Welcome to the official website of the Summer Village of WestCove. Alberta.
What's New & Alerts
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Dock Permits - Provincial RequirementsThere are new requirements in place for placing a dock in the lake! The User Guide for Dock Permits outlines the requirements and process for an individual to obtain an authorization to place a temporary, seasonal dock for personal recreational use in Alberta's water bodies.
Aquatic Vegetation Removal for Lakefront Owners
There is currently no fire ban in effect.
Are you interested in volunteering or know someone that is? The Summer Village is looking for Community‐Minded Volunteers!
The Summer Village currently contracts to the Town of Mayerthorpe for Bylaw Enforcement / Animal Control & Community Peace Officer Services - this is a shared service amongst several municipalities - this service for the Summer Village of West Cove is part time. A reminder to contact the RCMP if you require immediate assistance.
For a listing of community events - click here!
A reminder to place branches and leaves as high as possible on the existing pile. Lake weeds and garden waste are to be placed on the extisting weed pile off to the side. Thank you for your continued cooperation!
Public Hearing for Municipal Development Plan Bylaw 467-2020The Summer Village of West Cove is currently part of a 3-component project along with 7 other municipalities. One component is to adopt a Municipal Development Plan (MDP) which will be a mandatory requirement for all municipalities under the Modernized Municipal Government Act. The Municipal Development Plan is a primary document that guides the future development and growth of the whole community. The MDP sets the vision on how to accommodate this growth responsibly and serves as an important decision-making tool for Council, administration and all stakeholders. As a statutory plan required by the Alberta Municipal Government Act, the MDP provides direction for Council, administration, developers and builders, property-owners, residents and adjacent municipalities.
News Release - Municipalities Preserve Local ClinicA collaborative effort between Lac Ste. Anne County and five municipal partners has enabled the Onoway Medical Clinic in Onoway to continue operations as Onoway Regional Medical Clinic. Over the past year, the County has worked closely with The Town of Onoway, and with the Summer Villages of Ross Haven, West Cove, Val Quentin and Silver Sands to ensure this medical facility would continue to be able to provide quality health care services to families in and around the Onoway region. read more
If you drive your quad or snow mobile within or outside of the Summer Village Boundaries, different rules may apply. Please see the various local bylaws and Provincial requirements below.
NEW TAX PAYMENT PLAN OPTION
Thank you to our volunteers - It could not have been done without you!
West Cove Days has been cancelled for 2020.
Next Council Meetings
Thursday, September 24, 2020 Regular Council Meeting at 6:00 p.m. at the Onoway Heritage Centre Gymnasium. If you would like to attend, please contact the office and advise you will be attending, alternatively, you can call into the teleconference line - please email the office for teleconference information firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, September 24, 2020 Public Hearing for Bylaw 467-2020 - Municipal Development Plan Bylaw - at 7:00 p.m. at the Onoway Heritage Centre Gymnasium.
Given the current situation regarding COVID-19, there are Council meetings that may be held via teleconference. If members of the general public are interested in participating, please call the office at 587-873-5765 so we can work on alternate arrangements.
Rural Crime Watch
Recently, the quick response of a resident from a nearby community who reported suspicious activity to the RCMP led to the apprehension of the responsible individuals. A reminder to all residents that we are the eyes and ears of our communities. If you see suspicious activity, report it immediately to the RCMP or visit the website below and download the Alberta Rural Crime Watch app and report any crime or suspicious activity as it happens.
Emergency - Police/Fire/Ambulance: 9-1-1
RCMP - Non-Emergency Line
Stony Plain Detachment: 1-825-220-7267
Municipal Development Plan Project
The Summer Village of West Cove is currently part of a 3-component project along with 7 other municipalities. One component is to adopt a Municipal Development Plan (MDP) which will be a mandatory requirement for all municipalities under the Modernized Municipal Government Act. The Municipal Development Plan is a primary document that guides the future development and growth of the whole community. The MDP sets the vision on how to accommodate this growth responsibly and serves as an important decision-making tool for Council, administration and all stakeholders. As a statutory plan required by the Alberta Municipal Government Act, the MDP provides direction for Council, administration, developers and builders, property-owners, residents and adjacent municipalities.
