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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Cold Lake, AB – With record-breaking levels of snow falling on the City of Cold Lake over the Easter weekend, city officials are thankful to the public for its patience.

“I’m very happy with the way the community responded to the weather,” said Mayor Craig Copeland. “I understand it was frustrating if a person needed to get anywhere, but our road crews were out all weekend to clear the snow as it fell, and we are proud of the job they did.”

Residents are thanked for their understanding and patience throughout the weekend. An announcement was made through the city’s Facebook page in regards to snow removal, which reached almost 14,000 people, and was shared over 80 times.

“I’m thankful the word was able to spread so quickly about what crews were up to over the holiday weekend,” said Copeland. “A lot of people had questions about what was going on, and it was nice to see interaction and feedback.”

Crews worked daily to remove the snow, following the priority areas as set out by the city’s Snow Removal Policy.

“The decision was made to push the snow to the side to allow for faster access to more areas,” said Chief Administrative Officer Kevin Nagoya. “Crews went back around later to unblock driveways once the main arteries of the city had been cleared; this took time due to the volume of snow.” The City’s snow storage facilities were also closed due to the recent warm temperatures making them into inaccessible mud pits which limited options to store snow.

As of Tuesday, some residential areas had yet to be cleared, as crews continued to work across the city to clear as much snow as possible.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Cold Lake, AB – The City of Cold Lake is pleased to announce the launch of its real-time transit tracking app.  

Working with TransLoc, and made possible with the assistance of the provincial GreenTRIP grant, the City of Cold Lake has made available the GPS-based app, known as the TransLoc Rider. The app, which is free to download, gives transit users a real-time view of where the buses are and when they will arrive at each stop. It can be viewed from a smart phone or a desk-top computer.

“This will ensure that transit users can minimize their wait times and work Cold Lake Transit into their daily lives as efficiently as possible,” Mayor Craig Copeland said. “We are thrilled to bring this technology to Cold Lake Transit, and thank the Government of Alberta for its contribution to this project.”

The application is viewable on a desktop computer at clt.transloc.com, and is also available for download from the App Store and Google Play. To download the app, visit translocrider.com and follow the links provided, or search “TransLoc Rider” in the App Store or on Google Play.

In addition to providing the public with real-time scheduling information, the app will help the City of Cold Lake’s administration gather information about when and where riders are taking public transit in Cold Lake, streamlining the data collection process.

“With this application just recently launched, we appreciate the public’s feedback on the app and thank the public for their patience with any bugs we work through in the initial days of the launch,” Kevin Nagoya, the city’s Chief Administrative Officer said.  “This is an exciting addition to Cold Lake Transit that should increase the system’s accessibility and convenience.”  

Friday, March 31, 2017

Cold Lake, AB – Every year, marina slips struggle to be renewed on time, and council debated various options on how to improve the process at the last regular council meeting.

“It’s just not a good time to get people to renew their slips,” said Mayor Craig Copeland. “People go away for the winter, or may not know if they will even be here by the summertime, so a lot of people end up missing the deadline.”

Council voted to extend the deadline from March 15 to April 15 this year, giving slip holders an additional month to get their payments in for this year before losing their berth.

“It’s been a tough year for a lot of people, and we wanted to give them a bit more time to come through with their renewals before going down the list to replace them,” said Copeland.

The topic of changing the renewal policy also came up, with councillors offering various suggestions on how the process could be improved for the future. Council then voted to visit the issue in more detail at a future Corporate Priorities meeting, where they will look at changing the policy for marina slip renewals, and make it easier for administration and users alike.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Cold Lake, AB – The application deadline for the Community Capital Project Grant was extended by City Council on Tuesday evening.

“There are so many community groups that could really take advantage of this grant, and funding from council,” said Mayor Craig Copeland. “We hope to see more groups submit an application for the funding.”

Originally launched in November, the deadline for applications is scheduled for March 1 of every year. The policy outlines the process to administer grant funding to individuals or groups who request it.

“Since this is the first year we have had the grant policy, we felt it was important to make sure people were aware of its existence and the application deadline,” said Copeland. “It was a bit of a short turnaround to the original deadline, and that is part of the reason we opted to extend it.”

The extended deadline is for 2017 only, and applications will be accepted until June 1, 2017, before returning to the original timeline of March in 2018.

In order to be eligible to apply for the grant, an organization must be based in the City of Cold Lake, and registered as not-for-profit, or as a charitable organization. As well, the organization must demonstrate sustainability, and their primary mandate must be to provide sports, recreation, arts, culture, social services, or community wellness within Cold Lake.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Cold Lake, AB – A municipal election will take place this October, and preparations at the City of Cold Lake have already begun.

