale is on track to be bigger than last year’s debut event. Business pins have been visible since the start of registration, and residential pins will become visible starting on Monday, Aug. 14, so that people can plan their treasure-hunting route for Aug. 19 and 20 when the sale is on.

Last year, the City-Wide Sale brought in shoppers from surrounding areas, as well as many local residents seeking a good deal.

New this year to the sale is the BIZ KID$ Program, bringing young entrepreneurs out to represent their businesses.

“The youth in our community are very outgoing,” said Mayor Craig Copeland. “To see these kids working with mentors and creating a business is phenomenal to see. They should be really proud of their accomplishments.”

The BIZ KID$ Program entrepreneurs will be selling their products and services as part of the yardsale held at the Military Family Resource Centre Society location on 4 Wing, on Aug. 19 and 20.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Cold Lake, AB – Modular tiles are bringing new life to sports surfaces at Hilltop Park.

Work on the project, located on the north side of 50 Avenue and east of 41 Street, was completed late last week, and the courts are now open for public use. The courts include a basketball court and a multi-use space that can accommodate either one tennis court or four pickleball courts.

“This project is an innovative way to bring new life to existing recreational infrastructure,” Mayor Craig Copeland said. “We are committed to providing excellent recreational opportunities throughout the community and we know that these courts will see a lot of traffic.”

The basketball court is open with one net available but there is the possibility that a second net could be added in the future.

The multi-use court is lined so that either one tennis court or four pickleball courts can be used at any one time. When pickleball is being played, the tennis net will serve to help divide pickleball courts and act as a ball stop.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Cold Lake, AB – Enhancements at Kinosoo Beach continue as a new playground structure has been decided on.

“We have been going through the tenders for the project, and have chosen one that will best fit the new design of the beach and what is popular for children to play on,” said General Manager of Community Services Glenn Barnes.

Blue Imp was awarded the tender for the play structure, which will have a variety of features, including a pebble scramble to climb; two climb-a-walls; a squiggle climb; a triple rail slide which allows two people to slide side-by-side; a wave slide; a panda crawl tube, and more.

The tender also included playgrounds for Imperial Park, Evergreen Park, and Birch Park. The total cost of all the parks is just under $200,000, with the Kinosoo Beach playground coming in at around $75,000.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Cold Lake, AB – Cold Lake has acknowledged Portage College’s reversal of its decision to bring the Voyageurs Men’s Hockey team to the city. The team will not be moving to the City of Cold Lake for the 2018 Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) Men’s Hockey season. 

“Our council works hard to support community stakeholders and to help them find success through a collaborative partnership with the city, and that is the spirit with which we approached this opportunity,” Mayor Craig Copeland said. “Although I am sure there will be some disappointment in the community that the team will not play here, we support Portage College’s decision and wish the Voyageurs all the best in their 2018 season.” 

It is the City of Cold Lake’s understanding that Portage College reversed its decision to avoid what could have been a costly legal defense against a lawsuit and a request for an injunction filed by Lac La Biche County. In addition to the cost of defending against the lawsuit, the potential delays could have threatened the team’s 2018 season. 

Earlier this year, council was approached by Portage College with a business plan to assist the Voyageurs Men’s ACAC Hockey team with a sponsorship package. In early May, councillors voted unanimously to accept the business plan, which included a direct financial commitment of $300,000 over three years, as well as commitments to provide for other operational requirements needed by the team. City staff immediately began making preparations to bring the team into the Energy Centre. 

Friday, July 14, 2017

Cold Lake, AB – At a special council meeting held today, Cold Lake City Council voted to pursue an enhanced policing program that would bring a Police Dog Service to the city.

The enhanced policing initiative, which is supported by the Federal Government and the RCMP, was planned for the 2018 budget. A chance to acquire a police dog and Police Dog Service member at the Cold Lake RCMP Detachment presented itself earlier than expected, however, and the special meeting was called to vote on pursuing the service for 2017.

“We know that these two new members would very much be welcomed at the detachment and within the community,” Mayor Craig Copeland said. “We made the decision to bring a police dog team to the area to help ensure the RCMP in our region has a variety of assets available.”

