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Yes. Call the Aquatic Centre at 780.672.9909 to book a private lesson.
The Aquatic Centre rents lifejackets for $1. To receive a lifejacket, pay at the front desk and get a stamp. The lifeguard on deck will then provide a life jacket.
Locks are available at the front desk for $0.50 rental fee. You are permitted to bring your own lock to use while you swim, but personal locks must be removed daily.
The Aquatic Centre has three different party packs to choose from. Each pack includes one hour of swimming and one hour in a facility room. Click here for more information.
Children under the age of seven must be supervised in the water and within arm's reach of a responsible individual 14 years or older.
We have a salt system called a Lectranator. In this process, salt is added to the pool water, but chlorine is still produced, so the answer is yes to both.
The hot tub is kept at 39.5 degrees Celsius.
The main pool is kept at 29.5 degrees Celsius.
According to public health regulations, a public hot tub cannot be maintained above 40 degrees Celsius.
Due to health regulations, a main pool should be maintained under 30 degrees Celsius. If our wading pool was separate from the main pool, we would be able to increase its temperature. Also, we can’t make the pool warmer than 29.5 degrees is because we need to find a happy medium for both the young children and the lane swimmers (who would have a difficult time working out in warmer water).
However, the following permits may be required:
For costs, please view our Fee Schedule. Please note that travel charges may also apply for rural permits.
You should give two days notice unless extenuating circumstances occur.
A permit is required for demolition of any building on your property. This is to ensure safety as well as have the structure removed from your property assessment.
When you apply for a permit you must notify Alberta 1call and all utility companies and allow adequate time for services to be disconnected (e.g. Atco , Fortis, Telus, City water).
Note: Allow up to two weeks for all approvals.
The clear opening of the window must be a minimum of .35 sq. m. (3.8 sq. ft.) with no dimension less than 380 mm (15 inches) and must be measured with the window in the open position. The window must be able to stay open without any additional support.
The Camrose Police Service can enforce the City of Camrose bylaws. You can contact them at 780.672.4444.
After a snowfall ends, occupants or owners of residential properties must remove snow and ice from adjacent sidewalks within 72 hours, excluding Sundays and holidays. Owners or occupants of other properties(ie:commercial) must remove snow and ice from adjacent sidewalks within 24 hours, excluding Sundays and holidays.
You can contact the Community Peace Officer at 780.672.8300.
If you have lost animal, please call the Camrose City Pound at 780.678.4271 and include the name of the animal, a complete description and a picture (if possible).
If you have found an animal, please call the Camrose City Pound at 780.678.4271 and include the name of the animal, a complete description and a picture (if possible).
- Rough-in inspection before wiring is covered
- Final inspection before building occupancy
The Alberta Safety Codes Council issued the City of Camrose with a Joint Accreditation under the Alberta Safety Codes Act, giving us exclusive authority for our assigned region which includes:
Alberta 1 Call will mark all underground utilities on your property free of charge.
Canadian Electrical Code & Alberta Codes can be purchased online at www.municipalaffairs.alberta.ca/cp_electrical_codes_&_standards.cfm
If you are doing the work yourself, you may obtain the permit, provided you are the owner and you live or will be living at the premises (some restrictions may apply).
The Community Services Department provides a number of garden plots annually for the citizens of Camrose to rent for the season. These plots are rototilled and marked, and are ready to be planted. These become available in May of each year, and information is on our website as well as in the newspapers at that time. For more information call Community Services at 780.672.9195.
No water craft of any kind are allowed on Mirror Lake or Duggan Pond. Non motorized water craft are allowed on Valleyview Pond (23 Avenue & Valleyview Drive) and Cascades Pond (50 Avevnue & 69 Street). For more information call 780.672.9195.
The Community Services Department has an arborist on staff to provide care and maintenance to city trees. Community Services also does its best to provide helpful information to citizens that may have questions regarding trees on their private property. For more information call 780.672.9195.
