Mountain View County Council and administration has decided to extend the closure of County facilities indefinitely.
Originally, the County closed its facilities until April 1, 2020. However, officials determined the closures be extended until such a time when Alberta Health Services directives and guidelines indicate that it is safe for the health of staff and the community to re-open County facilities.
County staff that can work from home will continue to do so to adhere to social distancing practices promoted by the province. Outside staff will continue to conduct their work in a safe manner that includes proper hygiene and social distancing practices, including no interactions with the public where possible. We continue to ask the public to inquire through our general phone number and email, and not to approach staff in the field.
In addition to County facilities like the administration office, operations shops and agriculture shop already closed to the public, the County has also closed it’s day-use parks, including Davidson Park near Bergen, William Bagnall Wilderness Park west of Water Valley, Hiller’s Dam in the Coburn area east of the QE II Highway, and Winchell Lake, south of Water Valley near the County Boundary with Rocky View County. All these facilities will remain closed to the public indefinitely.
The Olds Didsbury Flying Association (ODFA) has also closed the terminal building at the Olds Didsbury Airport, a facility that is owned by Mountain View County and run by the ODFA. The airport is still open to aircraft usage and fuelling services at this time.
The County and local municipal partners are also asking seasonal recreational users to stay in their home communities in the coming weeks rather than visiting their trailers, park models and other seasonal campsites they may have in the Mountain View County region. An influx of visitors puts an undue strain on local medical, emergency and other priority services that are staffed and stocked to levels suitable to the local population. It can also potentially compromise social distancing practices being mandated by Alberta Health Services and makes the tracking of COVID-19 spread more difficult.
The County is asking for the public’s cooperation during this very serious situation.
Council will also hold its April 1, 2020 Regular Meeting. The procedure for the meeting will be determined to ensure the County is adhering to social distancing and other health regulations while maintaining the public format of the open session portion required of municipal Council meetings. The County will communicate the meeting process in the coming days to the public.
“Following the recommendations and other measures put forward by Alberta Health Services is a priority for our Council and administrative teams. Every step we’ve taken as a municipality during this health emergency, has prioritized the health and safety of our staff and the public at large, while maintaining our core services.”
- Mountain View County Reeve Bruce Beattie
PREVIOUS COUNTY ACTIONS:
- County staff remain available to the public via telephone and email during regular office hours of 8 am to 4 pm, Monday through Friday. Please contact the County during those hours at 403-335-3311 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Outside staff continue to adapt their work routines around social distancing and enhanced hygiene practices. Service-wise Operations continues to monitor County roadways as the Spring cycle of freeze-thaw takes its annual toll on infrastructure. We will continue to update the public on County outside service levels.
- The April 3 Ag Plastics drop-off at the Agricultual Services Shop is cancelled.
- An FAQ sheet is now available at www.mountainviewcounty.com/content/covid-19-updates outlining many of the services and contact details for residents seeking information on social services and other services including postal details, grocery stores, etc.
- Westward Ho Campground has been closed by the Westward Ho Campers Association to limit the spread of COVID-19. Year-round campers can access their trailer for removal, but facilities, including toilets, showers, laundry, playgrounds, picnic shelters, and the hall are closed. Anyone wishing to access the campground is required to contact the campground manager at 403-556-2568 for further instructions prior to entry.
- The County-owned Water Valley Campground remains closed and will not re-open until such a time when it is safe to do so, according to Alberta Health Services.
- County, Provincial, Federal and our Urban Partner’s information links will continue to be posted to www.mountainviewcounty.com/content/covid-19-updates. Updates will also be posted on County social media accounts including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.