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The results will provide measures for several key performance indicators in our Strategic Plan and will be published in the Report to the Community.
To grow, Beaumont requires additional lands to attract industrial and commercial development within its boundaries. Industrial development provides a strong, viable tax base to fund more infrastructure, facilities and services.
Beaumont has a long history of cooperation with our neighbouring municipalities. Our commitment to continue working with our neighbouring communities in the region remains high and we look forward to a transition whereby residents’ interests are kept at the forefront.
We are partners with Leduc County on these agreements: • Municipal Services Mutual Aid Agreement (Fire Services / RCMP)• Beaumont / Leduc County – FCSS Agreement• Regional partnership between City of Leduc; Leduc County and Beaumont for the MacEwan Supervisory Development, and Administrative Assistant program training• LeBlanc Canal Maintenance Agreement• Leduc County Recreation Cost Share Agreement (Leduc County / Beaumont)o Ken Nichol Regional Recreation Centero Leduc County – Aqua-Fit Funding• Beaumont Community Center• Leduc Shared Services Analysis identified the following area for continued partnershipo Joint Training Opportunitieso Information Technologyo Procuremento Solid Waste
The due date for tax payments is 30 days from the date of mailing.
Payments may be made by (cheque, cash or debit) at the Town of Beaumont Administration Office during business hours (Monday - Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm), which is located at:
5600 49 Street
Beaumont, AB T4X1A1
It can also be deposited in the night mail slot (no cash please) located at the main entrance, at most Canadian financial institutions, by tele-pay and via the internet (please ensure that you choose the correct payee and reference your roll number). If you choose to mail your payment, the envelope must be postmarked no later than the due date and the remittance portion of your notice must accompany the payment. If you wish to join the tax installment plan, please contact our tax department.
IF YOU ARE PRESENTLY ON THE TAX INSTALLMENT PLAN, PLEASE DO NOT PAY THE OUTSTANDING BALANCE SHOWN ON YOUR NOTICE. YOUR MONTHLY INSTALLMENT AMOUNT WILL CHANGE BEGINNING IN JUNE, AND THE NEW AMOUNT WILL BE SHOWN ON YOUR NOTICE.
Contact the tax department (780-929-3306) to review your assessment. If necessary, your concerns will be forwarded to our assessor who will contact you directly. If the assessor agrees that the original is not accurate, a corrected notice may be issued. If the assessor and property owner cannot come to an agreement, the property owner may begin the formal complaint process
Please visit: http://www.municipalaffairs.alberta.ca/documents/as/LGS1402.pdf to obtain the Assessment Board Complaint Form.
While all Beaumont ratepayers receive an annual Assessment and Property Tax Notice in May of each year, the Town approves a Supplementary Assessment Bylaw that provides for a second assessment on properties where improvements have received a final occupancy inspection report in the current year. The Supplementary Assessment & Tax Notice will be prorated to reflect only the number of days from which the final occupancy inspection report is issued.
Supplementary Assessment Notices will be issued in October, with payment due 30 days from mailing.
The Beaumont Sport & Recreation Centre (Aqua-Fit Phase 2) project is an expansion and modernization of the existing Aqua-Fit Centre to include a National Hockey League sized ice surface, an indoor Fieldhouse (multi-sport amenity), a high school gymnasium, a climbing wall and a suspended running track. Other updates will include the integration of mechanical and HVAC systems.
Yes! The Aqua-Fit Centre is now called the Beaumont Sport and Recreation Centre/ centre sportif et de loisirs Beaumont.
Construction will begin October 2018 with the following phases:
* We are working towards improvements and the above schedule may be subject to change.
Construction is scheduled to take 20 months. Construction completion is scheduled for July 2020.
Cost estimates for the projects are $29.5 million. This results in an average yearly increase of approximately $72 (2018 dollars) for the residential homeowner in Beaumont.
Information about memberships and program impacts will be available September 20.
An accessibility plan is being developed to ensure that the public can access the building while construction is happening. Additional temporary parking is being reviewed in order to provide accessible parking close to the building. Staff will continue to work on this plan and communicate accessibility improvements to the public.
The temporary dog park will partially close as of October 1, 2018. The south west portion of the dog park will remain open until December 1, 2018.
New temporary locations are being reviewed and will be shared once a decision has been made. Options and updates will be announced soon, please check back regularly for updates.
