Every week Town Council selects a question they wish to have the public's input on.
The questions are live on Country 106.5 FM Mondays at 8 am during "Talk of the Town"and published Wednesdays in the Vegreville News Advertiser
Vegreville & District Family & Community Support Services (FCSS) is responsible for providing programs and services to improve the quality of life for residents. Did you know that FCSS helps people of all ages, no matter what their income is?
The challenges life throws our way can happen to anyone at any time, no matter what your age or income level.
Knowing you’re not alone and having someone help guide you can make all the difference to prevent a situation from becoming worse. Vegreville & District Family & Community Support Services is here to help children, youth, adults and seniors.
Some of the programs and services everyone can access include: Meals on Wheels, Community Counselling, Community Gardens, Sizzlin’ Summer & Jr. Leaders, Youth Making A Change, After Hours Outreach, Babysitters Course, and the Parent Link Centre. Our information, referral services, and one-on-one supports that are offered by drop-in or appointment are our two most common services accessed by the community.
Programs that are based on income include the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program and the Subsidized Housekeeping Program.
To learn more about FCSS check us out on the Town’s website at vegreville.com.
The Parks and Recreation department is responsible for all the municipal green spaces within the Town limits. Do you know how many hectares of grass the department cuts and maintains?
The parks department maintains approximately 156 hectares of grass and uses all types of lawn equipment from weed eaters, push mowers, small riding mowers, to large PTO driven tractor mowers.
It takes the parks department 5 to 6 working days just to cut the grass in the municipality with one whole day spent just doing the cemetery.
Priority is always given to the most public places such as the Elks/Kinsmen Pysanka Park and playground areas.
The DOLA (Dog off leash area) takes about 3 hours to mow and is done every 10 days. The parks department employs a total of 5 full-time positions with 7 summer students during the summer season.
Do you know the municipal bylaw requirements for dog ownership within the Town of Vegreville?
The Town of Vegreville Dog Bylaw No. 4-95 requires all dogs residing within the corporate limits to be licensed.
How do I obtain a license and what does it cost?
You can visit the Town of Vegreville’s administration office and obtain your dog license and tag for an annual fee of $35. The tag expires on December 31st of each year.
What do the dog license fees go toward?
The fees collected by the Town directly support the local Prairie Tails Animal Rescue Society who utilize the town’s animal shelter and kennels. The rescue and its volunteers work countless hours to reunite pets and owners; provide daily care to the animals with includes feeding, sheltering, fostering and sterilizing stray animals. Prairie Tails is also responsible for the adoption and rehoming programs set up by the rescue.
Allowable Number of Dogs:
No person shall keep or harbour more than two dogs that are over the age of 6 months per household.
Off-Leash Dog Park:
The Town of Vegreville provides dog owners an area in town where they can allow their dogs to safely run off-leash. Owners must still be able to control their dog at all times while using the off-leash area. This dog park is located behind the hospital at 5241 – 43 Street. All other areas in town with public access requires dog owners to have their pets on a leash at all times.
Pet owners are reminded to be responsible pet owners and have their dog wear the licensed tag at all times to ensure a quicker return should your animal ever become lost or missing.
Do you know how to make a report to Municipal Enforcement in Vegreville regarding a bylaw or animal issue?
You can make a report in person by attending the RCMP detachment at 4945 49 Ave Vegreville or by calling 780-631-2810. Community Peace Officers work out of the detachment and are available Monday to Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. For reports on weekends and after hours that require immediate attendance, such as dogs at large or potentially dangerous animal issues, you can call (780) 632-3439 for assistance. The vast majority of municipal enforcement calls for service do not require immediate attendance, such as parking issues, unsightly premises, or other property matters that are controlled by municipal bylaw.
When making a report it is important to provide your information for follow up and the location of the incident or offence. The Community Peace Officer may not be able to attend right away so providing contact information is important to assist with the investigation. Always remember that if there is a risk to life call 911
You may be thinking about doing some summer projects in and around your house, like a deck, a fence or a shed. Do you know what permits may be required?
Did you know??? Accessory buildings over 100 sq.ft. require a Building and a Development Permit, but did you know that structures under 100 sq.ft. still require a Development Permit? foundation type doesn’t matter, skid foundation (temporary) still require a building permit.
Did you Know??? All decks that are over 24” inches in height from ground to decking, or any deck that is covered and/or enclosed requires a Building Permit. All other decks require a development permit to ensure that the required setbacks are being met.
Did you Know??? A Development Permit is required to construct or rebuild a fence, again, this is the ensure that the fence is built either on or within your own property.
Did you Know??? You require a Building Permit to install a Hot Tub
The Requirements of the Alberta Building Code and the Town’s Land Use Bylaw are not put in place to make life difficult; they are put in place for your safety. These requirements even protect you when your selling your property.
Building permits and Development Permits are required for most major construction projects. These projects include new buildings, additions, renovations, alterations, repairs, relocations, demolitions, or the change of use in an existing building.
Building Permits ensure you are in compliance with the Alberta Building Code which illustrates safe construction processes and practices. These projects are inspected by a certified Safety Codes Officer.
A Development Permit ensures that the project you are putting your hard-earned money into is compliant with the location, type and size requirements that are within the Town’s Land Use Bylaw.