Saturday, May 19, 2018

Work to open the Cold Lake Marina has been completed ahead of schedule and the facility is now open for regular operations.

Friday, May 18, 2018

This is a notice that the Cold Lake Marina is expected to open Monday, May 21. For the safety of divers who are working on the slips and launch ramp, the boat launch will not be accessible until the marina is fully opened. In the case that the work is completed ahead of schedule, we will notify the public if an earlier opening is possible.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Cold Lake, AB – After nearly a year of research and debate, Cold Lake City Council passed a Mobile Vending Policy to regulate the operation of mobile vendors in the City of Cold Lake.

“We wanted to strike a balance between regulating the business, and having no restrictions on mobile vendors,” Mayor Craig Copeland said. “We allowed for plenty of time for staff to do research, for vendors to tell us about their concerns, and for council to debate the policy. In the end, we reached a balanced policy that takes everyone’s views into account.”

The policy outlines the criteria required for mobile vendors to operate on public lands, outlines the fee schedule for various types of mobile vending permits, establishes a need for mobile food vendors to have a safety codes inspection, and establishes a 50-metre setback for a mobile vendor from a business that sells a similar product or service.

The 50-metre setback can be eliminated through an agreement with the existing business.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Cold Lake, AB – The City of Cold Lake will be hosting an open house so that the Organizing Committee for the Alberta 55 plus Winter Games can be established.

“We have had a tremendous reaction from the community so far for volunteers who have expressed interest,” said Mayor Craig Copeland. “Now it’s time for an organizing committee to take shape so that they can begin to meet and take on the work of planning the games.”

The open house will take place at the Lakeland Inn on April 11 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.

The open house will be geared towards volunteers interested in helping organize the event. Those interested in being “front line” volunteers, and who do not wish to join the organizing committee, are welcome to attend and gather information about the games and the various positions required. People who are unable to attend the April 11 open house, but who still want to join the organizing committee are encouraged to contact the City of Cold Lake at or 780-594-7926, so that their interest in a specific position can be considered as the committee takes shape.

The positions include: Chairperson, Transportation Director, Entertainment Director, Venues Director, Volunteer Director, Finance Director, Food Director, Publicity and Marketing Director; Games and Activities Director; and individual coordinators for each of the sports and activities.

Coordinators will be needed to help organize the following sports and activities: alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, badminton, pickleball, bowling (five pin), bridge – duplicate, carpet bowling, darts, euchre, ice hockey, ice curling, pool (snooker), scrabble, floor shuffleboard, as well as arts and crafts, creative writing, and photography.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Cold Lake, AB – Cold Lake City Council voted to send letters of support for the Trans Mountain and Keystone XL pipeline projects.

“These pipelines continue to see opposition despite years of hearings, court cases, and impact studies,” Cold Lake Mayor Craig Copeland said. “We know that the prosperity of our community, our province and our country is linked to their success. We wanted the companies behind these projects to know that their continued effort and their confidence in their investment is appreciated.”

Council noted that opposition continues from several governments at the provincial and municipal level, as well as from non-governmental organizations.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Cold Lake, AB – Residents and contractors are now only one click away from finding underground utility lines.

The City of Cold Lake is now a member of Alberta One-Call, which is a private, non-profit corporation that provides communication between people or contractors who intend on disturbing the ground, and the utility operators that register their buried facilities.

“This is a great step toward safety for residents of Cold Lake,” said Mayor Craig Copeland. “Joining Alberta One-Call means we’re matching the industry standard for utility locating, and it streamlines the process in getting someone out there to mark the utilities.”

Previously residents and contractors would make multiple calls to different organizations for line locates, including the City of Cold Lake, which looks after water, sanitary sewer, and storm water lines. The city also looks after some underground electrical lines associated with traffic signalization and city-owned street lighting. Through Alberta One-Call, all affected organizations will be contacted on behalf of the resident and contractors. After placing the request, Alberta One-Call will contact the city to send someone out to mark where any buried utilities are located.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Cold Lake, AB – Marina slip holders will be seeing some changes in the renewal deadlines.