1. Keep your current membership or punch pass and continue to utilize the services at the Beaumont Sport & Recreation Centre this will include the pool during the fitness centre closure. *members will not have access to the LRC or other facilities with their membership card.
2. Have your membership put “on hold” during construction and have your membership resume in 2020 once the centre reopens. *members will not have access to the BSR, LRC or other facilities with their membership card with this option.
3. Request a refund for the remainder of your membership or punch pass. *members will not have access to the BSR, LRC or other facilities with their membership card with this option.
4. Use your current membership or punch pass at the Leduc Recreation centre for up to a 4 month period. Any additional time remaining on your membership will be refunded. *members will not have access to the BSR with their membership card with this option.
For people who have their membership expiring after September 20, 2018, or who request a refund we encourage you to take a look at the other facilities and incentives when making a decision to purchase a membership. Please ask about our partner facilities offering incentives starting immediately.
If you choose to put your membership “on hold” you must visit Guest Services and complete the action form before December 1, 2018.
By placing your membership “on hold” you agree to forego member access to the facility during the closure period. In exchange you will get that time back to your membership after the closure.
If you choose to request a refund you must visit Guest Services and complete the action form before December 1, 2018. Your membership will be refunded on a prorated basis. This is determined by the amount of time you have left on your membership.
Example: If you purchased an annual membership on March 15, 2018 and would like a refund starting November 15, 2018. You would be refunded based on the days that will not be used (November 16, 2018 – March 14, 2019).
By requesting and receiving your refund you agree to forego member access to the facility during the closure period. You will not have access to the BSR (Formally the Aqua-Fit Centre), the LRC (Leduc Recreation Centre). We encourage you to use your refund towards another fitness facility of your choice and have provided information of some options and incentives. Please see attachment of fitness facility options and incentives.
Yes, if you request to use your membership at the LRC you must visit Guest Services at the Beaumont Sport and Recreation Centre and complete the action form before December 1, 2018. You may use your membership until March 31, 2019 at the LRC if your membership is valid between December 1, 2018 – March 31, 2019. If you still have time remaining on your membership after March 31, 2019 you will be given a prorated refund. When you request to use your membership at the LRC you agree to forego member access to our facility.
Unfortunately no, you are required to choose either the BSR or the LRC. If you choose to use your membership pass or punch pass at the LRC you will need to complete the action form at Guest Services (Beaumont Sport & Recreation Centre) prior to visiting the LRC. A completed action form is required for us to give to the LRC to allow you access to their facility. You are required to choose only one option for your membership. This is because the City of Leduc only provides pass coverage when the Beaumont membership is not active.
Yes, we will be issuing prorated refunds for playtime starting September 21, 2018. If you feel that you are not able to use your facility membership due to playtime closing October 1, 2018 you may request a refund for both your membership and playtime pass. If you choose to request a refund you must visit Guest Services and complete the action form before December 1, 2018.
Yes, we have some membership options for purchase for people who would like to continue using the facility.
Options are listed below:
No, we will not have annual membership for sale or an incentive in October 2018 or 2019. Our annual membership will not be available for purchase at this time.
We will stop taking bookings for this area for December 1, 2018 - July 2020. We expect that construction noise may impact programs in the area.
Yes, we will continue to run the scheduled fall fitness classes. If classes are canceled or effected by the construction we will issue a refund for registered programs.
Winter classes will be advertised in the Winter Activity Guide prior to registration. We are planning to have registered fitness classes as well as a few options for drop in programs.
We do not expect there to be an impact to swimming lessons. Fall lessons are running as scheduled and winter programs will be advertised in the Winter Activity Guide.
Project updates and closure information will be made available via Aqua-Fit Facebook page, Twitter, LetsTalkBeamont.ca and Beaumont.ab.ca/Aquafit. Newspaper ads and Recreation Program Guide information will also be provided.
Beaumont’s commuter transit service operates at peak morning and afternoon times from the Ken Nichol Regional Recreation Centre (KNRRC) in Beaumont to Century Park LRT station, and back. The schedule is online at www.beaumont.ab.ca/transit.
Beaumont and ETS use Transit App. For real time updates, schedules, and to plan trips across the region, download Transit App today (available for Apple and Android operating systems).
