Regular Meeting of Council Time Change

The Regular Meeting of Council will take place on Thursday December 12th, 2019 @ 6pm in council chambers.

Village of Barnwell CAO

On November 25, 2019, The Village of Barnwell would like to welcome our new CAO, Rachel Schortinghuis.
Rachel is no stranger to the Village of Barnwell staff. From 2013-2015 you would have seen her enthusiasm and her smiling face as she was in the Village Office under the tutelage of Wendy Bateman.
Rachel and her husband Kris have raised their 4 children in the community for the last 13 years, where she has been an active member and spent many hours volunteering her time.
We look forward to having Rachel and know that she will be an asset to our team.

1st Annual Candy Cane / Food Bank Drive

MDFD / Barnwell Fire Department
1st Annual Candy Cane / Food Bank Drive
Tuesday December 3rd, 2019

Please turn your outside lights on for us. Our members and trucks will be out starting out around 6:00pm to deliver Christmas cheer and collect donations for the Taber food bank.
Please check the dates to be sure the item(s) are not expired, the food bank cannot re-use expired food.
If you would like to make a monetary donation please make your check payable to the Taber Food Bank Society.


The Village of Barnwell will be having the Sewer Line Mains flushed as part of annual maintenance commencing the week of November 12, 2019. You may notice some sewer smell and noise in your home’s sewer lines.
To help alleviate any back splash in your toilets, please keep your toilet seat lids down, especially in the basement.

(This annual flushing usually takes 2-3 days)

S.C.A.R. Notification System

S.C.A.R. Notification System is a regional partnership between the Municipal District of Taber, the Town of Vauxhall, the Village of Barnwell, the RCMP and South Central Alberta Rural Crime Watch Association in providing valuable information notifications to our public.
S.C.A.R. Notification System is intended to provide a more timely and consistent approach to emergency and municipal communications in our region. Information is grouped by priority consisting of urgent public safety information as well as important municipal information. Our notification system provides options in selecting what information you want to receive and how you want to receive it, from a selection of participating municipalities. In addition to communication we are actively working towards reducing crime through awareness, crime prevention and reporting suspicious activities in the region through the added use of S.C.A.R.
Notification Categories for SCAR:
• RCMP – Rural Crime Watch – Urgent Text or Call Only
• RCMP – Rural Crime Watch – General Email Only
• M.D. of Taber – Urgent Text or Call Only
• M.D. of Taber – Website General Email Only
• Town of Vauxhall – Urgent Text or Call Only
• Town of Vauxhall – Website General Email Only
• Village of Barnwell – Urgent Text or Call Only
• Village of Barnwell – Website General Email Only
Registration for S.C.A.R. can be completed on any of the partner municipal websites, MD of Taber mobile app, or on the S.C.A.R. website at

Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

The Village of Barnwell is seeking an individual to serve as its Chief Administrative Officer (CAO). This individual should be a strong leader and have administrative experience.

Job Summary: As the administrative head of the Village, the CAO ensures that the policies and programs of the Village are implemented; advises and informs the Council on the operation and affairs of the Village; performs the duties and functions as well as exercises the powers assigned to a CAO by the Municipal Government Act and other enactments, or as assigned by council.

Responsible to: Village Council

General Responsibilities:
1. Promote the Village’s Mission and Values.
2. Participate in Village planning and policy development.
3. Plan, organize and manage the Village Office.
4. Establish and maintain an effective working relationship with staff, members of Council, and the public.
5. Recruit, select and train staff.
6. Prepare annual budget; control expenditures, optimize various revenue sources and ensure cost effective operations are implemented and maximized.
7. Maintain a high profile and public relations function in the community and province demonstrating a personal commitment to high values and principles.
8. Serve as an effective liaison with Community Organizations and Provincial and Local Governments.
9. Ensure workplace health and safety.
10. Demonstrate strong self-management skills and further personal development.
11. Undertake performance management reviews for direct reports at least annually (or more often as required).
12. Complete general administrative and special projects assigned.
13. Build a strong foundation to support sustainable growth.
14. Collaborate with regional partners.

