The Summer Village of Silver Sands was incorporated on January 1st, 1969 and spans a land area of 2.35 square kilometers. The Summer Village is located on the shores of Lake Isle. The 2016 Population was 160. Silver Sands has a 3-member Council whose term currently runs until 2021.
Summer Village Information
Regular Council Meetings are generally held at the Fallis Hall located on Highway 16 & Range Road 52 (unless another location is scheduled).
PUBLIC NOTICE - EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 27-2020
Given the current situation regarding COVID-19, public attendance at Council meetings will be via teleconference, please contact the Summer Village Office to make arrangements firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: Where future public attendance is allowed, attendance is subject to the following COVID19 restrictions including but not limited to: that public must bring hand sanitizer, that masks be worn, that no public washrooms be available, that public must bring their own drink, that public must not attend if experiencing any sick symptoms, that public must pre-register to attend with Administration as there is limited space available for in-person attendance.
Regular Council Meeting - Friday, November 27, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. at Fallis Hall
The December 2020 Council Meeting has been cancelled.
Fire Ban Information
Note that even when a Total Fire Ban is NOT in place, 'Open' fires are NOT allowed. Only fires within fire pits are permissible.
Please continue to ensure you take care and caution when having a fire and be sure your fire is completely out when unattended.
The Summer Village will post 'Fire Ban in Effect' signs when there is a full fire ban in effect. This means no open fires and no fireworks. The Summer Village will be under a total fire ban when there is a Provincial Fire Ban in place.
For all other Provincial Fire Ban Information please visit the following website: www.albertafirebans.ca
Love Your Lake Website
This website has tips on how to maintain a shoreline buffer, how to prevent erosion, know which docks are the most environmentally friendly or something else that’s impacting your shoreline and lake. More details here...
Stop Aquatic Hitchhiker From Entering Alberta
If you are bringing a boat and equipment into Alberta from another province or state, make sure to: Clean, Drain, Dry
If you are using your boat in a number of different waterbodies, be sure to clean, drain and dry your boat and equipment after you leave each waterbody. This is especially important if you boat outside of the province.
For more information or to report something suspicious on your boat or equipment:
Call Toll Free: 1 855 336-2628 (BOAT) Link to Aquatic Invasive Species Website (click here)
News & Updates
Onoway Regional Medical Clinic Welcomes New Physician
Onoway Regional Medical Clinic is pleased to welcome its newest physician, Dr. Kelli Burdek. Starting at the Clinic Monday, September 28, Dr. Burdek is a lifelong Albertan and a new addition to the Lac Ste. Anne community.
Dr. Burdek received her medical degree from the University of Calgary in 2014 and completed her family medicine residency via the University of Alberta. She is passionate about family medicine, preventative care and women’s health.
Dr. Burdek has lived in Alberta her entire life, and is excited to make Lac Ste. Anne County her home along with her husband and two dogs. She enjoys reading, outdoor adventures, gardening and always has something on her knitting needles.
Renovation Phase Begins
In addition to Dr. Burdek's arrival, the renovation phase of the clinic's expansion is scheduled to begin Tuesday, September 29 with a target completion date of December 18, 2020. This work is being done to provide additional space for clients and clinic staff, and thus enhance the capacity of the clinic to service communities in the Lac Ste. Anne region.
Please join us in extending a warm welcome to Dr. Burdek and her family. The County applauds the twin milestones of a new physician and clinic renovation, and looks forward to the considerable social value they will bring to the region.
Dock Permits - Provincial Requirements
There are new requirements in place for placing a dock in the lake! The User Guide for Dock Permits outlines the requirements and process for an individual to obtain an authorization to place a temporary, seasonal dock or mooring structure for personal recreational use in Alberta's water bodies.
Documents you will require to obtain a dock permit:
User Guide for Dock Permits - Government of Alberta (April 2020)
Dock TFA Application
Crown Land Client ID Application
Dock Authorization Contact List
Note: If you as the applicant are NOT the owner of the waterfront land parcel, the department will then require the applicant to obtain the written consent of the waterfront landowner or holder before the application will be considered for approval. You will need to attach this consent to your application. If the land is one of the Summer Village's reserve areas, please email the administration office to request a letter of consent and provide your contact information and where you are requesting to place the dock.