“Council debated the best way to make things fair, and the best deadline for renewals,” said Mayor Craig Copeland. “In the end, we decided to allow for a short grace period that will be accompanied with a surcharge. The idea is to incentivize prompt payment while also allowing for a measure of flexibility.”

For the 2018 season, a grace period will extend to April 15, 2018. The grace period will come with a surcharge of 15 per cent of the value of the slip. The 2018 deadline for slip renewal was March 15.

In future years, the deadline for slip renewals will be April 1 with a grace period accompanied by a 15 per cent surcharge extending to April 15. Slips not renewed by that time will immediately be offered to the next people on the waiting list.

“There are circumstances that come up, and people sometimes miss the deadline. This way there is still a penalty for not paying on time, but if a person had an emergency and missed their renewal, they still have a chance,” said Copeland. “We needed a date that gives staff a chance to reach out to slip holders to make sure they do not want to renew, but still leaves enough time to fill vacancies from the waiting list and organize the marina to open for the boating season.”

The Cold Lake Marina operations are contracted out, but the waiting list and renewals are handled by city staff out of the Cold Lake Energy Centre. Demand at the Cold Lake Marina has remained strong over the years.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Cold Lake, AB – The Alberta 55 plus Winter Games are coming to Cold Lake in 2019 and the city is looking for people who can help make the games a success for all involved.

“We’re very excited to host the Alberta 55 plus Winter Games,” said Mayor Craig Copeland. “With up to 1,500 participants, it’s a great way to showcase the community and give back to Alberta’s seniors.”

The games are hosted on a pay-to-play format, with athletes providing for their own entrance fees, transportation, and accommodations. The format allows for the games to be hosted without the large cash contribution that is often needed for similar events.

The games are typically held over three days, with two days of competition. As host, the City of Cold Lake has been asked to contribute by helping to provide the needed facilities, volunteers, coordinating opening and closing ceremonies, and hosting a banquet for the participants.

“What we really need now are volunteers to come forward,” said Copeland. “If anyone is interested in helping out, no matter the task or their experience level, we want to start making a list of people we can contact. We want to establish an organizing committee as soon as possible.”

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Cold Lake, AB – The City of Cold Lake is inviting citizens to sit on a quasi-judicial Assessment Review Board (ARB).

“The board doesn’t meet that often, and this is an excellent chance for residents to take part in the property assessment process,” said Mayor Craig Copeland. “There’s no experience necessary, and we cover the cost of the training session.”

The Cold Lake ARB is an impartial tribunal that hears formal complaints from property and business owners who disagree with the assessed values of their property as determined by the City of Cold Lake’s assessor.

The board operates independently from the City of Cold Lake. In the case of a complaint, hearings are typically scheduled in the fall, where a panel of board members will hear information from the complainant and the assessor, then make an official decision. The time commitment for hearings varies each year, as it depends on the number of hearings scheduled. When it is time for a hearing, all the documents are prepared by an ARB clerk prior to the hearings, and hearing packages will be given to the board members.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Cold Lake, AB – The Western States Hockey League (WSHL) is looking to expand from the United States into Canada and Cold Lake is being eyed as a possible home for a new Junior A team.

It is the City of Cold Lake’s understanding that the WSHL is working to establish the new Western Provinces Hockey League (WPHL) to facilitate the expansion for the 2018-2019 season, and is eyeing six to eight communities in Western Canada as homes for the new Junior A Tier-2 level teams.

“We have been approached by some people who are part of this proposed expansion,” Mayor Craig Copeland said.  “We are supportive of any organization who wants to call Cold Lake home and will work with them to help them see their plans become a success.”

The city’s understanding is that the new league is working with internal partners to establish an ownership structure for the new teams before arrangements for the final homes are made.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Cold Lake, AB – Residents in the Lakeland are eager for regularly scheduled, commercial flights that will provide seamless connections to destinations across Canada and throughout the world.

The City of Cold Lake’s commercial air services survey, conducted late in 2017, received more attention and support than anyone expected.

