ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
THURSDAY, AUGUST 13 TH , 2020
PROVOST RECREATION & CULTURE CENTRE
The Government of Alberta is about to implement a fundamental change in the way assessment is calculated on resource-extracting infrastructure which will result in severe repercussions for rural municipalities, ratepayers, and industry partners across the province. For the M.D. of Provost specifically, the proposed new assessment model will potentially result in a total assessment base loss of $498,697,352 which constitutes 20% of the municipality’s total assessment. As a result, all things being equal, the M.D. may see a 17% total budget reduction that is due solely to an arbitrary and inconsistent reduction in assessment values within certain parts of the energy sector.
In order to compensate for the budget shortfall, the following options may become necessary avenues for the municipality to consider:
- Levels of service reductions;
- Road construction and capital budget reduction or elimination; and
- Tax rate increases, which – because of the inconsistent and arbitrary way the new assessment model is structured – will apply differently across the slate of industrial properties, with some energy sector ratepayers seeing material increases in their assessment, regardless of tax rate.
As the M.D. of Provost has always been a major supporter of the oil and gas sector, industry competitiveness and tax rate fairness have heavily influenced decision-making to benefit its ratepayers and industry partners. However, the proposed scenarios brought forward by the provincial assessment model review will neither promote industry competitiveness or municipal viability across the province, and will have grave consequences to many small and mid-size energy producers as well due to their inconsistent application by the Province.
To share your thoughts on the issue, please contact your local MLA:
- MLA Nate Horner (Drumheller-Stettler)
Drumheller Office – 587.774.0306
Stettler Office – 403.321.7720
If you have any questions or want additional information, please contact your local Councillor.
Starting Friday, June 12th, 2020, both the Cap’t Ayre Lake and Shorncliffe Lake campgrounds will reopen to 100% occupancy capacity in accordance with the lifting of restrictions by the Chief Medical Officer of Health’s recommendations. In addition, the following changes will be made:
1. Washrooms/showers will be open;
2. Tenting will be allowed;
3. Group camping will be allowed provided that proper distancing between units is feasible and that campers should be from the same household or cohort family in accordance with AHS directives; and
4. Playgrounds, splash parks, and mini golf amenities will be open in accordance with AHS directives.
All other general directives such as consistent hand hygiene and 2-metre physical distancing shall remain in effect. Should you have any questions, you may contact the Cap’t Ayre Lake caretaker at 780-857-2105 or the Shorncliffe Lake caretaker at 780-857-2435.
The Municipal District of Provost’s Administration Office is open to the public with restrictions starting May 19th, 2020. People are encouraged to continue to seek virtual methods of conducting business however, we are open to the public should you require our assistance in person.
Both the Provost and Hughenden Public Works Shops will continue to be closed to walk-in public traffic. As such, should you wish to speak with an individual at one of the shops, it will be by appointment only.
M.D. of Provost No. 52
In the interest of ensuring the health and safety of our residents, the Municipal District of Provost No. 52 would like to share the following video provided by the Government of Alberta related to the COVID-19 outbreak:
For more information about the COVID-19 outbreak and Alberta’s response, please visit the Government of Alberta’s information page at
The Alberta Health Services Emergency Operations Centre has created a frequently asked questions document to offer information related to the new measures brought forward with COVID-19. Please see the attached PDF for the FAQ or visit https://www.
STRYCHNINE REGISTRATION CANCELLED EFFECTIVE MARCH 4 TH , 2020.
The M.D. of Provost advises that the 2% Strychnine registration has been
cancelled by Health Canada, which is a reversal from earlier indications that the
registration would continue until 2024.
Producers have until March 4 th of 2022 to purchase the product and can continue
to use it until March 4 th of 2023.
If you would like further details please contact Caitlin Wolf at 780-753-4359 or
Jessica Robley at 780-753-4382.
N O T I C E
To all ratepayers:
This notice is to inform all ratepayers in the M.D. of Provost No. 52 that the annual re-inspection of properties for assessment purposed in this area will commence the week of August 19, 2019. This process is being done by the Wainwright Assessment Group.
A property tax assessor will be on site and will review your property assessment. In order to achieve uniform and equitable assessment, additional information about your property may be requested.
ORDER UNDER BYLAW NO. 2177
M.D. OF PROVOST
Order by the Municipal District of Provost No. 52 Highway Order No. 20/5 Defining Maximum Allowable Weights Permitted on Certain Municipal Roads.
Pursuant to the Authority granted by the Minister of Transportation under the Traffic Safety Act, that effective Thursday, April 16, 2020 at 9:00 a.m., percentage Axle Weights for Highways is:
50% on the following roads:
• R.R. 74 from Highway #13 north 1/2 mile
• R. 74 from Twp. Rd. 412 south 12 mile (north of Hughenden)
• Private road South of Highway #13 going into residence on N.E. 5-41-7W4M (off the end of R.R. 74)
• Rd. 394 from R.R. 40-1 mile east to Highway #13
75% on the following roads:
• All Oiled and Chip Sealed Roads except for the following:
• TWP RD 414 from HWY 41 to R.R. 65
• R. 92 North of Highway #13 to Twp. Rd. 424
• R. 24 from S.H. 899 South to Twp. Rd 364
• Rd. 364 East of S.H. 899 to Saskatchewan Border (R.R. 10)
• R. 33 from Highway 13 North to Twp. Rd. 402
• R. 71 North of Twp. Rd. 390 to Twp. 402.5 East to R.R. 70 North to Twp. Rd. 403 East on Twp. Rd. 403 to Highway 41
• R. 82 from Highway 13 North to Twp. Rd. 422
Shorncliffe Lake Chalet Rental Rate
Please be advised that, at its regular meeting on January 10th, 2019, the Council of the Municipal District of Provost No. 52 did move to set the rental rate for the new Shorncliffe Lake Chalet at $50/day.
OFFICIAL RESULTS- October 17, 2017
GRADER ACTIVITY REPORTS:
Do you think we forgot you? It may take three or four days to get your roads open after a snowstorm. School bus routes and main roads will be done first. If you already have a Custom Work Agreement, the lane may be done later.
2020 Summer Road Programs
Hamlet and Country Residential Addressing
At it’s Regular Meeting of January 12th, 2012, the Council passed Bylaw 2223, which assigns a rural address to every rural and Hamlet residence within the M.D. A copy of the package sent out to all Hamlet and Country Residential Ratepayers is available here.
Charitable Donation Policy
At its Regular Meeting of February 25th, 2010, the Council of the MD of Provost No. 52 ratified a new policy governing the way in which third party funding requests of a nature not related to the ordinary business of the MD are dealt with. In brief, this policy sets aside $40,000 in each fiscal year, for which eligible parties or organizations may apply, and establishes criteria by which said applications will be evaluated and a timeframe for the rewarding of allocations.
For application and eligibility criteria and information relative to submission deadlines, please see the policy in its entirety here. If you have any additional questions please call the MD Administration Office.
Tyler Lawrason, Administrator