News and Public Notices

Village of Barnwell Christmas Office Hours

The Village Office will be closed from December 24, 2018 through December 28, 2018.
Please ensure that all bill payments are up to date before this period.  Online payments may still be made during this period and will be posted on December 31st.

(The Post Office will continue to be open as posted)

FREE FIREWOOD AVAILABLE

The Village of Barnwell has removed a row of trees at Willow Park and would like to offer them, free of charge, to any residents that are looking for firewood.- on a first come first serve basis. They are located on the NE corner of Willowpark (Corner of 2nd Street W and 7 Avenue W). Please note the logs are large and will need to be split. If you need assistance loading them on a trailer, please contact the Village Office at 403-223-4018. Any logs remaining as of December 1st, will be discarded.

These trees were removed for safety reasons because of their age and deteriorating state. The Village will be planting new younger trees in their place in the Spring.

Village and Post Office Closed November 12, 2018

The Village of Barnwell and Post Office will be closed on Monday November 12, 2018. Both offices will be open again on Tuesday November 13. 2018.

Council Meeting

November Regular meeting of Council will be held on Thursday, November 15, 2018. Meetings are at 6:00pm in Council Chambers located at 612 Heritage Road. All meetings are open to the public. Any changes to meeting times or dates will be posted in the Village office.

Sewer Line Cleaning

The Village of Barnwell will be having the Sewer Line Mains flushed as part of annual maintenance commencing October 29th – November 2nd, 2018. You may  notice some sewer smell and noise in your home’s sewer line

To help alleviate any back splash in your toilets, please keep your toilet lids down, especially in the basement.

The annual flushing usually takes 2-3 days. 

Recycling Update October 27, 2018

Please have recycling out early and ready to go. There will be 2 trucks out for collection which will make collection go much quicker.

We appreciate your support of this program. The Curbside Recycling company has indicated that our volumes are increasing, particularly with cardboard. Please note that if you have put out any items for recycling that are not recyclable, they will be left on your curb. We remind you also that if your cardboard is left when the Recycling company picks up your other items, please leave the cardboard out, as they will come back at the end of their pick up to collect the cardboard.

Council Meeting

October Regular meeting of Council will be held on Thursday, October 18, 2018. Meetings are at 6:00pm in Council Chambers located at 612 Heritage Road. All meetings are open to the public. Any changes to meeting times or dates will be posted in the Village office.

Is Your House Number Visible for Emergency Vehicles?

Is Your House Number Visible for Emergency Vehicles?
If you have an emergency at your home or business, will the fire department or ambulance be able to find you?? There are quite a few homes in the Village of Barnwell that do not have their house numbers displayed, and others that do, but they are barely visible. Do you even know what your house number is? The moment of an emergency is not the time to figure this out. For your safety, the Village mandates by bylaw that all home or business owners must display the number that is assigned to their building so that it can be clearly seen

If you have an emergency in your home you should dial 911 and state:
• Your name
• Your telephone number
• Your location
• Any other pertinent information asked for

It is also a great practice to have your full street address posted inside your home for the benefit of emergency situations.

Have you paid your 2018 Property Taxes?

Have you paid your 2018 Property Taxes?
Did you realize that your property taxes were due July 31st, 2018? All unpaid property taxes, with the exception of the monthly instalment participants, received a 12% penalty on August 1st, 2018. Another 12% penalty will be applied to all outstanding property tax balances on January 1, 2019. For example, if your 2018 property tax bill was $3,500 and not paid, it would have incurred a $420.00 penalty on August 1st, which would increase your balance to $3,920.00. If it still remains unpaid as of January 1, 2019, it will incur another $470.40 penalty which would increase your balance to $4,390.40. If you are unable to pay your property tax bill, we strongly encourage you to find some other source of financing rather than incur such steep penalties.

Any property with an outstanding balance for 2 years will be listed on the tax arrears list, in accordance with the Municipal Government Act, Chapter M-26, Section 412 and sent to the Government of Alberta Land Titles Registrar. Upon doing so, the Registrar will endorse the certificate of title with a tax recovery notification, which acts as a lien against the said property until the taxes are paid in full. Mortgage companies are also notified of this action. Property may be sold at a public auction by your municipality if taxes are not paid.

Property taxes are an amount owing to your municipality and MUST be paid.

Fall Sewer Maintenance

Fall Sewer Maintenance
We will once again be cleaning out the sewer lines this fall, as part of the Village preventative maintenance program. Although no specific day has been determined, this project will be done in October/November. During this process you may hear gurgling sounds from pressure in the sewer line and it is important to make sure the lid is down on any basement toilets in the rare event that there is any back flow. We will inform you of this maintenance ahead of time by email or a notice posted in the Village Office.
Each year when we clean our sewer lines, we are noticing an increase in the amount of grease in our lines. Although fats, oils and greases may go down the sink easily when heated, they cool in the sewer lines, build up and cause blockages. This can cause extensive damage in, not only your own home, but many more homes down the street – an expense we should all try to avoid.
Facts about what should not be flushed or disposed of down your drain:
• Kleenex, paper towels or tissue paper – these products are designed to stay together when wet and absorb moisture so they take too long to break down
• Unused drugs or pharmaceuticals -they eventually get pumped into lakes, rivers or groundwater where people swim or it becomes someone else’s drinking water
• Disposable diapers, sanitary napkins, tampons or applicators, wipes or other so called disposable products – if it says flushable, don’t believe it
• Corrosive substances, flammable or explosive liquids, automotive fluids
• Paints, stains, wood preservatives and other similar substances
This is not an exhaustive list, but the bottom line – use common sense – if it hasn’t caused your home drainage problems yet – beware – it soon will!!
We thank you for your cooperation.

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