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2020 Village of Hill Spring Audited Financial Report

Click here to view the 2020 Audited Financial Report for the Village of Hill Spring.

Stop the spike - updated 5 May 2021

Alberta has entered a critical stage of the pandemic - the arrival of highly transmissible variants have put pressure on our health care system. Public health measures are required to protect the health system and reduce the rising spread of COVID-19 provincewide.

Additional restrictions come into effect for regions with high case rates, starting May 5. Provincewide measures continue to apply to all other areas.

These restrictions will be enforced with $2,000 fines.

 

Expanded restrictions for high case regions

Starting May 5, additional restrictions come into effect for regions with at least 50 cases per 100,000 people, and at least 30 active cases.

These restrictions will be in place for at least 3 weeks and will be extended if necessary. Provincewide restrictions remain in effect for all other communities.

* Cardston County is in this category: High Case Regions

 

** Just a few details below.  Please refer to the main website, for more information.

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Banquet Halls, Community Halls, Conference Centres and Hotels:

Mandatory restriction – Province wide – Revised May 5

Banquet halls, community halls and conference centres can open for activities permitted under Step 0, such as:

  • wedding ceremonies up to 10 people
  • funeral services up to 10 people (high case regions)

Wedding receptions, funeral receptions and trade shows are not permitted.

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Entertainment and recreation facilities

Mandatory restriction – Provincewide – Revised April 6

Libraries must close.

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Gatherings

Mandatory, additional restrictions for high case regions – Effective May 5

Indoor gatherings

  • All indoor gatherings remain prohibited.

Outdoor gatherings

  • All outdoor social gatherings must be limited to no more than 5 people and a maximum of 2 household cohorts.
  • Mandatory physical distancing must be maintained at all times between members of different households.

* Total number of people for entire event, not "at a time" as all receptions are not permitted.

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Funerals

Mandatory, additional restrictions for high case regions – Effective May 5

  • 10-people maximum for funerals, including participants and guests.
  • Funeral receptions are not permitted.

Weddings

Mandatory restriction – Provincewide – Revised Jan. 18

Wedding receptions are not permitted.

Wedding ceremony attendance is limited to:

  • 10 people maximum for wedding ceremonies, with mandatory masking and 2 metre physical distancing between households

The maximum limit:

  • includes the officiant, bride/groom and witnesses
  • applies to any facility, including places of worship
  • applies to services held indoors or outdoors, seated or non-seated

This measure will help limit exposure, reduce outbreaks and protect vulnerable attendees.

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Out-of-town Travel and Visitors

Returning to Alberta

  • If you do not have a household in Alberta, you must not stay in other people’s homes while these restrictions are in place.
  • If you belong to the household, you are permitted to return to the home (e.g., child returning home from post-secondary).

Visitors to Alberta

  • Out-of-town visitors cannot stay in other people's homes while these restrictions are in place, regardless of where they are coming from.

While we appreciate this may affect travel plans to visit family, the increase in cases is very serious. These measures are required to stop the spread of COVID-19.

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Fitness, Performance, & Recreation Activities: Indoor & Outdoor

Mandatory, additional restrictions for high case regions – Effective 11:59 pm on May 9

Indoor activities

  • All indoor sport, performance and recreation activities for youth and adults are prohibited. (Effective May 9)
  • Indoor fitness and recreation facilities must close, including for 1-on-1 training. (Effective May 5)

Outdoor activities

  • All outdoor sports and recreation activities are prohibited, except with members of your household, or your two close contacts if you live alone. This includes:
    • all group physical activities, such as team sports, fitness classes, training sessions
    • all one-on-one lessons and training activities
    • all practices, training and games
  • Outdoor recreation facilities can remain open unless specifically closed by public health order.

Professional sport organizations

  • Professional sport organizations that have received an exemption can continue, provided protocols are strictly followed.

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Places of worship

Mandatory, additional restrictions for high case regions – Effective May 5

  • Faith services are limited to 15 in-person attendees.
  • Physical distancing between households must be maintained at all times.
  • Virtual or online services are strongly recommended.
  • Drive-in services where people do not leave their vehicles and adhere to guidance are allowed.

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Personal and wellness services

Mandatory, additional restrictions for high case regions – Effective at 11:59 pm on May 9

  • Personal and wellness services, including hair salons, barbers, nail salons, estheticians, tattoos and piercing, must close.

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AHS Covid Restrictions main website

 

@EfficiencyCAN is hiring an Operations Manager –

 

If you’re passionate about energy efficiency and love keeping things in order, join a fantastic team of passionate, fun people.

https://www.efficiencycanada.org/hiring-manager-operations/

FireSmart Farm and Acreage Magazine

This publication is targeted to farm, ranch and acreage owners.  It is chock full of tips for farmers and ranchers concerned with minimizing the potential impact of a wildfire.  There are useful articles on pile burning, safe windrow distance, tips and checklists if you need to evacuate, FireSmart home improvement guidelines, and many more.  Please enjoy and share with your neighbours!

