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Enlist the help of friends and family to search the neighbourhood. Ask them to carry cell phones so they can contact you when they find your pet. Contact neighbours, local vet clinics and other animal shelters to ask if they have seen your pet. To find out if your pet is at the animal shelter, call 403-851-2532 to arrange an appointment to view impounded animals. Place a lost pet report on Petlynx. If necessary, make posters with your pet’s picture to put up around your neighbourhood.
- Reunite lost cats and dogs with their owners- Shelter and feed lost cats and dogs- Deliver public education programs- Help neighbours resolve their animal-related conflicts- Provide emergency care to cats and dogs for injured animals- Waste bag dispenser program on our pathway systems- Online animal search- Free trip home with active license
Upon your pet's arrival at the shelter, Animal Services will check for a tattoo, microchip and overall health. If the animal has a tattoo or other identification, and the name and address of the owner are known, he or she is held for 10 days, during which time every effort is made to contact the owners. Animals that are not picked up within 10 days are turned over to the Cochrane and Area Humane Society.
Always pick up after your dog; this helps prevent the spread of disease from dog-to-dog and dog-to-human. If you forget a bag, look for one of the poop bag dispensers near Town pathways.
Pets left in cars must have sufficient ventilation, but not a way to reach people who walk by the car. Keep in mind that on a hot day, a dog can suffer heat stroke in 10 minutes. It is wisest not to leave your dog in the car on summer days.
Dogs in the back of pick-up trucks must be secured at all times.
How is this project financed? Who’s paying for it?Provincial Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI) Grants $24 millionRocky View County Contribution $2.2 millionFederal New Deal Grant $2 millionDeveloper Community Enhancement Fees $6.2 millionFundraising and Sponsorship $10.6 millionTOTAL $45 million
Short-term debt of $19 million is required so that the Town has the cash flow to cover in-progress costs as the funding will come in over many years. The debt is scheduled to be repaid within five years.
Based on 2013 figures, the MGA allows the Town to carry $60.6 million in debt. Based on Council’s 80% limit, the Town can only carry $48.4 million in debt.
The graph shows the combined projected debt total which includes the Town’s current amount, borrowing required for the new aquatic and curling/multi-sport centre, plus other major infrastructure projects such as the new police station and the new Bow River Bridge crossing. Graph showing projected debt
Council's decision to raise, lower, or hold the amount of tax revenue needed to balance the Town's annual budget could impact your tax bill.
The amount of revenue required by the Provincial Government for education purposes may affect your tax bill.
Set up the Town as a bill payee through your regular bill payment system; your roll number is your account number. Allow three business days before the penalty date to ensure payments are processed on time. Please retain all documentation.
A signed CCC is the beginning of a maintenance period where the developer is still responsible for any work or maintenance associated to the infrastructure. The maintenance period can be one to three years, depending on the utility.
When the maintenance period expires, the Town performs a final inspection. If the infrastructure is in acceptable condition, a Final Acceptance Certificate (FAC) is issued to the developer, relieving the developer of all maintenance obligations. Once an FAC is issued, the Town accepts ownership.
Food Hampers for the current week must be requested by 4:30pm on Tuesdays. The food hamper can then be picked up at the prearranged time at the Cochrane Activettes Food Bank at 30 Griffin Industrial Point, Bay 4, 403-932-9290.
Go to www.cochrane.ca/RCMP and fill out the form, pay online and take your receipt to the RCMP detachment.
In order for this arrangement of direct billing to work smoothly, all clients with Alberta Blue Cross coverage must present their Alberta Health Care insurance card and Blue Cross card at the time the service is provided. If we do not receive the required information at that time - or if your plan does not cover the total cost of the ambulance service - we will issue a bill. If you are a Blue Cross subscriber and receive a bill for the full service, please contact our office as soon as you can so that we may review the situation and, if possible, send in the claim directly to Blue Cross. There is a provided time period of one year from the date of service to make a claim to Blue Cross. Whether you are on a government program or a private group or have an individual plan the same basic information is required: your full name, correct mailing address, your date of birth, Alberta Health Care identification number, Alberta Blue Cross group number, class and/or section number and your identification number.
The Town of Cochrane initiated a strategic planning process in 2002 to guide the organization's day-to-day operations and plan for the future. The Town of Cochrane published the first Ten-Year Financial Strategy in 2011.
• Long-term planning is a continuous practice at the Town. • The Town of Cochrane is planning to complete $228 million in capital projects over the next 10 years (based on population growth assumptions and Council strategic priorities).• Government grants of $81 million account for 36% of funding for capital projects.• Developers pay offsite levies which fund a portion of capital projects such as roads, water and wastewater infrastructure.• Debt is also required so that capital projects are fully funded over the next ten years.
Other Town departments work on long-term plans for specific initiatives and areas: Growth Management Strategy, Integrated Downtown Action Plan, area structure plans and neighbourhood plans, among others.
When the Ten-Year Financial Strategy was updated in August 2014, these assumptions were made. That:• The Town will grow at 6% per year• Per capita provincial capital grants increase with population growth• Offsite levy rates will increase starting in 2015• The Town will receive a Building Canada grant of $6 million in 2018 for the new Bow River Bridge• Costs for projects are from engineering estimates received in July 2014; costs include 3% per year inflationary increases• Interest rate for borrowing will be 3%
Other updates: Plans must be submitted for new buildings or when there are significant program changes for existing buildings within 30 days of occupancy or change of ownership.
All the materials must be accepted in your multi-unit recycling program. You are welcome to accept additional materials such as glass, or to add a food and yard waste program as well.
8 or fewer unitsOwners or managers of multi-unit properties with eight or fewer units may apply to receive and pay for the Town’s automated waste and recycling cart service. Contact Waste & Recycling Services directly at 403-851-2277 or firstname.lastname@example.org to determine eligibility.
