News and Public Notices

Road Closure Bylaws and Public Hearing

The Village of Barnwell is proposing the closure and leasing of two roads within the village.

Below are the proposed road closure bylaws for your review:

Please take notice that a public hearing to consider the aforementioned bylaws will be held on February 26, 2024, at 5:00 p.m. in the Village of Barnwell Council Chambers. Any person who believes they may be adversely affected by the proposed bylaw is required to register their concerns in writing with the Chief Administrative Officer no later than 12:00 noon on February 23, 2024.

Upcoming Water Line Repairs in Barnwell – Important Information for Residents

Important Notice: Temporary Water Service Disruption

We are writing to inform you about upcoming water line repairs in our village, which are necessary to maintain our infrastructure and ensure the continued quality of your water service.

The repairs are scheduled to start at 9 AM on Wednesday, January 3, 2024, and are expected to be completed by January 4, 2024.

Areas Affected:

  • Heritage Road between 7th Ave and 3 Ave, Heritage Place and 5th Ave W., 6th Ave E, 7th Ave E, 3rd St E, 4th St E

What to Expect:
During this period, residents in the affected areas may experience a temporary disruption in water service. Our team will be working diligently to minimize the duration of this disruption and to restore service as quickly and safely as possible.

Preparation Tips:

  • Please consider storing a sufficient amount of water for your household needs during this period.
  • Reduce water usage to essential needs only.
  • If water shut off is required, please run cold water through your lines to bring water pressure back up in your lines and to flush any possible debris.

We understand that this may cause some inconvenience, and we greatly appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to improve our village infrastructure.

For any concerns or if you require assistance, please do not hesitate to contact the Village Office.

Thank you for your cooperation and support in this essential maintenance work.

Utility Rate Changes for Barnwell Residents

Village of Barnwell Council has approved the following monthly Utility Services Fees effective January 1, 2024:

Fixed Charge WaterFixed Charge SewerConsumption Charge / m3
Barnwell Resident$50.00$26.00$1.30
MD of Taber Resident$75.00$40.00$1.60
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Change of Meeting Date

Regular Meeting of Council

Regular Meeting of Council has been moved to October 23, 2023 at 6pm.



The Village of Barnwell will be having the Sewer Line Mains flushed as part of annual maintenance commencing October 23, 2023. 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. The flushing should be completed in about a week. Thanks for your cooperation.

Unofficial Results from the Municipal By-Election – September 25, 2023

Alexander John ( Sandy) Watts – 54

Sam Fowler – 47

Del Bodnarek – 11

1 spoiled ballot

Voter turnout: 113

Barnwell By-election Candidate Profiles

As the Village of Barnwell gears up for the By-Election on September 25th, 2023, get to know the dedicated individuals vying for your vote. Explore their backgrounds, values, and visions here. Dive in, and make your choice an informed one.

For more information on the by-election, visit the Barnwell By-Election posting.

Del Bodnarek

Hello my name is Del Bodnarek, I have lived here in Barnwell since 1999.

I have had the fortune of raising all my children here in this warm safe community.

I have also had the privilege of serving on village council over 12 years, some of which were as mayor. Being on village council is a wonderful way to contribute to the community, and work with wonderful people.

I see our village as a great place to live which is a great community. I would like to work to continue fostering our growth in a responsible manner, growing our community, maintaining services, and maybe expanding them, while being aware that everything costs, and we have to be responsible to those paying their taxes for those services.

I also feel I was lucky to work with many wise people on council in the past who were all able to be wise and patient to listen to all points of view and work out solutions that best suited all our needs, hopefully you will see that I have that opportunity again 


Del Bodnarek

Sam Fowler

Sam has lived in the village with his family for 5 years. He completed his Doctorate of Physiotherapy at the University of Melbourne, Australia and since moving to Barnwell he has been actively involved in the community, school, coaching multiple sports teams throughout the year as well as annually organizing the Fun Run for Barnwell Days.

Sam enjoys being part of a rural community and feels it is important to represent the wants and needs of each community member while on council.

Sandy Watts

As a retired Land Surveyor, I have had the privilege of traveling to every corner of this beautiful country of ours. I have seen icebergs in the North Atlantic, polar bears in the Arctic, vast rivers that carve through the Rockies, the enormous expanse of unbroken northern prairie, and vibrant cities, but it is the quiet beauty of the Village of Barnwell that, 12 years ago, compelled me to chose it as my home.

I’ve been a civil servant since I first picked up a shovel as a laborer on the Alaska Highway – a job I took to pay my way through art school. I was raised to believe in hard work, honesty, and service to others. As a professional surveyor I worked in private industry, Federal Public Works, and taught aspiring surveyors at Camosun College. Since moving to Barnwell, I served 8+ years on the Municipal Planning Commission, was fortunate to have been recognized as 2019 Citizen of The Year, and have co-founded the Oldman River Arts Club.

I believe that communities work best when we all work together. In order to do that, we need, open and transparent communications and decision-making. No more finding out about something after the fact.

As a pensioner, I expect every penny of my tax dollars to be respected. With your support, I will work hard to protect our tax dollars and explore practical and creative solutions to challenges. We may not always agree, but I will always give you my absolute best.

Development in our community has been stalled for a few years now. We don’t need a population or development boom, but we do need growth. With my background and approach, I believe I can help get us moving forward again. We need to respect tradition while planning for slow and steady growth. Let’s welcome new neighbors and build a bright future together.

I’d appreciate your support for Village Councilor.

Barnwell Village By-Election – Sept 25th, 2023

Mark your calendars! The upcoming By-Election for the Village of Barnwell is scheduled for Monday, September 25th, 2023.

Voting Details:

  • Time: 9:00 am to 8:00 pm.
  • Location: Council Chambers, located at the rear of the Village Office.

What to Bring:

  1. A valid photo ID.
  2. A recent utility bill as proof of your current residency within the Village of Barnwell.

We encourage all eligible residents to participate and exercise their right to vote. Let’s come together to shape the future of our beloved village. See you there!

Find out more about the candidates on the By-Election Candidate Profile page!

Extreme drought conditions, please take note:

Due to the extreme drought conditions that are affecting all Southern Alberta, we are asking our residents to do your part in conserving water. Voluntary action now will prevent the need for mandatory restrictions in the coming days and weeks.

Ways to conserve water can include:

  • Limiting all outdoor uses including watering lawns and washing cars.
  • Do not run the tap unnecessarily. Consider reusing water where possible.
  • Minimize shower time and bath levels.
  • Use the washer and dishwasher only when necessary.
  • Flush toilets only when necessary.
  • Brainstorm ideas to see where other conservation efforts might make sense

New Recycling Option for Residents

After 13 years of service to Barnwell, The Curbside Recycler is closing shop as of August 31st, 2023. We thank them for the years of dedicated service to our community.

Regular recycle services will continue through August 25th, 2023 as set out on the calendar.

The Village will be delivering recycle carts on Friday August 18th, 2023 with the first pick up of those carts being September 1st, 2023.

GFL will be providing recycle services, in addition to the garbage services, starting on September 1, 2023 and will pick up recycle every two weeks. If you have the recycle schedule that was sent out for this year, it will be the pink dates from September through the rest of the year.

We will update our calendar on our website to reflect the new schedule.

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