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High River Town Council passes streamlined business license bylaw

A new streamlined business license and rate bylaw was passed by council at the Monday, Jan. 23 regular meeting. The new bylaw looks at ways to make it easier to conduct business in High River, for both residents and non-residents, by simplifying and improving the business licensing process.

"Developing 'business friendly' policies that make things easier for both current, as well as new businesses, is a high priority," said Jodi Dawson, manager of economic development for the Town. "We want to support our business community, as well as attract new residents and investors to town and it is important that the business licensing process is straight forward and easy to follow."

One of the major changes to the bylaw was to combine the "Storefront" and "Home Occupation" licenses into one category named "Resident." There will now be just one license for all businesses operating in High River, whether it is located in a resident's home, or at a commercial location. 

The rates have also been harmonized, which means that businesses operating out of a home will see savings when applying for or renewing their business license.

Another important change was renaming the "Student" category to "Youth" and increasing the age from 18 to 25. Entrepreneurs that are 25 years old or under can now apply for a no charge business license.

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Yard waste drop off station to be relocated to Operations facility

The Wallaceville drop-off station for grass, leaves, branches and other yard waste will close by the end of February and be relocated to the Town Operations yard.
 
Wallaceville was purchased by the Government of Alberta as part of the Town's flood mitigation program and they have requested that the Town remove the yard waste bins.
 
Jason Burrows, supervisor of roads, solid waste and recycling with the Town hopes that relocating the bins may also help with the ongoing dumping problem the Town has been experiencing at this location.
 
"We have always asked that only yard waste and other organic materials be dropped off, but there's consistently been garbage, furniture and construction waste dumped there," says Burrows. "Hopefully moving these bins to a more populated area will discourage this in the future."
 
The current drop-off station is located in Wallaceville at the south end of 1A Street at 1 Avenue N.E. Crews will begin to dismantle this area over the next month with the final closure completed by the end of February. The drop off station will reopen on April 24, 2017 at the Town's Operations yard located at 640 7 Street N.W.
Policing Committee Open House

Town Policing Committee wants to hear from the public

The High River Policing Committee is holding its annual open house for the Annual Performance Plan (APP) on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 at 7 p.m. in the W.O. Mitchell room at the High River Library (909 1 Street S.W.) Residents are invited to provide input on what priorities they would like our local police to focus on for 2017 and 2018.

This will also be a opportunity to meet the Policing Committee and learn how they support and represent the community. Residents are invited to provide suggestions to, and ask questions of their Policing Committee as well as chat with RCMP officers. 

The first open house was organized in 2012 and it has become an annual event that helps the High River Policing Committee serve as a communications conduit between community interests and the activities of our local police.

Public input at last year's meeting contributed to the following priorities and actions being added to the Annual Performance Plan:
  • Contribute to safe roads - Focusing on distracted driving and intersection violations.
  • Contribute to community safety - Monitoring repeat offenders living in the community and improving intelligence gathering efforts.
  • Enhance police and community relations - Greatly increased the number of foot and bike patrols throughout High River, as well as RCMP attendance at public events.
The Policing Committee, established by Council, is made up of High River residents. The overall objectives of the committee are to act as a liaison between Town Council, the local RCMP and the citizens of High River to foster a safe and secure community.
Health and Wellness & Reg. Round up on March 11
Volunteers needed

Community Programming is in need of adult volunteers to help support the Family Day event on February 20 at the recreation complex from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Please contact Iva Woodward at 403-603-3507 or Jocelyn Edwards at 403-603-3494.
Heritage Advisory Board appointment

The Heritage Advisory Board focuses on the preservation of the historical, cultural, aesthetic and social values that differentiates High River from other communities.

High River town council appointed Ken Wiesbrot for a three year term at the January 23 regular meeting of council.

More information on all boards and committees can be found at www.highriver.ca  under the Town Hall then Boards & Committees menu.
Little Britches Parade and Rodeo May 20-22, 2017
Little Britches weekend planning now underway

The 58th Annual High River Little Britches weekend is just around the corner and will run from May 20-22, 2017. 

The event includes a parade through High River's beautiful downtown and one of Canada's most unique children's rodeos, as well as an international food and music festival.

Following the parade, the River of Music organizes buskers to perform throughout the downtown. For 2017, they are hoping to attract a wide variety of talent playing a diverse range of music. 

Whatever type of instrument you play, or performer you are, they would like to hear from you. Contact gitterspub@gmail.com or 403-652-1595 for more information.

Complete details on the weekend of activities can be found at www.choosehighriver.ca 
Community Vitality Advisory Committee members appointed

Nine High River citizens were appointed to the new Community Vitality Advisory Committee at the January 23 regular meeting of council.

This new Town committee will review applications for funding of citizen led initiatives through the Community Vitality Fund. The committee will then make recommendations to council on how to best distribute the funds to applicants whose projects will improve the vitality and quality of life in High River.

"The idea behind forming this committee is that citizens build communities," says Caitland Asmundson, community development worker for the Town. "We are empowering our residents to partner with the Town and lead their own projects, events, and initiatives within the community."

There are two streams of funding available to applicants. The Innovation Fund is for projects of $2,000 or less, while the Enhancement Fund is for projects with a budget over $2,000.

FCSS distributes $60,000 to support High River community groups

Family and Community Support Services staff presented the 2017 FCSS grant allocations to town council at the Monday, Jan. 23 regular meeting. A total of $60,000 was distributed to 12 local non-profit organizations as recommended by the FCSS Advisory Board.

The community grants are an annual program available to organizations that enhance the social well-being of individuals and families in High River and area, or who promote volunteerism in the community.

Organizations submitted applications in November and some of the criteria was that programs help people to: develop independence and strengthen coping skills; become more resistant to crisis; develop interpersonal and group skills; and enhance constructive relationships.

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