2018 is coming to an end and it’s been quite the year in our Village. Recently there was a fire at the Alberta Beach Post Office, our Fire Department (Onoway Regional Fire Services / Northwest Fire & Rescue) received the page out at 2:17 a.m. and were on scene at 2:21 a.m., 4 minute response time which is awesome. They were able to save the building, all the mail and packages were salvaged or protected in place and no injuries were reported (public or firefighters) great job! Unfortunately our busy little post office is temporarily closed and all our mail and packages will be temporarily re-routed to the Onoway post office, until a permanent solution is found. We will try to keep you informed as we receive updates from Canada Post.

I would also like to announce, this month we came to an agreement with Lac Ste. Anne County, they have implemented a process where both fire services (Lac Ste. Anne County Fire and Onoway Regional Fire Rescue) will be paged out simultaneously to all motor vehicle accidents on all local highways. This addresses the immediate concern of getting emergency response to a scene as quickly as possible and saving lives. Thank you to Reeve Blakeman, his council and county staff as well as Onoway Regional Fire Services for working with us and implementing this service.

This past spring everyone noticed the frost heaves in our roads and alleys, we were not alone in this, as it was a common occurrence through – out the province. Our contractors were able to do repairs to a few of the worst roads and have committed to return in June, once the roads bans are lifted to continue repairs and paving. Thank you for your patience.

We must give a big shout out to our Deputy Mayor Angela Duncan, who was elected as Director; Villages West on the AUMA Executive Board her term on this board will run 2018 – 2020. Congratulations Angela, your seat on this board will give our Village much needed exposure on the Provincial stage.

Alberta Beach also has a new Public Works Manager, Harold (Happy) Johnson. I would like to thank Jason Madge for filling in as the Public Works Manager and helping us in our search for a new manager. Contact information for our Public Works Department is 780-924-3322.

As always if you require information or have any concerns please contact the Village office at 780-924-3181. Or if you would like to sit down and have a coffee with myself or any member of Council, please call the office to set up an appointment, we will strive to make ourselves available. As a reminder, Council meetings are held the third Tuesday of each month at 7:00p.m. in the Alberta Beach Council Chambers (4935 – 50th Ave) everyone is welcome. I again encourage you to get involved in your community, because when we all get involved, we can make a positive difference.

At this time on behalf of our Council and Village Staff, we would like to wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year. Please be safe, don’t drink and drive.

Jim Benedict, Mayor