Information for voters and potential candidates has been posted on the city’s website, outlining everything from what kind of identification a person needs when voting, to the process of putting your name forward as a potential candidate. Election Day falls on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017, and information about the voting station and advance voting days will be made available closer to the date. Special ballots will also be available for residents who are incapacitated or who are out of town for the election.

Candidates will be officially named on Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, when Nomination Day takes place, though a candidate is still able to withdraw his or her name before noon the following day, should he or she change his or her mind. Candidates are required to submit their nomination papers between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. on Nomination Day, along with the $100 deposit, as outlined in the City of Cold Lake Municipal Election Procedures Bylaw.

A candidate can run either for the position of mayor or a position as councillor. All residents interested in running are advised to read through the material on the website, and contact Returning Officer Linda Mortenson if they have any questions.

Prior to Nomination Day, potential candidates who wish to raise money for their campaign or who will self-fund their campaign in excess of $10,000, must complete and submit an Application for Registration of Notice of Intent to Become a Candidate for Municipal Office prior to accepting any campaign contributions.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Cold Lake, AB – The City of Cold Lake has been recognized through a Minister’s Award for Transportation Innovation for its public transit system.

“It is unique for a municipality our size to have a public transit system that is so well embraced by the community,” said Mayor Craig Copeland. “Because administration found a way to start the system with a small capital investment, we were able to establish a strong base ridership and work out any kinks for a fraction of the cost we would have by buying new buses.”

The 2017 Minister’s Award of Excellence for Transit/Accessible Transportation Innovation was received on March 13 by Mayor Copeland, Chief Administrative Officer Kevin Nagoya and General Manager of Infrastructure Services Azam Khan, at the 20th Annual Tri-Party Transportation Conference in Red Deer.

“This just goes to show that Cold Lake Transit is something that people want; something that people in our community need, and the Provincial Government recognizes our efforts in making it happen,” said Copeland. “On behalf of council I have to thank the city staff who worked hard to make our vision for public transit in Cold Lake a reality.”

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Cold Lake, AB – The Meals on Wheels (MOW) program will continue on after the city was asked to help with the administration of the program.

The Cold Lake Seniors’ Society requested that the City of Cold Lake take over the responsibility of managing the program beginning March 1, 2017.

“The public can come to us or call for a client application if they need assistance,” explained FCSS Manager Kim Schmidtz. “We’re happy to help keep such an important program running in our community.”

MOW is a meal delivery program where volunteers pick up pre-ordered meals and deliver them to pre-registered clients. Meal plans range in options, from hot meals to frozen meals that can reheated on demand. The program had requests for 490 meals in both 2015 and 2016.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Cold Lake, AB – Cold Lake and District FCSS is opening their doors to a new counselling service.

“The service is meant primarily to assist those who do not otherwise have the means to access psychological services,” explained FCSS Manager Kim Schmidtz. “We wanted to make this calibre of service more affordable.”

Beginning in February, community members can see Registered Provisional Psychologist Genevieve Milliken, who specializes in anxiety and depression. Other areas of her expertise includes bullying, stress management, anger management, and parenting strategies.

“This is a partnership program with Supporting Wellness, which has afforded us to have Genevieve on site every Monday afternoon for the next year,” said Schmidtz. “I cannot express how grateful we are to Imperial for their support in bringing this valuable service to the community.”

Friday, February 10, 2017

Cold Lake, AB – There was a strong turnout at the City of Cold Lake-hosted meeting with people interested in volunteering to patrol their community.

With about 75 people in attendance, a presentation was offered by representatives from the Alberta Citizens on Patrol Association (ACOPA) on how to create and run a local group in the City of Cold Lake and the surrounding area.

“We were asked about Citizens on Patrol, and in response, we contacted ACOPA to have them come up to teach residents what it is and how to start a group,” said Mayor Craig Copeland. “There was a clear desire last night to learn more, and we were happy to help the volunteers get in touch with the right people.”

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

The City of Cold Lake saw its population grow by over 1,100 people in the last five years, according to Federal Census data released today.

The City’s population grew by 8.1 per cent, to 14,961 in 2016 from 13,839 in 2011. The previous Federal Census, conducted in in 2011, showed almost twice the growth with a 15.4 per cent increase that brought the population up to 13,839 from 11,991 in 2006.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Cold Lake, AB – City council is offering an additional rebate to assist those businesses that expand or enhance their building space to deliver services to the community.

