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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.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Cold Lake, AB – They City of Cold Lake is thrilled to announce singer, songwriter, superstar Toby Keith will perform live at the Imperial Oil Place Arena on July 14, 2017.

“We are thrilled to host Toby Keith in Cold Lake,” said Mayor Craig Copeland. “To have such a great name come and perform for us is very exciting. I’m sure people from around the Lakeland will attend the show.”

From his first No. 1 smash "Should've Been A Cowboy" to his new album 35 mph Town, Toby Keith has been one of the most consistent self-directed hit makers of his era. From one of his previous collections, Clancy's Tavern, the lead single, "Made In America," topped the charts as one of the fastest rising songs in a long line of chart burners from Keith's pen. The second hit, "Red Solo Cup," has become the most remarkable and commercially successful country single in recent memory with a viral video with more than 30 million views while having topped the top downloaded country songs charts.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Cold Lake, AB – The popularity of a recent survey held by the City of Cold Lake has opened up a few questions as to how businesses become established in the community.

“There seems to be a bit of confusion on how businesses come to Cold Lake,” said Howard Pinnock, General Manager of Planning and Development. “The City itself does not open up businesses, no matter how much support there might be.”

Rather, it is an individual or investors who needs to open the business.

“Although the city can provide incentives for businesses, someone other than the city needs to initiate the process,” explained Pinnock.

Typically, there are two ways to bring a franchise or business into Cold Lake. The first, is an individual willing to invest in the business will approach the head office, at which point the head office will look to see if Cold Lake is a good fit for the franchise’s business plans.

On the other hand, some franchises have a team of people looking for new locations as part of their business development strategy. If a community meets the parameters they set, they will advertise for an individual to invest in their franchise or to manage their operations. Often, as these businesses saturate larger centres, they move to a smaller communities and scale their outlets to fit the new communities’ needs.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Motorists are advised that the main street intersection is expected to open late this evening (November 16) or early tomorrow morning (November 17). Continued warm weather has allowed the contractor to make significant progress. 
City staff are asking for the public’s patience as it will take several weeks to optimize the traffic lights and maximize traffic flow through the intersection. 
Motorists are also asked to be aware that some construction will be ongoing in the intersection, and so caution should be exercised throughout the construction area

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Cold Lake, AB – Cold Lake City Council has arrived at a draft budget with just over $42.2 million in operating expenditures and just over $18.6 million spent on capital projects. The budget allocates approximately $8 million in taxation revenue from ID 349 to balance the operational budget.

“After holding the line on taxes for four years, we are looking at a modest tax increase to balance the 2017 budget,” Cold Lake Mayor Craig Copeland said. “We are balancing the need to keep costs down for residents in these hard economic times with the need to pay for the increased cost in services and to keep up with our infrastructure needs.”

During the 2013 election, council vowed not to raise taxes for three years to bring the City of Cold Lake’s taxes in line with those found in similar communities. Council extended that commitment for a fourth year in 2016 as a response to the slowing economy.

The 2017 draft budget forecasts a two-per-cent increase in municipal tax bills. As a reference, each per cent in the municipal taxes equates to about $190,000 in revenue to offset costs. Also forecasted is a five-per-cent increase to water and sewer rates to maintain 100 per cent operational cost recovery for those services.

Not included in the budget is nearly $4 million in provincial revenue sharing that the City received last year through the Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI).

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

The newly put-up lights at Highway 28 and Veteran's Drive are undergoing final testing this week, with the expectation of having everything up and running in the next week or two.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Cold Lake, AB – Construction has started on a secondary access road to the Cold Lake Energy Centre. 
The secondary access will be built to a gravel road standard and will connect the Energy Centre to 16th Avenue, ensuring ample access to the facility. 
“This project has been on council’s radar for some time – the trick has been to fit it into the budget at a time that made sense,” Mayor Craig Copeland said. “With all of the other work scheduled to be done at the Energy Centre and Imperial Park, we did not want to build a road we would have to end up moving.” 
The road will help ensure efficient traffic flow to and from the facility, especially during peak time 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 in mid-October, and construction is expected to be completed by October 31, 2016. 

Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Cold Lake, AB – The City of Cold Lake has received another award for its National Public Works Week activities.
“We’re very proud of our Public Works department and all the dedicated work they do,” said Mayor Craig Copeland.
The Alberta Public Works Association named the City of Cold Lake the winner of the Project of the Year Category: Public Works Week. This backs onto the city being recognized at a national level after receiving the National Public Works Week 2016 Canadian Public Works Association Small Centres Award in August.
Thursday, September 22, 2016

Cold Lake, AB – For the first time, the City of Cold Lake was the host city for the Alberta Provincial Communities in Bloom awards.
“It’s a real honour to be hosting Communities in Bloom,” said Mayor Craig Copeland. “We’re very thankful to the Communities in Bloom Committee for organizing and carrying out the event.”
Special guest speakers were Rhonda and Daryl Sidoryk, who spend their time cleaning up various parts of the community. They spoke about what they do and why they are proud to be part of the community.
The City of Cold Lake received five blooms last year, which is the maximum number of blooms a community can receive. As the host city this year, Cold Lake was not evaluated.
In attendance was the City of Edmonton, the City of Red Deer, the Hamlet of Woking, the City of Grande Prairie, the Town of Bruderheim, the Town of Taber, Saddle Hills County, the Village of Boyle, the Town of Ponoka, and the Town of St. Paul.
“Everyone who was involved did a really great job,” said Greenspace Coordinator Jazelle Robb. “Communities in Bloom is not just about the flowers, it’s about the community as a whole. Everything we did during the event really reflected that.”

Monday, September 19, 2016

Cold Lake, AB – There will be no public access to the breakwater at the Cold Lake Marina while crucial repairs to the access are being undertaken.
Workers have been demolishing the old slab connection, and filling the area with gravel and compacting it. Currently, rebar is being installed, and forms will be created and poured this week, weather permitting.
At this time, there is no access permitted to the breakwater. Once the concrete has been poured, it will take about a week or two to allow the concrete to dry enough to provide safe access to the breakwater. The plan is to have the area ready for vehicular traffic and sailboat removal by the beginning of October, though foot traffic should be permitted before then.
 

Monday, September 19, 2016

Cold Lake, AB – In an effort to recruit doctors to the area, the City of Cold Lake has instituted a physician recruitment incentive.
“One of the challenges we have heard that makes a transition for doctors in coming to Cold Lake, is bridge income to get them started and settled in and place roots in our community,” said Mayor Craig Copeland. “For new doctors, and especially doctors new to Canada, it can be a challenge to get the credit they need to make the move to a new community.”
In an effort to complement the work done by Hearts for Healthcare and Alberta Health Services (AHS) recruiting staff, the incentive offers a $50,000 line of credit. With the help of the City of Cold Lake, the line of credit will be interest-free for two years. After that period, a repayment plan between the financial institution and the physician will be established. Further to the line of credit, other incentives are also included in the package that will assist the doctors in their transition to the community, such as access to loans and credit cards.
“With this help, we hope that new doctors can focus on getting established in the community,” Copeland said.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Please be advised that over the next few weeks, there will be smoke testing of the sewer systems in various neighbourhoods.
These tests use non-toxic smoke to identify leaks or areas of cross-connections where rainwater or other surface drainage may enter the sanitary sewer.
During this time, you may see small volumes of test smoke coming from neighbouring roof vents or system manholes. The smoke should not enter your home or place of business. If it does, please contact Nick Schellenberg with SFE Global at 204-654-2713 ex. 1 and he will connect you with the outside field crews working in your area.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Cold Lake, AB – The contract for the construction of the Energy Centre Phase 3 expansion has been awarded, with work on the project to begin this fall. 
Phase 3 of the Energy Centre expansion will bring exciting amenities to the city’s recreational hub, including a second arena, 360-degree climbing wall, a lounge, office and storage space for local non-profit groups, a significant expansion of the concourse area, and a mini-stick arena. 
“This is another large step forward in council’s vision for the Energy Centre and Imperial Park,” Mayor Craig Copeland said. “Our North Arena has served the community well, but the building is tired and past its service life. With Imperial Park centrally located and easily accessible by trail, and now public transit, it is truly becoming the region’s premier recreation hub.” 
The new arena, designed in consultation with BR2 Architecture, will seat just under 400 people, with its own dressing rooms and a warm viewing area at the east end of the arena. People in the viewing area will also be able to see the climbing wall, which will be a 360-degree, two-story structure. 
The lounge will feature a catering kitchen and a bar, and will overlook both the new arena and Imperial Oil Place Arena, with the option to open the windows to accommodate private booths for concerts in Imperial Oil Place. The second floor concourse will be expanded to allow for access to the new arena, as well as an upper viewing area for the climbing wall. The concourse on the east end of the new arena will also feature a mini-stick arena. 
The construction contract was awarded to the construction firm Bird, with an estimated completion date in the spring of 2018.The Phase 3 expansion is proceeding with a construction budget of $20 million. 
“We have looked at every chance to make these amenities complement each other and the existing space,” Copeland said. “This phase of expansion will help to make sure that our youth have top-notch recreation facilities available year-round.” 