Completed applications are to be emailed to:
Alberta Environment & Parks Upper Athabasca Central Region
Rural Crime Watch
Recently, the quick response of a resident in the Summer Village who reported suspicious activity to the RCMP led to the apprehension of the responsible individuals. A reminder to all residents that we are the eyes and ears of our communities. If you see suspicious activity, report it immediately to the RCMP or visit the website below and download the Alberta Rural Crime Watch app and report any crime or suspicious activity as it happens.
Emergency - Police/Fire/Ambulance: 9-1-1
RCMP - Non-Emergency Line
Evansburg Detachment: 780-727-4446
The Summer Village recently purchased a speed indicator sign that was erected on Twp 540. The sign was purchased in order to keep pedestrian traffic safe and to serve as a reminder to those who speed along that roadway. Approximately five days after the sign was erected, the post that the sign was mounted to was cut down and the unit smashed on the ground and is now inoperable. This is vandalism and it is a criminal offence.
The Summer Village is offering a $500 reward for information that leads to the conviction of the individual or individuals who vandalized this sign. If you have any information regarding this incident, please contact the Evansburg RCMP at 780-727-4446.
9-1-1 Important Information for Summer Village Residents
IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY FOR POLICE / FIRE / AMBULANCE.
WHEN YOU CALL 9-1-1 YOU WILL BE ASKED FOR THE CLOSEST TOWN OR CITY.
YOU MUST ADVISE THE OPERATOR THAT YOU ARE IN THE
SUMMER VILLAGE OF SILVER SANDS.
THE OPERATOR WILL THEN BE ABLE TO DIRECT YOUR CALL PROPERLY AND ACCORDINGLY.
Blue-Bag Recycling in the Summer Village
Attention Residents - Cougar Sighting
Cougars have been spotted in the Summer Village. If you see a cougar in your neighbourhood, call your nearest Fish and Wildlife office.
A Fish and Wildlife officer can provide advice on preventing cougar encounters and responding when cougar encounters are unavoidable.
Fish & Wildlife Office Contacts
For more information on preventing conflict with cougars, see link below.
A few important reminders:
How can I prevent cougars from visiting my property?
-Never feed any kind of wildlife. Feeding or leaving fallen bird seed or salt licks that attract wildlife such as deer to your property will, in turn, attract cougars and other predators. Urban deer that get food from unnatural sources such as your yard tend to become slower and more docile, making them easier prey for cougars. Cougars may be more likely to enter human-use areas if the deer there are easier to catch.
-Avoid attracting small animals to your yard. Keep your garbage in a container with a tightly fitting lid.
-Keep the perimeter around your house clear of thick or tall vegetation. This will help ensure that cougars, other predators and prey species will not see your home as a safe place to stop to rest or search for food.
-Close off open spaces under decks or patios with durable wire mesh. This will prevent cougars, and other wildlife, from using that space for shelter.
-Install motion-activated security lights. These may help frighten away curious cougars.
-Encourage your family and neighbours to take the same preventative measures on their property. If a cougar returns to your neighbourhood, it is because it has learned that food or shelter can be easily attained there.
Accepting FCSS Grant Applications
Family & Community Support Services (FCSS) is:
“FCSS is a unique 80/20 funding partnership between the Government of Alberta and participating municipalities or Metis settlements. Provincially, the FCSS Program receives its mandate from the FCSS Act and Regulation. The Act describes what the Province and municipality/Metis Settlement can do to provide preventive social services. The Regulation describes how services may be provided … Under FCSS, communities design and deliver social programs that are preventive in nature to promote and enhance well-being among individuals, families and communities …”
Stay informed with Silver Sands Connect.
NOTICE TO RESIDENTS AND VISITORS
Re: Public Health and COVID-19
The Summer Village Main Office located in Onoway will be closed to the general public until further notice.
We can be contacted via email and telephone at this time.
For more Summer Village Information - Visit our COVID-19 page.
For Updates on Upcoming Events (family day picnic, large bin clean up) - Visit our Community Events Page.
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THERE IS CURRENTLY NO FIRE BAN IN EFFECT