“It’s important to continue providing retention and attraction incentives for our commercial businesses,” said Mayor Craig Copeland. “Our original policy is able to help if the property value increased, but we wanted to give businesses a bit more of a hand.”

In 2010, council passed a policy to help small groups and businesses get started, grow their business, or make improvements to their properties based off of an increased property value.

The original policy has been updated to grant a business owner a rebate worth 100 per cent of the municipal tax increase resulting from the increase in the assessed value of the property. This is an increase from the original 50 per cent, and is paid out over three years.

Though this rebate requires an increase in the business’s property value to qualify, council has decided to add an additional incentive for businesses to make improvements or upgrade.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Cold Lake, AB – The City of Cold Lake is asking for meetings with the Government of Alberta to discuss the future of the ID 349 agreement and the City’s continued sustainability.

“We arrived at the agreement for revenue from ID 349 as a solution to ensure the City’s ongoing viability,” Mayor Craig Copeland said. “We’ve been informed that the agreement will continue for 2017 and that the government has had talks with a number of municipalities in the region about the agreement’s future beyond that time. The City of Cold Lake relies on this revenue for 41 per cent of our budget, however, we have not had a chance to voice our concerns in person.”

Copeland noted that in its journey to secure the agreement for ID 349 revenue, the City went through a government-ordered municipal inspection after passing a notice of dissolution. In order to ensure the ID 349 agreement could take place, the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo received Crown land as compensation for land it gave to the County of Lac La Biche. This land transfer was calculated with the intention that it be revenue neutral. The MD of Bonnyville also receives money under the deal for the maintenance of the road to the Cold Lake Air Weapons Range.

“It is frustrating to see our municipal neighbors concerned about ID 349 once again, and not supporting the fact that the City of Cold Lake, which is home to 4 Wing, is finally a stable, financially sound community and a strong regional partner,” Copeland said. “After the last provincial election, neighbouring municipalities capitalized on the change in government and lobbied the province to change our sustainability deal for their own benefit.”

Friday, December 9, 2016

Cold Lake, AB – After a few weeks of construction, the secondary access road to the Cold Lake Energy Centre will be open tonight.

 “We’re very happy with the project,” said Mayor Craig Copeland. “With this road put in, we can move forward with the other work and events scheduled at the Energy Centre, and not have to worry about the ease of access to the facility.”

This timely opening is expected to help traffic flow for the World Junior A Challenge Pre-Competition game tonight.

The road will help ensure efficient traffic flow to and from the facility, especially during peak times, such as concerts, hockey games, and other large events.

The total budget for the project, including engineering and construction, is $1.1 million. The project began mid-October.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Cold Lake, AB – Cold Lake Transit received a big boost from the Federal and Provincial Governments this weekend with the announcement that the City’s two transit grant applications were successful.

“Public transit has had enormous social and environmental impacts in our community and we are excited to see the Province and Federal Government’s support for transit not only in Cold Lake, but across the province of Alberta,” Mayor Craig Copeland said.

Cold Lake was successful in its Core-Fleet Replacement application as well as a second application for projects that will increase pedestrian connectivity to the transit system and provide for real-time GPS scheduling for the transit buses. The grant money totals over $1 million in Federal and Provincial support for Cold Lake Transit.

The Core-Fleet Replacement program will see the city’s two main buses replaced by new, low-floor diesel buses. The existing buses will stay in the fleet as backup units and to provide the capability to enhance scheduling or expand the routes in the future. Of the project’s total $1 million, $174,000 will be funded through the Federal Government’s Public Transit Infrastructure Fund, and $666,700 will come through the Provincial Green Transit Incentives Program (GreenTRIP). The balance of the project, or $159,300, will come from the City of Cold Lake’s Capital Budget.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Cold Lake, AB – The City of Cold Lake has named its first Junior Investigator.

Matthew McKay collected all six trading cards of the Municipal Enforcement Officers, and traded them in to gain the title of Junior Investigator.

“Upon successful completion of his investigation, Matthew made contact with Municipal Enforcement to give us his report,” said Senior Community Peace Officer Ryan Deschamps.

McKay was advised to come in to Headquarters, where he was presented with a Junior Investigator Certificate of Recognition, a high visibility Junior Investigator toque, and a Felix the Fox beanbag buddy, who is the sidekick of Peace Officer Pete.