Although the enhancement was planned for 2018, the City of Cold Lake was made aware that a Police Dog Service team will graduate this from the training centre in Innisfail, Alberta and may be available for posting to the Cold Lake detachment. The post would still require final approval by the Federal Government.

RCMP police dogs are used for a wide variety of policing applications. They can search for missing persons, track suspects, search for narcotics, evidence or explosives, and can also be used for community relations and school programs.

While Police Dog Service assets are based out of a given detachment, they are used by the RCMP when and where needed. Prior to council’s decision, the closest Police Dog Service unit was stationed in St. Paul and would come to Cold Lake when needed and available.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The City of Cold Lake is rolling out a new technology to extend the life of its roadways. For the first time in the City of Cold Lake, a process known as micro surfacing will be used on stretches of road to extend the time before which major resurfacing is required.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Cold Lake, AB – Council voted in favour of an attempt to create a dedicated outdoor facility for the growing sport of pickleball in Cold Lake this construction season.

During Council’s Corporate Priorities Committee meeting on May 16, 2017, council received an update to the Tennis Court Replacement Project (for Ivan Krook Park and Hill Top Park) where this discussion of pickleball originated. A number of emails were sent to the City over concerns that dedicated Tennis Court were being developed in Cold Lake North. 

At the May 16 meeting, council agreed to add four pickleball courts to Hill Top Park and one pickleball court to the Kinosoo Beach. At council’s June 13 Regular Meeting, it was decided that Cold Lake will see an additional eight dedicated pickleball courts developed in the community.

“We’ve received a lot of requests for this facility and have moved money around in the budget to add this project to the 2017 list,” Mayor Craig Copeland said. “There is a dedicated and growing group of pickleball players in the city and council identified the need to support this growing sport.”

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The Municipal District of Bonnyville No. 87 and the City of Cold Lake have reached an agreement regarding the city’s annexation proposal.

The agreement sets out the terms of a joint submission to the Municipal Government Board (MGB) for the City of Cold Lake’s proposed annexation of 11 quarter sections of land from the M.D. The MGB will make the final determination on the annexation proposal.

“The Municipal District of Bonnyville is pleased the annexation negotiations have culminated with an agreement that met both municipalities’ concerns,” said M.D. Reeve Ed Rondeau. “M.D. Council has signed the annexation agreement to support continued growth in the region.”

The agreement recommends that the annexation come into effect on January 1, 2018 and that the city pay $500,000 in compensation to the M.D. once the proposed annexation comes into effect.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Cold Lake, AB – The City of Cold Lake has hired a firm to start conceptual plans to see if a suitable new building to house the Lakeland Humane Society (LHS) can be accommodated at its existing location. 

“The Lakeland Humane Society provides a great service to our residents and is very well regarded throughout the region,” Mayor Craig Copeland said. “Our community is young and growing, and the society needs help to keep pace with the demand for the services it provides.”

The LHS operates independently of the City of Cold Lake, but provides the city’s pound-keeper services and pet licencing services under contract. The city is responsible for animal control and the enforcement of bylaws that govern the keeping of pets.

In late May, council approved a budget of $22,500 to prepare a site plan for the Lakeland Humane Society at its existing location. JMAA architecture has been retained to create the plans.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

The Cold Lake Energy Centre has resumed normal operations this morning.

Monday, June 5, 2017

The Cold Lake Energy Centre will remain closed tomorrow to accommodate air quality testing before the facility will be reopened.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Council passed a tax rate that will see, on average, a slightly lower increase in municipal taxes than the projected 2-per-cent expected when the 2017 budget was passed.

Monday, May 29, 2017

The City of Cold Lake is aware of the public concern about the amount of tent caterpillars that have been noticed. The city is doing its best to focus on mechanical, rather than chemical, measures of control. This is due to the fact that the most effective chemical solutions involve pesticides that are non-selective, which would result in the destruction of many other species.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Cold Lake, AB – City Council is continuing to discuss physician recruitment for the community, as the number of people that are unattached continues to be a concern raised by the residents of Cold Lake.

“Our community and the surrounding area is under continual growth,” said Mayor Craig Copeland. “Council will work with the chief of staff at Cold Lake Hospital to increase the availability of family and specialized physicians to practice at the hospital. Scheduling meetings with senior Alberta Health Services officials in the near future is a high priority for council.”