Friday, September 2, 2016

City of Cold Lake Council passed a motion to enter into talks with Alberta Health Services (AHS) with the goal of taking over the contract to provide ambulance services in the city and the surrounding region. 

Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Cold Lake, AB – The City of Cold Lake was the winner of an award for its activities during National Public Works Week.
“Our Public Works department works very hard,” said Mayor Craig Copeland. “It’s great to see so many people taking part in Public Works Week when we host it, and for that to be acknowledged by the Canadian Public Works Association is very rewarding.”
The city competed against eight other communities, but came out on top to win the National Public Works Week 2016 Canadian Public Works Association (CPWA) Small Centres Award.
The announcement was made at the Public Works Expo in Minneapolis, where many public works professionals from the Canadian Public Works Association (CPWA) are in attendance.
Friday, August 12, 2016

Cold Lake, AB – Over 75 sales have been registered for the City of Cold Lake’s City-Wide Sale, happening Aug. 27 and 28.

“The response for this event has been extremely popular,” said Mayor Craig Copeland. “We have had a lot of people saying they will be coming in to the city to shop for the weekend.”

The number of registered sales includes both private sales at people’s homes, and local businesses. While businesses are already pinned on the sale map, residential sales will be revealed closer to the date of the sale.

“We encourage people to check online and plan their route,” said Copeland. “There will be a lot of places to go, so fortunately treasure-seekers will have two days to search for great deals.”

The City-Wide Sale was proposed by three volunteers: Lorie Jacobsen, Elizabeth Mackay, and Mecell Pilon. They came to City Council for support with the idea of a city-wide event, and the city was on board.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Cold Lake, AB – Aspiring Pokémon Trainers are advised to be aware of construction areas in the City of Cold Lake.

With the popularity of the new Pokémon Go mobile game, players have been seen wandering around the city, attempting to catch all available Pokémon.

The game identifies various landmarks and buildings as PokéStops – a place to check in and gain items – and Pokémon Gyms – a place where trainers can virtually battle it out and stake their claim with their strongest Pokémon.

However, some of these Stops and Gyms have recently fallen into construction, and players are asked to be aware of their surroundings when trying to access these areas. Players are also reminded to not park in designated parking areas around the Cold Lake Fire-Rescue Stations. Both the North and 

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Cold Lake, AB – Construction has begun at Kinosoo Beach, expanding the services available for the public.

“We’re very excited to add in some great facilities to the beach,” said Mayor Craig Copeland. “This work is another big step forward for the vision we laid out in the Kinosoo Beach Master Plan.”

Contractors started setting up on Aug. 3, with most of the work to begin on Monday, Aug. 8. Included in the expanded facilities will be a new multi-surface court, two beach volleyball courts, extended beach area, and a new bandstand. These new facilities are expected to be completed by the end of the year.

For these long-term gains, the public will unfortunately see much of the west end of the beach closed temporarily while construction takes place. These include: the overflow parking off Tamarack Street; the west side of the beach; volleyball courts; basketball courts; gazebo, and the play structure.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Cold Lake, AB – The City of Cold Lake’s Commercial Lane Improvement and Service Road Improvements programs are moving forward as construction season gets into full swing.

“Both the Commercial Lane Improvement Program and the Service Road Improvements Program are a vital part of creating better access to our commercial districts,” said Chief Administrative Officer Kevin Nagoya. “We bring the roads and lanes up to an asphalt standard, which brings more value to our district’s business owners and patrons.”

The Commercial Lane Improvement Program is a new initiative that was implemented in 2012, which annually upgrades lanes in the commercial districts. This year’s areas of improvement are:

  • Laneway between 57 St and 55 St from 51 Ave to 50 Ave
  • Laneway between 55 St and 56 St from 51 Ave to 52 Ave
  • Laneways between 7th Ave and 8th Ave from 10 St to 12 St.
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Friday, July 8, 2016

Cold Lake, AB – In the event of a disruption in mail service, please use one of the following methods to pay City bills and tickets. Please note that late payment penalties will not be waived due to this disruption.  A credit card may not be used to pay property taxes or city utility bills.