The Junior Investigator program was introduced at the beginning of the 2016 school year. The goal was to reach out and make contact with the youth in the community in a positive and educational capacity.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Cold Lake, AB – Community members, groups, and organizations looking for project funding from City Council will now have a standardized application process to help them.

The Community Capital Project Grant Policy outlines a new process to administer grant funding to individuals or groups who request it.

It starts with a single annual deadline for applications. Any community organization seeking grant funding from council may not be considered that year, if they do not apply by the deadline.

From here, there are several criteria that need to be met. In order to be eligible to apply for the grant, an organization must be based in the City of Cold Lake, and registered as not-for-profit, or as a charitable organization. As well, the organization must demonstrate sustainability, and their primary mandate must be to provide sports, recreation, arts, culture, social services, or community wellness within Cold Lake.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Cold Lake, AB – Parking measures for recreational vehicles (RVs) and trailers have been outlined and passed by City Council after a lot of community feedback on the original proposal earlier this year.

“I think council should be proud of the work they did to amend the Land Use Bylaw,” said Mayor Craig Copeland. “It took a lot of time to come up with compromises that should work for the majority of the community.”

Changes were made to the Land Use Bylaw to add details about the definition of a trailer and where it can be parked on a residential property within the city.

A trailer is now defined as a vehicle designed to be attached to or drawn by a motor vehicle or tractor; intended to transport property, and includes any vehicle defined by the Alberta Regulation as a trailer, but does not include machinery or equipment solely used in the construction or maintenance of highways.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Cold Lake, AB – Canadian rock band Marianas Trench is coming to Cold Lake on Feb. 4, 2017 with their new tour, Marianas Trench and the Last Crusade.

“It’s great to have a Canadian band like Marianas Trench come and play in Cold Lake,” said Mayor Craig Copeland. “We’re very excited to be hosting them, and look forward to the show.”

The tour is in support of Marianas Trench’s latest studio album Astoria (604 Records/Sony) which echoes one part 1980’s fantasy adventure film and one part classic Marianas Trench. The new video for the single called, “Who Do You Love”, is a “Pay It Forward” gesture inspiring people to go out and do some good, make the world a better place, even if just for a moment. 

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Cold Lake, AB – Since being established in the spring, the Photo Enforced Traffic Safety Program has been running smoothly.

Though warning tickets were given out in the beginning, the first tickets requiring payment were given out in August. The funds collected from these tickets were placed in a fund for safety and infrastructure projects, the details of which were passed at City Council on Nov. 22.

“Ensuring that funds from this program are earmarked for public safety is a huge priority for us,” said Mayor Craig Copeland. “With the funds from this program, we can turn around and help work on areas that citizens identify as a public safety concern.”

All net revenue received from the Photo Enforced Traffic Safety Program will be put into the Infrastructure Safety Fund. This fund will be used for projects that promote public safety, prevent a public safety issue, and/or to address an existing safety concern.

The public will be able to submit applications for use of the funds, so long as it is for a recognized public safety need, a preventable public safety issue, or a safety concern in the community. As well, the application must address a proposed infrastructure-based solution.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Cold Lake, AB – They City of Cold Lake is thrilled to announce singer, songwriter, superstar Toby Keith will perform live at the Imperial Oil Place Arena on July 14, 2017.

“We are thrilled to host Toby Keith in Cold Lake,” said Mayor Craig Copeland. “To have such a great name come and perform for us is very exciting. I’m sure people from around the Lakeland will attend the show.”

From his first No. 1 smash "Should've Been A Cowboy" to his new album 35 mph Town, Toby Keith has been one of the most consistent self-directed hit makers of his era. From one of his previous collections, Clancy's Tavern, the lead single, "Made In America," topped the charts as one of the fastest rising songs in a long line of chart burners from Keith's pen. The second hit, "Red Solo Cup," has become the most remarkable and commercially successful country single in recent memory with a viral video with more than 30 million views while having topped the top downloaded country songs charts.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Cold Lake, AB – The popularity of a recent survey held by the City of Cold Lake has opened up a few questions as to how businesses become established in the community.

“There seems to be a bit of confusion on how businesses come to Cold Lake,” said Howard Pinnock, General Manager of Planning and Development. “The City itself does not open up businesses, no matter how much support there might be.”

Rather, it is an individual or investors who needs to open the business.

“Although the city can provide incentives for businesses, someone other than the city needs to initiate the process,” explained Pinnock.

Typically, there are two ways to bring a franchise or business into Cold Lake. The first, is an individual willing to invest in the business will approach the head office, at which point the head office will look to see if Cold Lake is a good fit for the franchise’s business plans.