Depart KNRRC Beaumont
Arrive Century Park LRT
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Depart Century Park LRT
Arrive KNRRC Beaumont
Tickets are available during the regular business hours at:
Type of Fare
No. For the foreseeable future, tickets are available during regular business hours at the locations listed above. Single fares can be paid in cash on the bus.
You can pay your fare on the bus with cash. You cannot use a debit or credit card on the bus. You can purchase monthly passes and 10-packs at the locations listed above using cash, debit or credit card.
The bus leaves from the KNRRC Park & Ride and travels to Century Park LRT station. See the schedule above or download Transit App. The bus then leaves from Century Park LRT station back to the KNRRC Park & Ride.
Unfortunately, bikes are not permitted on the bus because it travels on a highway.
Yes, strollers are permitted on the bus.
Yes, they are wheelchair accessible.
Yes. Ad space and sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact Alyssa Carson at (780) 929-4306 for more information.
The three New Flyer Excelsior coaches are owned by Beaumont and are branded Beaumont Transit. Two buses will be in operation at any one time, with the third bus as a backup. The buses will be rotated through the schedule so that all there buses are used equally. The buses will be used by Beaumont Transit exclusively.
Beaumont has contracted ETS to provide the drivers, maintenance and storage of the buses. After consulting with other regional transit providers, ETS was deemed to be the best option for providing bus service to Beaumont. There are several reasons:
The buses will operate in the morning and afternoon at peak times. As ridership increases, additional trips per day may be added. Additional bus stops within Beaumont may be added also.
Beaumont is a growing community and having a commuter transit service is the first step in ensuring full mobility for students, workers and residents of all ages. Transit provides a safe and efficient transportation alternative for all resident of Beaumont and for those who commute to Beaumont for work.
Check back to this FAQ. We will update it as new information is available. If you have specific questions, send us an email at BT@beaumont.ab.ca or call (780) 929-4321. We will respond to you and add your questions and the answers to this FAQ.
The consumption of Cannabis is prohibited in the Town of Beaumont with the exception of at your private residence
Yes, people who have a medical card may consume Cannabis in public, however, you must follow the rules of our smoking bylaw.
Yes, every adult in Canada (18 in Alberta) can carry up to 30grams on them at any time.
The Alberta government has set the minimum age for purchase and consumption of cannabis at 18. You must be 18 years old or older to enter a cannabis store.
At this time, the federal government is only allowing the sale of prepackaged dried cannabis and cannabis oil products.
Adults will be permitted to grow a maximum of four plants per household.
The new carts are owned by Beaumont. Previously, we rented the carts. Now, we have purchased the carts and we want to give you two clean new carts.
The cart manufacturer failed to meet the original delivery date; however, we are back on track. The carts will be replaced over a two week period starting Tuesday, September 12. Simply continue to follow your regular collection schedule and your carts will be replaced.
No. Waste collection services to residents will continue uninterrupted. Please continue to follow your current collection schedule.
The carts will be replaced over a two week period starting Tuesday, September 12. Simply continue to follow your regular collection schedule and your carts will be replaced.
The contract with the previous firm expired and through a competitive process, we negotiated a good deal with Can Pak Environmental. One of the cost saving measures is to purchase our own carts. In the long run, this will be cost-effective.
Yes. The app is the best way to keep up to date as we plan to push notifications to each collection zone. There is also an online tool on the website at www.beaumont.ab.ca/cartswap and on our Facebook page. Simply enter your address and the information for your home will appear.
To find out details for your neighbourhood, download Beaumont’s waste app called Keep it Green Beaumont. It’s available on the Apple store and Google Play. Enter your address and the cart swap information for your residence will be displayed.
Yes, the carts are 240 litres in volume.
There are a few options:
Unfortunately, no. Currently, your second waste cart is provided by the waste collection company. After we have distributed new carts to all homes we will begin providing second carts. Contact us and we will arrange to drop off an extra cart. The cost to buy a second cart is $60 plus monthly collection fees, which will be added to your utility bill. Homeowners who choose to have a second waste cart will now have to pay the collection fees (fees to be determined).
2017 cart replacement program only includes replacement of Green Organic and Grey Carts. If you have received mini organic compost that was sent originally in 2009-10 by previous company Evergreen, you may keep it.
The cart replacement costs will be offset by lower operating costs. Your utility bill will not increase as a result of this initiative (unless you have a second waste cart). Beaumont will now own an important component of our waste collection service – the carts themselves. Previously, we rented the carts.
