Press Release - Whitecourt Town Council Update April 13, 2019
Whitecourt Town Council approved the 2019 final budget at Monday’s Regular Meeting of Council. For details on the budget please refer to the separate press release dated April 13, 2019 that can be found on the Town’s website at www.whitecourt.ca. The Tax Rate Bylaw will be reviewed by Council at the April 22, 2019 Regular Meeting of Council.
Town Council received an overview of 2018 assessment figures by the municipal assessor. The valuation date for 2019 taxation of properties is July 1, 2018.
- Assessment values for single family homes have decreased approximately 2.8% in the valley area, and 2.5% in the hilltop area. The average house value in Whitecourt is $340,000.
- Property owners can view the assessment report for their property online. Visit the Whitecourt website at www.whitecourt.ca/Services/Taxes-Assessment and follow the link and instructions to view assessment reports.
- Property owners will receive a combined assessment and tax notice in mid-May.
The design-build contract for the Scott Safety Centre Expansion project has been awarded to Brenex Building Corporate Ltd. The project involves an extension to the facility to provide an exclusive dressing room area for the Whitecourt Wolverines Junior A Hockey Club, and free up much needed dressing room space for other facility user groups and Town operations. The project is a partnership endeavor with the Stark Sports Society, and is valued at $800,000. Details on the construction schedule will be released when confirmed.
The Town of Whitecourt annually prepares a Collision Report that assists in identifying traffic trends and areas that require attention in order to enhance public and traffic safety. Overall, there were 232 reported collisions in 2018, compared to 209 in 2017. Collision trends have stayed the same over the years, with the majority of collisions occurring in private parking lots and along local public streets. The Town of Whitecourt will continue to monitor collision data to ensure the safe flow of pedestrian and vehicle traffic. Council has forwarded the report to the Protective Services Committee for review, as well as Alberta Transportation as information.
Council has awarded Community Clean Up Program funds to five local non-profit groups, sports and community organizations for cleaning up roadsides, playgrounds, and sports fields. The program provides each group with $1,000 for 100 hours of clean up undertaken. The following groups have been approved for funding:
- 2019 Relay for Life Anchor 5;
- ECHO Society;
- Saint Patrick’s Anglican Church;
- Colour Me Worthy Wellness Foundation;
- 2716 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps.
Does your nonprofit group want to earn some cash for your cause or an upcoming event? There are still spots available for groups looking to raise funds while performing a valuable service! Smaller groups are encouraged to partner to complete the 100 volunteer hours and split the $1,000 payment. Please visit www.whitecourt.ca for information on how to apply.
To assist you in cleaning your residence, the Town of Whitecourt will be providing additional refuse pickups from May 13 to 16. Visit www.whitecourt.ca to find out what is accepted, and to find out what date collection will be for your area.
New for 2019, the Town of Whitecourt is organizing Take It or Leave It May 10 through 12. Take It or Leave It is like a community wide garage sale – without the sale. Throughout the three-day period, mark unwanted but reusable items with the word FREE, and place them at your front curb. Residents from across the community are then welcome to take these items to reuse – for free! Details on the initiative can be found on www.whitecourt.ca.
Lemonade Day is coming to Whitecourt on June 22! Whitecourt youth will have the opportunity to experience entrepreneurship by setting up their own business during the community-wide Lemonade Day. For details on the program, and to register, visit www.lemonadeday.org/northernalberta
Whitecourt has entered into a service agreement with NorQuest College to utilize Whitecourt Fire Department instructors, facilities and equipment for the Professional Firefighter training program offered to Living Waters Catholic School Division high school students. The program is unique in the fact that students will be eligible to receive high school work experience credits towards their graduation in addition to internationally recognized certifications with the National Fire Protection Association. The program is a pilot project that will run until September 30, 2019, and will be evaluated to review if it should be considered for formal establishment in the fall of 2019.