Whitecourt Town Council briefs
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.