While new doctors have arrived in the city over the years, doctors have also left, leaving a continual gap in the number of people without access to a family physician.  Based on information provided by Alberta Health Services (AHS) and Hearts for Health Care, Cold Lake has 12 practicing physicians. For reference, in 2007, Cold Lake records show that 10 doctors were practicing.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Cold Lake, AB – With summer around the corner, City Council addressed the issue of tennis courts and pickleball courts within the city.

“Administration has come up with several options for us to consider on where we want to put down lines,” explained Mayor Craig Copeland. “Ideally, we would like to see a dedicated outdoor pickleball court, but at this time the solution may be to paint pickleball lines onto one of our tennis courts.”

The city budgeted for the replacement/rehabilitation of the existing tennis courts during council’s past budget cycle. The dual tennis courts in the North are being reconstructed as a new facility, while the tennis court in the South will be getting a new surface.

“Because the court in the South is built on top of a water reservoir, the weight of laying new asphalt became a potential issue,” said Copeland. “We asked a structural engineer to look into whether or not regular asphalt would work, and they were not comfortable with that much weight over the reservoir.”

Monday, May 15, 2017

Cold Lake, AB – The City of Cold Lake will once again be offering Grade A compost from its Organics Recycling Program.

“This is the city’s give-back approach to residents for their active participation toward achieving the city’s waste diversion goals, and reducing carbon footprints,” explained Environmental Services Manager Shailesh Modak.

The compost is suitable for residential flowerbeds, vegetable gardens, and as a top soil for lawns.

In 2016, the City of Cold Lake’s Organics Recycling Program yielded 1,650 tonnes of yard waste, which was recycled by the community.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Cold Lake, AB – Council voted to increase its Capital Road Improvement Program by just over $1 million after the Government of Alberta confirmed the continuation of an annual grant.

Cold Lake City Council had allocated $719,000 to the 2017 Capital Road Improvement Program, which generally sees significant funding from the Basic Municipal Transportation Grant (BMTG). Because the continuation of the BMTG, along with the Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI) grant, had not been confirmed by the Government of Alberta prior to the City’s budget process, the funding was not initially included in 2017 programming.

“Council took a prudent approach not to include grants that we did not know we were going to get in our budget,” Copeland said. “We are grateful that these grant programs were extended and we hope that this signals the continuation of these municipal grants on a long-term basis.”

Including the BMTG in the Capital Road Improvement Program brings the program’s total funding to $1.75 million for 2017, matching the funding the program saw in 2016.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Cold Lake, AB – Cold Lake City Council voted to authorize the purchase of naming rights and a marketing proposal from Portage College, which aims to transition its men’s collegiate hockey team into the city for the next season.

The City of Cold Lake was approached by Portage in mid-March and began discussions surrounding the possible relocation of its men’s hockey team, known as the Voyageurs, which plays in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC).

“The city’s understanding is that financial considerations prompted the college to look for a new home for its hockey team,” Mayor Craig Copeland said. “We’ve built Imperial Oil Place for a very high level of hockey in this community, and we see the benefits of this partnership with Portage College. This will not only benefit sports fans, but enhance the experience for college students in our region.”

The Voyageurs men’s hockey team has nine years of experience in the ACAC and plays a regular season with 18 home games each year. The sponsorship and marketing deal which council accepted includes $300,000 in financial assistance over three years, as well as a commitment to help with the infrastructure that the team would need to make a successful transition.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Cold Lake, AB – The addition of an inflatable dome is being considered as part of the City of Cold Lake’s artificial turf field project.
After a resident gave a presentation to council about the benefits of including an inflatable structure over top of an artificial turf field, council decided the idea was worth looking into for more information.
“It’s great to see residents of the community coming forward with ideas,” said Mayor Craig Copeland. “The presenter clearly has a passion for minor sports and bettering our community, and this dome for the turf field is something council wants to consider.”
City staff presented council with some information on how inflatable dome structures operate, including the set-up, take-down, and storage. Administration continues to research additional details council needs to consider before moving forward. Some of these include the cost of labour for set-up and tear-down, the cost of utilities, and what changes would need to be made to the current plan to incorporate such a structure. One change may be the elimination of the full-sized track around the field.
“We’re not necessarily talking about adding a dome to the field now, but we want to see if it’s worth planning the project in a way that one can be added further down the line,” Copeland said. “When you build top-of-the-line infrastructure, you want it to get all the use possible, and this idea could more than double the use the field would get each year, so it’s an option we have to at least consider.” 

