2019-04-18 Finnegan Ferry
Finnegan Ferry is now open for the season.
2019-04-15 Urban Chicken Bylaw
Council has approved the urban chicken bylaw which now clears the way for land owners and tenants residing in all residential areas of the County to keep chickens, with the exception of Lake Newell Resort and areas zoned as direct control. For more details please see the links below:
2019-04-15 GO VOTE!
Tomorrow is Election day! Please remember to Vote.
For all your voting information see the election website here
2019-04-09 Agriculture Services Video
Check out the new Ag Services video on YouTube - Catherine Christensen, Environmental Services Supervisor with the County of Newell discusses the Agriculture Services weed identification and control program.
2019-04-08 County of Newell- Fire Advisory
A Fire Advisory has been issued for the entire County of Newell due to the following conditions:
•Temperatures contributing to the fire risk.
•Wind speeds exceeding safe burning conditions at times.
•Lack of sufficient moisture levels.
Fires are allowed but public warning advising extreme caution is issued. This level is a warning and may be upgraded to a Fire Restriction or Fire Ban if conditions do not improve.
County of Newell Fire Guardians may still issue new fire permits. All conditions contained on the fire permit shall be followed without exception. Failure to follow conditions will result in fines being issued.
2019-04-08 GIS strategies at the County of Newell
See how the County of Newell puts GIS data to work for the organization when Roberta Fernell, Director of IT discusses the strategies during a webinar on April 17th 11am-12pm. The County recently ranked first in their municipality size for their GIS Program. Register for the seminar .
2019-04-08 Dust Abatement
Applications must be received not later than April 30, 2019 4:30 p.m. local time. click here to view rates
2019-04-03 Noxious Weeds- Downy Brome
The home and garage will be available for viewing between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm on both April 5th and April 19th, 2019.
Tender deadline is 4:30 PM – Monday, April 29, 2019
The Urban Chicken initiative is being extended to all hamlets and residential areas except for Rolling Hills, Lake Newell Resort and the mobile home parks which are zoned Direct Control.
First reading has been given to two bylaws which when approved through third reading will enable residents in all other residential areas of the County to apply for and be issued a license for keeping chickens on their property, subject to restrictions outline in the Urban Chicken bylaw.
Please see link below for the draft bylaw presented at the 21FEB Council meeting.
2019-02-28 Citizen of the Year & Junior Citizen of the Year
Bassano, Brooks, Duchess, Rainier, Rosemary and Tilley will host Open Houses to obtain public feedback on the initiative of combining five municipalities into one regional municipality. Learn More...
Considering an improvement project on your operation?
Come learn about provincial funding programs and receive application assistance
The incentive program offers $15 per coyote harvested in the County of Newell.
The hunter must have harvested the coyote and live within the County boundary.
See full details
Purpose of Bylaw 1935-18 is to re-designate a portion of of land from Parks and recreation (PR) to Direct Control (DC) to accommodate the location of a moved-in building for the purpose of establishing a post office in Rolling Hills... see full public notice
See our Tenders page for more details.
Click here for more details
The Manager of Fire & Emergency Services for the County of Newell, in conjunction with County of Newell Fire Bylaw #1839-15 has Lifted the Fire Advisory for the entire County of Newell due to the following conditions:
· Current ground conditions are partially snow
· Colder temperatures are keeping the ground temperatures and fine fuels lower.
County of Newell Fire Guardians are able to issue new Fire Permits. All conditions contained on the Fire Permit shall be followed without exception. Failure to follow conditions will result in fines being issued. more..
06NOV-Supporting our Cattle Industry – The BIXSco Story
21NOV-Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Crops
28NOV-Making Sweet Certifiably Sustainable – Alberta Sugar Beet Growers
Click here for more information
The Finnegan Ferry crossing is now closed for the season.
Obsolete Pesticide Collection Program -26OCT
Farmers can safely dispose of unwanted agricultural pesticides and equine/livestock medications at a designated collection site from October 22 – 26, 2018. Brooks area is 26OCT
This week, the County will be doing anti-icing control on TR192 (JoAnne Trucking Road) and HWY1A (within the County boundary only.) Please drive safely and give workers room to work.
Please call the County of Newell Environmental Services Supervisor, Catherine Christensen at 403-362-3266 ext 2293
Did you miss last week's Council Meeting (20SEP)? You can watch it now on YouTube [click here]. See the agenda and skip forward to the parts that interest you. The next Council Meeting scheduled for Thursday, 11OCT.