On the other hand, some franchises have a team of people looking for new locations as part of their business development strategy. If a community meets the parameters they set, they will advertise for an individual to invest in their franchise or to manage their operations. Often, as these businesses saturate larger centres, they move to a smaller communities and scale their outlets to fit the new communities’ needs.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Motorists are advised that the main street intersection is expected to open late this evening (November 16) or early tomorrow morning (November 17). Continued warm weather has allowed the contractor to make significant progress. 
City staff are asking for the public’s patience as it will take several weeks to optimize the traffic lights and maximize traffic flow through the intersection. 
Motorists are also asked to be aware that some construction will be ongoing in the intersection, and so caution should be exercised throughout the construction area

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Cold Lake, AB – Cold Lake City Council has arrived at a draft budget with just over $42.2 million in operating expenditures and just over $18.6 million spent on capital projects. The budget allocates approximately $8 million in taxation revenue from ID 349 to balance the operational budget.

“After holding the line on taxes for four years, we are looking at a modest tax increase to balance the 2017 budget,” Cold Lake Mayor Craig Copeland said. “We are balancing the need to keep costs down for residents in these hard economic times with the need to pay for the increased cost in services and to keep up with our infrastructure needs.”

During the 2013 election, council vowed not to raise taxes for three years to bring the City of Cold Lake’s taxes in line with those found in similar communities. Council extended that commitment for a fourth year in 2016 as a response to the slowing economy.

The 2017 draft budget forecasts a two-per-cent increase in municipal tax bills. As a reference, each per cent in the municipal taxes equates to about $190,000 in revenue to offset costs. Also forecasted is a five-per-cent increase to water and sewer rates to maintain 100 per cent operational cost recovery for those services.

Not included in the budget is nearly $4 million in provincial revenue sharing that the City received last year through the Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI).

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

The newly put-up lights at Highway 28 and Veteran's Drive are undergoing final testing this week, with the expectation of having everything up and running in the next week or two.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Cold Lake, AB – Construction has started on a secondary access road to the Cold Lake Energy Centre. 
The secondary access will be built to a gravel road standard and will connect the Energy Centre to 16th Avenue, ensuring ample access to the facility. 
“This project has been on council’s radar for some time – the trick has been to fit it into the budget at a time that made sense,” Mayor Craig Copeland said. “With all of the other work scheduled to be done at the Energy Centre and Imperial Park, we did not want to build a road we would have to end up moving.” 
The road will help ensure efficient traffic flow to and from the facility, especially during peak time such as concerts, hockey games and other large events. The total budget for the project, including engineering and construction, is $1.1 million. The project began in mid-October, and construction is expected to be completed by October 31, 2016. 

Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Cold Lake, AB – The City of Cold Lake has received another award for its National Public Works Week activities.
“We’re very proud of our Public Works department and all the dedicated work they do,” said Mayor Craig Copeland.
The Alberta Public Works Association named the City of Cold Lake the winner of the Project of the Year Category: Public Works Week. This backs onto the city being recognized at a national level after receiving the National Public Works Week 2016 Canadian Public Works Association Small Centres Award in August.
Thursday, September 22, 2016

Cold Lake, AB – For the first time, the City of Cold Lake was the host city for the Alberta Provincial Communities in Bloom awards.
“It’s a real honour to be hosting Communities in Bloom,” said Mayor Craig Copeland. “We’re very thankful to the Communities in Bloom Committee for organizing and carrying out the event.”
Special guest speakers were Rhonda and Daryl Sidoryk, who spend their time cleaning up various parts of the community. They spoke about what they do and why they are proud to be part of the community.
The City of Cold Lake received five blooms last year, which is the maximum number of blooms a community can receive. As the host city this year, Cold Lake was not evaluated.
In attendance was the City of Edmonton, the City of Red Deer, the Hamlet of Woking, the City of Grande Prairie, the Town of Bruderheim, the Town of Taber, Saddle Hills County, the Village of Boyle, the Town of Ponoka, and the Town of St. Paul.
“Everyone who was involved did a really great job,” said Greenspace Coordinator Jazelle Robb. “Communities in Bloom is not just about the flowers, it’s about the community as a whole. Everything we did during the event really reflected that.”