Thursday, April 27, 2017

A computerized model of the city’s wastewater collection system confirms that Cold Lake’s wastewater infrastructure is outperforming the systems found in many municipalities of a similar size. 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Cold Lake, AB – With record-breaking levels of snow falling on the City of Cold Lake over the Easter weekend, city officials are thankful to the public for its patience.

“I’m very happy with the way the community responded to the weather,” said Mayor Craig Copeland. “I understand it was frustrating if a person needed to get anywhere, but our road crews were out all weekend to clear the snow as it fell, and we are proud of the job they did.”

Residents are thanked for their understanding and patience throughout the weekend. An announcement was made through the city’s Facebook page in regards to snow removal, which reached almost 14,000 people, and was shared over 80 times.

“I’m thankful the word was able to spread so quickly about what crews were up to over the holiday weekend,” said Copeland. “A lot of people had questions about what was going on, and it was nice to see interaction and feedback.”

Crews worked daily to remove the snow, following the priority areas as set out by the city’s Snow Removal Policy.

“The decision was made to push the snow to the side to allow for faster access to more areas,” said Chief Administrative Officer Kevin Nagoya. “Crews went back around later to unblock driveways once the main arteries of the city had been cleared; this took time due to the volume of snow.” The City’s snow storage facilities were also closed due to the recent warm temperatures making them into inaccessible mud pits which limited options to store snow.

As of Tuesday, some residential areas had yet to be cleared, as crews continued to work across the city to clear as much snow as possible.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Cold Lake, AB – The City of Cold Lake is pleased to announce the launch of its real-time transit tracking app.  

Working with TransLoc, and made possible with the assistance of the provincial GreenTRIP grant, the City of Cold Lake has made available the GPS-based app, known as the TransLoc Rider. The app, which is free to download, gives transit users a real-time view of where the buses are and when they will arrive at each stop. It can be viewed from a smart phone or a desk-top computer.

“This will ensure that transit users can minimize their wait times and work Cold Lake Transit into their daily lives as efficiently as possible,” Mayor Craig Copeland said. “We are thrilled to bring this technology to Cold Lake Transit, and thank the Government of Alberta for its contribution to this project.”

The application is viewable on a desktop computer at clt.transloc.com, and is also available for download from the App Store and Google Play. To download the app, visit translocrider.com and follow the links provided, or search “TransLoc Rider” in the App Store or on Google Play.

In addition to providing the public with real-time scheduling information, the app will help the City of Cold Lake’s administration gather information about when and where riders are taking public transit in Cold Lake, streamlining the data collection process.

“With this application just recently launched, we appreciate the public’s feedback on the app and thank the public for their patience with any bugs we work through in the initial days of the launch,” Kevin Nagoya, the city’s Chief Administrative Officer said.  “This is an exciting addition to Cold Lake Transit that should increase the system’s accessibility and convenience.”  

Friday, March 31, 2017

Cold Lake, AB – Every year, marina slips struggle to be renewed on time, and council debated various options on how to improve the process at the last regular council meeting.

“It’s just not a good time to get people to renew their slips,” said Mayor Craig Copeland. “People go away for the winter, or may not know if they will even be here by the summertime, so a lot of people end up missing the deadline.”

Council voted to extend the deadline from March 15 to April 15 this year, giving slip holders an additional month to get their payments in for this year before losing their berth.

“It’s been a tough year for a lot of people, and we wanted to give them a bit more time to come through with their renewals before going down the list to replace them,” said Copeland.

The topic of changing the renewal policy also came up, with councillors offering various suggestions on how the process could be improved for the future. Council then voted to visit the issue in more detail at a future Corporate Priorities meeting, where they will look at changing the policy for marina slip renewals, and make it easier for administration and users alike.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Cold Lake, AB – The application deadline for the Community Capital Project Grant was extended by City Council on Tuesday evening.

“There are so many community groups that could really take advantage of this grant, and funding from council,” said Mayor Craig Copeland. “We hope to see more groups submit an application for the funding.”