“We are thrilled with the results of the survey but, more importantly, we never could have predicted the level of interest it saw,” Mayor Craig Copeland said. “The number of people who took the time to do the survey points directly at a strong need for this service in our region.”

A total of 3,539 people responded to the survey, with 3,051 of the respondents reporting that they lived within the catchment area. The survey, designed by the consulting firm AirBiz, focused on a 150-kilometre radius around the City of Cold Lake for its intended purpose. The number of respondents represents four per cent of the entire population within the catchment area.

Of the respondents in the catchment area, 98 per cent said they were likely to use CATSA-screened, regularly scheduled air service from the City of Cold Lake to a major airport. The study is accurate plus or minus two percentage points, over 95 per cent of the time. Detailed analysis of the responses will be used to market the city to air carriers. 

On average, respondents took 3.3 trips by air for both business and leisure in the 12 months prior to taking the survey. The vast majority of respondents – 88 per cent – had travelled by air at least once in the past 12 months.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

In 2018, the City of Cold Lake will spend just under $2.2 million in capital road infrastructure improvements as it moves towards a proactive stance that will keep pace with the condition of the city’s roadways.

“Staff have put a lot of research into the city’s road program and we are starting to see the full benefit of their hard work,” Mayor Craig Copeland said. “Maintenance projects are chosen based on what work will best extend the life of the roadways, and this allows the city to get the most mileage possible from our community’s tax dollars.”

Friday, December 15, 2017

Cold Lake, AB – The City of Cold Lake’s 2018 Operating Budget will see a number of changes to user fees, and a number of user fee reviews across a variety of programs.

“Some of these changes are part of an annual review, others are due to reexamining fee structures that have not been changed over the course of several years,” Mayor Craig Copeland said.

Sewer rates will increase from 50 per cent of water use to 70 per cent of water use over two years. This change reflects the most current data surrounding real-world use of treated water, and how much water requires treatment after use. The impact to the sewer charge on a city utility bill will be from roughly $1.32 (on a minimum bill) to about $6.80 per month (on a flat rate bill) in 2018. The actual impact will depend on a household’s water usage.

Waste management fees, including tipping fees at the landfill and transfer station will also be adjusted to more accurately reflect the cost of service delivery. The changes include:

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Cold Lake, AB – Cold Lake City Council unanimously passed the 2018 Operating and Capital Budgets with just over $53.5 million in total expenditures, forecasting an average municipal tax increase of about 4.8 per cent.

The 2018 operating budget was passed at about $51.4 million, including a transfer to the Capital Budget of about $9.2 million. Inclusive of the transfer, the Capital Budget sits at just over $11.5 million.

“We balanced our city’s priorities of dealing with the pressures of continued growth and an infrastructure deficit, while also providing for the livability of the city,” Cold Lake Mayor Craig Copeland said. “At the same time, we had to do our best to limit the harm that the government’s new Cold Lake Air Weapons Range arrangement inflicted by cutting $10 million annually. It’s unfortunate that inaccurate information persists surrounding how this new arrangement was made. But we arrived at a well-rounded budget after being blindsided by a massive loss with no meaningful consultation or warning of the magnitude of the impacts. That is a testament to this council’s hard work from orientation straight through the budget process.”

The original Cold Lake Air Weapons Range Agreement, signed by the City of Cold Lake and the Government of Alberta, was brokered to ensure the sustainability of the City of Cold Lake. The agreement stated that: “The parties agree to maintain open and collaborative communications to achieve the principles and objectives setout herein. The parties agree to collaborate on public statements relating to the changes in the municipal boundaries and the revenue sharing agreements….This memorandum may be amended through mutual written agreement of the parties.”

“I don’t think anybody would think it’s reasonable to consider one meeting with the Mayor and one meeting with the CAO an exhaustive consultation process,” Copeland said. “The fact is, we live in the only growing urban centre in the Lakeland and we needed to pass a budget that deals with the challenges a young and growing urban centre faces. We did that as best as we could.”

