Welcome to the official website of the Summer Village of WestCove. Alberta.
What's New & Alerts
The Summer Village of West Cove is included in a group of municipalities that form the Ste. Anne Summer Villages Regional Emergency Management Partnership.
To sign up for West Cove Connect, please register your contact information into the form below.
Fire risk is high. Please act responsibily.
Aquatic Vegetation Removal for Lakefront Owners
Are you interested in volunteering or know someone that is? The Summer Village is looking for Community‐Minded Volunteers!
The Summer Village currently contracts to the Town of Mayerthorpe for Bylaw Enforcement/Animal Control & Community Peace Officer Services - this is a shared service amongst several municipalities - this service for the Summer Village of West Cove is part time. There is now an online reporting form with a link to the concern/complaint submission form that will go directly to the Peace Officer. On the first page, the person making a complaint or an enquiry will need to select a group, i.e. West Cove, and then clock "write new online report." This will prompt a new tab or page to open where the person will simply follow the steps 1 through 10. On the first step, a new complaint/enquiry can be made, or supplemental information can be added to a previous report. Please note that "anonymous" complaints WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. Online Reporting Form: https://mayerthorpe.omnigo.one/CESIReportExec/olr Please note that only valid complaints will be addressed. A valid complaint is as follows: complainant contact information is required to discuss the complaint so that the officer can obtain all the required facts (without this information, the complaint will not be considered valid.)
A reminder to place branches and leaves as high as possible on the existing pile. Lake weeds and garden waste are to be placed on the extisting weed pile off to the side. Thank you for your continued cooperation!
Dock Permits - Provincial RequirementsThere are new requirements in place for placing docks and mooring structures in Alberta Lakes! These documents outline the requirements and process for an individual to obtain an authorization when required, to place a temporary, seasonal dock for personal recreational use in Alberta’s water bodies.
News Release - Municipalities Preserve Local ClinicA collaborative effort between Lac Ste. Anne County and five municipal partners has enabled the Onoway Medical Clinic in Onoway to continue operations as Onoway Regional Medical Clinic. Over the past year, the County has worked closely with The Town of Onoway, and with the Summer Villages of Ross Haven, West Cove, Val Quentin and Silver Sands to ensure this medical facility would continue to be able to provide quality health care services to families in and around the Onoway region. read more
If you drive your quad or snow mobile within or outside of the Summer Village Boundaries, different rules may apply. Please see the various local bylaws and Provincial requirements below.
Seasons Greetings from Lac Ste. Anne County on behalf of the Onoway Regional Medical Clinic!
Lac Ste. Anne Bylaw 22-2017-05-20 for Proposed Amendments to Land Use-Bylaw and Bylaw 31-2020 for Proposed Adoption of Dornbusch Area Structure Plan (Campground)
NEW TAX PAYMENT PLAN OPTION
Thank you to our volunteers - It could not have been done without you!
Visit the Community League Facebook page for more information on the Community League and their upcoming events.The Community League is always looking for Volunteers!If you are interested, messages can be left on their Facebook page, West Cove Community League; by Emailing firstname.lastname@example.org; or by calling 780-668-6501. Community League InformationFor years, the Summer Village of West Cove has had a dedicated volunteer group who have committed their time to the West Cove Community League. This group has also played a large part in recruiting volunteers, organizing and hosting West Cove Days. The group is always looking for new volunteers to run the Community League and to help out with the planning of the annual West Cove Days event.
Regular council meetings are normally held at 6:30 pm on the last Wednesday of each month. The agenda and Zoom link for each meeting are posted here in advance of the meeting date.
Next Meeting: January 31, 2024 at 6:30 PM
Agenda and Zoom link will be posted closer to the meeting date.
The West Cove Community Hall is Now Available for Rentals
For rental inquiries, please contact Jim Deeks, Managing Coordinator at (780)919-9099.
Home Support Program & Preventative Counselling Subsidy
The Summer Village of West Cove is partnering with Lac Ste. Anne County to make available to our residents two important programs hosted by the County:
Home Support Program:
This program offers a subsidy for light housekeeping services offered to seniors which helps them remain independent in their own safe, clean and comfortable home.
Preventative Counselling Subsidy:
This program offers a subside to eligible individuals, couples or families who find themselves struggling to afford the cost of short-term preventative counselling services.
Contact the County Office to find out more and if you are eligible – Community Services Department at 780-785-3411 or toll free at 1-866-880-5722.