  • In Person – Payments for all services: City Hall, 5513 – 48 Avenue. Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

  • Quick Drop Box – Payments can be made by cheque or money order (no cash) at City Hall, 5513 – 48 Avenue. (After business hours, weekends and holidays.)

  • Telephone, Online or in-branch Banking – Payment for utilities, taxes, business licences, and general invoices are available through most financial institutions.

  • Pre-Authorised Debit – Utility payments can be made through our pre-authorized debit plan by calling 780-594-4494,or In person at City Hall , 5513 – 48 Avenue 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Cold Lake, AB – Meat Loaf will not be performing in Cold Lake on June 18 as originally scheduled. Information on rescheduling or cancelations to follow.

Despite this announcement, Randy’s Riders are still hosting a fundraiser concert in the Field House on June 18. Doors open at 8:30 p.m., with the event starting at 9:00, and Mid Life Crisis performing.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

A major overhaul of Cold Lake’s busiest intersection was approved at council after prices for the first phase of the Highway 28 twinning project came in lower than expected.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Cold Lake, AB – New cardio equipment has found its home at the Cenovus Energy Wellness Centre, replacing other aging pieces.

“We’re pretty excited to be upgrading this equipment,” said Recreation Manager Jim Fedyk. “We wanted to keep it simple, and make sure we have the latest equipment that people working out are looking to use.”

The original pieces were over seven years old, and were replaced with new Techogym equipment. The treadmills now have a 19” console, where users can play games or watch a video of their jog through nature. They are also Wifi capable.

Replaced equipment includes treadmills, ellipticals, stair climbers, recumbent bikes, upright bikes and rowers.

“We find these to be the most used equipment,” said Fedyk. “We’ve added more treadmills, as they can be very busy during peak times.”

Fedyk noted the Centre has not had rowers before, but two were brought in to see how popular they are. Apart from the treadmills, the rest of the equipment is self-powered.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Cold Lake, AB – Staff from Cold Lake public works, Cold Lake Fire-Rescue and Cold Lake and District FCSS continue to help with the ongoing efforts in Fort McMurray.

“We are happy to provide assistance in any way we can,” Kevin Nagoya, Chief Administrative Officer, said. “Before reconstruction can truly begin, the urban centre of Fort McMurray will need a lot of work on critical infrastructure that most of us take for granted. At the same time, wildfires remain active in the region, so there is a wide range of work left to do.”

The City of Cold Lake continues to provide a two-person utility crew and vac-truck to assist with the rehabilitation of water and wastewater infrastructure. At the same time, a four-person wildfire crew and pumper truck has been rotating into the area to assist with ongoing firefighting efforts, and is expected back in Cold Lake by June 3.

Most recently, a senior staff member from Cold Lake and District FCSS has also been assigned to the Fort McMurray Emergency Operations Centre to assist in its operations.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

The Meadows Storm Water Trunk Extension will soon begin to make its way across Highway 28.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The sails at the south entrance to the City of Cold Lake were removed today for routine repair and refurbishment. The repairs were timed with the contractor's availability. The repair and re-installation are expected to take no longer than two weeks.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Cold Lake City Council passed the tax rate yesterday, establishing a rate that will see, on average, a 0.18 per cent increase for the average Cold Lake property owner.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Cold Lake, AB – The City of Cold Lake started a new Weed Spraying project this week.

“It’s a new program we’re trying out to help keep the dandelions and other weeds down,” said City of Cold Lake CAO Kevin Nagoya. “A lot of the weeds seem to be sprouting up this week, so we’re hopefully hitting them at the right time.”

The program cost $50,000 and covers 685,000 square metres of weed spraying, and uses a Premium 3-Way chemical, which includes 2,4-D, Dicamba, and Mecoprop-P. It is toxic to broad-leaf plants such as dandelions, and applied through water droplets, allowing it to reach and soak into the ground without spreading through the air

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Cold Lake, AB – Cold Lake Fire-Rescue members have all returned safely from fighting fires in the Fort McMurray area while some public works staff are on call to help with the city’s infrastructure.

“I’m happy to report that all our firefighters and equipment are back home safely from Fort McMurray,” said Fire Chief Jeff Fallow.

