It’s summertime again in beautiful Brazeau County! I encourage everyone to get outside and make the most of the warm weather. Whether it’s camping, paddling, OHV riding, the County has something for you! Brazeau County demonstrated its tremendous Canadian pride in June, with 150 community members (including two canines!) taking part in our Canada 150 photo, which you will see in the centre of this issue. We encourage you to pull out the centre spread and keep the photo as a souvenir of Canada’s 150th anniversary of confederation in 2017. Brazeau County residents are lucky three times over, to live in Canada, Alberta, and in our County, the best place to live, work, and play.
We were proud to unveil our solar project in late May with representatives from the provincial and federal governments. Our solar system together will generate almost 300,000 kilowatt hours each year, offsetting about 30 per cent of our combined electricity needs. You can read more about our solar project in this edition.
You will also read information on our new online public mapping tool, which lets users view high-resolution aerial photography, basic parcel information, measure, and print what you see. There is also a computer station in the second floor lobby of the County Administration building for the public to access the mapping tool.
We continue to encourage hemp production in the County. I recently returned from a trade mission to the Netherlands, where the Regional Hemp Steering Committee explored opportunities to grow and expand the hemp industry. We learned a lot, and now is the time to roll up our sleeves and see how our producers and entrepreneurs can take advantage of this economic opportunity in Brazeau County.
Thank you to everyone who participated in our Annual General Meetings in late June. Council always welcomes the opportunity to hear from you. This is your County and we always want to hear your ideas, thoughts, and solutions. Have a safe and happy summer!
Bart Guyon Reeve,