State of the Environment Report Released

Lacombe County’s 2017 State of the Environment Report was released last week, offering people a glimpse into the current conditions of the environment. Using a combination of scientific data and socio-economic factors, the document also offers insight into the various pressures impacting Lacombe County.

Lacombe County recognizes the importance of the environment, and is aware of the role it plays in being a responsible steward of the land. Some highlights of the County’s work include:

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County and City coordinate firefighter recruitment efforts

(Lacombe, Alberta, December 4, 2017) Over the month of December, Lacombe County and the City of Lacombe are teaming up for a County-wide recruitment campaign for volunteer firefighters.

“In the past, the City did its own drive for volunteers in December, while the County would recruit throughout the year, as needed,” explained Drayton Bussiere, Lacombe County Fire Chief. “By combining efforts, we hope to better promote our teams throughout the County, as well as our need for volunteers.”

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County launches “Take it Off” program for Buffalo Lake ice huts following Gull Lake; Sylvan Lake successes

Following a successful first season of the “Take it Off” program on Gull Lake, Lacombe County is expanding the program to include Buffalo Lake for the 2017-2018 ice fishing season. Anglers on both Gull Lake and Buffalo Lake can register their ice hut online by visiting the Lacombe County website or by calling the County Office at 403-782-8959.

“Last year, we were pleased to have zero ice huts left on Gull Lake or on Sylvan Lake,” said Lacombe County Environmental Coordinator Jennifer Berry. “We are excited to launch this program on Buffalo Lake, as well, as another way to protect our water resources.”

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Lacombe County Council adopts 2018 budgets

On November 30, Lacombe County Council adopted the County’s 2018 interim operating and capital budgets. The budgets continue to follow priorities set out in the County’s Strategic Plan and its long-range road construction and capital equipment replacement plans. They also reflect the desire to support the maintenance of existing service levels, while undertaking some new initiatives, such as funding for an RCMP enhanced position to help combat crime in our area.

The $56,315,470 interim operating budget is balanced and is supported by a 2.5% property tax rate increase for residential properties and 4.5% property tax rate increase for all other properties and a transfer of $322,300 from the tax rate stabilization reserve. The 2.5% property tax rate increase represents an additional $24.40 in taxes on a $400,000 residential property.

“The 2018 budget recognizes the challenges Alberta has faced over the past few years due to the economic downturn – both from a municipal, ratepayer, and industry perspective,” said Manager of Corporate Services Tim Timmons. “Council felt this budget will allow Lacombe County to take advantage of the competitive pricing environment for new infrastructure projects, while protecting our existing infrastructure assets.”

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