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Richard Froese South Peace News A new fire command vehicle has been purchased for the fire chief of Big Lakes County. At its regular meeting Aug. 8, county council was informed of tenders awarded by administration, reported by Vic Abel,…

Richard Froese South Peace News Faust, Grouard and Joussard have plenty of potential to grow as presented in proposed area structure plans that go to public hearing Aug. 22 in Big Lakes County. “Invistec Consulting developed an extensive engagement strategy…

Richard Froese South Peace News Two fire halls in Big Lakes County are getting new boilers. At its regular meeting July 25, council approved a staff recommendation to replace the two boilers in the Faust and Grouard fire halls. “The…
PIC – Bissell honoured for long service

A councillor for Big Lakes County has been specially recognized for service to the fire service on Aug. 8. Enilda – Big Meadow Councillor Donald Bissell received a medal and certificate for more than 40 years of fire service in…

Richard Froese South Peace News Efforts to create a new official regional economic development alliance for the High Prairie and Slave Lake area are moving ahead with an optimistic outlook. Big Lakes County Reeve Ken Matthews reported on a meeting…

Richard Froese South Peace News Steps to create a government required inter-municipal development plan for Big Lakes County and the Town of High Prairie will start to take shape. At its regular meeting July 25, county council awarded a contract…
Sports Palace parking lot gets new surface

Chris Clegg South Peace News The parking lot at the Sports Palace is getting a new surface. Paving of the lot, which began last week, is costing $331,000 with a $20,000 contingency. Council decided to proceed with the project at…

Water connection fees equal across county Richard Froese South Peace News Big Lakes County has expanded its rural water policy that was adopted last spring. At its regular meeting Aug. 8, council rescinded the old policy and replaced it with…
Water council clarifies drinking water okay

Richard Froese South Peace News High levels of fecal coliforms in Prairie River reported in early June pose no risk to human consumption. “High levels of fecal coliforms in the West Prairie River did not contaminate municipal drinking water,” assures…
County establishes protocol with LSWC

Richard Froese South Peace News Big Lakes County has been assured by the Lesser Slave Watershed Council that the county will be notified of concerned results of surface water testing. At its regular meeting Aug. 8, county council was told…

Richard Froese South Peace News When cannabis (marijuana) becomes legal on Oct. 17, Big Lakes County appears to be closed for business. At its regular meeting Aug. 8, council set a public hearing for Sept. 12 after giving first reading…

Richard Froese South Peace News Applications for minor development in the direct control district in Big Lakes County will no longer need the blessing from council. At its regular meeting July 25, county council approved a recommendation that applications related…

Richard Froese South Peace News Reports of fecal coliform contaminating drinking water in the West Prairie River in early June has drawn concern from Big Lakes County. At its regular meeting July 25, council tabled a decision to partner with…

Chris Clegg South Peace News Saving the old water treatment plant from the wrecking ball appears to be the direction which High Prairie town council is leaning. A decision to repurpose the old plant at a cost of $110,000 was…

Richard Froese South Peace News Plans for future growth in the hamlets of Faust, Grouard and Joussard will be up for discussion for residents later this month. Bylaws for draft area structure plans will be presented at a public hearing…

Chris Clegg South Peace News A request to donate almost 200 pens and small notepads to a local church group evolved into a discussion of the separation of church and state at High Prairie town council’s meeting July 24. Sue…