The Council of the County of Newell invites written applications from electors within the County who may wish to sit as a member on one of the following Committees. Available positions are:
-The Solar PV program has a $3.5 M budget for 2018-19
-The program has received over 68 applications to date
-The program has approved less than $2M in applications, so we have over $1.5M still to allocate, and another $3.5 M next fiscal year.
click here for more information
Playground Zones- The lower speed limit posted is effective starting at
This fall, join thousands of volunteers across Canada to help open doors for a more sustainable tomorrow! Register today at tdtreedays.com
2018-08-22 Public Notice
The County of Newell would like to engage the public to report all suspicious activities on all gravel roads, specifically in
the Bassano area. Suspicious activities include removing gravel material from the road surface and placing in piles on the
road or in the adjacent ditches. See Full notice...
2018-08-21 -Local Crime Map-
The County of Newell has joined with other municipalities to show local crime maps to raise awareness about property crime in the area. This will also facilitate interagency collaboration.
You can view the crime map for our area on the County of Newell Website... http://www.countyofnewell.ab.ca/p/rural-crime-map
2018-08-13- Public Hearing Notice
PROPOSED ROAD CLOSURE BYLAW 1918-18
THURSDAY, September 6, 2018 11:30 am – County of Newell Council Chambers
Concerns must be submitted in writing to the County no later than 30AUG 4:00 pm
see full notice...
2018-08-08 Upcoming County of Newell Council Meetings
MPC and Council meetings are this Thursday, 09AUG at 10 am.
There will not be MPC or Council meetings on 23AUG.
The next regularly scheduled meetings will be 06SEP at 10 am.
2018-08-03 Construction Zone Safety
Motorists in the #County of Newell are encouraged to slow down, be alert and drive safely through construction zones.
Imagine sitting in your cubicle with cars whizzing by perilously close to your workspace and so fast that you can feel the tailwind. For many of our employees and contractors, these near‐misses are a common occurrence when they are out working on the roadway. When you see construction, please slow down and observe all posted signs and flag persons. Help those working on the roads get home safe to their loved ones.
Everyone hates delays. Here are some tips for helping you avoid them.
- Sign up for Newell Notify to receive alerts for road construction and closures in the area.
- Check the 511 Alberta site for information on Provincial Highways (http://511.alberta.ca/)
- Plan trips with the expectation that travel will take a few minutes longer during the summer construction season.
- Use alternate routes, especially zones operating over a lengthy period of time. This will reduce traffic congestion and related risks.
- Obey speed limits in construction zones. Sometimes hazards are not visible to the motorists, but still pose a threat.
- Obey all rules and signs even when people and equipment are not working – these are there for your safety and there may be danger present!
- Cooperate with other drivers to keep traffic moving smoothly. When traffic needs to merge because of a lane closure, ease into the driving lane early and leave gaps for other vehicles to merge.
When you encounter road construction, slow down for everyone's protection and obey the signs and the flagperson's instructions. Obey the signs even when there are no construction workers on the road, because there may still be some other road hazards present.
Speeding fines are doubled in construction zones. The Government of Alberta also enacted increased speeding fines in construction zones, which now range from $156 to $949. For
more information see Traffic Safety in Alberta.
2018-07-30 Obsolete Pesticide Collection Program
Farmers can safely dispose of unwanted agricultural pesticides and equine/livestock medications at a designated collection site from October 22 – 26
Brooks collection site is at CPS on 26OCT. See more . . .
2018-07-20 RURAL BEAUTIFICATION TOUR
If you would like to take the Rural Beautification Tour to see some of the outstanding rural yards,
please call Joeleen at 403-794-2311. The tour will be on July 27th.
Construction is expected to be ongoing until the end of November. Please expect delays and obey all signage and flag persons so the crews can complete their work safely. Where possible consider using alternative routes.
Should you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact Geoff Tiffin, Manager of Engineering Services at 403-794-2311.
2018-06-28 - PUBLIC PARTICIPATION POLICY
How can the County better communicate and provide additional opportunities for the public to provide input?
The County of Newell is developing a Public Participation policy. This reiterates the County's ongoing commitment to utilizing a variety of public communication methods, in an effort to keep the public informed about matters that may impact them.
The County is asking the public to review the Public Participation Policy and provide feedback;
- Are there any areas of the policy that require changing?
- How can the County better communicate and provide additional opportunities for the public to provide input?
- Let us know how you like the County to communicate information on issues that may affect you...
(Post info to the website, social media, Newell Notify, notice in newspaper, radio announcement, council discussion, etc)
The County is committed to keeping residents fully informed on County matters. We appreciate your feedback and thank you for your input.
Please send your feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org of call the County office 403-362-3622 no later than 12pm on July 13, 2018.