Camrose has one year round dog off leash area north of Safeway/Staples at 6800 - 48 Avenue. There are two temporary sites as well, one summer one in Stoney Creek Valley and a winter one at the golf course. The year round area north of Safeway/Staples is fenced. Click here to find out more.
The parks section of Community Services is committed to environmentally responsible weed control . Signage is posted in areas that have been treated.
There is approximately eleven kilometers of paved trails around Mirror Lake, and in Jubilee and Stoney Creek parks, with about another twenty-five kilometers of trails throughout the city. Click here to view our trail system brochure.
Provincial regulations state that elm trees can be pruned between October 1 and March 31. All pruned elm wood must be disposed of by burning, burying or chipping by March 31. Elm trees must not be pruned between April 1 and September 30. Click here to find out more.
The parks section of the Community Services Department is responsible for cutting grass in the city park areas. They can be contacted at 780.672.9195.
The parks section of the Community Services Department of the City of Camrose is responsible for boulevard trees. If there are any concerns regarding pruning, damaged, broken or dead boulevard trees, call the Community Services Department at 780.672.9195.
The parks section of the Community Services Department is responsible for the maintenance of the trail system in Camrose. They also provide the snow removal of designated areas during the winter. For more information call 780.672.9195.
Sewage contains chemical and biological constituents that can cause environmental and public health problems if the waste is not treated and disposed of properly. The treatment and safe disposal of sewage is particularly important to prevent the contamination of food and water and to prevent the incidence and transmission of disease.
Make sure the person doing the work for you is a certified installer.
The owner is entitled to a copy of the permit and inspection report(s). A copy of the permit and inspection report may be required if and when you sell your property.
Minimum volumes are specified in the Standard and are based on the number of bedrooms for a basic home. If your home has features beyond the basic home that might increase water use, additional volumes should be included. The soil under the surface can change rapidly. A thin soil layer below the bottom of your system can prevent or slow the sewage effluent soaking into the soil, causing the system to fail. Soils saturated with water during parts of the year can also cause a system to fail.
The underlying soils must be analyzed to identify soil layers that affect system performance, and determine if there are saturated soil conditions present that can harm the system.
Your assessment is based on the market value of your property.
Each year your assessment is based on the market conditions of July 1 of the previous year. So for 2018, your market value is based on the real estate market as of July 1, 2017. The assessment also reflects the physical condition of your home on as it existed on December 31, 2017.
Camrose City Council had budgeted for a 1.34% municipal tax increase using new assessment growth to minimize the tax increase. With growth coming in under expectation the municipal levy has increased by 1.57%.
Yes the education levy as set by the Provincial government has increased has increased significantly. The levy for residential properties in particular has increased by 9%. Non-residential property owners will see a smaller increase in the education levy of 2.5%.
No the lodge authority levy as set by the Provincial government has remained relatively unchanged.
A typical property will see a total tax increase of 3% when factoring in changes to all three levies; municipal, school, and lodge.
Camrose City Council cannot set individual tax bills. They control the overall tax dollars collected from all the citizens of Camrose. Individual tax bills are determined by applying the municipal, education, and lodge tax rates to the assessment of your property. Several factors affect your tax notice.
The taxes you pay to fund the education system in Alberta have changed in 2018. This amount is set by the Provincial Government not Camrose City Council. The increase in provincial education tax is 9% for residential property owners.
Properties that have experienced real growth will see a tax increase. Changes to the property including construction, renovations, and additions are all considered real growth.
The change in your assessment can also cause the property taxes you pay to increase, remain unchanged or decrease. For the 2018 tax year, the total assessment for all residential properties decreased by 5.8%. In order to determine if you will see a tax increase or decrease, compare the per cent change in the assessed value of your home with the overall increase in residential assessment in the City.
If your property assessment decreased 5.8% your total taxes will increase 3% for the 2018 tax year. If your property assessment decreased less than 5.8% or increased, you can expect the increase in the total of your property taxes to be more than 3%. If your assessment decreased more than 5.8% or decreased you can expect to see a total tax increase less than 3%.
