- April 12th, 2019 -

In this issue learn of important dates you need to watch for; how you can provide input on new Town bylaws; what facilities are closed over Easter; when the 2019 community Green Sweep, Easter Egg Hunt and Jumpstart Charity Check Stop is taking place, and; how to complete the 2019 Census. Plus, did you know that the Recycling Centre now accepts glass and pest management has started? Read more in the articles below.

We've Refreshed the Town Crier
We’re always looking for ways to improve and enhance your experience with us. This is why we’ve come up with a new look and format for the Town Crier. Our goal is to provide you with timely and relevant information about the programs and services we offer, as well as share decisions that are made by Council that impact you. We hope this will help you feel well informed on what’s happening in and around your community. We welcome you to provide us with any feedback at any time on how we can better communicate with you.

April 7 to 31
Do you have questions about High River bylaws? Is there anything you’d like to see included in the new traffic bylaw? What do you think responsible animal ownership means? What does it mean to be a good neighbour? You can provide your thoughts and answers to these questions by participating in our upcoming public engagement events. Visit highriver.ca for more information and event dates.

April 19 & 20
Town facilities, including the Bob Snodgrass Recreation Complex, Parent Link Centre, Family and Community Support Services, Operations and Recycling Centre and the municipal office, will be closed for Good Friday (April 20) and Easter Monday (April 22). Please note, that the Parent Link Centre will also be closed on Saturday, April 20.

May 4
Join us at the Bob Snodgrass Recreation Complex for the 9th annual Community Green Sweep. Breakfast starts at 9 a.m., with lunch and other fun activities to follow after we clean up all of our public spaces. Watch for more details on highriver.ca

May 5 to 11
Emergency Preparedness Week. More information will be shared about events in the community and how you can get involved during the week.

Now Until September 15
Summer hours are in effect at the Bob Snodgrass Recreation Complex.
Monday to Friday: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturdays & Sundays: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Your High River.
Your Census.

The 2019 Census is happening now & we want to hear from you! 

A PIN will be delivered to your door. Once you receive it you can complete the Census in one of four easy ways:

1. Online at highriver.ca/census  

2. Call 403.652.2110 

3. With a Census taker at your home. They will be going door to door April 22 to May 17.

4. At one of our community partner locations:
High River Public Library:

Thursday, April 25 from 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Bob Snodgrass Recreation Complex:

Friday, May 3 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday, May 4 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

When you count yourself in:

High River receives funding to build and improve our community. Funding improves roads, policing, social programs and helps support recreation facilities and other community programs and services.

We are listening - help us grow to support you!


Recycling Centre Now Accepting Glass

The Town of High River now accepts glass recycling at the Recycling Centre. 

“There’s a bin now set up in the recycling area for residents to place their glass recyclables in,” says Peter Leek, Roads & Solid Waste/Recycling Supervisor. 

At this time, the Town is only accepting items made from clear glass - no coloured glass, ceramics, mirrors or safety glass items. As well, people are asked to wash out their glass items and remove the lids before recycling. 

“All of our glass recycling will be processed and used for beads in paint and street signs,” says Leek. “It’s good to know this and know that we are doing our part to decrease the amount of material going to our landfill.”

For more information on the Town’s Recycling Centre, visit highriver.ca/recycling or call 403-652-4657.

Seasonal Pest Management is Underway

The Town of High River began regular pest management procedures to help control and remove pest (weeds, insects/animals, diseases, etc.) that can harm our gardens, parks, green spaces and natural areas.

“We use an integrated pest management approach that includes hand-pulling, mowing, high-pressure water spraying, pruning and, as a last resort, applying a broadleaf pesticide,” says Darlene Donovan, acting parks supervisor with the Town. “Our crews and or contractors, who are licensed, spray very few pesticides in town but will, on occasion, utilize these products as a tool in our toolkit.”

Spraying typically occurs in the early hours of the morning, and is always done within appropriate environmental conditions and in proper locations. Signs are posted in the work areas a minimum of 48 hours in advance of spraying and remain for a minimum of 24 hours. 

“We just ask our residents to keep vehicles clear of work area while our crews are spraying,” says Donovan. “And if residents have any questions, they can call us at 403-603-3503.”

Other examples of pest management activities include insect control on trees, Richardson ground squirrel control in specified areas and weed control as required.

“Responsible pest management is important in ensuring that we are not contributing to invasive weed and pest species,” says Donovan. “It’s one of the ways we help protect and conserve our ecosystem and urban environment.”

CALL 403.652.2110 or EMAIL communications@highriver.ca