According to a press release by the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, most of the fires have now been extinguished, and the wildfire is moving away from the urban service area.

The third crew that was sent out arrived back home on Tuesday evening. In total, the City sent 15 firefighters in three five-man crews, and had another 20 to 25 firefighters on standby if additional rotations were necessary.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Cold Lake, AB – The Cold Lake Marina is expected to open berths on May 15.

“The City’s standard practice was to leave the docks in over the winter,” said Recreation Manager Jim Fedyk. “But we removed them this winter so that needed repairs could be completed. This also allowed us to create shinny rinks within the break water.”

Each year, the marina’s first day of operations is dependent on the status of the ice on the lake and the condition of the Marina itself.

This year, the opening will also depend on the dock repairs being finished on schedule. A warm spring and early thaw allowed City staff to inspect for any damages and aim for a mid-May opening. As it stands, repairs are on schedule.

In total, 15 slips were not renewed this year, meaning 15 people came off from the waiting list to receive a spot.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Councillor Kelvin Plain tendered his resignation prior to today’s regular meeting, notifying the City’s Chief Administrative Officer that he would soon be ineligible to hold his seat.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Cold Lake, AB – With demand at the Cold Lake Check-in Centre for people displaced by the Fort McMurray wildfires steadying, the centre will now be open Monday-Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

As of Sunday, May 8, there were 395 registrations. Staff members at FCSS are helping evacuees register with the Canadian Red Cross and are helping to put evacuees in need of help in touch with organizations and individuals who have offered donations and assistance.

“We can’t thank our staff enough for their hard work or the community for the support they’ve shown,” Chief Administrative Officer Kevin Nagoya said. “The Check-in Centre has allowed the community to touch base with Fort McMurray residents who are in Cold Lake and are helping everyone get the assistance they need.”

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Due to steady demand, the Cold Lake Check-in Centre for people displaced by the Fort McMurray wildfire will be open from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm on Sunday, May 8.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Support for people displaced from Fort McMurray by wildfires continues to mount as evacuees are steadily coming to the check-in

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Cold Lake, AB – The City of Cold Lake has established a Check-in Centre at the Cold Lake and District FCSS for people displaced by the Fort McMurray wildfires.

The Check-in Centre will facilitate the registration of people displaced by the wildfires with the Canadian Red Cross, answer questions that they may have, and gather information about what the City and the community can do to help with the needs that evacuees in Cold Lake are facing.

Cold Lake and District FCSS is located at 5220 – 54 Street and can be contacted at 780-594-4495 or via email at fcss@coldlake.com. The Check-in Centre is effective immediately and will be open Monday to Friday, from 8:30 am to 8:00 pm. Any change in hours will be posted on the City’s website and social media accounts

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

The City of Cold Lake is sending an additional five Cold Lake Fire-Rescue members and another fleet vehicle with firefighting equipment to the Wood Buffalo-Fort McMurray area. The additional resources will augment the personnel and assets the City already has contributed to efforts, bringing the total contribution to 10 Fire-Rescue Members, one pumper truck and two fleet vehicles with additional firefighting equipment.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Cold Lake, AB – The City of Cold Lake remains in contact with the agencies coordinating the response to the wildfires and stands ready to help when requested. 

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

A City of Cold Lake Fire-Rescue crew, pumper truck and additional firefighting equipment are on the way to help fight the wildfires threatening Fort McMurray in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.

Alberta Emergency Management made the request this evening and the City of Cold Lake was able to quickly respond.

Three RCMP members from the Cold Lake detachment have also been detailed to help in the region.

At this time the City has not been requested to help house evacuees. The City of Cold Lake stands ready to provide additional assistance as required.

Our thoughts are with those affected and with those working to battle the fires.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Cold Lake, AB – Automated traffic enforcement will roll out in the City of Cold Lake with warning tickets being issued for violations from May 23 to June 23.

“The automated traffic enforcement program in Cold Lake will cover speeding in residential, school and playground zones as well as traffic light enforcement and stop sign enforcement,” City of Cold Lake Chief Administrative Officer Kevin Nagoya said. “The goal of the program is to improve safety in areas that are of concern. Any revenue from violation tickets will be restricted for safety initiatives.”

