Spring Cleaning: Garbage & Recycling Locations

If you’re planning on doing some spring cleaning anytime soon, there’s a number of depots and centres available for Springbank and Bearspaw residents.

Springbank Recycling Depot
67 Commercial Court (Wild Wild West Events Centre)
Open every day from 10 am to 5 pm

Accepting the following materials

  • Cardboard
  • Newspaper
  • Mixed papers
  • Glass
  • Small metal items

Bearspaw CHUCKwagon
*CHUCKwagons are mobile recycling bins that act as small-scale transfer sites.
253220 Bearspaw Road NW (Bearspaw Lifestyles Centre)
Open Wednesdays 10 am to 7 pm

Accepting the following materials

  • Cardboard
  • Newspaper
  • Mixed papers
  • Clear glass
  • Small metal items

Springhill CHUCKwagon
*CHUCKwagons are mobile recycling bins that act as small-scale transfer sites.
SpringHill RV Park on Highway 22
Open Sundays 9 am to 3 pm

Accepting the following materials

  • Household garbage
  • Newspaper
  • Mixed papers
  • Clear glass
  • Cardboard
  • Plastic

Fees for recycling and garbage locations in Rocky View County can be found online here.


Adjustments to Rocky View Master Rates

Rocky View County recently passed its annual adjustments to the Master Rates Bylaw, which outlines what residents pay for County services (building permits, utilities, licenses, etc.).

Most of the rates will remain unchanged for this year, and actually some will even be decreasing. In some categories, rates are rising 1-2% to cover inflation.

Increases include:

  • Bragg Creek sewer services are moving from a fixed rate of $125. per month to a rate of $25 plus $3.70 per cubic metre of water consumption to better reflect each homeowner’s individual use.
  • The costs of monuments, burial sites, and other cemetery-related services are increasing to move towards true cost recovery.

The new rates come into effect on April 1, 2015.

The Master Rates Bylaw reflects the County’s 2015-2018 Strategic Plan, which identifies fiscal sustainability as one of its pillars. The County is moving towards more user-based fee structures for programs and services that benefit only some residents. Currently fewer than 12,000 of the County’s 38,000 residents receive water, sewer, or curbside waste and recycling services provided by the County.

More information on the Master Rates Bylaw and its 2015 amendments can be found on the Rocky View County website here.

Bearspaw & Springbank: Why I Love These Communities

While there are many great communities in Calgary, I personally love Bearspaw and Springbank, which are situated just outside the city limits, in Rocky View County.

Bearspaw and Springbank are beautiful neighbourhoods with both urban and rural appeal, playing to the lifestyles of anyone. I myself have been a resident of Springbank for many years, and work in both areas.

There’s no shortage of exciting things to do in both communities, favouring both the urban and rural appeal. Lots of great businesses, parks and restaurants are in both areas, and of course the landscape is to die for.

Love the outdoors? Bearspaw and Springbank both boast an abundance of beautiful parks and parkland. Bordered by both the Bow and Elbow Rivers, and situated among Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park, there’s no shortage of pathways and parks in the area.

Let’s talk about the curb appeal and resale value, which are two areas I know a lot about, being a REALTOR in the area. Home to several luxury properties, the neighbourhoods were voted among the richest neighbourhoods in Canada.

Also, of the over 7,200 new homes developed in the Rocky View County area in the past decade, 48% were in Springbank and Bearspaw.

Needless to say, I love Bearspaw and Springbank, and you can ask me anything about the areas, any time!

Organizing Your Home Office

January is “Get Organized Month”, and with the new year, it’s a perfect time to get around to that office organization you’ve been putting off. If you’ve got a home office, here’s five easy tips for organizing your space:

1. Take advantage of storage boxes, and try going with ones made from luxurious materials for some extra flair.

2. Experts from Style at Home recommend using glass vases, jars and canisters to store things as it makes things easy to find.

3. While you want to keep your home office tidy and organized, add some accessories or flowers to keep it a cozy space you want to spend time in.

4. Seek inspiration from new places: social media sites like Pinterest or Houzz, a colour palette you see, etc.

5. Upcycle materials and turn trash into treasure. Your desk doesn’t need to be top-of-the-line or brand new.

RVC: New Recreation and Culture Plan Coming

The County is one step closer to receiving a new Recreation and Culture Master Plan, after  a presentation to an RVC committee last week. Feedback from the presentation will be used to develop a report, which will be brought back to council in early January.

The development of the plan took into account a lot of feedback from the community, including information taken from workshops, interviews, questionnaires and tours of the facility.

