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Pipe and Smudge Ceremony to Precede Peace Cairn Relocation Pipe and Smudge Ceremony to Precede Peace Cairn Relocation
First Nations elders will be conducting a pipe and smudging ceremony of the future resting place of the Peace Cairn—located east of the water tower at 50 Avenue and 55A Street—at 1 pm on Saturday, October 19, 2019 in order to consecrate and dedicate the land.
City Offering Free Transit to Local Polling Stations on Election Day City Offering Free Transit to Local Polling Stations on Election Day
The City of Wetaskiwin is offering free transportation to and from the federal election polling stations in Wetaskiwin on October 21, 2019. A handicap-accessible transit bus will be stopping at specific pick-up locations around the City of Wetaskiwin from 7:30 am until 7:20 pm on election day.
City of Wetaskiwin Budget Engagement and Deliberation Dates Finalized City of Wetaskiwin Budget Engagement and Deliberation Dates Finalized
The City will be holding three budget open houses in different locations around Wetaskiwin early in November. Community members are invited to attend any of the open houses to provide their feedback on the 2020 proposed budget. The open houses will be interactive, kid-friendly, and snacks and beverages will be provided.
Construction Begins at Hwy 13 and Hwy 814 Intersection Construction Begins at Hwy 13 and Hwy 814 Intersection
Construction has begun at the intersection of Highway 13 and Highway 814. Intermittent lane closures will occur.
City of Wetaskiwin Launches Online Citizen Budget Tool City of Wetaskiwin Launches Online Citizen Budget Tool
The City of Wetaskiwin has launched its Citizen Budget tool, which allows community members to share their thoughts on how your tax dollars should be spent.
City of Wetaskiwin 2019 By-Election Results Now Official City of Wetaskiwin 2019 By-Election Results Now Official
Branco and Blatz-Morgan will be sworn into office at the regular September 30, 2019 Wetaskiwin City Council meeting, to be held in Council Chambers at Wetaskiwin City Hall (4705 – 50 Avenue).
City of Wetaskiwin Releases Unofficial 2019 By-Election Results City of Wetaskiwin Releases Unofficial 2019 By-Election Results
Wetaskiwin voters have elected Joseph Branco and Gabrielle Blatz-Morgan into office as councillors for the City of Wetaskiwin—filling the two vacant seats on City Council.
Speed Reduction will Precede Safety Improvements to Hwy 13 & Hwy 814 Intersection Speed Reduction will Precede Safety Improvements to Hwy 13 & Hwy 814 Intersection
A speed reduction is planned for the portion of Highway 13 running along the north boundary of Wetaskiwin as part of the overall safety improvements slated for the Highway 13 and Highway 814 intersection.
City Council Pursues Intersection Improvements at Hwy 814 & 13 City Council Pursues Intersection Improvements at Hwy 814 & 13
Wetaskiwin City Council chose a preferred safety improvement plan for the Highway 13 and Highway 814 (47 Street) intersection at their regular August 19, 2019 Council meeting. Permission to implement the improvements is still required from Alberta Transportation for this intersection.
Wetaskiwin Becomes Second Alberta Municipality to Ban Plastic Bags Wetaskiwin Becomes Second Alberta Municipality to Ban Plastic Bags
The City of Wetaskiwin’s Plastic Bag Ban Bylaw 1913-18 came into effect Tuesday, July 9, 2019, banning the local distribution of single use plastic bags. Wetaskiwin is the second community in Alberta to ban single-use plastic bags—the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo was the first, having had similar legislation in place since 2010.
Pamela Ganske Resigns from Wetaskiwin City Council Pamela Ganske Resigns from Wetaskiwin City Council
Wetaskiwin City Council officially received notice at their regular June 24, 2019 Council meeting that Pamela Ganske resigned from her position as councillor—effective that morning—citing personal reasons.
Donation Provides Wetaskiwin Residents with Free Reusable Bags Donation Provides Wetaskiwin Residents with Free Reusable Bags
A limited supply of free reusable bags will be available in most local grocery stores in July thanks to a generous donation made by the John Maude and Susan Quinn Charitable Foundation.
City Receives Finalized Rural Homelessness Report City Receives Finalized Rural Homelessness Report
A finalized rural homelessness report—undertaken by the Alberta Rural Development Network—has been made available to the City of Wetaskiwin.
Wetaskiwin City Council Sets 2019 Municipal Tax Framework Wetaskiwin City Council Sets 2019 Municipal Tax Framework
The new tax rates set by City Council at their regular May 13 meeting results in a net impact of an additional 3.25 percent for residential properties and 4.90 percent for non-residential properties.
By-Election Confirmed Following Resignation of Wetaskiwin Councillor By-Election Confirmed Following Resignation of Wetaskiwin Councillor
Wetaskiwin City Council called for a municipal by-election after formally receiving notice that Patricia MacQuarrie had resigned from her position as councillor with the City of Wetaskiwin at their regular May 13 Council meeting.