The City of Cold Lake has contracted Global Traffic Group Ltd. to run the program, with the enforcement zones determined in conjunction with the Cold Lake RCMP detachment. Enforcement zones will be advertised so the public is aware of the areas of concern and new signage will be installed at the entrances to the City to make visitors aware of the program.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Cold Lake, AB – Cold Lake Transit is being noticed as a big success in a small city.

The first successful note came from the feedback the City received from a transit survey conducted earlier in the year. Available online and as a hard copy, 127 surveys were completed and counted in the results.

“We got a really good response from the community,” said General Manager of Infrastructure Services Azam Khan. “There was a lot of good feedback and suggestions for the future as well.”

Results from the customer satisfaction survey where overwhelmingly positive. The main reasons riders took Cold Lake Transit varied, with the top three responses being: “Transit is less expensive than driving every day”; “Transit is environmentally friendly”; and “I do not own a vehicle”. Riders identified affordability, punctuality and the speed of service as their top priorities.

Cold Lake Transit is an affordable and environmentally friendly option that arrived when both the economy and the environment became timely subjects.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Cold Lake, AB – Cold Lake Councillors will discuss the regulation of the taxi industry in Cold Lake.  

“Council wants to ensure that our bylaw is up to date, enforceable and fair for both passengers and the taxicab companies,” Deputy Mayor Darrell MacDonald said. “We will have further discussion about how to best proceed and how to ensure all the stakeholders are consulted, including the licensed taxi companies currently operating.”  

The issue was brought forward at the City of Cold Lake’s Corporate Priorities Meeting, chaired by Deputy Mayor MacDonald on April 19. 

“We heard that there is a desire to update the regulations surrounding taxi cabs to make sure our system is safe and fair for everyone involved,” Chief Administrative Officer, Kevin Nagoya said. “Whether we establish a commission, or hold consultations prior to updating the bylaw, will be the first subject of council’s continued discussion.” 

The City’s taxi bylaw currently governs the permitting process, requirements for identification information on taxicabs, vehicle inspections, additional safety requirements for taxicabs and the fine schedule for offences. The bylaw also sets out a general code of conduct for both taxi drivers and passengers. 

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Cold Lake, AB – The Government of Alberta will collect 15 per cent more in education tax from property owners in Cold Lake this year, the fifth straight year of double digit increases Cold Lake has seen.

“Council knows times are tough for a lot of families this year and that’s why we made the commitment to hold the line on municipal property taxes,” Cold Lake Mayor Craig Copeland said. “Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for the education levy. The province has chosen to maintain their rate against assessment values that do not reflect the state of the economy or the situation many people are facing.”

The education levy is set by the province and collected for the province by municipalities.

“When the City sets its tax rate, we look at how much we need to collect and set a tax rate that achieves our goal,” Copeland said. “Booming property values have meant that our tax rate has gone down, even though our budget has increased. We always keep a close eye on any changes to our residents’ tax bill.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Cold Lake, AB – Street sweeping season has arrived in Cold Lake with a fast-paced sweeping schedule this spring.

“Council committed to providing a faster clean up this spring,” explained Mayor Craig Copeland. “We wanted to make sure the gravel was cleaned up as quickly as possible for the community to start getting out with their bikes and other outdoor activities.”

Pushing for a faster clean-up, a 16-day sweeping schedule was created, running both the City’s regular sweepers and a leased third sweeper for 12 hours a day, seven days a week until complete.

“We have four staff working at all times on street sweeping,” said General Manager of Infrastructure Services Azam Khan. “Weather-pending, we should be finished within the 16-day timeline.”

Large boards have been posted at the entrances to the City advising motorists to be mindful of the sweepers. Local signage is also being posted in neighbourhoods about three days prior to an area being swept. Residents are asked to check the sweeping schedule online, and move their vehicles off the road before the sweepers arrive to ensure their area is swept clean of sand and gravel.

“If for some reason we miss an area, or it needs to be redone, it will be moved to the bottom of the schedule and done last,” explained Khan. “This way we are not juggling around the entire schedule.”

All three sweepers are in one area at a time, with a gravel truck nearby to dump the collected material. This way, the sweepers can save time by staying in the area instead of driving back to the Public Works shop to dump gravel out when they are full.

To check out the sweeping schedule, go to www.coldlake.com/content/snow-removal-sanding-sweeping.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Cold Lake, AB – Cold Lake took its second turn in hosting the Northern Area Ideas Group, a quarterly meeting of public works professionals from across northern Alberta.

