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2011 Map of Birch Hills County

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Emergency Contacts

Jim Alexy
Manager of
Infrastructure Maintenance
780-814-0530

Dion Hynes
Director of Public Works
780-864-0367

Michael Coy
Manager of
Infrastructure Projects
780-512-3085

Tom Morgan
Fire Chief
780-864-8664
firechief@birchhillscounty.com

Birch Hills County

Birch Hills County is located in the Central Peace Region, bordered by the Peace River to the North and the Smoky River to the East. Located within the County are the hamlets of Eaglesham, Peoria, Tangent, Wanham and Watino. Oil and Gas provide the largest sector of employment in the county.

 


Paying Bills Online

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NEW UTILITY RATES EFFECTIVE MAY 01, 2020 (BI-MONTHLY)

Residential and Bulk Water

1.i)

Bulk Water - Residential and Agricultural

6.25

Per Cubic Meter

1.i)

  Bulk Water - Commercial and Industrial

12.50

Per Cubic Meter

1.ii)

Hamlet - Residential and Commercial

6.25

Per Cubic Meter


Notice to Public - Smoky River Road Repair Update

Please be advised, due to damages sustained from the July 2020 Smoky River flood, Birch Hills County has entered into agreements to acquire land for the purpose of road repair. Birch Hills County staff and contractors will be working on the portion of the Smoky River road that was washed away. The affected portion of the road remains closed at this time.

There will be equipment operating in and material brought to this location as needed. Please visit www.birchhillscounty.com for updates. If you have any questions, please contact CAO Rick Bastow at 780-694-3793.


Masks for Albertans Initiative

Starting June 8, 2020, you can get 4 free non-medical masks per person at the Birch Hills County Office. These are available while supplies last with no purchase necessary.

If you are interested in participating, phone the County Office at (780-694-3793) or email (info@birchhillscounty.com) to arrange pick up.

For more information on this Government of Alberta Program, visit: https://www.alberta.ca/masks.aspx


Oil and Gas Assessment Model

The Provincial Government is considering a reduction to the property tax of oil and gas companies.

Birch Hills County Council and Administration are extremely concerned about the impacts of this decision because it will mean an increase in property tax, reduction of services, or a combination of both to make up for this lost revenue.

For complete media release click here. For further inquires please contact CAO Rick Bastow at 780-694-3793 or cao@birchhillscounty.com.


Birch Hills County has issued a Request for Proposals numbered RFP 01-2020 Birch Hills County Watino Smoky River Road Build Construction

RFP 01- 2020 Smoky River Road Construction closing Date: August 17th, 2020 & Closing Time: 11:00 A.M. (local time)

Request for Proposal submissions shall be sealed and enclosed in envelopes or containers marked with the Request for Proposal number and addressed to: Birch Hills County Box 157, 4601 50 Street, Wanham AB, T0H 3P0 Attention: Dion Hynes, Director of Public Works (DPW) or by electronic submissions to dionh@birchhillscounty.com. Faxed bids will not be accepted nor considered. For submissions sent by mail, the Proponent shall provide one (1) original and one (1) copy of their proposal. For all proposal inquiries contact Dion Hynes DPW by phone 780-694-3793 or email at dionh@birchhillscounty.com .

Birch Hills County has issued a Request for Proposals numbered RFP 02-2020 Birch Hills County Watino Geotechnical

RFP 02-2020 Birch Hills County Watino Geotechnical closing Date: August 17th, 2020 & Closing Time: 11:00 A.M. (local time)

Request for Proposal submissions shall be sealed and enclosed in envelopes or containers marked with the Request for Proposal number and addressed to: Birch Hills County Box 157, 4601 50 Street, Wanham AB, T0H 3P0 Attention: Dion Hynes, Director of Public Works (DPW) or by electronic submissions to dionh@birchhillscounty.com. Faxed bids will not be accepted nor considered. For submissions sent by mail, the Proponent shall provide one (1) original and one (1) copy of their proposal. For all proposal inquiries contact Dion Hynes DPW by phone 780-694-3793 or email at dionh@birchhillscounty.com .


Birch Hills County Library Board Members Needed

Birch Hills County is looking to fill two seats on the Birch Hills County Municipal Library Board (MLB). The MLB Board meets quarterly in the evening in Eaglesham. A requirement is that you live in the County. Please submit a letter of interest to the County office cao@birchhillscounty.com or call 780-694-3793 and ask for Rick Bastow CAO for more information.


 

Overland Flooding Damages

Please notify the County if your property has sustained uninsurable damage as a result of the July 2020 Watino and low areas flooding.

If a DRP (Disaster Recovery Program) is announced, Birch Hills County will be required to submit its application directly to the Province of Alberta, within 90 days from the date of the flooding.

As part of the application process the County will be asked to provide an estimate of damage to the County’s infrastructure and an estimate of the number of private properties that experienced damage as a result of the Smoky River flooding in early July 2020.

Please complete the online form by clicking here and send it in to the County if your property has sustained uninsurable damage as a result of this July's Smoky River flooding by email info@birchhillscounty.com or fax 780-694-3788. Please call: (780) 694-3793 if you have further questions.

Birch Hills County does not make decisions on the eligibility, approval or rejection of any private owner application.


Community Newsletter

Read the newsletters for Eaglesham and Wanham.

Check out the Town of Spirit River's Community Connect.

Smoky River FCSS newsletter for April, May, June 2020


March 27, 2020

TWP 782 Closed

From RR 264 to RR 10 (Hole in Bridge)

May 11, 2020

The Shaftesbury Ferry is open for the season.

Shaftesbury Ferry is back up and running for the season regular running hours 7 am – 11:30 pm, 7 days a week.
They ask that all people remain in the vehicle while crossing due to Covid 19 and no walk ons to keep all travelers and their staff safe at this time.

December 01, 2018

The Burnt River Crossing is closed.


COVID-19 Info for Albertans:

We recommend that you use the Government of Alberta website (see link below) for the most up-to-date information about COVID-19. Locally, Central Peace Regional Emergency Management has launched a website and a Facebook page containing the latest information on COVID-19.

Central Peace Regional Emergency Management:

Other trusted Sources of Information include:

If you know someone without a computer, have them dial 811.

Business Resilience Service

This service will help entrepreneurs and small business owners in need of financial planning advice, particularly those who may not have access to an accountant. The service will also be open to not-for-profit organizations and charities. The hotline is a national, bilingual service operated by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (EST). The toll-free number is 1-866-989-1080.