25 or fewer unitsOwners or managers of multi-unit properties with 25 or fewer units may apply for exemption from hiring a private recycling collector through their Waste and Recycling Plan.If approved for exemption, you are still required to:• Set up and maintain onsite storage of all recyclables • Self-haul recycling: assign hauling of recyclable materials to yourself, an employee or volunteer to a verifiable recycling facility such as the Cochrane Eco Centre.• Inform your residents of the recycling program details in writing (by letter, brochure, poster etc.) within 30 days of move-in.
Contact Waste & Recycling Services directly at 403-851-2277 or email@example.com to determine eligibility.
Consider expanding your waste and recycling collection area into an unused space, like a rarely used parking spot. Your collection company and the Town of Cochrane Waste & Recycling Services can help you identify areas for recycling container placement.
Request communications materials through the Waste & Recycling Hotline 403-851-2277 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Graphic files and electronic sign templates can be downloaded from www.cochrane.ca/multi-unit
There are many ways to introduce a new recycling program. Based on experience, we suggest hosting a one-time kick-off event. Here are a few examples:
Kick-off PartyA party for the property residents that combines food (for example a BBQ) and entertainment (music or games) with an introduction to the new recycling program. Activities can include demonstrations on how to set up your in-unit recycling, where and how to take recycling to the collection bins and examples of items acceptable in the program. As residents arrive they can be directed to sign in and receive their recycling brochure (and bin if you are providing them)
Pros: Suitable for all sizes of properties. Fun. Highly visible. Promotes conversations and community building. Residents will associate the new recycling program with a positive experience.Cons: Requires a suitable space. Cost for food and/or entertainment. Time consuming to plan. Need sufficient staff/volunteers.
Community Meeting/Open HouseA resident gathering in a common area, either as a stand-alone event or plan it to coincide with an already scheduled AGM or other meeting. An open house format allows residents to drop in and leave after they have asked questions and picked up brochures. Residents can be directed to sign in (allowing you to track who attended and follow up with those who couldn’t attend). Set up a demonstration showing in-unit storage options and how recycling containers need to be used (such as sorting requirements). Provide some refreshments.
Pros: Not very time consuming. Low cost. Few staff/volunteers required. Drop-in format encourages residents to pop in.Cons: Less fun than a party.
Door-to-Door OutreachOn a specific date, go door to door to distribute in-unit bins (if you are providing them) and information materials about the program. This gives you the opportunity to explain the program to each resident, including what is acceptable and where the recycling collection bins are located.Pros: Good choice for smaller properties. No extra cost. Easy to keep track of who you spoke with.Cons: Time consuming for larger properties.
Check for agendas for upcoming meetings (posted by 3 pm on the Friday before the meeting). Meetings begin at 6 pm and are held in Council Chambers at the Cochrane RancheHouse: 101 RancheHouse Road.
Some of the solutions to the Town’s road network depend on the provincial budget; the Town is keeping up the pressure on provincial officials to see our projects reinstated in the three-year capital plan. In the meantime, the Town makes every attempt to implement short-term solutions to alleviate some of the pressure, where applicable.
The long-term plan for Fifth Avenue includes a realignment with Fourth Avenue across Highway 1A. This will allow for better traffic flow and reduce the number of intersections on Highway 1A. The realignment is not expected to add traffic to Fifth Avenue from Cochrane Heights: a portion of traffic to/from Cochrane Heights is already travelling on Fifth Avenue before turning onto Highway 1A. The long-term planning process also uses models to assess the long-term impacts of additional growth. The area along Fifth Avenue is currently largely developed; as growth occurs, future traffic patterns and flow will shift throughout the downtown core as Grande Blvd is connected through to Railway Street, and Centre Avenue is widened north of the railway tracks. With recent development along Centre Avenue and the construction of the new railway crossing, traffic patterns have already begun to shift from Fifth Avenue to this new corridor. Ultimately, there will be a grade-separated crossing of the railway at Centre Avenue.
Council’s strategic priorities for 2015-2018 include focusing attention on roads and pathways. Specifically:• Complete the Transportation Master Plan• Prioritize projects within the Transportation Master Plan for implementation• Champion improvements to Hwy 1A/22 intersection• New Bow River bridge crossing targeted for completion in 2018
The Town allocates over $1.5 million each year on improving existing road network, such as in the East End.The Town spent over $11 million on the construction of Centre Avenue.New lights at Highway 1A and Centre Avenue have improved safety of the intersection; the work was done in partnership with Alberta Transportation.Left turn lights at Highways 1A and 22 were result of extensive efforts from Council and the community.
Currently, all households receiving curbside waste and recycling collection pay $18.60/month. All households and businesses in Cochrane also pay an Eco Centre fee of $4.75/month for the operation of the Town of Cochrane Eco Centre and Special Waste Programming.
With the completion of the recent upgrade, Cochrane's plant has one of the strictest approvals in Alberta, and it is one of only a few that combines three state-of-the-art processes under one roof, along with a control system that rivals any modern manufacturing plant in operation.
In 2008, Town Council decided that expanding our current water treatment plant will enable us to use the remaining capacity of our existing license. This option is the most cost effective and involves the least risk. By upgrading our existing water supply system, we will increase the capacity of the Town’s existing water treatment plant from the current 10 million litres of water to 22 million litres per day, with provision for an upgrade to our maximum water allocation of 29.7 million litres per day.
The Town has also partnered with ExactET on a local weather station that can send information to irrigation systems so that they only use the water your soil really needs. We are also working with Parks to pilot irrigation systems controlled by this weather station.
As an organization, the Town has a policy in place to look for ways to reduce water consumption in the Town operations as well as in the community. We continually research new initiatives to consider for water conservation.