Originally launched in November, the deadline for applications is scheduled for March 1 of every year. The policy outlines the process to administer grant funding to individuals or groups who request it.

“Since this is the first year we have had the grant policy, we felt it was important to make sure people were aware of its existence and the application deadline,” said Copeland. “It was a bit of a short turnaround to the original deadline, and that is part of the reason we opted to extend it.”

The extended deadline is for 2017 only, and applications will be accepted until June 1, 2017, before returning to the original timeline of March in 2018.

In order to be eligible to apply for the grant, an organization must be based in the City of Cold Lake, and registered as not-for-profit, or as a charitable organization. As well, the organization must demonstrate sustainability, and their primary mandate must be to provide sports, recreation, arts, culture, social services, or community wellness within Cold Lake.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Cold Lake, AB – A municipal election will take place this October, and preparations at the City of Cold Lake have already begun.

Information for voters and potential candidates has been posted on the city’s website, outlining everything from what kind of identification a person needs when voting, to the process of putting your name forward as a potential candidate. Election Day falls on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017, and information about the voting station and advance voting days will be made available closer to the date. Special ballots will also be available for residents who are incapacitated or who are out of town for the election.

Candidates will be officially named on Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, when Nomination Day takes place, though a candidate is still able to withdraw his or her name before noon the following day, should he or she change his or her mind. Candidates are required to submit their nomination papers between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. on Nomination Day, along with the $100 deposit, as outlined in the City of Cold Lake Municipal Election Procedures Bylaw.

A candidate can run either for the position of mayor or a position as councillor. All residents interested in running are advised to read through the material on the website, and contact Returning Officer Linda Mortenson if they have any questions.

Prior to Nomination Day, potential candidates who wish to raise money for their campaign or who will self-fund their campaign in excess of $10,000, must complete and submit an Application for Registration of Notice of Intent to Become a Candidate for Municipal Office prior to accepting any campaign contributions.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Cold Lake, AB – The City of Cold Lake has been recognized through a Minister’s Award for Transportation Innovation for its public transit system.

“It is unique for a municipality our size to have a public transit system that is so well embraced by the community,” said Mayor Craig Copeland. “Because administration found a way to start the system with a small capital investment, we were able to establish a strong base ridership and work out any kinks for a fraction of the cost we would have by buying new buses.”

The 2017 Minister’s Award of Excellence for Transit/Accessible Transportation Innovation was received on March 13 by Mayor Copeland, Chief Administrative Officer Kevin Nagoya and General Manager of Infrastructure Services Azam Khan, at the 20th Annual Tri-Party Transportation Conference in Red Deer.

“This just goes to show that Cold Lake Transit is something that people want; something that people in our community need, and the Provincial Government recognizes our efforts in making it happen,” said Copeland. “On behalf of council I have to thank the city staff who worked hard to make our vision for public transit in Cold Lake a reality.”

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Cold Lake, AB – The Meals on Wheels (MOW) program will continue on after the city was asked to help with the administration of the program.

The Cold Lake Seniors’ Society requested that the City of Cold Lake take over the responsibility of managing the program beginning March 1, 2017.

“The public can come to us or call for a client application if they need assistance,” explained FCSS Manager Kim Schmidtz. “We’re happy to help keep such an important program running in our community.”

MOW is a meal delivery program where volunteers pick up pre-ordered meals and deliver them to pre-registered clients. Meal plans range in options, from hot meals to frozen meals that can reheated on demand. The program had requests for 490 meals in both 2015 and 2016.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Cold Lake, AB – Cold Lake and District FCSS is opening their doors to a new counselling service.

“The service is meant primarily to assist those who do not otherwise have the means to access psychological services,” explained FCSS Manager Kim Schmidtz. “We wanted to make this calibre of service more affordable.”

Beginning in February, community members can see Registered Provisional Psychologist Genevieve Milliken, who specializes in anxiety and depression. Other areas of her expertise includes bullying, stress management, anger management, and parenting strategies.

“This is a partnership program with Supporting Wellness, which has afforded us to have Genevieve on site every Monday afternoon for the next year,” said Schmidtz. “I cannot express how grateful we are to Imperial for their support in bringing this valuable service to the community.”

