March 26, 2020
As we all struggle to deal with the current COVID 19 pandemic; Public Works continues to ensure that essential services continue to be provided. Our main focus at this time is to protect the health and well-being of our Water and Wastewater Operators and to keep our water and wastewater systems in compliance with all provincial and federal regulations.
With changes to our work practices our staff resources are being stretched. This may result in slower response times to resident concerns. While you are still encouraged to report major issues or concerns you may notice in the community please be patient while we respond to the many tasks we are dealing with.
Thank you for your patience and co-operation while we deal with these unprecedented circumstances.
Stay safe Penhold
Nancy McAteer, Town of Penhold Public Works Manager
Annual Spring Clean Up May 22 - June 1, 2020
The Town of Penhold’s Annual Spring Clean Up will be held May 22nd - June 1st, 2020. Garbage containers will be placed at the Lincoln Street Recreation Centre area. Hours of Operation: 8:30am - 8:00pm Site will only be open on Sundays until the bins are full.
To ensure all protocols put in place by Alberta Health Services for Covid 19 are met, all necessary measures will be taken to ensure the health and safety of staff and residents. Due to restrictions of Covid 19 only 1 vehicle will be allowed in the site at a time. It will be the RESIDENT’S RESPONSIBILITY to bring any unwanted items to the bins during this time.
There will be designated areas for tires, propane bottles and batteries. PLEASE NOTE: NO OILS, PAINTS, ANTIFREEZE OR CHEMICALS OF ANY KIND WILL BE ACCEPTED.
Please note new this year due to changes at the landfill, there will be a $25 fee for the disposal of any appliances.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Residents MUST call public works at 403-886-4265 to advise you are bringing an appliance BEFORE arriving at site. Disposal fee of $25 per appliance will be added to utility bill. If you are a resident that does not receive a utility bill in your name another form of payment can be arranged. All payment arrangements can be done by calling 403-886-4265.
Yard Waste Bins will be returning on May 1, 2020
Town of Penhold Public Works Department will once again be bringing yard waste bins in for resident use disposing of household yard waste. The bins will be located south of the Penhold Regional Multiplex near the Waskasoo Ave ball diamond. Bins will be arriving May 1, 2020. Please refer to list below for which yard waste items are acceptable in the bins.
- Branches - must be shorter than 4' and smaller than 1" in diameter
- Bags of any sort, including paper yard waste bags
- Garbage of any sort
- Animal feces
Garbage/recycling pick up will also be completed on statutory holidays with the exception of Christmas Day and New Years Day.
Our Public Works staff makes every effort to ensure that our streets are clear of snow and ice during the winter months. Please be patient as we complete this process. Snow plowing and/or removal on streets will be started after a heavy snowfall (15cm) or once accumulations have reached 15cm.
The priority areas are as follow:
Priority one includes main thoroughfares and bus routes.
Priority two are businesses, streets and avenues.
Priority three are closes, courts and places – these are cleared once all other major areas are complete.
Click here for Snow Removal Priority Map.
The Town of Penhold reminds residents the storm retention ponds are not measured for ice depth in the winter. There may be water flowing into these systems during the winter months, so town officials ask everyone to stay off the ice as there may be a danger of thin ice.
About Public Works
The Public Works Department Consists of 1 manager, 5 full time operators, 1 full time landscape/gardener, 1 full time administration and utility clerk, 1 part time admin/safety and 4 temporary summer staff. What do we do?
These areas are:
- Snow Removal
- Street Sweeping
- Maintain Roadways, sidewalks & alleys
- Maintain infrastructure
- Storm Water Management
- Operate Water/Wastewater systems
- Maintain Quality drinking water
- Hydrant/Line flushing
- Install/read water meters
- Calculate & send out utility bills
- Reporting to Government agencies
- Operate regional sewer line
- Maintain garbage receptacles around public property in Penhold
Park & Recreation
- Operate/maintain outdoor recreational facilities
- Maintain parks and green spaces
- Memorial Hall maintenance
Can anyone work in water and wastewater?
No. Alberta Environment mandates certification for Water & Wastewater Operators. Certification is obtained through combination of education, experience and passing the Government examination. Continuing education is required to maintain certification.
Are there checks done to make sure the water is safe?
The Town of Penhold water is treated to comply with Alberta Drinking Water Regulations
Public Works Department Yearly Maintenance Schedule