Residential typical properties should see a total property tax increase of approximately 3% (when the changes in school and lodge authority requisitions are factored in).
Non-residential typical properties should see a total property increase of approximately 1.6% (when the changes in school and lodge authority requisitions are factored in).
A tax shift is when certain properties or property types change in a value at a different rate than others. For the current year both hotels and box stores are dropping in assessed value at a more significant rate some of the other property types. The result of this assessment shift is other non-residential properties will pay more taxes as the tax burden shifts to them and most non-residential properties will see greater then a 1.6% tax increase.
The amount of tax dollars required to operate a municipality can differ greatly. The services offered, as well as service levels, vary from municipality to municipality. The other factor to consider is who is paying the majority of the property taxes. Some municipalities have properties like pipelines paying large amounts of property tax, while others municipalities do not.
In person – 5204 50 Avenue
By phone -Taxation Staff – (780) 672-4426Assessment Staff – (780) 678-3032
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A track pass can be purchased at the Community Services office in the Recreation Centre (4512 - 53 Street). Office hours are: Monday to Friday 8:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm (Closed Saturday, Sunday and Holidays). For information call: 780.672.9195
Wastewater is what we flush down the toilet and what goes down our drains. It comes from many different sources, both domestic and industrial, and contains many different compounds.
Contrary to what most people believe, our wastewater does not contain exotic chemicals, metals, or highly toxic substances. Our wastewater is composed primarily of natural organic substances, which are byproducts of human, animal, and plant processes.The primary elements in our wastewater include nitrogen, phosphorous, ammonia, and carbon. Camrose Creek naturally contains all of these substances. However, the large quantities present in the wastewater could be harmful if they were not removed. The Camrose wastewater treatment facility removes about 90% of these compounds before the water is released to the environment.
The major household contributors of wastewater are toilets, sinks, showers, and floor drains. Most of the water used in a home ends up in the sanitary sewer system.
Combined, these account for 85% of household wastewater and the majority of residential wastewater. Another major source of wastewater comes from the weeping tiles in some homes. Weeping tiles are pipes surrounding the foundation of buildings that absorb any excess moisture near the foundation to protect it from water damage. Weeping tiles in houses built in Camrose between 1970 and 1994 discharge foundation water into the sanitary sewer system.Unfortunately, improper grading can result in large amounts of surface water entering the sanitary sewer during rainstorms. During major storms, these large flows can overload a sanitary system, causing sewage backup and widespread basement flooding.To control this flooding and put the responsibility for lot grading back on homeowners, City Council passed a bylaw in 1994 which prohibited the connection of weeping tiles to the sanitary sewer. This change should significantly reduce the amount of water in the sanitary sewer system in new areas, especially during major storms.
Camrose has strict bylaws pertaining to wastewater disposal, which help protect the environment from harmful substances that our treatment system may not be able to remove. The bylaws, including the City of Camrose Sewer Bylaw, impose strict penalties for discharging harmful substances into the sewers.In general, anything that could harm the sewer, animals, vegetation or humans is not permitted in the sewer system. These include but are not limited to:
The strength of the wastewater is measured by how quickly a sample of a specific size consumes oxygen at a given temperature. The Biological Oxygen Demand (BOD) of our wastewater before treatment averages around 280 mg/L. After treatment the BOD is approximately 8 mg/L. Click here to view our Bylaws.
Inspectors can test the quality of the wastewater entering the system. This allows the City to regulate disposal and ensure compliance with the bylaw. If anyone is found discharging harmful or prohibited substances into the sewer system, the City can impose strict fines or disconnect their public sewer service.Some industries have wastewater with high levels of phosphorous, nitrogen, or grease. While not prohibited, these high levels cause increased maintenance and operational costs to treat the sewage. If the strength of the wastewater is above the levels specified in the bylaws, the City can either levy extra charges for the treatment or require the industry to pre-treat its waste.