Friday, February 10, 2017

Cold Lake, AB – There was a strong turnout at the City of Cold Lake-hosted meeting with people interested in volunteering to patrol their community.

With about 75 people in attendance, a presentation was offered by representatives from the Alberta Citizens on Patrol Association (ACOPA) on how to create and run a local group in the City of Cold Lake and the surrounding area.

“We were asked about Citizens on Patrol, and in response, we contacted ACOPA to have them come up to teach residents what it is and how to start a group,” said Mayor Craig Copeland. “There was a clear desire last night to learn more, and we were happy to help the volunteers get in touch with the right people.”

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

The City of Cold Lake saw its population grow by over 1,100 people in the last five years, according to Federal Census data released today.

The City’s population grew by 8.1 per cent, to 14,961 in 2016 from 13,839 in 2011. The previous Federal Census, conducted in in 2011, showed almost twice the growth with a 15.4 per cent increase that brought the population up to 13,839 from 11,991 in 2006.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Cold Lake, AB – City council is offering an additional rebate to assist those businesses that expand or enhance their building space to deliver services to the community.

“It’s important to continue providing retention and attraction incentives for our commercial businesses,” said Mayor Craig Copeland. “Our original policy is able to help if the property value increased, but we wanted to give businesses a bit more of a hand.”

In 2010, council passed a policy to help small groups and businesses get started, grow their business, or make improvements to their properties based off of an increased property value.

The original policy has been updated to grant a business owner a rebate worth 100 per cent of the municipal tax increase resulting from the increase in the assessed value of the property. This is an increase from the original 50 per cent, and is paid out over three years.

Though this rebate requires an increase in the business’s property value to qualify, council has decided to add an additional incentive for businesses to make improvements or upgrade.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Cold Lake, AB – The City of Cold Lake is asking for meetings with the Government of Alberta to discuss the future of the ID 349 agreement and the City’s continued sustainability.

“We arrived at the agreement for revenue from ID 349 as a solution to ensure the City’s ongoing viability,” Mayor Craig Copeland said. “We’ve been informed that the agreement will continue for 2017 and that the government has had talks with a number of municipalities in the region about the agreement’s future beyond that time. The City of Cold Lake relies on this revenue for 41 per cent of our budget, however, we have not had a chance to voice our concerns in person.”

Copeland noted that in its journey to secure the agreement for ID 349 revenue, the City went through a government-ordered municipal inspection after passing a notice of dissolution. In order to ensure the ID 349 agreement could take place, the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo received Crown land as compensation for land it gave to the County of Lac La Biche. This land transfer was calculated with the intention that it be revenue neutral. The MD of Bonnyville also receives money under the deal for the maintenance of the road to the Cold Lake Air Weapons Range.

“It is frustrating to see our municipal neighbors concerned about ID 349 once again, and not supporting the fact that the City of Cold Lake, which is home to 4 Wing, is finally a stable, financially sound community and a strong regional partner,” Copeland said. “After the last provincial election, neighbouring municipalities capitalized on the change in government and lobbied the province to change our sustainability deal for their own benefit.”

Friday, December 9, 2016

Cold Lake, AB – After a few weeks of construction, the secondary access road to the Cold Lake Energy Centre will be open tonight.

 “We’re very happy with the project,” said Mayor Craig Copeland. “With this road put in, we can move forward with the other work and events scheduled at the Energy Centre, and not have to worry about the ease of access to the facility.”

This timely opening is expected to help traffic flow for the World Junior A Challenge Pre-Competition game tonight.

The road will help ensure efficient traffic flow to and from the facility, especially during peak times, such as concerts, hockey games, and other large events.

The total budget for the project, including engineering and construction, is $1.1 million. The project began mid-October.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Cold Lake, AB – Cold Lake Transit received a big boost from the Federal and Provincial Governments this weekend with the announcement that the City’s two transit grant applications were successful.

“Public transit has had enormous social and environmental impacts in our community and we are excited to see the Province and Federal Government’s support for transit not only in Cold Lake, but across the province of Alberta,” Mayor Craig Copeland said.

Cold Lake was successful in its Core-Fleet Replacement application as well as a second application for projects that will increase pedestrian connectivity to the transit system and provide for real-time GPS scheduling for the transit buses. The grant money totals over $1 million in Federal and Provincial support for Cold Lake Transit.

