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Richard FroeseSouth Peace News Big Lakes County council is not ready to take a cut in pay, even during tough economic times in the COVID-19 pandemic. At the regular council meeting May 13, a motion by North Gilwood – Triangle…

Chris CleggSouth Peace News Big Lakes County’s decreasing revenue has spilled over to impact the Town of High Prairie and Town of Swan Hills. County CAO Jordan Panasiuk wrote High Prairie town council May 4 advising them their capital funding…

Chris CleggSouth Peace News Let the search begin! The Town of High Prairie has formed an ad hoc committee to oversee the selection of a new CAO. Current CAO Brian Martinson is set to retire Aug. 31. Council has advertised…

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News A community group in Enilda will get an annual grant to support recreational programs. But not a special grant for bowling. At its regular meeting May 13, council approved a recreation grant of $38,883 to the…

Chris CleggSouth Peace News High Prairie taxpayers will be getting a one-month break on the municipal portion of taxes in 2020. High Prairie town council unanimously decided at a special meeting May 5 to give the tax relief in lieu…

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News Big Lakes County has eliminated some funding to neighbouring municipalities and called off cost of living and wage increases as council approved a $35 million operating budget. At a special budget meeting April 29, council adopted…

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News Tax rates are on the rise in Big Lakes County for two classes of properties. At a special budget meeting April 29, council adopted a municipal mill rate bylaw to set the rates. “Tax revenue includes…

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News Big Lakes County council appears ready to discuss a pay cut as council faces a tight budget in tough economic times. At a special budget meeting April 29, council discussed the idea proposed by North Gilwood…

Chris CleggSouth Peace News Spending is decreasing, and so should taxes for most people in the Town of High Prairie. Council passed its operating and capital budgets, and mill rate bylaw, at a special meeting April 23. Council reduced its…
Councillor asks colleague for apology

Chris CleggSouth Peace News A Town of High Prairie councillor wants a fellow colleague to apologize “like a grown adult” for a remark made at their budget meeting April 14. The matter arose at council’s April 28. The meeting was…

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News A minimum municipal tax on property in Big Lakes County is being proposed. At its regular meeting April 22, council gave approval to present a bylaw for a minimum tax at a special council budget meeting…
Rose sees potential opportunity

Chris CleggSouth Peace News If Alberta Premier Jason Kenney is serious when he says he wants to “get Alberta working” again, Town of High Prairie Councillor Debbie Rose has a suggestion. Tear down the old High Prairie Regional Health Complex!…

Chris CleggSouth Peace News High Prairie town council is trying desperately to find a fair way to help town businesses survive the pandemic. The devastating economic impact for many is not being ignored by council but they have few concrete…

Chris CleggSouth Peace News If Councillor Judy Stenhouse has her way, the annual Town of High Prairie barbecue will name all the citizens of High Prairie in their fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Council discussed the barbecue at its April…

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News Major cuts are expected as Big Lakes County council prepares to adopt its final budget. Council plans to adopt a final 2020 budget at a special meeting April 29 at 10 a.m. The budget meeting was…

Chris CleggSouth Peace News The Town of High Prairie’s peace officers have a little more power today. Council passed a bylaw at its April 14 meeting giving its officers authority on one- and two-digit highways in Alberta as directed by…