Because sanitary waste in Camrose is primarily composed of organic matter, a natural treatment system is used. By bubbling large volumes of air through the wastewater, the natural processes of organic decomposition are enhanced. No chemical systems are used. The aeration system removes most of the nutrients found in the water. These include phosphorous, nitrogen, and carbon.Removing the nutrients in the wastewater is crucial in limiting environmental damage to Camrose Creek. In addition to removing the organic substances in the water, the process also removes solid debris such as rocks, clay, sticks, cans, and rags.The City's treatment system does not have a magic process which can remove any and all pollutants. This is why we need the Sewer Bylaw and the cooperation of our citizens and industries. Limited amounts of heavy metals and other chemicals are removed by a settling process and are retained by the sludge which forms at the bottom of the storage lagoon, but the system cannot handle large amounts of these types of substances.
Streets are maintained in a priority sequence outlined in the Winter Road Maintenance Policy. Wind direction and traffic volumes generally determine which roadways or areas receive highest priorities.
Streets are sanded according to the priority sequence outlined in the Winter Road Maintenance Policy. Special attention is given to intersections, hills and curves.
The property owner is responsible for damages.
Please do not feed the swans. They should only feed on the food in their natural setting to not upset their digestive system. Feeding them encourages them to leave the water and makes them vulnerable to attacks by wildlife, as well as putting them in danger of traffic. It is also very important to remember they are wild birds and can become aggressive.
The swans are taken off the water bodies and housed indoors for the winter. For more information call Community Services at 780.672.9195.
Camrose has both Trumpeter and Mute swans - the number of each varies from year to year. For more information call Community Services at 780.672.9195.
Find out your collection schedule here: www.camrose.ca/829/Automated-Waste
The following is a breakdown from the bylaw:- Solid Waste Collection Fee & Organic / Yard Waste Collection Fee (per dwelling unit): $11.76/month (an increase of $1.21)- Collection Cart Fees (per dwelling unit): $2.80/month - this is strictly for the purchase of the carts. The carts will be paid off in 5 years at the point the fee schedule would go back to council to decide what to do. - Solid Waste Disposal Fee: $3.45 (did not change)
All compostable materials should be ready for collection by 7:45 am on the morning of your collection day. Compostable materials collection will occur on the same day as your regular waste collection by separate vehicle. May through October is weekly collection. November through April is bi-weekly collection. Click here to find your schedule.
All regular waste should be ready for collection by 7:45 am on the morning of your collection day. Regular waste collection will occur on the same day as your compostable materials pick up by separate vehicle. Click here to find out your schedule.
To have your compostable materials collected as part of the program (and not as part of your regular waste bag limit), your compostable materials need to be set out at least 1 metre (or 1 yard) from your regular waste. You can use “bag to earth” compostable yard waste bags (available at most hardware and retail locations) or a separate dedicated metal or plastic bin. Make sure your bags are labelled “compostable” by the manufacturer or your bin is clearly labelled as “Yard Waste” or “Compostable Materials”. Please remember that your bags or containers must be less than 20kg (44lbs).
No plastic bags can be accepted. Please use a compostable yard waste bag or a plastic or metal bin. Regular plastic bags may be confused for regular waste and may be counted as part of your bag limit.
Compostable bags are available at most retail outlets and cost approximately $0.50 per bag. Please double check that they are labelled “compostable” and not biodegradable by their manufacturer.
The monthly charge for the program is the total annual cost of collection divided by 12 months. Instead of charging more in the summer and less in the winter, it is easier on residents to spread the charge over the entire year.
After an in-depth study, the City of Camrose concluded that supporting Recycle with Centra-Cam Collection Depot is the most economical way to provide recycling services. The recycling service is funded through a monthly surcharge on municipal utility bills, along with revenue collected from the sale of the recycled products. Together these ensure a consistent level of funding for the program. So take advantage of this service, and recycle.