Wetaskiwin Mayor Proclaims April 28 as National Day of Mourning Wetaskiwin Mayor Proclaims April 28 as National Day of Mourning
City of Wetaskiwin Mayor Tyler Gandam proclaimed April 28, 2019 as National Day of Mourning in Wetaskiwin, Alberta during City Council’s regular meeting on Tuesday, April 23, 2019.
Wetaskiwin City Council Approves 2019 Municipal Budget Wetaskiwin City Council Approves 2019 Municipal Budget
Wetaskiwin City Council approved the final 2019 budget at a special Council meeting held Thursday, March 28.
Results of Policing Priorities Survey Now Available Results of Policing Priorities Survey Now Available
The City of Wetaskiwin partnered with the Wetaskiwin RCMP to produce a regional survey concerning RCMP policing priorities. Over 800 people completed the survey, with 485 responses coming from directly within the City of Wetaskiwin.
Wetaskiwin City Council Concludes 2019 Budget Deliberations Wetaskiwin City Council Concludes 2019 Budget Deliberations
Wetaskiwin City Council has completed two full days of deliberating the 2019 proposed City budget.
City of Wetaskiwin Welcomes New City Manager City of Wetaskiwin Welcomes New City Manager
Wetaskiwin City council has hired Peter Tarnawsky to fill the role of city manager, effective April 1, 2019.
Wetaskiwin Joins Mid-Sized Cities in Call for Equitable Funding Wetaskiwin Joins Mid-Sized Cities in Call for Equitable Funding
The City of Wetaskiwin was one of 22 Alberta municipalities calling on the provincial government to develop an equitable funding framework during the Alberta Mid-Sized Cities Mayors' and CAOs' Caucus.
City of Wetaskiwin Adjusts Corporate Organizational Structure City of Wetaskiwin Adjusts Corporate Organizational Structure
The City of Wetaskiwin has restructured to address service overlaps and ensure the continued responsible use of public tax dollars.
Internal Investigation Concludes Regarding Clerical Financial Error Internal Investigation Concludes Regarding Clerical Financial Error
The City of Wetaskiwin hired a workplace assessment consultant after the error was discovered to determine why the wastewater consumption charge—originally approved by City Council January 2018—had not been implemented on City utility bills.
City of Wetaskiwin Seeks New Photo Radar Provider City of Wetaskiwin Seeks New Photo Radar Provider
The City of Wetaskiwin is issuing a Request for Proposal (RFP) to find a new photo radar service provider in 2019.
2019 Budget Discussion Dates Finalized by Wetaskiwin City Council 2019 Budget Discussion Dates Finalized by Wetaskiwin City Council
Wetaskiwin City Council will be discussing the 2019 municipal budget on January 9, 10 and 11, 2019 from 8 am until 5 pm in Council Chambers at Wetaskiwin City Hall.
Wetaskiwin City Council Debating Interim Budget for 2019 Wetaskiwin City Council Debating Interim Budget for 2019
An interim 2019 municipal budget will be brought forward for Wetaskiwin City Council’s consideration at their regular December 17, 2018 Council meeting.
Wetaskiwin City Council Terminates Employment of City Manager Wetaskiwin City Council Terminates Employment of City Manager
Wetaskiwin City Council has terminated the employment of Dave Burgess, City Manager, for just cause effective November 21, 2018.
Clerical Financial Error Discovered by Wetaskiwin City Council Clerical Financial Error Discovered by Wetaskiwin City Council
Wetaskiwin City Council became aware of a financial error at their regular November 13, 2018 Council meeting that may have legal implications for the municipality—though the nature and extent of which have yet to be determined.
City Re-Lists Surplus Property Due to Purchaser Not Meeting Sale Conditions City Re-Lists Surplus Property Due to Purchaser Not Meeting Sale Conditions
The municipally-owned surplus property located at 4910 – 55A Street in Wetaskiwin has been listed on multiple real estate websites due to the conditions of the previous sale agreement not being met.
Arbitration Concerning JEDI Agreement Nears Completion Arbitration Concerning JEDI Agreement Nears Completion
With the arbitration process concerning the City of Wetaskiwin’s withdrawal from the Joint Economic Development Initiative (JEDI) nearing completion, City Administration is addressing the impending outcome due to some erroneous figures being recently reported.
Wetaskiwin's Crime Severity Index Ranking Has Increased Wetaskiwin's Crime Severity Index Ranking Has Increased
Wetaskiwin’s annual Crime Severity Index (CSI) ranking has increased due to several high-profile violent offenses that occurred within the City over the past year.
City Determines Order of Eligibility for Local Cannabis Retail Applications City Determines Order of Eligibility for Local Cannabis Retail Applications
The City of Wetaskiwin has determined the order of eligibility for hopeful cannabis retailers by process of random selection.
Mayor Tyler Gandam Elected to AUMA Board of Directors Mayor Tyler Gandam Elected to AUMA Board of Directors
Wetaskiwin Mayor Tyler Gandam was elected to the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA) Board of Directors during the 2018 AUMA Convention.
City of Wetaskiwin Wins National Marketing Award City of Wetaskiwin Wins National Marketing Award
The City of Wetaskiwin was nationally recognized for its Imagination Tourism marketing ad at this year’s Economic Developers Association of Canada (EDAC) Conference, held from September 8 to 11, 2018 in Fredericton, NB.