One of the main recommendations being brought forward with the plan is a re-examining of the organizational structure of 10 recreation boards and one regional board.

“The primary purpose of the plan is to identify the needs of the community and a strategic direction to meet those needs, and how to do so in a financially sustainable manner.” – consultant Eric Lees

More recommendations and information on the proposed plan can be found in this great article on Rocky View Weekly.



Community Funding Requests Awarded in RVC

On November 25, Rocky View County (RVC) Council approved five community funding requests. Here’s a rundown of what organizations have been approved, and what for:

  • Bow Valley Agricultural Society: 50% cost-sharing grant to support maintenance and upgrades to the Indus arena, total approval just over $40,000.
  • North Bow Community Facility Board: support for land preparation work outside of Langdon to house a future high school and recreation amenities. Total approval: $38,000, $183,000 and $300,000 from various reserve funds.
  • Springbank Heritage Club: 50% of the cost to install a potable water line, total approval for $25,000.
  • Cochrane Lions Minor Football Association: to assist in the cost of purchasing and installing an artificial turf at Bow Valley High School. Total approval in the amount of $100,000.
  • Friends of Chestermere High School Society: assistance with the purchase of retractable seating at Chestermere High School. Total approval amount of $50,000.


Attend a Flood Recovery Evaluation Session

Tomorrow on Wednesday, October 22, there will be two Flood Recovery Evaluation sessions held in Rocky View County. These are public sessions to gather feedback on what support and services were most successful in meeting Albertans’ social and emotional needs following the flooding of 2013.

Each session is held by a facilitator from Alberta Health, and will include questions about residents’ experiences in accessing psychosocial support and services. The information gathered in these sessions will help the Alberta government in developing plans for future disaster responses.

Participants are asked to pre-register for the sessions by contacting Kristin Lins at 1-877-500-0795 or email kristin.lins@mnp.ca

Oct. 22, 2014. Session #1-3pm-5pm Session #2- 6pm-8pm

Fall Home Maintenance: Chimney Sweeping

Homes in older communities (like Bearspaw and Springbank), often have chimneys for wood-burning fireplaces. If those chimneys are cleaned properly, and safely, they can lead to bigger problems such as fires. Here are some tips for cleaning your chimney safely:

• Measure the distance from the top of the chimney down, so you know how many extension poles to purchase• Make sure you have safety goggles, rubber gloves, dust mask and shop vac (you will get dirty)
• Always make sure the chimney is completely cooled off before you begin anything
• The actual cleaning is just a matter of brushing up and down with appropriate bristles (your hardware store can direct you), to loosen deposits. You’ll want to clean them up with your shop vac afterwards.

If you’re not really a do-it-yourself kind of person, you can always hire a professional, which will also save you time and of course they will be able to do it in the most safe way possible. Do you know a good chimney sweep? Let me know about it on Twitter.

Funding Available for Rocky View Non-Profits

Rocky View County is now accepting applications from non-profits and charities/societies for special project funding. If your organization provides social support programs for Rocky View County residents, you may be eligible. The deadline to apply for this funding is September 30, 2014.

  • Applicants must serve Rocky View County residents, and have programs that meet one or more of the following criteria:
  • Be preventative in nature, and enhance the social well-being of individuals and families by promoting or providing early intervention strategies.
  • Help people develop independence, coping skills, the ability to resist crisis, and an awareness of social needs.
  • Help people develop interpersonal and group skills to build constructive relationships with others.
  • Support people and communities to assume responsibility for decisions and actions affecting them.
  • Promote, encourage, and facilitate the involvement of volunteers.

For more information or to receive an application form, contact Randy Ell at 403-520-1289 or email:rell@rockyview.ca

Acreage Living: Tips for Fencing Your Property

With the summer weather upon us, you may be thinking about finally getting that new fence up in your yard. Before you figure out what type of fence you want, first you should find out the specifics: where can you legally build a fence, and you’ll want to discuss it with your neighbours most likely.

Before you plan for a fence, first decide what you need a fence for: confine or exclude animals, aesthetics, dividing parts of your property, etc. Once you define that, then you can figure our what kind of fence to build.

• Barbed wire: recommended usage for cows and goats, but not for sheep, horses or swine. There is also always the likelihood of injury with this type.

• Woven or mesh wire: these are common and safe for the use of livestock.

• Rail fencing: this is popular for horses and other farm animal fencing.

• Cable wire: these have higher production costs but are very effective and are low-maintenance.

• Electrical fencing: while effective, there is always a potential danger with this type of fencing, so do your research.