“This is a chance for people in our field to discuss the issues we’ve been facing as well as to share our successes and learn about new trends and technologies,” City of Cold Lake General Manager of Infrastructure Services, Azam Khan, said. “It’s also an opportunity for the host community to showcase itself and some of its recent achievements.”

At the Northern Area Ideas Group, held today, Khan introduced the group of more than 30 public works members to the City of Cold Lake’s transit system with a presentation on how the service was established. They also toured the Mach 1 Skateboard Park, the soon-to-be-completed Fire Station, the Kinosoo Beach Splash Park, and the new terminal building at the Cold Lake Regional Airport.

“The chance to network and share information is always a benefit,” Kevin Nagoya, the City’s Chief Administrative Officer, said. “With our public works department as busy as it is, it’s great to see that they had a chance to meet with their peers and share what the City of Cold Lake has been up to with the rest of northern Alberta.”

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Cold Lake, AB – Schools, apartments and businesses are all going to be a little safer thanks to a new Fire Department Lock Box Program.

“It provides immediate, emergency entry in case of fire, medical or any other type of emergency, instead of waiting for a key holder,” explained Deputy Fire Chief Norm Hollis. “At times, the wait can be half an hour or more, which is a long time when you’re in an emergency situation.”

The lock boxes were purchased by the City of Cold Lake, and will be installed to follow the Alberta Fire Code. Buildings that qualify for the program are those not staffed 24-hours a day, such as schools, apartments and some businesses.

“If they have a sprinkler system or elevators, they are likely on the list to receive a lock box,” explained Hollis. “A location that has staff in it 24 hours a day – like the hospital, for example – has someone who can let emergency personnel inside if needed, and does not require one of these lock boxes.”

Apartment buildings and businesses are still in the process of being notified if they will be receiving a lock box, while the school divisions have been notified.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Cold Lake, AB – Seven projects have been slated for the 2016 Capital Road Improvement Program.

“We want to ensure areas that see a lot of traffic are kept up to standard,” City of Cold Lake’s Chief Administrative Officer Kevin Nagoya said. “Our annual Capital Road Improvement Program gives us this opportunity to prioritize roadway infrastructure and stretches of road that need resurfacing.”

City Council approved an increase in the Capital Budget for the program of $250,000 from last year. The annual project now totals $1.75 million. The Road Improvement Program provides the selected sections of roadway with an overlay of new asphalt and, where needed, repairs damage to curbs and sidewalks along the same areas.

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 allows the City to extend the life of asphalt before the pavement requires total replacement, which is a much more expensive option.

Monday, February 8, 2016

With the slowdown in the oil patch the City of Cold Lake and the Town of Bonnyville are ready to take advantage of any available fast-tracked dollars from the Federal Government.

“Many of our residents are feeling these hard economic times and I know our councils are committed to doing anything possible to lessen the impact,” Town of Bonnyville Mayor Gene Sobolewski said.

“Everyone in our region knows someone – some family – that has been impacted by the cutbacks industry is faced with,” Cold Lake Mayor Craig Copeland added. “It’s a scary time for a lot of people. Any Federal help would be much appreciated and well used.” 

With the oil and gas industry as the number one employer in the region, both Councils have anticipated a tough year for residents and committed themselves to minimal tax increases while moving ahead with capital plans. Capital projects in 2016 include water and sewer projects, major road work, storm water facilities and recreational facilities.

“We are going to do our best not to raise property taxes when many families have taken a major hit to their finances,” Sobolewski said. “At the same time, we will continue with our infrastructure projects to keep as many people as possible working, and to make sure our region is well positioned for the next boom. We’ve been in similar situations before and we know how to weather the storm.”

Monday, January 18, 2016

Cold Lake, AB – The City of Cold Lake started off the new year with a well-attended Open House.

“It was great to see people from the community coming out and asking questions,” Mayor Craig Copeland said. “A lot of people were already well-informed, and it created really good discussions.”

Approximately 200 people attended the Open House on Jan. 14, which covered the topics of the Cold Lake Transit system; the 10-year Capital Plan; the approved 2016 budget, and the Energy Centre expansion.

“We got a lot of great feedback from the public, and I’m happy with how the event went,” CAO Kevin Nagoya said.

Two surveys were available during the Open House – one for Cold Lake Transit, and the other on the 10-year Capital Plan. The Transit survey is still available online until the end of January, and can be found at www.surveymonkey.com/r/cltransit.

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