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Due to Regulatory approval requirements, the award of the project was delayed by about three months.
Accordingly, project completion schedules including the delivery of some critical components for the Water Treatment Plant (WTP) were affected. To accommodate these unanticipated changes the project schedule previously planned needed extension. According to the revised schedule the project is on track.
The waterline component of the project is scheduled to be completed by March 31st, 2020, and the Water Treatment Plant is anticipated to be complete in August 31, 2020.
For more FAQs on the waterline, click here.
A fire ban can restrict any of these regulated activities: • Open burning ("open burning" refers to controlled burns subject to conditions set in a Fire Permit) in non-residential areas. • Fireworks • Firepits and cooking stoves in parks • Backyard firepits • Burn barrels In most cases, a fire ban will only restrict open burning and fireworks. If conditions require, a ban may also restrict the use of firepits and cooking stoves in parks. Backyard firepits will only be banned when the fire hazard is extreme throughout the M.D.
The deadline is March 31.
Click here for the declaration form and more information on the program.
One of the challenges at the Water Treatment Plant is the replacement of an intake screen which should be performed during the summer period and also requires the plant to be shut down for an extended period. The Town of Bonnyville does not have enough storage capacity in its existing reservoir to be shut down for the length of time required, so we cannot be on Cold Lake water until after the screen is replaced.
Completion of the change out of the screen is scheduled for late summer 2020 and as a result we anticipate that the conversion from the existing Bonnyville Water Treatment Plant to the Cold Lake supply line will be in early September 2020.
The total cost of the project is anticipated to be approximately $97,000,000.00.
The Federal and Provincial Government are contributing about 90% of the total project cost, the remaining 10% of the project cost is contributed by the MD and Town of Bonnyville. The project cost contribution break down is as follows:
* UNDRIP – United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
In the Town of Bonnyville and the area of the Municipal District of Bonnyville served by the Town, you should notice an improved quality of the water, especially in the summer.
The new source (Cold Lake) is a significant improvement in quality over Moose Lake where it is common to have Algae bloom in the summer. Cold Lake water is treated through membrane filtration versus the Moose Lake water which is treated with chemical addition and filter media. There will be an improvement in taste, odour and colour.
In the M.D. of Bonnyville, Ardmore, Fort Kent, the residents currently served along the line from Cold Lake and Cold Lake First Nations, there should be no noticeable difference.
For all, the water sourced from the new waterline will be disinfected with Chloramination instead of Chlorine.
With the new extension of the regional water system which will reach the Town of Bonnyville at the furthest end, it is estimated that the travel times for drinking water between the Water Treatment Plant and Bonnyville will be significant.
To reduce and manage the formation of disinfection by-product (DBPs) associated with higher water age, a secondary disinfection by Chloramination will be performed at the Transfer Station.
Click here for a Chloramination Fact Sheet
The Commission and the Contractor have taken steps to ensure that the liens have all been removed and there should be no effect to the landowner’s property as a result.
A total of 38 residents were provided a connection as part of the compensation provided by the Commission for land easements across their property. This was done where the Commission needed space to install the transmission line, or a working space was needed for the Contractor.
No additional direct connections from the transmission line are being provided, Alberta Environment has restricted the number of connections that are allowed on the Transmission line.
If you were not provided one as part of compensation for a land easement, you will not be able to connect. Connections are only provided where the Commission needed a land easement.
The provincial government, which allows municipalities to establish this tax rate, allow only for a count of full time employees. This means if a business has 15 full-time employees and 60 seasonal employees, the seasonal employees would not be part of the count. This business would be defined as "less than 50 full-time employees" and would qualify to be included in the new sub-class.
Not necessarily. For tax purposes the Municipal Government Act (s. 297(4)(b)) says that a property that receives a non-residential tax rate is"…other property on which industry, commerce or another use takes place, or is permitted to take place under a land use bylaw passed by council…". The zoning is a major influence on property that is zoned for commercial or industrial purposes but is not currently being used. If you have more questions on this please feel free to contact our assessment team at 780-826-3171.
Please look at your Assessment and Tax Notice from 2017. If your property is paying a municipal farm tax, then your property is paying a lower tax rate than if it was assessed and taxed as a non-residential property. Therefore, you will not need to fill out the declaration form.
Please look at your Assessment and Tax Notice from 2017. If you see that there is a "Municipal - Non-Res" property tax levy (found in the left middle of your Assessment and Tax Notice), then you may qualify for the Small Business tax rate. Some businesses are very small, and they may not meet the qualifications to have a non-residential tax rate. If the property has been taxed as a non-residential, then you may qualify for the small business tax rate.
If you had a "Municipal - Non Residential" tax rate on your 2017 Assessment and Tax Notice, and you met the requirements of the Small Business tax rate, you would be taxed at a lower rate that the Municipal - Non-Residential properties in the Municipality. What would be the effect on the tax bill? That is a little more complex to answer. Your Property Tax Bill is broken up into different taxes. There is a Municipal Tax section, a School Tax section, and an Other Tax section on your notice. Council only has control over the Municipal section. In November 2017, Council established an interim budget and their decision was to keep the same tax mill rates in 2018 as they were in 2017. If your assessment values remain the same as last year, and the municipal tax rates stay the same, you would see a lower municipal tax levy for the part of the property that qualifies under the Small Business sub-class. We cannot predict the overall effect on your tax bill, as the School Tax and Other Tax sections of your bill are established by those requisitioning bodies.