Friday, December 1, 2017

Cold Lake, AB – Council will notify the Cold Lake Regional Utilities Commission (RUSC) that it foresees a number of challenges as a result of increasing calls for upgrades and expansions at the water treatment plant.

The upgrades and expansions are made necessary by the Bonnyville water line that will be servicing the greater Cold Lake region. The approximately $70-million project is funded by the Town of Bonnyville, the M.D. of Bonnyville, the Government of Alberta, and the Government of Canada, and was announced in the summer of 2016. The project will bring Cold Lake water to the town and beyond. It is well underway in terms of design and is preparing to break ground.

As the project has progressed, the scope of the changes required at the Cold Lake Water Treatment Plant has grown.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Cold Lake, AB – City Council is asking the Government of Alberta for some clarity on why little progress seems to have been made on a major oil sands expansion project in the region.

“We have heard that there has been no movement on Imperial’s Cold Lake expansion project in the last year and a half,” Mayor Craig Copeland said. “This project is vital to our region, which has been hard hit by the lingering economic downturn. We are asking for the status of the project and what our government can do to help this file along.”

It is the City of Cold Lake’s understanding that Imperial’s Cold Lake expansion project completed its environmental impact assessment in 2015 and has been awaiting regulatory approval since March 2016. Statements of Concern filed with the Alberta Energy Regulator must be dealt with before final approval can be given.

“We’ve heard that no statements of concern have been handled since early 2016, except for a couple that have been withdrawn by the people who filed them,” Copeland said. “With new, high-paying jobs at stake, we find it hard that so little progress could be made on this file. Our council is seeking a deeper understanding of why we are not hearing about any positive progress on this project.”

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Cold Lake, AB – The Cold Lake Air Weapons Range Agreement remains the city’s top priority as council awaits meaningful discussions on the future of the agreement – and the future of the City of Cold Lake.

At its regular council meeting on November 28, 2017, council passed its list of strategic priorities. The Cold Lake Air Weapons Range Agreement sat at the top of the list, again. The city was notified it would lose approximately $10 million annually after Minister of Municipal Affairs Shaye Anderson made a unilateral decision to alter the existing agreement earlier this month.

“No one can say that the City of Cold Lake was consulted on the new arrangement, nor can anyone say we were forewarned about the impact these changes would have on the future of our city,” Mayor Craig Copeland said. “Unfortunately, we see this issue top our chart again. And, if we move forward under the present set of circumstances, our concerns will increasingly shift from the Cold Lake Air Weapons Range Agreement to the outright sustainability of our community. It is unfortunate that many misconceptions continue to cloud the public’s discourse: No one with a full picture of what happened would think Cold Lake was treated fairly.”

Monday, November 20, 2017

On Friday, November 17, the City of Cold Lake was notified, without warning or consultation, that it would suffer a $10 million annual reduction to its budget as the Government of Alberta will no longer honour the intent behind the original Cold Lake Air Weapons Range Agreement.

“The City of Cold Lake brokered the original agreement for its sustainability, and yet we were not given the benefit of any meaningful negotiations, consultation or forewarning that our taxpayers would be treated this way through a unilateral decision made by the Minister of Municipal Affairs,” Mayor Craig Copeland said. “And yet, despite very strong and public promises from our neighbours that they were not seeking to take anything away from our municipality, this new arrangement has quickly been celebrated. I find it hard to believe how the City of Cold Lake – the largest urban center in the Lakeland, and the only one which continues to see growth in our region – can been treated with such disrespect.”

Although the original agreement outlined the need for collaboration between the City of Cold Lake and the Government of Alberta to transition all municipal revenue from the air weapons range to the city, the city was open for regional collaboration.

Early in 2016, the City of Cold Lake submitted a proposal for a new agreement to Alberta Municipal Affairs that would have respected the original intent of ensuring the city’s sustainability, while also bringing the Town of Bonnyville and the Village of Glendon additional revenue from the Cold Lake Air Weapons Range.

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 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 – 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.

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 – 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.

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 – 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.” 

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.

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.


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