Monday, September 19, 2016

Cold Lake, AB – There will be no public access to the breakwater at the Cold Lake Marina while crucial repairs to the access are being undertaken.
Workers have been demolishing the old slab connection, and filling the area with gravel and compacting it. Currently, rebar is being installed, and forms will be created and poured this week, weather permitting.
At this time, there is no access permitted to the breakwater. Once the concrete has been poured, it will take about a week or two to allow the concrete to dry enough to provide safe access to the breakwater. The plan is to have the area ready for vehicular traffic and sailboat removal by the beginning of October, though foot traffic should be permitted before then.
 

Monday, September 19, 2016

Cold Lake, AB – In an effort to recruit doctors to the area, the City of Cold Lake has instituted a physician recruitment incentive.
“One of the challenges we have heard that makes a transition for doctors in coming to Cold Lake, is bridge income to get them started and settled in and place roots in our community,” said Mayor Craig Copeland. “For new doctors, and especially doctors new to Canada, it can be a challenge to get the credit they need to make the move to a new community.”
In an effort to complement the work done by Hearts for Healthcare and Alberta Health Services (AHS) recruiting staff, the incentive offers a $50,000 line of credit. With the help of the City of Cold Lake, the line of credit will be interest-free for two years. After that period, a repayment plan between the financial institution and the physician will be established. Further to the line of credit, other incentives are also included in the package that will assist the doctors in their transition to the community, such as access to loans and credit cards.
“With this help, we hope that new doctors can focus on getting established in the community,” Copeland said.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Please be advised that over the next few weeks, there will be smoke testing of the sewer systems in various neighbourhoods.
These tests use non-toxic smoke to identify leaks or areas of cross-connections where rainwater or other surface drainage may enter the sanitary sewer.
During this time, you may see small volumes of test smoke coming from neighbouring roof vents or system manholes. The smoke should not enter your home or place of business. If it does, please contact Nick Schellenberg with SFE Global at 204-654-2713 ex. 1 and he will connect you with the outside field crews working in your area.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Cold Lake, AB – The contract for the construction of the Energy Centre Phase 3 expansion has been awarded, with work on the project to begin this fall. 
Phase 3 of the Energy Centre expansion will bring exciting amenities to the city’s recreational hub, including a second arena, 360-degree climbing wall, a lounge, office and storage space for local non-profit groups, a significant expansion of the concourse area, and a mini-stick arena. 
“This is another large step forward in council’s vision for the Energy Centre and Imperial Park,” Mayor Craig Copeland said. “Our North Arena has served the community well, but the building is tired and past its service life. With Imperial Park centrally located and easily accessible by trail, and now public transit, it is truly becoming the region’s premier recreation hub.” 
The new arena, designed in consultation with BR2 Architecture, will seat just under 400 people, with its own dressing rooms and a warm viewing area at the east end of the arena. People in the viewing area will also be able to see the climbing wall, which will be a 360-degree, two-story structure. 
The lounge will feature a catering kitchen and a bar, and will overlook both the new arena and Imperial Oil Place Arena, with the option to open the windows to accommodate private booths for concerts in Imperial Oil Place. The second floor concourse will be expanded to allow for access to the new arena, as well as an upper viewing area for the climbing wall. The concourse on the east end of the new arena will also feature a mini-stick arena. 
The construction contract was awarded to the construction firm Bird, with an estimated completion date in the spring of 2018.The Phase 3 expansion is proceeding with a construction budget of $20 million. 
“We have looked at every chance to make these amenities complement each other and the existing space,” Copeland said. “This phase of expansion will help to make sure that our youth have top-notch recreation facilities available year-round.” 

Friday, September 2, 2016

City of Cold Lake Council passed a motion to enter into talks with Alberta Health Services (AHS) with the goal of taking over the contract to provide ambulance services in the city and the surrounding region. 

Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Cold Lake, AB – The City of Cold Lake was the winner of an award for its activities during National Public Works Week.
“Our Public Works department works very hard,” said Mayor Craig Copeland. “It’s great to see so many people taking part in Public Works Week when we host it, and for that to be acknowledged by the Canadian Public Works Association is very rewarding.”
The city competed against eight other communities, but came out on top to win the National Public Works Week 2016 Canadian Public Works Association (CPWA) Small Centres Award.
The announcement was made at the Public Works Expo in Minneapolis, where many public works professionals from the Canadian Public Works Association (CPWA) are in attendance.
Friday, August 12, 2016

Cold Lake, AB – Over 75 sales have been registered for the City of Cold Lake’s City-Wide Sale, happening Aug. 27 and 28.

“The response for this event has been extremely popular,” said Mayor Craig Copeland. “We have had a lot of people saying they will be coming in to the city to shop for the weekend.”

