City awarded $20 million in grant funding throughout 2020
The City of Wetaskiwin was awarded $20,097,055.00 in grant funding throughout 2020 from both the provincial and federal governments, as well as Community Food Centres Canada.
City Council passes temporary COVID-19 face coverings bylaw
Wetaskiwin City Council passed a temporary COVID-19 face coverings bylaw (1973-20) at their regular September 28, 2020 Council meeting. The bylaw does not come into effect until a threshold of 15 active COVID-19 cases in Wetaskiwin is reached, as reported by Alberta Health Services.
City seeks continued public input on the 2021 municipal budget
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the City is holding its annual public budget consultation virtually—including the budget open house scheduled for Monday, Oct. 5 from 6 pm until 8 pm.
Wetaskiwin City Council approves Tax Incentive Bylaw for new commercial developments & expansions
Wetaskiwin City Council repealed Bylaw 1969-20 and passed the replacement Tax Incentive Bylaw 1970-20 at their regular September 28, 2020 meeting. This new bylaw widens the scope of the non-residential property tax incentive to include large scale commercial developments and provides further clarification on the implementation of the Bylaw.
City of Wetaskiwin Launches Long-Term Community Visioning Project
On Sept. 28, The City of Wetaskiwin announced the launch of a community visioning project, which will create a long-term, community-built vision for Wetaskiwin. The new community vision—called #Wetaskiwin2070—will help guide what the city will look like in 50 years and help us all better understand what it will take to get there.
24/7 Integrated Response Hub Coming to Wetaskiwin November 2020
Wetaskiwin will be home to a 24/7 Integrated Response Hub as of November 2020.
Regular transit service to be re-instated as of Monday, September 21, 2020
Wetaskiwin Transit will be back in full service as of Monday, September 21, 2020. All riders who are able to wear a mask or face covering must do so while accessing the transit service.
City of Wetaskiwin & Town of Millet partner to ensure continued recreation access for all residents
The City of Wetaskiwin and the Town of Millet have partnered to ensure that the residents of both communities have access to a variety of recreational opportunities while Millet undergoes construction of their Agriplex.
Manluk Centre to re-open to the public on Saturday, September 5
The Manluk Centre: Wetaskiwin Regional Aquatics & Fitness will re-open to the public at 8 am on September 5, 2020.
Second Manluk Centre employee tests positive for COVID-19
The City of Wetaskiwin was notified on the evening of August 30, 2020 that a second Manluk Centre: Wetaskiwin Regional Aquatics & Fitness staff member has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.
City employee tests positive for COVID-19
On the evening of August 21, 2020, the City was informed that a Manluk Centre employee has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus
City awards Community Visioning tender
After an extensive Request for Proposal (RFP) process, the City of Wetaskiwin has awarded the Community Visioning tender to Stormy Lake Consulting, based in Calgary, AB.
City awards contract to build new Public Works Shop
The contract to build a new Public Works shop has been awarded to local architecture firm, Creative Infrastructure.
City of Wetaskiwin Reports Three New Cases of COVID-19
COVID-19 numbers are on the rise in Alberta, including three confirmed cases in the City of Wetaskiwin.
City Council Approves Tax Incentives Bylaw for New Industrial Developments in Wetaskiwin
Press Release announcing approval of Bylaw 1969-20.
City kicks off 2020 community visioning initiative with request for proposal
The City of Wetaskiwin is moving ahead with a community visioning initiative planned for later in 2020 and has issued a Request for Proposal to encourage a wide range of bids from contractors to help facilitate the process.
City to resume enforcement of Plastic Bag Ban Bylaw November 2020
The City of Wetaskiwin is planning to resume enforcement of Plastic Checkout Bag Ban Bylaw 1913-18 as of mid-November 2020.
City of Wetaskiwin pandemic utility payment deferral program to end June 30
The City of Wetaskiwin’s pandemic utility payment deferral program—initiated to help ease financial stress resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic—will end as of June 30, 2020.
Timeline announced for re-opening remaining City facilities
On June 29, the City will begin to re-open its facilities in a multi-phase approach that ensures compliance with public health and safety standards.
City of Wetaskiwin no longer under a state of emergency
The City of Wetaskiwin is no longer under a state of local emergency, effective as of 4:25 pm on Wednesday, June 17, 2020.
City responds to Province of Alberta's Phase 2 Relaunch
The City of Wetaskiwin is in the process of reviewing its re-opening plans and continues to work closely with public health authorities to ensure a safe and successful relaunch of programs and services.
City of Wetaskiwin to begin re-opening outdoor recreation spaces as of May 27 in staged approach
The City of Wetaskiwin is taking a staged approach in re-opening all its outdoor recreation spaces following their closure in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Wetaskiwin FCSS now a governing body
At their regular May 11 Council meeting, Wetaskiwin City Council passed a bylaw which established FCSS as its own governing body.