The Core-Fleet Replacement program will see the city’s two main buses replaced by new, low-floor diesel buses. The existing buses will stay in the fleet as backup units and to provide the capability to enhance scheduling or expand the routes in the future. Of the project’s total $1 million, $174,000 will be funded through the Federal Government’s Public Transit Infrastructure Fund, and $666,700 will come through the Provincial Green Transit Incentives Program (GreenTRIP). The balance of the project, or $159,300, will come from the City of Cold Lake’s Capital Budget.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Cold Lake, AB – The City of Cold Lake has named its first Junior Investigator.

Matthew McKay collected all six trading cards of the Municipal Enforcement Officers, and traded them in to gain the title of Junior Investigator.

“Upon successful completion of his investigation, Matthew made contact with Municipal Enforcement to give us his report,” said Senior Community Peace Officer Ryan Deschamps.

McKay was advised to come in to Headquarters, where he was presented with a Junior Investigator Certificate of Recognition, a high visibility Junior Investigator toque, and a Felix the Fox beanbag buddy, who is the sidekick of Peace Officer Pete.

The Junior Investigator program was introduced at the beginning of the 2016 school year. The goal was to reach out and make contact with the youth in the community in a positive and educational capacity.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Cold Lake, AB – Community members, groups, and organizations looking for project funding from City Council will now have a standardized application process to help them.

The Community Capital Project Grant Policy outlines a new process to administer grant funding to individuals or groups who request it.

It starts with a single annual deadline for applications. Any community organization seeking grant funding from council may not be considered that year, if they do not apply by the deadline.

From here, there are several criteria that need to be met. In order to be eligible to apply for the grant, an organization must be based in the City of Cold Lake, and registered as not-for-profit, or as a charitable organization. As well, the organization must demonstrate sustainability, and their primary mandate must be to provide sports, recreation, arts, culture, social services, or community wellness within Cold Lake.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Cold Lake, AB – Parking measures for recreational vehicles (RVs) and trailers have been outlined and passed by City Council after a lot of community feedback on the original proposal earlier this year.

“I think council should be proud of the work they did to amend the Land Use Bylaw,” said Mayor Craig Copeland. “It took a lot of time to come up with compromises that should work for the majority of the community.”

Changes were made to the Land Use Bylaw to add details about the definition of a trailer and where it can be parked on a residential property within the city.

A trailer is now defined as a vehicle designed to be attached to or drawn by a motor vehicle or tractor; intended to transport property, and includes any vehicle defined by the Alberta Regulation as a trailer, but does not include machinery or equipment solely used in the construction or maintenance of highways.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Cold Lake, AB – Canadian rock band Marianas Trench is coming to Cold Lake on Feb. 4, 2017 with their new tour, Marianas Trench and the Last Crusade.

“It’s great to have a Canadian band like Marianas Trench come and play in Cold Lake,” said Mayor Craig Copeland. “We’re very excited to be hosting them, and look forward to the show.”

The tour is in support of Marianas Trench’s latest studio album Astoria (604 Records/Sony) which echoes one part 1980’s fantasy adventure film and one part classic Marianas Trench. The new video for the single called, “Who Do You Love”, is a “Pay It Forward” gesture inspiring people to go out and do some good, make the world a better place, even if just for a moment. 

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Cold Lake, AB – Since being established in the spring, the Photo Enforced Traffic Safety Program has been running smoothly.

Though warning tickets were given out in the beginning, the first tickets requiring payment were given out in August. The funds collected from these tickets were placed in a fund for safety and infrastructure projects, the details of which were passed at City Council on Nov. 22.

“Ensuring that funds from this program are earmarked for public safety is a huge priority for us,” said Mayor Craig Copeland. “With the funds from this program, we can turn around and help work on areas that citizens identify as a public safety concern.”

All net revenue received from the Photo Enforced Traffic Safety Program will be put into the Infrastructure Safety Fund. This fund will be used for projects that promote public safety, prevent a public safety issue, and/or to address an existing safety concern.

The public will be able to submit applications for use of the funds, so long as it is for a recognized public safety need, a preventable public safety issue, or a safety concern in the community. As well, the application must address a proposed infrastructure-based solution.

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