The number of registered sales includes both private sales at people’s homes, and local businesses. While businesses are already pinned on the sale map, residential sales will be revealed closer to the date of the sale.

“We encourage people to check online and plan their route,” said Copeland. “There will be a lot of places to go, so fortunately treasure-seekers will have two days to search for great deals.”

The City-Wide Sale was proposed by three volunteers: Lorie Jacobsen, Elizabeth Mackay, and Mecell Pilon. They came to City Council for support with the idea of a city-wide event, and the city was on board.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Cold Lake, AB – Aspiring Pokémon Trainers are advised to be aware of construction areas in the City of Cold Lake.

With the popularity of the new Pokémon Go mobile game, players have been seen wandering around the city, attempting to catch all available Pokémon.

The game identifies various landmarks and buildings as PokéStops – a place to check in and gain items – and Pokémon Gyms – a place where trainers can virtually battle it out and stake their claim with their strongest Pokémon.

However, some of these Stops and Gyms have recently fallen into construction, and players are asked to be aware of their surroundings when trying to access these areas. Players are also reminded to not park in designated parking areas around the Cold Lake Fire-Rescue Stations. Both the North and 

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Cold Lake, AB – Construction has begun at Kinosoo Beach, expanding the services available for the public.

“We’re very excited to add in some great facilities to the beach,” said Mayor Craig Copeland. “This work is another big step forward for the vision we laid out in the Kinosoo Beach Master Plan.”

Contractors started setting up on Aug. 3, with most of the work to begin on Monday, Aug. 8. Included in the expanded facilities will be a new multi-surface court, two beach volleyball courts, extended beach area, and a new bandstand. These new facilities are expected to be completed by the end of the year.

For these long-term gains, the public will unfortunately see much of the west end of the beach closed temporarily while construction takes place. These include: the overflow parking off Tamarack Street; the west side of the beach; volleyball courts; basketball courts; gazebo, and the play structure.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Cold Lake, AB – The City of Cold Lake’s Commercial Lane Improvement and Service Road Improvements programs are moving forward as construction season gets into full swing.

“Both the Commercial Lane Improvement Program and the Service Road Improvements Program are a vital part of creating better access to our commercial districts,” said Chief Administrative Officer Kevin Nagoya. “We bring the roads and lanes up to an asphalt standard, which brings more value to our district’s business owners and patrons.”

The Commercial Lane Improvement Program is a new initiative that was implemented in 2012, which annually upgrades lanes in the commercial districts. This year’s areas of improvement are:

  • Laneway between 57 St and 55 St from 51 Ave to 50 Ave
  • Laneway between 55 St and 56 St from 51 Ave to 52 Ave
  • Laneways between 7th Ave and 8th Ave from 10 St to 12 St.
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Friday, July 8, 2016

Cold Lake, AB – In the event of a disruption in mail service, please use one of the following methods to pay City bills and tickets. Please note that late payment penalties will not be waived due to this disruption.  A credit card may not be used to pay property taxes or city utility bills.

  • In Person – Payments for all services: City Hall, 5513 – 48 Avenue. Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

  • Quick Drop Box – Payments can be made by cheque or money order (no cash) at City Hall, 5513 – 48 Avenue. (After business hours, weekends and holidays.)

  • Telephone, Online or in-branch Banking – Payment for utilities, taxes, business licences, and general invoices are available through most financial institutions.

  • Pre-Authorised Debit – Utility payments can be made through our pre-authorized debit plan by calling 780-594-4494,or In person at City Hall , 5513 – 48 Avenue 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Cold Lake, AB – Meat Loaf will not be performing in Cold Lake on June 18 as originally scheduled. Information on rescheduling or cancelations to follow.

Despite this announcement, Randy’s Riders are still hosting a fundraiser concert in the Field House on June 18. Doors open at 8:30 p.m., with the event starting at 9:00, and Mid Life Crisis performing.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

A major overhaul of Cold Lake’s busiest intersection was approved at council after prices for the first phase of the Highway 28 twinning project came in lower than expected.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Cold Lake, AB – New cardio equipment has found its home at the Cenovus Energy Wellness Centre, replacing other aging pieces.

“We’re pretty excited to be upgrading this equipment,” said Recreation Manager Jim Fedyk. “We wanted to keep it simple, and make sure we have the latest equipment that people working out are looking to use.”

The original pieces were over seven years old, and were replaced with new Techogym equipment. The treadmills now have a 19” console, where users can play games or watch a video of their jog through nature. They are also Wifi capable.

