Welcome to Mountain View County
Mountain View County is a rural municipality in Alberta located north of the City of Calgary in the heart of the vibrant Queen Elizabeth II Highway corridor.
Provincial Open Houses on Bill 6
Posted: 2015 November 24th
The provincial government has announced a series of Townhall sessions to hear input on Bill 6, the Enhanced Protection for Farm and Ranch Workers Act recently introduced.
Registration is limited at the townhall sessions. The session scheduled for Olds is set for Wednesday, Dec. 9 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Olds College.
Other dates in other parts of the province are also available. However, register as soon as possible to secure a seat.
For more information on Bill 6 and to fill out a survey please visit the provincial Farm and Ranch website at the following link.
Check out our videos on YouTube
Posted: 2015 November 23rd
We've Created a YouTube Channel and have posted a couple of Economic Development videos.
It's just a start, but we plan on adding more in the future.
Subscribe to our channel if you want to stay in touch with our video updates.
AAMDC Video on Rural Alberta
Posted: 2015 November 23rd
We'd like to share a video from the Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties on Rural Alberta.
The County is a member of the AAMDC and Division 7 Councillor Al Kemmere is currently president of the organization.
Laneway Snowplowing Contacts
Posted: 2015 November 19th
Have a laneway that needs to be plowed?
We have a list of contacts that can help you out.
Public Hearing for MDP and LUB Proposed Changes
Posted: 2015 November 13th
Mountain View County council will hold a public hearing regarding changes to the Municipal Development Plan (MDP) and the Land Use Bylaw (LUB) on Wednesday, November 25th.
The hearings will be held at or after 9 a.m. in Council Chambers at the County office.
The proposed changes can be viewed at the following links:
Anyone wishing to make comments on the proposed changes should contact:
Fire Permits Update
Posted: 2015 November 9th
Mountain View County fire permit are not required between Oct. 31st and April 1st for controlled burns within the County, unless otherwise posted by Mountain View County.
Permits are also not required between these two dates for controlled burns in the Alberta Forest Protection Area (within Mountain View County) unless otherwise posted by Alberta Agriculture and Forestry.
Anyone burning is still required to contact fire dispatch at 1.877.507.7011 before starting any controlled burns. Calling fire dispatch could prevent the potential for being invoiced for any fire call-outs related to your burn.
County News & Notes
Posted: 2015 October 29th
Cemetery Funding Deadline
Applications for any community groups interested in securing cemetery funding from Mountain View County are due by Friday, November 13, 2015 to be considered for funding allocation.
The County Cemetery Funding program offers financial assistance to a maximum of $1,000 for registered cemetery organizations within Mountain View County. Funding may be used for operating costs, special cemetery projects and cemetery enhancements.
Forms can be accessed online at mountainviewcounty.com/grantsawards or through the County office. Information can be obtained by contacting Community Services Coordinator Pam Thomas at 403-335-3311 ext 125 or via email at email@example.com.
Fire Permits Not Required after Oct. 31
Fire permits will no longer be required for large scale burns in Mountain View County after October 31, 2015.
If you are burning anywhere within Mountain View County after the Oct. 31 deadline you do not have to secure a fire permit but are still required to contact fire dispatch at 1-877-507-7011 to provide information on your planned burn. This will prevent an unnecessary call out of fire suppression resources and avoid the potential of being invoiced for the call-out.
Permits within the provincial Forest Protection Area (western portion of the County) and the rest of Mountain View County are typically required from April 1 to October 31. Occasionally permits are required for extended periods beyond these dates due to conditions.
The provincial fire permit season began on March 1st this year, but is expected to close on Oct. 31st, as scheduled.
Ag Plastics Recycling Incentive Program Ending
The MVC Ag Services Board agricultural plastics recycling incentive program will be coming to an end for the 2015 season on Oct. 31st.
The program of providing an incentive of $100 to producers who recycle over 100 kg of Ag plastics runs from April 1 to Oct. 31 annually. In 2015 it is expected that up to 125 producers will have cashed in on the incentive program.
Producers can still drop off Ag plastics free of charge at the Olds transfer station following Oct. 31st, but will not receive credit towards the incentive program. The program, sponsored by the MVC Ag Service Board is expected to resume on April 1, 2016.
County Council Wants Province to Front Berm Project
Posted: 2015 October 29th
Mountain View County will not be continuing with any more planning and preparation for a berm on the banks of the Red Deer River southwest of Sundre after Council approved stopping all ongoing work on the project.
The decision was made following a report to Council from Matrix Solutions Inc., the County's engineering consultant, on the potential flooding and erosion effects that the proposed berm would have downstream.
The conclusion of the report was the berm could negatively impact certain portions of the river bank downstream from the proposed berm construction site and would result in additional costs to put in flood mitigation measures for those areas.
Reeve Bruce Beattie said Council's decision is essentially to stop work on the project, which has cost approximately $254,298 to date, and lobby the province to take the lead on the project since they have jurisdiction over the river.
"From all the information that we have it's in the best interests of all concerned that we suspend any further work on the berm until such time as we have a clear indication from the province that they're prepared to take on the responsibility for the berm for the protection of the (County) residences and the protection of Sundre," he said.
"We have been in contact with the province on numerous occasions and have yet to hear a direct and clear indication ... that they are prepared to take on any of the liability," Beattie said.
To date, the indication from the province has been that they are uninterested in assuming any of the liability, thus the decision of Council, according to the Reeve.
The next steps will be to develop a lobbying strategy with the Town of Sundre, which is a partner in the project, and to gather more information on the province's involvement in other flood mitigation projects in the province.
"We've looked around the province at other projects ... and they seem to be extremely involved in those projects," Beattie continued. "We'd like the same level of commitment and concern from the province for our area. They have contributed the dollars (a $3.1 million FREC grant) but haven't really come up with direction in terms of responsibility."
Beattie said the County is not interested in building the berm and creating new or enhanced issues downstream for other properties in the County or in the Town of Sundre. The report says the berm could potentially increase water levels and flow rates further down the river during flood flow conditions, causing erosion and potential new breakout points.
All six members of Council in attendance at the October 14 regular meeting voted in favour of the motion to discontinue work. To date, all work on the berm project has been for engineering studies and flood modelling to illustrate potential positive and negative impacts of the berm.
Beattie said affected residents can contact any of the Councillors or administration for further information on the decision and the future of the project.
Council Notes - Oct. 14
Posted: 2015 October 29th
Fire Truck Funding Approved
Council approved funding up to $225,000 from the General Fire Reserve for replacement of the rescue/pumper truck for the Carstairs Fire Department.
The replacement is part of the 20-Year Capital Apparatus Replacement Plan for the local fire departments. Council approved amending the plan last year to facilitate the replacement of the above unit in Carstairs.
Library Budget Approved
The 2015 budget and per capita funding of $7.88 for Parkland Regional Library was approved by Council at the Oct. 14 regular meeting.
Funding to the PRL system is redistributed to six public libraries within Mountain View County (Carstairs, Cremona, Didsbury, Olds, Sundre and Water Valley).
More information on the regional library system can be found at www.prl.ab.ca.
County Tax Sale Cancelled
Posted: 2015 September 30th
The Mountain View County Tax Sale scheduled for October 2, 2015 and adjourned to November 27, 2015 has been cancelled.
All outstanding files have been settled.
This went into effect as of Oct. 28 when Council entered into a payment agreement in regards to the final outstanding file.