Municipal Accountability Program Report
The Lac Ste Anne Summer Village Regionalization Study (SVRS) aims to identify ways in which the Summer Villages on Lac Ste Anne can collaborate to improve service delivery, decrease costs, and improve municipal efficiency.
Village Council has accepted this Framework as a recommendation moving forward at their April 27th, 2022 Council meeting.
NOTICE OF APPLEAL BOARD HEARING
POSTPONED TO January 12th, 2024 at 2:00 p.m. at the Seba Beach Pavillion
NOTICE OF SUBDIVISION & DEVELOPMENT APPEAL BOARD HEARING
DEVELOPMENT PERMIT APPLICATION NO. 23DP06-37
WITH RESPECT TO PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT ON LANDS DESCRIBED AS
PLAN 042 0025, BLOCK 2, LOT 14A : 214 - 2 , SUMMER VILLAGE OF WEST COVE, AB (THE “LANDS”)
An appeal has been brought forth on the decision of the Development Authority for the Summer Village of West Cove on the refusal of Development Permit Application No. 223DP06-37 which proposes the construction of a detached garage and garage suite with variances to the siting requirements. The Subdivision and Development Appeal Board has arranged the following date, time and place for a hearing:
Date: January 12, 2024
Time: 2:00 P.M.
Place: Seba Beach Pavilion (505 1st Avenue South, Seba Beach, AB T0E 2B0)
This hearing is being held for the purpose of determining the basis of the appeal, as well as the reasons for the decision given by the Development Authority. You are, therefore, invited to attend this Hearing.
If you should have any written submissions to be presented at the hearing, please submit them to the Clerk of the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board by email or by mail to be received no later than November 20, 2023 at 3:00pm.
Mail: Milestone Municipal Services Inc., Attn. Emily House, Box 1075, Onoway, AB T0E 1V0
Courier: 990 Bauer Avenue, Spring Lake, AB T7Z 2S9
Any written materials submitted to the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board will become part of the agenda package and will be available to the public. Documents relating to this Hearing are available for viewing on the Summer Village of West Cove website at www.westcove.ca or at www.milestonemunicipalservices.ca.
WASTE PICKUP SCHEDULE
Waste pick up occurs weekly, year round, on Mondays.
ENFORCEMENT SERVICES: DOG BARKING PACKAGE
If you have filed an official complaint against a neighbor and have chosen the option of filling out a barking package with the anticipation of Town of Mayerthorpe issuing a summons to the dog owner or caregiver on your behalf, please click the link below to download the barking package.
2023 LAKEFRONT WEED HARVESTING INFORMATION
The Summer Village of West Cove will be working with Aquatic Weed Harvesters again this year to provide lakefront aquatic vegetation removal. The work will be done under the conditions of the Summer Village of West Cove's 5-year Water Act Approval. The Summer Village will be collecting applications and payments from lakefront residents on behalf of Aquatic Weed Harvesters for lake weed removal services.
If you are a lakefront property owner and are interested in having a straight 4-meter strip of lake weeds harvested from in front of your property, please fill out the application form on the reverse side and return it to the Summer Village Office prior to July 13th, 2023.
DATE: Harvesting is planned to take place the mid Jul of 2023 (because this is weather permitting - we do not have an exact date)
COST: $275 per lot (must be paid to the Summer Village of West Cove prior to July 13th , 2023)
HEALTH ADVISORY: BLUE-GREEN ALGAE
FIRE BAN STATUS
Please be advised that Summer of West Cove has rescinded the FIRE BAN and Recreational ATV/UTV BAN effective 11:00 a.m. Friday, May 26. An assessment of the area fine fuels hazard is currently and forecasted to be moderate. Vegetation green up continues as the Summer Village and area has received between 25 to 75mm of rain. Fires in approved fire pits are allowed; ATV’s on public property are allowed with caution. Please note that the fire risk is still high and gauge yourselves accordingly.
Family & Community Support Services (FCSS) is a unique 80/20 funding partnership between the Government of Alberta and participating municipalities or Métis settlements. Provincially, the FCSS Program receives its mandate from the FCSS Act and Regulation. The Act describes what the Province and municipality/Métis settlement can do to provide preventive social services. The Regulation describes how services may be provided.
LET’S TALK TRAILS IN THE LAC STE ANNE AREA!!
The followign tools are scheduled to be open until January 20, 2023.
Please be advised that the Administration Office move is complete!! Our new location is 2317 Twp Rd 545, just west of the Onoway overpass (old Ste. Anne Gas building). Our phone number and email remain the same. Stop in for a visit and check out the new location!
