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Reeve's Reflections


Merrill Harris

To begin, I would like to thank everyone for your continued efforts in slowing the spread of COVID-19 over the past couple of months. Hopefully, we are approaching the end of the restrictions and can soon return to normal. I am sincerely hoping for a fun, relaxing, and unrestricted summer.

I often feel like I repeat myself in Reeve’s Reflections, so I hope I am providing new, updated information in this edition. First, I would like to remind everyone of the upcoming municipal election. The nomination deadline is September 20th, and Election Day is October 18th. If you have any interest in shaping the future of the MD of Taber this is your invitation to get involved.

Next, I would like to highlight some of the new online services and tools that the MD of Taber has recently introduced. The SCAR Notification System (SCAR Notify) is a communication tool designed to deliver regional alerts and real-time, essential information directly to your mobile device by way of text, email and voice messaging. To register, visit Scarnotify.ca. While registering, you can choose how you want to be notified, and the types of notices you wish to receive. Notification examples include road closure notices issued by Public Works, water bans or restrictions issued by one of our Regional Water Service Commissions, or rural crime alerts issued by our local RCMP detachment. There are many uses for SCAR Notify and we encourage residents to register to stay better informed and connected with the MD of Taber. If you need assistance registering you can call your division Councillor, or call the Administration office at 403-223-3541.  

Service Tracker is another tool that allows residents to connect with the MD of Taber 24/7. You can use Service Tracker to report a problem, request a service, or ask for information. Types of service requests might include a road that needs grading, a pothole in need of repair, or a request for information regarding your property assessment or tax notice. You can also report unauthorised activities such as garbage dumping or irrigated roadways. To submit a service request visit mdtaber.ab.ca. After submitting your request, you will receive a tracking number indicating your request has been received and that one of our staff members will follow up with you shortly. If you need assistance submitting a service request, you can contact your division Councillor to help enter your request for you.

If you are a camper and love our Municipal Park, reserving your camp spot just got a whole lot easier using our new online booking and payment service through CampSpot. To reserve a site visit mdtaber.ab.ca or Campspot.com. No more first-come-first-served basis. Simply select from available sites, reserve and pay online, then arrive and enjoy the park.

Our hamlets are growing, and we only have a few residential lots available in Grassy Lake and Enchant. At the direction of Council, Administration is examining ways to expand and develop more residential lots in both of these hamlets. It is a good sign when all developed lots are nearly sold out.  

Many projects that I have reported on previously are underway around the MD of Taber. 

The Township 8 and Range 16 Drainage Project is completed which includes the wetlands portion located south of the Horsefly Reservoir. 

Phase One of the Southern Regional Stormwater Drainage Project is in the design phase and dirt should start moving in 2022.

The RenuWell Project was recently highlighted at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities conference as innovative. This project should be moving into the construction phase this fall. 

This spring has been very dry making the roads extremely dusty. The spring application of calcium chloride (dust suppression) has finished and should help hold the dust down until the fall application. 

The MD of Taber is part of a broader consortium for providing affordable, quality broadband services to rural residents. Over the past year, we have all come to appreciate that having access to a faster and more reliable internetconnection is almost as important as telephone and natural gas lines were to earlier generations.

We are excited about the twinning of Highway 3 from Taber to Burdett. This will greatly improve traffic flow and increase safety on this stretch of highway.

We are also voicing our concerns over water quality as it relates to the possible expansion of coal mining in the headwaters area of the Oldman River, along with the province's proposal to replace the RCMP with a provincial police force.  

If you have any concerns that you feel should be brought to Council's attention, please contact your division Councillor or myself. We are here to serve and represent you and your concerns. 

Have a great summer!


Sincerely,

Merrill Harris
Reeve
Municipal District of Taber