January 11, 2022

Town and Lion’s Club create skating trail

Connect with friends and family and enjoy the outdoors with a new skating trail! The Town and Lion's Club of Okotoks have partnered on a pilot project to create a skating trail available to the community for 2021/2022 winter season. 

The Lion’s Club of Okotoks have generously provided the space at the Lion’s Campground in Sheep River Park (99 Woodhaven Drive), where the skating trail will be located this season.

The skating trail is for pleasure skating only and users are requested to keep the area clean and tidy. For insurance reasons, users are not permitted to use the fire pits. The Town of Okotoks sincerely thanks the Lion’s Club of Okotoks for sponsoring the skating trail this winter.

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On-Demand Transit extended service

New year – new extended service! Okotoks On-Demand Transit now operates Monday to Friday from 5:30 a.m. - 11:30 p.m. and Saturday, Sunday and holidays (except Christmas Day) from 6 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.

When purchasing single trip rides, the cost is $3.25 each way; up to 30% discounts are available when purchasing tickets in bulk.
To download the app, purchase bulk ride credits, find out where you can get paper tickets and learn more about the service, visit the link below.

Okotoks Transit info

Operating vs. Capital budgets

Wondering what the difference is between municipal capital and operating budgets? These two types of budget are very distinct and both reflective of maintaining current service levels and programs/services needed by the community. Read the Budget Story to help understand your municipal taxes by visiting the link below.

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Don’t harbour a fugitive

Dog license invoices were mailed out in December 2022 and payment is due by the end of January. Funds from licenses support initiatives that contribute to a safe and healthy community for our pets. Renew your dog license using one of the following payment methods listed online at okotoks.ca/pets.

Don’t forget to keep your owner information up-to-date so your fur-baby can get back home if they ever escape from your property! For questions regarding dog licensing please call Municipal Enforcement at 403-995-6302

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Dog license fee increase for 2022

After evaluating dog license fees in other municipalities, the altered dog fee in Okotoks was one of the lowest, so an adjustment was made to align the fee closer to the average cost of $39. The cost of a license is $35, with the $10 increase helping to offset higher costs for services related to animals. 

Dog license fees are used for much more than registering dogs with the Town, visit the link below to learn more about how licensing funds are used and more about dog licensing in Okotoks.

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Free Green Living Webinar: Sustainable Table

Wed, January 19 | 7 p.m.
Was your new year’s resolution to be more eco-friendly? Start in the kitchen and learn how to shop and eat more sustainably.

Green Calgary will be joining us to teach the difference between industrial and sustainable food production and the steps you can take to make healthy and environmentally friendly food buying choices. Learn tips for buying local and organic, growing your own food and managing food waste at home.

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2022 assessment notices have been mailed

The Town of Okotoks assessment notices have been mailed. The assessment inquiry period lasts until March 14 to provide an opportunity for owners to review their assessment.

Property owners can contact an assessor to discuss their assessment during the inquiry period by calling 403.995.6313 or emailing

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Residents' snow clearing responsibilities

Snow clearing on sidewalks is the responsibility of the adjacent property owner. Where sidewalks border parks, the Town provides the snow removal. Where sidewalks border businesses and residences, the private property owner is responsible. Sidewalks not cleaned may be subject to a fine.

As per the Town’s Traffic Bylaw: “All persons within the Town of Okotoks shall remove and clean away, as soon as possible, and in any case within 24 hours, all snow, ice, dirt or debris and other obstructions from the sidewalk adjoining the premises owned or occupied by them.”

Snow clearing info

Please keep your swales clear of snow and ice!

Grass or concrete swales commonly run along the back or side of residential properties. All swales, including those on private property, are part of the Town’s stormwater drainage system.

These swales are in place to help storm water drain properly and they help prevent flooding and damage to your property and your neighbour’s. Don’t let your swale fail, your neighbours are counting on you! If you have a swale running through your property you are responsible for keeping it clear of all debris.

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Share your precise location in an emergency with what3words

Planning to do any road travel this winter? In an emergency, timely response requires accurate location information. Relaying your exact location, especially when travelling in remote areas where everything can look the same, can be difficult.

The Okotoks Fire Department supports the location-finding app what3words to help locate callers in emergency situations, allowing a quicker response. Download what3words to help emergency services know exactly where help is needed.

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Next Council meeting

January 24 @ 3 p.m.| Live-streamed

Agenda packages are available Thursday evenings prior to each meeting on the Town website.

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Mayor’s Live with Mayor Tanya Thorn

Wednesday, January 12 | 11:00-11:30 a.m.

Join Mayor Tanya Thorn for Mayor's Live on the Town's Facebook channel. Get involved and let us know your questions in advance by posting them in the discussion section of the Facebook event.

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Christmas tree disposal

Drop your tree off at one of the drop-off locations at the Okotoks Operations Centre parking lot (NE corner), Okotoks Recreation Centre parking lot (NW corner) or Pason Centennial Arenas parking lot (NW corner) until January 31.

You can also cut and place small trees in your green organics cart, or place your tree on its side at your regular waste collection area no later than January 16. Trees must be unbagged with ornaments and decorations removed.

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Please stay off storm ponds!

The Town would like to remind residents that storm ponds are not for recreational use. There is a danger of falling through the ice on storm retention ponds and the Sheep River due to changing water levels. Water quality and changing weather conditions, ice quality and thickness can be significantly reduced. It is dangerous to walk, play or skate on any open bodies of water. Head to one of Okotoks' outdoor rinks for skating fun! 

Community safety info

Planning notices

Development permit approvals are posted on the Town’s website. For more information, call 403.995.2760.

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2022 Community Access Program cards

2022 Community Access Program cards have been
mailed to current cardholders. If you are a current cardholder and have not received your 2022 card, please contact 403-995-2773 or fcss@okotoks.ca to get your new card. 

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