Whitecourt Town Coun­cil briefs

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The Town of Whitecourt is mak­ing it eas­ier for res­i­dents to li­cence their pets by in­tro­duc­ing life­time dog tags. Start­ing De­cem­ber 1, 2015, life­time tags will be avail­able for pur­chase at the Town Of­fice, and pet own­ers will be able to

com­plete an­nual li­cence re­newals for fu­ture years via the Town’s web­site. Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion and de­tails on the new life­time li­cenc­ing pro­gram will be ad­ver­tised in the com­ing weeks.

Whitecourt has ac­cepted a pro­posal for the re­place­ment of the stairs in the hill­top area which con­nect Sak­wata­mau Drive to the High­way 43 trail sys­tem. The stairs will be re-con­structed us­ing con­crete paving stone and wood prod­ucts, which matches the Vi­tal­iza­tion Plan’s theme adopted for our com­mu­nity. It is an­tic­i­pated that the pro­ject will be com­plete by spring 2016.

Whitecourt will be sub­mit­ting a re­quest to the Do­min­ion Com­mand of the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion to al­low the use of the poppy sym­bol on street signs hon­our­ing Whitecourt vet­er­ans. Per re­cent changes made to the Town’s Street Nam­ing Pol­icy, the Town will hon­our those who served and fought to pro­tect Canada in var­i­ous con­flicts. Cur­rently, only 50 Street/ Le­gion Street has sig­nage which con­tains the poppy sym­bol which rep­re­sents the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion.

Ad­min­is­tra­tion has com­pleted re­search on the Town’s ex­ist­ing street names to de­ter­mine which are named af­ter vet­er­ans; and once ap­proval has been granted by Do­min­ion Com­mand, sig­nage on qual­i­fy­ing streets will be re­placed.

Coun­cil has ap­proved a re­quest to re­move a park des­ig­na­tion from a 0.17 acres par­cel of land lo­cated north of Park Drive and west of Pineview Road. Although the re­quest still re­quires ap­proval from Al­berta Land Ti­tles, the re­zon­ing will al­low for the pur­chase and con­sol­i­da­tion of this area to help achieve bet­ter lot con­fig­u­ra­tions within the pro­posed sub­di­vi­sion.

Res­i­dents of all ages are in­vited to a drug and gang aware­ness in­for­ma­tion ses­sion sched­uled for Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 29 at 7:00 p.m. at the Hill­top High School Au­di­to­rium. The Whitecourt Youth Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee will be host­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion in part­ner­ship with ALERT (Al­berta Law En­force­ment Re­sponse Teams), and the lo­cal Whitecourt RCMP. ALERT will pro­vide in­for­ma­tion from a pro­vin­cial per­spec­tive, with Whitecourt RCMP pro­vid­ing a lo­cal fo­cus.

Youth in grades 6 through 12 are en­cour­aged to ap­ply to be Mayor For A Day. The new ini­tia­tive, cre­ated by the Whitecourt Youth Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee, pro­motes lead­er­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties and will en­cour­age stu­dents to learn more about their com­mu­nity and lo­cal gov­ern­ment. Ap­pli­ca­tions will be ac­cepted un­til Novem­ber 2, and forms are avail­able on www.whitecourt.ca.

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