2018-06-25 - RURAL BEAUTIFICATION 2018. Nominate a beautiful yard now!
Each year the residents in the #CountyofNewell that own more than a one-acre yard and maintain it in an aesthetically pleasing manner have the opportunity to be recognized. Nomination deadline is 16JUL, and judging will take place 19-20JUL. Only three awards for the entire County. http://ow.ly/PAvH30kiyIG
2018-06-25- Alberta Dutch Elm Disease Awareness Week June 22- 28
What you shouldn’t do!
• Do not transport or store elm firewood at any time! DED and the beetles are declared pests under the AB Agricultural Pests Act and this can be enforced.
• Do not transport elm firewood into Alberta! Firewood is confiscated at all the Alberta-Montana border crossings.
• Do not prune elms between April 1 to September 30.
What you should do!
- Water elms well from April to mid-August. To allow the tree to harden off for the winter, watering should be stopped mid-August followed by a good soaking or two before freeze-up.
- Report all suspect trees to the DED Hotline at 1-877-837-ELMS. A confirmed DED tree must be removed immediately to prevent further spread.
2018-06-21 Fraud Alert from the Alberta Fire Commissioner
In recent weeks several fire departments in the province and their communities have been the subject of fraudulent fundraising activities. Individuals have been calling residents of the communities and identifying themselves as a member of the local fire department. The caller would then advise the resident that they were conducting fundraising efforts for the fire department and seeking cash donations. In all reported instances, the fire departments mentioned were not conducting any fundraising and they do not raise funds in this manner. The fire departments involved have notified the RCMP and/or Municipal Police and I understand investigations are ongoing.
2018-06-13 SIGN UP FOR NEWELL NOTIFY
When you sign up for Newell Notify you will be notified in case of local emergency... but you can also select other County of Newell information/updates you would like to receive. Sign up before 15JUN to be entered into a draw for a two-night stay at Emerson Bridge. http://www.newellnotify.ca
2018-06-12 TAX DEADLINE - JUNE 15th
A penalty of 3% will be levied on all unpaid CURRENT taxes as at 4:30 p.m. JUNE 15th, 2018. To avoid penalties, all CURRENT taxes must be paid by JUNE 15th, 2018.
2018-06-12 Tilley- Hydrant Flushing
The County of
2018-06-05 Lake Newell Resort- Hydrant Flushing
The County of
2018-05-30 The Fire Restriction remains in place for the County of Newell. see more...
2018-05-23 FIRE RESTRICTION
No new Fire Permits will be issued until the Fire restriction is lifted. Any existing permits are hereby cancelled.
No Fires except for approved gas or propane cooking appliances or portable propane fire pits or campfires in designated fire sites within approved campgrounds. see more...
2018-05-22 Public Works Week - MAY 20-26
Streets, roads, bridges and public transportation keep us linked together. Clean water and sanitation services keep us healthy and allow our communities to grow and prosper. Thanks to all
2018-05-14 Rolling Hills Agricultural Day - 14JUN
Workshops on: Farm Financial Literacy, Cattle and Grain Marketing, Succession Planning and more. Livestock and Crop Tours. http://ow.ly/jfBZ30jZoeR
Finnegan Ferry Now OPEN
2018-04-27- STATEMENT OF CLARIFICATION on behalf of Alberta Environment
TDL’s are not the correct authorization for dewatering. An application for an approval under the Water Act must be submitted in accordance with the information requirements of the Dewatering fact sheet. See more...
2018-04-27 ROAD BAN-
Axel weight restriction 50% - Johnson Estates Subdivision 1, from TR191 north to end of road.
Please be advised that Road Ban Committee members were called individually today to discuss imposing a 50% ban on Johnson Estates 1 residential subdivision access road, as per the white line in the attached image. It was agreed by all committee members that the ban will be put into effect immediately today and remain until such time as operations has the road restored and safe for motorists use. We pride ourselves on maintaining roads open for travel however in this instance the situation requires these measures to be taken.
2018-04-20 Canadian Agricultural Partnership & Environmental Farm Plan
In Alberta, CAP will deliver programs developed in consultation with stakeholders, and is organized under five themes: Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change; Products, Market Growth and Diversification; Science and Research; Risk Management; and Public Trust. more...
If you are applying for a grant- you will require a current Environmental Farm Plan. The Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) is a voluntary, whole farm, self-assessment tool that helps producers identify their environmental risks and develop plans to mitigate identified risks. We are working together with farmers committed to environmental stewardship. more...
For more information please contact Ag Services at the County of Newell.