Lagoon Road Work
Council requested and received a report on infrastructure maintenance in the Village. One of the recommendations was to create an open area for about 30 meters east of the lagoon road. This would allow for the road to drain and dry faster, thereby reducing ongoing maintenance costs. A second benefit is that it provides a fire break.
Road Ban Information
This Road Ban Notice applies to all Lac Ste. Anne County road surfaces, and supersedes the County’s standing weight restrictions on certain chip seal coat roadways.
This Notice shall remain in effect until further notice. If you require further information, please contact the Public Works department at www.lsac.ca.
East End Bus Society
East End Bus Society is a cooperative effort of the Lac Ste. Anne County, the Town of Onoway and the Village of Alberta Beach to provide affordable transportation for seniors and handicapped. With additional financial support from 10 Summer Villages, Yellowstone, South View, Silver Sands, Val Quentin, Sunset Point, Sunrise Beach, Birch Cove, West Cove, Nakamun Park and Ross Haven.
Service consists of scheduled shopping/medical trips to West Edmonton Mall, and Spruce Grove along with excursion and rentals by service clubs, special interest groups and community members.
Standstone will be collecting Organics beginning May 1, until November 1. The ORGANICS cart is for YARD WASTE only, as it will be accepted at our local Highway 43 Waste Commission for composting and ground cover. Below is a list of acceptable items to place in the Organics cart.
Any contaminated carts will be identified and flagged as contaminants. The contaminated load will be taken directly to Highway 43 Landfill and deposited as WASTE, instead of ORGANICS. This additional cost will be paid the municipality and may be passed on to the resident.
Vegetable garden waste can go in your waste cart.
Happy Spring to you all.
Rural Crime Watch
Recently, the quick response of a resident from a nearby community who reported suspicious activity to the RCMP led to the apprehension of the responsible individuals. A reminder to all residents that we are the eyes and ears of our communities. If you see suspicious activity, report it immediately to the RCMP or visit the website below and download the Alberta Rural Crime Watch app and report any crime or suspicious activity as it happens.
Emergency - Police/Fire/Ambulance: 9-1-1
RCMP - Non-Emergency Line
Stony Plain Detachment: 1-825-220-7267
Lake Isle & Lac Ste. Anne Water Quality Management Society (LILSA)
Did you know that LILSA:
- Advocates for the health of our lakes;
- Is working hard to slow and prevent the spread of FLOWERING RUSH, an invasive species that is taking over Lake Isle and making its way to Lac Ste Anne;
- Completed a State of the Watershed Report and is working with other organizations to develop a Watershed Management plan;
- Partners with municipal and provincial governments to apply for grants and improve the quality of our lakes;
- Is working on short and long-term solutions to improve our lakes and keep them healthy and useable for generations to come;
- Needs more members to keep doing their important work!
Become a LILSA Member today!
There is no time commitment required. You can do as little or as much as you choose.
By becoming a member you will:
- Help support the health of our lakes;
- Be able to vote at our AGM;
- Be eligible to run for the board;
- Be a part of the solution!
Annual Memberships are $20 (individual or family) & can be purchased at:
Alberta Beach Village Office (4935-50Ave) Lac Ste Anne County Building (56521 Rge Rd 65) Onoway Town Office (4812-51St)
Flowering Rush is a prohibited, noxious weed that has been introduced into several Alberta water bodies. It is an aquatic plant that grows as an emergent plant along shorelines of both lakes and rivers. Flowering Rush was brought to North America from Europe as a garden plant. This variety will form dense stands which will interfere with recreational lake use. Flowering Rush crowds out our native plants and has the potential to fill in an entire lake if left uncontrolled.
For more information - visit the Lake Isle Lac Ste. Anne (LILSA) website
Drainage Project Update - May 21, 2020
Please be advised that the proposed drainage work on the 11th street Municipal Reserve (MR) area has been put on hold pending further consideration. This MR has been surveyed, therefore, all chattels that are located on this MR will need to be removed regardless of whether this drainage project proceeds or not. Further information will be provided in due course.
Use of Municipal Reserve Areas
A reminder to all residents that vegetation such as trees, plants and flowers are not to be removed or planted on any municipal reserve areas without prior permission from the Sumner Village. Any vegetation that has been planted on the municipal reserve areas without permission will be removed. If you have planted anything on the municipal reserve areas, please remove or move to your property. Your cooperation is appreciated.