1. Minimum of high school education with preference to secondary education and administrative experience.
2. Training and/or experience in municipal government, leadership or business administration is considered an asset.
3. Participation in, or completion of, or willing to complete the Certified Local Government Management Program or equivalent thereof.
4. Ability to provide strong futuristic leadership and strongly believe in the delegation of both authority and responsibility.
5. Strong management, analytical and interpretive skills with the ability to use tact, diplomacy and mature judgment.
6. Strong written and verbal skills.
7. Good organizational skills.
8. Good computer skills.
9. Must be willing to live in the Village of Barnwell.
10. Allow a Criminal Record and Credit/ID check to be done upon request.

This is a full-time position. Salary will be commensurate with education, training and experience. Employment benefits available.

Those interested in the position are asked to submit a resume as well as salary expectations to the Village of Barnwell before noon on Monday, October 28, 2019. Resumes may be emailed to: or mailed to: Box 159, Barnwell, AB, T0K 0B0 or hand delivered. If you have any questions, please contact the village office at 403-223-4018 or by email.

Regular Meeting of Council Time Change

The Regular Meeting of Council will take place on Thursday October 17th, 2019 @7pm in council chambers.

Wendy Bateman

With heavy hearts, the Village of Barnwell is saddened to announce the passing of our CAO Wendy Bateman.
We ask that you please be respectful of her family at this time and please be patient with the Village office as things are sorted out.
Wendy gave many great years of service to this community and she will be greatly missed.
Out of respect for Wendy the Village office will be closed Monday October 7, 2019. The post office will remain open at this time.

Taber RCMP Media Release

Taber RCMP have been made aware that people in the MD of Taber, especially in the communities of Barnwell, Grassy Lake and Purple Springs have been experiencing thefts from vehicles, sheds and garages and not calling RCMP. Citizens have advised that they don’t want to bother the RCMP, however Taber RCMP is reminding citizens that this is our job, RCMP are here to take complaints and look for evidence to solve the crimes that are occurring. The RCMP are unable to solve crimes that they do not know about.
If you do find yourself to be a victim of theft or break and enter please call the Taber RCMP on the 24-hour complaint line at 403-223-4446. This will allow RCMP to attend and collect any evidence on the scene. As well, RCMP can keep track of what is occurring in the area and when it is occurring. If someone is located that is committing the offences, they can be charged by the RCMP who have the knowledge of what is occurring, when and where. By telling the RCMP when a theft or break and enter occurs, you are helping the RCMP to do their jobs in a timely and thorough manner.
RCMP are finding that individuals are coming out into the rural area and committing property offences, such as break and enter and theft. Items of interest to these thieves include fuel, batteries, tools, money, and vehicles. Vehicles and fuel being stolen are then used to go throughout the MD and other counties and commit further crimes. Batteries and tools are being stolen to later sell or pawn for cash. RCMP are finding that criminals on occasion will attend the same property multiple times to continue to steal items.
To help protect yourself from property crime, Taber RCMP are asking those living in the MD to lock up vehicles, sheds, garage, fuel tanks and any other structure that contains property of value. Don’t leave your wallet, cell phone, vehicle or house keys or anything of value inside your vehicle for individuals to steal. Consider putting in a sort of surveillance system so that if anyone comes on to your property RCMP can obtain pictures of the individual(s) or vehicle(s) and use those to identify criminals. Surveillance systems can include something as simple as putting up trail cameras. Take an inventory of tools and other items of value that you own, including make, model and serial number. That way if you have items that are stolen you can provide RCMP with the information which makes recovering the item that much easier. RCMP can put stolen property and vehicles on a Canada wide data bank, once the items are located and the serial numbers ran on the data bank, RCMP can then return items once located to their rightful owner.
Taber RCMP are asking citizens of the MD of Taber to keep an eye out for suspicious vehicles or people in their area. If you see someone who doesn’t belong in the area, please call our 24-hour complaint line at 403-223-4446. If there is a break and enter in progress occurring or someone’s life is being threatened call 9-1-1. Taber RCMP through calls from the public about suspicious vehicles and people have made arrests and laid charges for property crimes committed within the MD of Taber.

Constable Corinne OLIVER
Taber/Vauxhall RCMP

National Kids Cancer Ride

Arriving in Barnwell, Saturday, September 7 at 9:30 AM at Willow Park
Want to Donate?
• Donate at Park at the time of the event for a tax receipt
• Donate anytime at the Village of Barnwell Office – no receipt issued.

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