For more information on FireSmart in Alberta and across Canada, please visit:

https://wildfire.alberta.ca/firesmart/firesmart-communities/documents/farm-and-ranch-magazine-aug-25.pdf

www.wildfire.alberta.ca/firesmart

www.firesmartcanada.ca

Alberta Health Services COVID-19 Vaccine roll out

 

Community immunization clinics in the South Zone have been confirmed and are now open for booking throught the online tool. Individuals can also call health Link at 811 to book their appointment.

 

South Zone community COVID-19 immunization clinics will be available in the following communities: Blairmore, Bow Island, Brooks, Cardston, Coaldale, foremost, Fort Macleod, Lethbridge, Magrath, Medicine Hat, Milk River, Oyen, Picture Butte, Pincher Creek, Raymond, and Taber. The addresses and specific information about your appointment are provided once the appointment is booked.

 

We are encouraging a community approach to transport. In addtion to encouraging family and friends to support a senior needing transportation to receive the vaccine, seniors who do not have a means to get to a vaccination centre, can contact 211 for available transportation supports.

For help connecting with available transportation supports, please have the time and location of your booking before contacting 211.

 

In addition to masking and physical distancing practices, here's what individuals can expect at the clinic:

 

  • When arriving at the clinic, we encourage everyone to wait in their cars until five minutes before their appointment time.
  • Each appointment is booked approximately 10 minutes apart.
  • It is anticipated that each individual will be at the vaccine clinic for approximately 20-25 mintues which includes the monitoring time after the vaccine is given.
  • A waiting room is available for individuals to sit after their vaccination.
  • Our clinics are wheelchair accessible and staff will be on-hand to assist individuals that require help.
  • Each vaccine clinic has a wheelchair accessible wasahroom onsite.
  • Please ensure you have government-issued identification, and your Alberta Health Care number/card with you at your appointment.

All Albertans are reminded to stay at home if they are not feeling well, even if symptoms are mild.

 

For more information on COVID-19 vacicine booking, please visit the AHS website.

 

Online Booking Tool

AHS COVID-19 Immunization Website

2021 Municipal Election

The nomination period for the 2021 general municipal election began January 1, 2021 and runs until 12:00 noon on Monday, September 20, 2021. You may pick up a nomination package at the Village Office.
Candidate Eligibility:
A person may be nominated in any election under the Local Authorities Election Act if the person is eligible to vote in an election, has resided in the municipality for 6 consecutive months, is not otherwise ineligible.
A person is ineligible to be nominated as a candidate in any election under the LAEA if the person is auditor of the local jurisdiction, if the person is an employee of the local jurisdiction, if the person is indebted to the municipality for taxes in default exceeding $50.00, if the person is indebted to the local jurisdiction for any debt exceeding $500.00 and in default for more than 90 days, and if the person has been convicted of an offenses under the LAEA, Election Act, the Election Finances and Contributions Disclosure Act, or the Canada Elections Act.
Candidates who seek nomination for office must complete Nomination Paper & Candidate’s Acceptance Form. Nominations must be signed by a minimum of 5 electors. In addition candidates must file Candidate Information Form.

Village of Hill Spring completes solar project August 2020

The Village of Hill Spring Council began inquiring and entertaining the idea of installing a municipal solar PV system in 2018. Generating solar energy locally would provide savings on electricity which is a benefit to all tax payers as it helps to reduce Village expenses.

 

On April 28, 2020 council approved the construction of  a 120KW solar energy array, to be built by Solar Seekers Inc on a small parcel of land on the east side of the Village. The project was completed in late August of 2020 and is now producing electricity. It is expected to generate as much electricity as is used by municipal operations over the course of a year and save the Village approximately $30,697 on electric bills, at current utility rates, in the first year.

 

The solar project was partially funded by the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre (MCCAC). The Alberta Urban Municipalities Association and Rural Municipalities of Alberta, through the MCCAC, offer the Alberta Municipal Solar Program that provides funding to install grid-tied solar PV systems on municipal facilites or land to save on energy costs and reduce the environmental impact of electricity use. You can visit the website for more information at:  mccac.ca/programs/alberta-municipal-solar-program

 

 

"The Village of Hill Spring is very excited for the completion of the 125 KW solar project. The Municipal Climate Change Action Center has been very helpful during the course of this project and without their support, this project would not have been possible.  Due to the cost of electricity and transmission fees, being able to install solar will greatly reduce electricity costs to Village owned buildings which in turn benefits the local  residents and allows tax dollars to be utilized on other priorities in the Village.  Thank you to all who helped to make this happen!"

~ Village of Hill Spring Mayor, Dwight Davis

Hill Spring is a small, quiet little village nestled in a picturesque setting, between the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and the prairie land of Southwestern Alberta. Residents here enjoy the country like relaxed life style and surrounding scenery.
Hill Spring is located on Secondary Highway 800 just off Highway 505 and along the gateway to Waterton National Parks – just a mere 25 minutes away.
Hill Spring – PRAIRIE TO PEAK PERFECTION

Original Hill Spring School Bell

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