Results released for 2020 Community Safety and Policing Priorities Survey
The results from the 2020 Wetaskiwin & Area Community Safety and Policing Priorities Survey are now publicly available.
2020 Events cancelled; alternative celebrations being considered
Wetaskiwin City Council directed Administration to officially cancel the City-led events scheduled this year at their regular April 27, 2020 Council meeting.
2020 Tax Rate Bylaw finalized, Payment deadline extended
Wetaskiwin City Council finalized the 2020 tax rates and deferred the tax deadline for ratepayers as part of the City’s COVID-19 response efforts.
City of Wetaskiwin builds local economic recovery plan
The City of Wetaskiwin’s economic development department—with support from the Leduc and Wetaskiwin Regional Chamber of Commerce—has initiated a strategy that focuses on building resiliency within the local economy.
Wetaskiwin Peace Cairn designated as Municipal Historic Resource
Wetaskiwin City Council designated the Wetaskiwin Peace Cairn as a Municipal Historic Resource at their regular April 14, 2020 Council meeting.
City Council adds open mic session to regular Council meetings
Wetaskiwin City Council amended the Council Meeting Procedural Bylaw to include an open microphone session for all regular Council meetings.
City of Wetaskiwin Renews State of Local Emergency
The City of Wetaskiwin renewed its state of local emergency at 3:30 pm on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Wetaskiwin City Council Announces New City Manager
Wetaskiwin City Council has hired Sue Howard to fill the role of city manager,
effective March 25, 2020.
City of Wetaskiwin Declares State of Local Emergency Due to COVID-19 Pandemic
The City of Wetaskiwin declared a state of local emergency at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24 to further support provincial efforts to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19.
First Case of COVID-19 Confirmed in Wetaskiwin Region
We have become aware of a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the Wetaskiwin Region. As such, the City of Wetaskiwin and the County of Wetaskiwin are issuing a joint press release sharing what we know, and how we plan on protecting the health and safety of everyone in the region.
City of Wetaskiwin Closes its Buildings to the Public Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic
Wetaskiwin City Council voted to close all City buildings to the public on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Wetaskiwin Council votes to close most City facilities to the public
Wetaskiwin City Council convened a special council meeting on March 13, 2020 at 2:33 pm to discuss closing some of the City’s public facilities due to concerns surrounding the COVID-19 virus.
Updated City Response to COVID-19 - March 13 - 2020 - 1245h
In an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19, the City of Wetaskiwin is taking immediate action following the direction of Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw.
City Activates Emergency Operations Centre in Response to COVID-19
The City of Wetaskiwin’s Director of Emergency Management, Robert Osmond, activated the EOC on March 10, 2020 as the City began to focus on measures to promote public safety and reduce the risk of spreading respiratory viruses.
Wetaskiwin emergency shelter to close amidst community safety concerns
At a special Council meeting held at 9 am on Thursday, Feb. 20, Wetaskiwin City Council voted to close the local emergency shelter earlier than planned due to a multitude of safety concerns brought forward by the community-at-large
City of Wetaskiwin launches new online community engagement site
The City of Wetaskiwin launched a new online community engagement site encouraging community members to share their thoughts on a multitude of municipal projects.
Wetaskiwin City Council Approves 2020 Capital and Operating Budgets
Wetaskiwin City Council approved the 2020 capital and operating budgets at their regular December 9, 2019 Council meeting.
City to seek new Chief Administrative Officer
Wetaskiwin City Council has reached a mutual agreement with its Chief Administrative Officer, Mr. Peter Tarnawsky, to conclude his contract with the City as of December 2, 2019.
Wetaskiwin City Council Allocates Funds to Open Emergency Shelter
At their regular November 12, 2019 meeting, Wetaskiwin City Council directed that Administration take immediate steps to open an emergency shelter at the Civic building again.
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
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
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 has begun at the intersection of Highway 13 and Highway 814. Intermittent lane closures will occur.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 approved the final 2019 budget at a special Council meeting held Thursday, March 28.
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 has completed two full days of deliberating the 2019 proposed City budget.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 has terminated the employment of Dave Burgess, City Manager, for just cause effective November 21, 2018.
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 has accepted the resignation of Joe Branco from
city council, effective Thursday, July 20, 2017.
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
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
Utility Bylaw changes for 2014
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
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
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
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 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
Wetaskiwin City Council approved the updated City of Wetaskiwin Transportation Master Plan at their regular April 22 council meeting.
Council approves budget
Wetaskiwin CIty Council approves 2013 and 2014 budgets March 11
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
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
Disconnect yourself from technology this Family Day (Feb 18) and personally connect with your loved ones instead!
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
The City of Wetaskiwin is proud to announce the re-launch of its website.
Proposed Two-Year (2013/2014) Budget
The City of Wetaskiwin has released its initial figures concerning the 2013/2014 public budget.