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Letter to residents
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Town defers utility payments and gives administration additional direction
March 23, 2020
At today’s regular Town Council meeting, Council amended Water Bylaw 24-18 and Fees, Rates and Charges Bylaw 09-19 to provide deferred utility (water and waste services) payments and utility penalty relief for all Okotoks utility customers. The Town’s utility payment deferral approach will allow residents to pause their utility bill payments for the next two billing cycles, should they need to.
Council has also directed administration to investigate the potential of using the $1.5 million surplus from 2019 to reduce 2020 property taxes. Administration was also directed to re-evaluate the 2020 budget and come forward with recommendations on changes to decrease proposed spending. Reports on both of these Council directions will be brought to the April 27, 2020 regular Council meeting.
Town Announces Playground, Sport Courts and Okotoks Skate Park closures
March 23, 2020
The Town of Okotoks has closed all Town playgrounds, Sport Courts and the Okotoks Skate Park to limit the spread of COVID-19. We apologize for the inconvenience and encourage you to use nearby open spaces. Parks and open spaces are a great way to get outside. Practice social distancing by keeping two metres from others.
Town services will continue while facilities close
In the Town’s continuing efforts to protect the health and safety of citizens and staff, while still providing high quality service to the community, the Town will be transitioning away from in-person contact at the majority of its facilities.
The offices of the Municipal Centre, Operations Centre, and Okotoks Family Resource Centre (OFRC) will be closed, effective immediately. Services will continue to be available to the public by phone or email and online. Staff at OFRC will still be available to assist residents who need information, referral, help with forms and connection to supports by phone at 403.995.2626 or through email. Contact information for all Town services is available at okotoks.ca.
Essential services will continue to be delivered. RCMP, water, sewer, waste, fire road maintenance services and transit will continue to be delivered. The eco centre will remain open as processes are in place to protect staff from direct contact. Learn more
Town responds to Provincial state of emergency with additional facility closures
March 17, 2020
In response to Alberta Premier Jason Kenney’s announcement today that a public health emergency has been declared for the Province of Alberta, Okotoks will be taking further steps to implement these new measures.
To support these new measures, the Town of Okotoks will be closing the museum and art gallery and independent galleries must also close, effective immediately. Additionally, all local bars and pubs who do not serve minors must be closed.
While the municipality’s doors will remain open to the public, the Town is asking all citizens to respect the public health directive by utilizing the online or telephone services. Learn more
Select public facility closures in response to the COVID-19
To support the directive of the Alberta Government in this unprecedented time, the Okotoks Recreation Centre, the Pason Centennial Arenas, the Rotary Performing Arts Centre and the Foothills Centennial Centre are closed effective immediately until further notice. Learn more
Town facilities remain open
All Town facilities remain open to the general public with regular business hours. Facilities that will remain open include the Recreation Centre, Pason Centennial Arenas, the Okotoks Art Gallery and the Okotoks Museum, the Okotoks Eco Centre etc. Learn more
Town elevates response: activates its Emergency Operation Centre and cancels large public events
As of 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 12, the Alberta government is asking all large gatherings or international events in the province be cancelled to help limit the spread of the novel coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19.
In support of the Alberta Government’s direction, the Town is cancelling all events in Town facilities that are larger than 250 people for the months of March and April and is evaluating smaller events on a case by case basis. The Town is also requesting that all organizations cancel any public events with projected attendees of more than 250 people within the town for the months of March and April. Dates will be re-evaluated as the situation evolves.
The Town has elevated its response by activating its Emergency Operation Centre to ensure quick and efficient response to help protect the health and safety of Okotoks residents. We are adjusting processes to align with provincial direction issued today by Alberta Health Services. Learn more
Town of Okotoks Emergency Management Team prepares for COVID-19
The Town of Okotoks Emergency Management Team is prepared for COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in our community. The team consists of trained professionals in emergency response. The team has been working proactively to focus on protecting and delivering the Town’s essential services first and foremost. Examples of essential services would include police, fire and providing a safe supply of drinking water. Learn more