An MDP will address several items, including:
-future land use
Lake Isle & Lac Ste. Anne Water Quality Management Society (LILSA)
Did you know that LILSA:
- Advocates for the health of our lakes;
- Is working hard to slow and prevent the spread of FLOWERING RUSH, an invasive species that is taking over Lake Isle and making its way to Lac Ste Anne;
- Completed a State of the Watershed Report and is working with other organizations to develop a Watershed Management plan;
- Partners with municipal and provincial governments to apply for grants and improve the quality of our lakes;
- Is working on short and long-term solutions to improve our lakes and keep them healthy and useable for generations to come;
- Needs more members to keep doing their important work!
Become a LILSA Member today!
There is no time commitment required. You can do as little or as much as you choose.
By becoming a member you will:
- Help support the health of our lakes;
- Be able to vote at our AGM;
- Be eligible to run for the board;
- Be a part of the solution!
Annual Memberships are $20 (individual or family) & can be purchased at:
Alberta Beach Village Office (4935-50Ave) Lac Ste Anne County Building (56521 Rge Rd 65) Onoway Town Office (4812-51St)
Flowering Rush is a prohibited, noxious weed that has been introduced into several Alberta water bodies. It is an aquatic plant that grows as an emergent plant along shorelines of both lakes and rivers. Flowering Rush was brought to North America from Europe as a garden plant. This variety will form dense stands which will interfere with recreational lake use. Flowering Rush crowds out our native plants and has the potential to fill in an entire lake if left uncontrolled.
For more information - visit the Lake Isle Lac Ste. Anne (LILSA) website
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Public Notice - Blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) bloom advisory issued for Lac Ste. Anne
Public Notice - Playgrounds in West Cove are Now Open
Please be advised that the playgrounds in the Summer Village of West Cove have re-opened. A reminder to play safely! Please sanitize your hands before and after use, maintain 2 metres from others not in your household and only share common equipment with those in your household.
Drainage Project Update - May 21, 2020
Please be advised that the proposed drainage work on the 11th street Municipal Reserve (MR) area has been put on hold pending further consideration. This MR has been surveyed, therefore, all chattels that are located on this MR will need to be removed regardless of whether this drainage project proceeds or not. Further information will be provided in due course.
Annual Information Meeting & West Cove Days - Cancelled for 2020
Due to the extreme circumstances surrouding the COVID19 pandemic and the provincial gathering restrictions in place, the Annual Information Meeting and West Cove Days have been cancelled for the 2020 year.
Public Notice - Administration Office - Closed to the Public - March 17, 2020
Effective March 17, 2020, the Summer Village Main Office located in Onoway will be closed to the general public until further notice. We can be contacted via email and telephone at this time.
Notice to Residents and Visitors
Public Health and Novel Coronavirus Awareness
As many of you are aware, addressing the spread of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) remains a focus for global, federal, provincial and local authorities. Earlier this week, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic, and as the impact has spread to Canada our federal and provincial governments are providing regular guidance to the public on the matter.
The following links are updated regularly to ensure timely and accurate information:
As a reminder, to help protect you and your family against all respiratory illnesses, including flu and COVID-19, you should:
-Wash your hands often and well
-Avoid touching your face, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
-Avoid close contact with people who are sick
-Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched
-Stay at home and away from others if you are feeling ill
-Contact your primary health provider or Health Link 811 if you have questions or concerns about your health
-When sick, cover your cough and sneezes and then wash your hand.
Use of Municipal Reserve Areas
A reminder to all residents that vegetation such as trees, plants and flowers are not to be removed or planted on any municipal reserve areas without prior permission from the Sumner Village. Any vegetation that has been planted on the municipal reserve areas without permission will be removed. If you have planted anything on the municipal reserve areas, please remove or move to your property. Your cooperation is appreciated.