Peace Cairn to be relocated due to sale of VIC Peace Cairn to be relocated due to sale of VIC
Wetaskiwin City Council Sets 2018 Municipal Tax Framework Wetaskiwin City Council Sets 2018 Municipal Tax Framework
Wetaskiwin City Council approved the 2018 Tax Rate Bylaw (1905-18) at their May 7th meeting.
New Special Events Policy Passed by Wetaskiwin City Council New Special Events Policy Passed by Wetaskiwin City Council
Wetaskiwin Receives Funding, Training for Asset Management Practices Wetaskiwin Receives Funding, Training for Asset Management Practices
The City of Wetaskiwin has been granted $50,000 in funding from the Government of Canada to refresh the community's asset management strategy to align with current climate change goals.
Wetaskiwin's Overall Crime Rates Have Decreased According to 2016 Data Wetaskiwin's Overall Crime Rates Have Decreased According to 2016 Data
Overall crime rates in Wetaskiwin have dropped since years past, according to Macleans Magazine's 'Canada's Most Dangerous Places 2018' publication.
Edmonton Attack: Statement from Mayor Bill Elliot Edmonton Attack: Statement from Mayor Bill Elliot
City Partners with Alberta Environment to Clean Up Solvent Spill City Partners with Alberta Environment to Clean Up Solvent Spill
A solvent spill occurred near the corner of 50 Avenue and 56 Street in Wetaskiwin on Saturday, August 19. The spill allowed approximately 1700 litres of solvent to be released into the storm system.
The City of Wetaskiwin Accepts Councillor's Resignation The City of Wetaskiwin Accepts Councillor's Resignation
The City of Wetaskiwin has accepted the resignation of Joe Branco from city council, effective Thursday, July 20, 2017.
Wetaskiwin City Council Withdraws from JEDI Wetaskiwin City Council Withdraws from JEDI
Wetaskiwin City Council voted to withdraw from the Joint Economic Development Initiative (JEDI) at their regular June 26, 2017 council meting.
City to Lower Flags March 12 to Commemorate End of Afghanistan Mission City to Lower Flags March 12 to Commemorate End of Afghanistan Mission
At their regular February 24 Council meeting, Wetaskiwin City Council unanimously voted to fly all City flags at half-mast on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 to commemorate the end of Canada’s 12-year military mission in Afghanistan.
Wetaskiwin Council Amends Utility Bylaws Wetaskiwin Council Amends Utility Bylaws
Utility Bylaw changes for 2014
Two Railway Crossings Closed Due to Accident Two Railway Crossings Closed Due to Accident
A serious pedestrian accident has occurred at the 50 Avenue railway crossing in Wetaskiwin.
Tour of Alberta Community Rally August 19 Tour of Alberta Community Rally August 19
Introducing John Vandenbeld as Communications Coordinator Introducing John Vandenbeld as Communications Coordinator
Press release introducing John Vandenbeld as the new Communications Coordinator for the City of Wetaskiwin
Wetaskiwin Co-op Sponsors Competition Pool Wetaskiwin Co-op Sponsors Competition Pool
The Wetaskiwin Cooperative Association has purchased the naming rights to the competition pool, located within the new Manluk Centre: Wetaskiwin Regional Aquatics & Fitness
Manluk Industries awarded naming rights to pool Manluk Industries awarded naming rights to pool
Wetaskiwin City Council awarded the naming rights for the Wetaskiwin Regional Aquatic & Fitness Centre to Manluk Industries Inc. at their May 13 meeting.
Wetaskiwin City Council sets 2013 tax rates Wetaskiwin City Council sets 2013 tax rates
Wetaskiwin City Council approved the 2013 Tax Rate Bylaw (1813-13) at their May 13 meeting, which sets the property tax rates for 2013.
City Council Approves Updated Transportation Master Plan City Council Approves Updated Transportation Master Plan
Wetaskiwin City Council approved the updated City of Wetaskiwin Transportation Master Plan at their regular April 22 council meeting.
Council approves budget Council approves budget
Wetaskiwin CIty Council approves 2013 and 2014 budgets March 11
Council Trims Budget - Feb 25 2013 Council Trims Budget - Feb 25 2013
City Council has trimmed more off the proposed budget in response to public feedback received.
Budget Tabled until February 19 Budget Tabled until February 19
City Administration has arranged for an additional day of public budget deliberation meetings to take place Tuesday, February 19 at 9 AM.
Unplug this Family Day Unplug this Family Day
Disconnect yourself from technology this Family Day (Feb 18) and personally connect with your loved ones instead!
Residents Heard at Public Budget Open House Residents Heard at Public Budget Open House
Wetaskiwin City Council took all of the feedback shared at the February 4 Public Budget Open House very seriously and will be voting on the proposed budget at their February 11 council meeting.
City Launches New Website City Launches New Website
The City of Wetaskiwin is proud to announce the re-launch of its website.
Proposed Two-Year (2013/2014) Budget Proposed Two-Year (2013/2014) Budget
The City of Wetaskiwin has released its initial figures concerning the 2013/2014 public budget.