Catherine Christensen 403-794-2293 or email email@example.com
2018-04-16 Partial Road Closure
Please be advised that there is a partial road closure on RR131 North of HWY876. The road will be closed from the Dead End South for approx 230 meters
(shown in blue on map).
2018-04-15 Road Closures
2018-04-13 #MyCountyofNewell Photo Contest
We had a great response to #MyCountyofNewell Photo Contest! We need your help to select the People's Choice Winner before we announce the winners! We've selected some of the best ones - click on the link below and vote for your favourite! http://ow.ly/AHdL30ju6xU
2018-04-12 Road Flooding- Stay Alert!
Due to Spring thaw, some ditches in the County of Newell may be overflowing and causing flooding on roads. We are placing barricades and signs in known flooded areas. Drive with caution and let the County know if you see flooded areas without signage. 403-362-3266
2018-04-12 Dust Abatement 2018
Areas that the County will be applying Calcium has changed for 2018. The County has a policy whereby ratepayers of the County of Newell may make application to have dust abatement applied on the gravelled portion of road in front of their residence.
Applications must be received not later than April 30, 2018 4:30 p.m. local time. click here to view rates
2018-04-12 ROAD CLOSURE
Please be advised that TR212 between RR183 and RR184 is closed effective immediately until further notice.
2018-04-11 ROAD CLOSURE
Please be advised that the following roads will be closed effective immediately until further notice due to deep ruts and soft road conditions, local traffic only:
- RR184 from TR210 to TR204
- TR212 from RR184 to RR185
2018-03-28 ROAD CLOSURE (This road still closed APR09 8:40am)
Please be advised that RR163 between HWY539 and TR184 will be closed until further notice due to water over the road in multiple locations.
2018-04-03 ROAD CLOSURE
Please be advised that RR184 from TR210 to TR204 will be closed today (Apr 3) from 8:30am to 2:30pm.
2018-03-28 ROAD CLOSURE
Please be advised that RR163 between HWY539 and TR184 will be closed until further notice due to water over the road in multiple locations.
2018-03-27 ROAD CLOSURE -UPDATE-DUE TO HIGH WINDS CONSTRUCTION HAS BEEN POSTPONED. ROAD IS OPEN.
Please be advised that RR184 from TR210 to TR204 will be close today from 8:30am to 3:00pm, local traffic only.
2018-03-14 2018 Fire and Emergency Tenders
The County of Newell Fire & Emergency Services is requesting tenders on the following:
-2018 One Ton 4 Wheel Drive 4 Wheel Drive Pickup
-Emergency Vehicle Lighting Package
-Ultra High Pressure Skid Package
Deadline April 2, 2018 12:00pm. more...
2018-03-02 2018 Herbicide Tender
The County of Newell is requesting tenders on its 2018 chemical needs. Deadline 28MAR 12:00pm. Herbicides are to be delivered any time before May 1, 2018.more...
2018-03-02 10:20AM ROAD CLOSURE UPDATE
This has been extended to 03MAR at 12:00pm
Please be advised that TR192 from HWY873 to RR143 and RR143 from TR192 to TR193 will be closed effective immediately and will be reopened at
COUNTY OF NEWELL PENALTIES ON TAX ARREARS 28FEB
A penalty of 12% will be levied on ALL unpaid taxes as of 4:30 p.m.
An additional charge of $25.00 per parcel will be added on April 1st, 2018 against every parcel of land on which taxes are more than ONE YEAR in arrears.
To avoid penalties, all tax arrears must be paid on or before
PLEASE MAKE PAYMENT TO:
County of Newell
P.O. Box 130 (183037 RR145)
Alberta Environmental Farm Plan Renewal Period
As of April 1st, 2018, decided by the Alberta EFP Stakeholder Advisory Committee, producers that have previously completed an Environmental Farm Plan will need to have an EFP completion letter dated within the last 10 years. This letter is necessary to be considered current and eligible for cost-share funding with the Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change programs of the Canadian Agriculture Partnership (CAP). more...
The #MyCountyofNewell Photo Contest starts today! Now that the weather is beautiful, get outside and send us your best pics of the County of Newell.
Enter through our Newell Connect app. Click the "Report" button, Click "Issue Title"- here you will see all the departments you can submit an issue to. Scroll down to 'County Administration" and select "#MyCountyofNewell Photo Contest".
We look forward to seeing your entries this year! Full contest details Contest closes March 16, 2018.
Now accepting funding applications from community based organizations that provide recreation services or may be undertaking recreation related initiatives in the Brooks and Cassils Area. Deadline is February 9th.
2018-01-04 Westland Acres Poll
2017-12-20 PLEASE NOTE THIS HAS BEEN LIFTED (as of 10:30 am today)