March 2020 State of the County from Reeve Joe Blakeman and Lac Ste. Anne County Council

In the midst of what is undoubtedly a period of rapid change and uncertainty for all, Lac Ste. Anne County Council wishes to reaffirm its commitment to keeping citizens engaged, informed and safe. The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has in fact made its way into our region. As a team, we will focus on mitigating its immediate threats, and as a team we will all work toward the overarching goal of getting Lac Ste. Anne County back to business as usual.

Accordingly, we fully support our senior administration team, communicators, Firefighters and First Responders, Peace Officers and Public Works personnel and all other staff for their steadfast focus on the issues at hand, and for their resourcefulness and quick thinking when pivoting is required.

To all County community members: we are changing how we do business in the short term as follows:

  • Lac Ste. Anne County’s Emergency Operations Center is operational and continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation as it unfolds.
  • The County office is closed to the public, but regular business will continue to be conducted via telephone, and via this website.
  • Where possible, notices of new procedures will be posted at County buildings and public spaces. Current versions of new County procedures will be posted at Solid Waste Utility Bills have been postponed until further notice.
  • All essential services such as road maintenance, water refill stations, and transfer station access will be provided and remain open. County Enforcement Officers will remain on duty patrolling the communities.
  • Fire Permits are still required; however, Fire Guardians will not be attending individual properties. We ask that any requests be phoned into the County Fire Services Department.
  • Regularly scheduled County Council, MPC and ASB meetings have been postponed until further notice. Meetings may resume in April barring any COVID-19 developments.

We sincerely thank the public for their understanding and support as we deal with this evolving public health issue. We will get through this together, and once we do the fabric of our communities will be stronger than before. Council also wishes to thank staff and administration at every level. We are truly honoured to represent a group of people who work so selflessly and steadfastly on behalf of the County and its citizens.

Reeve Joe Blakeman | Deputy Reeve Nick Gelych | Councillor Lorne Olsvik | Councillor George Vaughan | Councillor Steve Hoyda | Councillor Ross Bohnet | Councillor Lloyd Giebelhaus

March 19, 2020