Replaced equipment includes treadmills, ellipticals, stair climbers, recumbent bikes, upright bikes and rowers.

“We find these to be the most used equipment,” said Fedyk. “We’ve added more treadmills, as they can be very busy during peak times.”

Fedyk noted the Centre has not had rowers before, but two were brought in to see how popular they are. Apart from the treadmills, the rest of the equipment is self-powered.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Cold Lake, AB – Staff from Cold Lake public works, Cold Lake Fire-Rescue and Cold Lake and District FCSS continue to help with the ongoing efforts in Fort McMurray.

“We are happy to provide assistance in any way we can,” Kevin Nagoya, Chief Administrative Officer, said. “Before reconstruction can truly begin, the urban centre of Fort McMurray will need a lot of work on critical infrastructure that most of us take for granted. At the same time, wildfires remain active in the region, so there is a wide range of work left to do.”

The City of Cold Lake continues to provide a two-person utility crew and vac-truck to assist with the rehabilitation of water and wastewater infrastructure. At the same time, a four-person wildfire crew and pumper truck has been rotating into the area to assist with ongoing firefighting efforts, and is expected back in Cold Lake by June 3.

Most recently, a senior staff member from Cold Lake and District FCSS has also been assigned to the Fort McMurray Emergency Operations Centre to assist in its operations.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

The Meadows Storm Water Trunk Extension will soon begin to make its way across Highway 28.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The sails at the south entrance to the City of Cold Lake were removed today for routine repair and refurbishment. The repairs were timed with the contractor's availability. The repair and re-installation are expected to take no longer than two weeks.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Cold Lake City Council passed the tax rate yesterday, establishing a rate that will see, on average, a 0.18 per cent increase for the average Cold Lake property owner.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Cold Lake, AB – The City of Cold Lake started a new Weed Spraying project this week.

“It’s a new program we’re trying out to help keep the dandelions and other weeds down,” said City of Cold Lake CAO Kevin Nagoya. “A lot of the weeds seem to be sprouting up this week, so we’re hopefully hitting them at the right time.”

The program cost $50,000 and covers 685,000 square metres of weed spraying, and uses a Premium 3-Way chemical, which includes 2,4-D, Dicamba, and Mecoprop-P. It is toxic to broad-leaf plants such as dandelions, and applied through water droplets, allowing it to reach and soak into the ground without spreading through the air

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Cold Lake, AB – Cold Lake Fire-Rescue members have all returned safely from fighting fires in the Fort McMurray area while some public works staff are on call to help with the city’s infrastructure.

“I’m happy to report that all our firefighters and equipment are back home safely from Fort McMurray,” said Fire Chief Jeff Fallow.

According to a press release by the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, most of the fires have now been extinguished, and the wildfire is moving away from the urban service area.

The third crew that was sent out arrived back home on Tuesday evening. In total, the City sent 15 firefighters in three five-man crews, and had another 20 to 25 firefighters on standby if additional rotations were necessary.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Cold Lake, AB – The Cold Lake Marina is expected to open berths on May 15.

“The City’s standard practice was to leave the docks in over the winter,” said Recreation Manager Jim Fedyk. “But we removed them this winter so that needed repairs could be completed. This also allowed us to create shinny rinks within the break water.”

Each year, the marina’s first day of operations is dependent on the status of the ice on the lake and the condition of the Marina itself.

This year, the opening will also depend on the dock repairs being finished on schedule. A warm spring and early thaw allowed City staff to inspect for any damages and aim for a mid-May opening. As it stands, repairs are on schedule.

In total, 15 slips were not renewed this year, meaning 15 people came off from the waiting list to receive a spot.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Councillor Kelvin Plain tendered his resignation prior to today’s regular meeting, notifying the City’s Chief Administrative Officer that he would soon be ineligible to hold his seat.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Cold Lake, AB – With demand at the Cold Lake Check-in Centre for people displaced by the Fort McMurray wildfires steadying, the centre will now be open Monday-Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

As of Sunday, May 8, there were 395 registrations. Staff members at FCSS are helping evacuees register with the Canadian Red Cross and are helping to put evacuees in need of help in touch with organizations and individuals who have offered donations and assistance.

“We can’t thank our staff enough for their hard work or the community for the support they’ve shown,” Chief Administrative Officer Kevin Nagoya said. “The Check-in Centre has allowed the community to touch base with Fort McMurray residents who are in Cold Lake and are helping everyone get the assistance they need.”

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