Sunday , 19 September 2021

City Hall remains open to serve residents

City Hall and several other City of Cold Lake facilities remain open and ready to serve residents, while taking all necessary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“Since the pandemic began, the City has been closely following the guidance of Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, and fortunately, we’ve been able to keep City Hall open and operational to meet the needs of our residents,” said Chief Administrative Officer Kevin Nagoya in a press release.

“We have all the necessary safety measures in place as we continue to see a steady stream of residents and clients accessing services such as business licenses and the business license rebate program, utilities, development permits and subdivision applications. FCSS continues to provide social wellness programs by appointment. These are very stressful times for residents and businesses being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Increased COVID-19 health measures, mandated by the Government of Alberta, took effect December 13.

Recreation facilities including the Energy Centre, North Arena and curling ice at the Golf and Winter Club are temporarily closed until at least January 12, 2021.

Other town halls in the area, like in Bonnyville and St. Paul have closed for the foreseeable future.

The following City facilities and services remain open and operational with enhanced health measures put in place through close consultation with the health authority. The regular operating hours and reduced holiday hours for each, are listed below:

  • City Hall (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. weekdays)

(Closed Dec. 24 @ 12 p.m., Dec. 25, Dec. 28, Jan. 1)

  • Cold Lake and District FCSS (by appointment only 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. weekdays)

(Closed Dec. 24 @ 12 p.m., Dec. 25, Dec. 28, Jan. 1)

  • Waste collection

(No collection Dec. 25 – rescheduled to Dec. 26)

  • Waste Transfer Station (Tuesday to Saturday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.)

(Closed Dec. 24 @ 12 p.m., Dec. 25, Dec. 26, Jan. 1)

In addition, the Energy Centre will open to the public for the Cold Lake Farmers Market on the following dates:

  • Thursday, Dec. 17 from 3:30 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 19 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Retail operations, including farmers markets licenced by the province, are permitted to continue operating at 15% capacity, under the Government of Alberta’s enhanced COVID-19 health measures. Use of masks or face shields and physical distancing is required of all vendors and participants.

About Michael Menzies

Menzies is the editor-at-large for Connected Media Inc. Born and raised in Vermilion, he started in May 2018 during his NAIT Radio and Television practicum and reports on local politics, sports, and community issues. He became the Bonnyville Pontiacs play-by-play voice during the 2019-20 season. He also comments on provincial and national issues. Menzies hosts Connected! Evening Monday-Thursday at 5 o’clock. He also likes to buy books and read some of them.