Audits of Beaumont’s garbage shows that a great deal of our garbage is actually organic or recyclable. Tipping fees at the regional landfill increase substantially every year, so there is a large financial incentive for all communities to sort waste into recyclable, organics and garbage.
As good global citizens, it is up to each of us to reduce, reuse and recycle wherever possible. For sorting information that can help you lower your waste output, check out the Keep it Green Beaumont waste app.
It’s a matter of perception and preference. Many residents value the distinction of having a small town feel. Others believe that the city status will attract businesses and economic development opportunities. People will continue to move here for the very reasons that we value whether we are a town or a city.
Property taxes will not increase as a direct result of becoming a city. One way to balance the tax burden on residents is to attract more businesses. With so many people moving to Beaumont (over 950 according to our 2016 municipal census), our tax ratio of 94 percent residential to 6 percent non-residential remains consistent because of the strong residential growth. This is why it is essential to attract new businesses.
Many other communities have changed to city status because the perception for some investors is that cities are more likely to attract new businesses with increased commercial development the tax burden may be more evenly distributed among the residential and non-residential tax base. The goal is to achieve an 80:20 ratio of residential to non-residential taxes.
Yes. For example, Chestermere reported an increase in interest from investors and developers when they became a city.
Grant funding is not dependent on municipal status. The grants are designed so that municipal status does not affect our ability to receive grant money, nor the amount we are entitled to receive. The majority of grants are based on municipal population numbers.
Beaumont continues to be among the safest communities in Alberta and we currently have the 5th lowest crime index in Alberta. This is due to the people who live here being vigilant and being watchful, and the targeted approach of the local RCMP and Municipal Enforcement staff.
Beaumont’s small town feel is a direct result of the kindness and caring exhibited by the people who live here. It stems from the little things that, together, show our better side. It’s being on the lookout for your neighbours. It’s the numerous thank-you posts online. It’s buying a coffee for the person behind you at the local coffee shop. It’s about being involved in the community. It is driven by our French Village Design guidelines and a focus on building a community identity. It is not a result of city or town status and there is no reason to believe that Beaumont’s charm will change if we become a city.
Beaumont’s corporate limits more than doubled on January 1, 2017, and developers are already seeking opportunities to create commercial and residential space. Before annexation, Beaumont was running out of non-residential land. The successful annexation does not require us to become a city; however, it does present some great opportunities for economic development.
Beaumont continues to plan ahead regarding transportation. We are currently in the process of developing a Transportation Master Plan (TMP). When we twinned 50 Street we took responsibility for maintaining the roadway.With the introduction of the commuter transit service in September 2017, Beaumont is well positioned to be a partner of a regional transit strategy and will likely be a key member in any future discussions that may occur.
To a great extent, this is true; however, other communities have seen positive economic development opportunities as a result of the change in status.
These communities chose this special status in order to bring in taxes from heavy industry into their communities. Beaumont is not directly surrounded by heavy industry and for this reason, this option is not being pursued.
On June 12, 2018 Council voted to change the status from the "Town of Beaumont" to the “City of Beaumont”, and directed Beaumont administration to engage the Minister of Municipal Affairs to change its status from the “Town of Beaumont” to the “City of Beaumont” effective January 1, 2019 (subject to approval by the Province).
There are no costs associated with becoming a city. It simply requires a resolution from Council and approval by the Province.
Beaumont needs a brand refresh regardless of municipal status, and the brand refresh project will proceed as soon as residents’ preference for city or town status is determined. Our last significant rebranding was undertaken more than 20 years ago. We have budgeted $25,000 for the rebranding project this year. We will consult residents during the brand refresh project.
Beaumont is long overdue for the brand refresh. The current triangle logo is not suitable in today’s digital world. It was developed in the 1990s before the Internet became widely available to the general public. The name Beaumont cannot be read when the logo is reduced in size, which impedes the effectiveness of our advertising. The tagline Growing Together was replaced by Life is Better in Beaumont several years ago. Even smaller communities in the region like Devon and Calmar have rebranded to maintain a fresh and modern appearance. It is time for Beaumont to update our look and feel.
No. Policing costs are based on population, not on municipal status.
Beaumont is making progress with developing a full economic development framework and strategy for the community irrespective of the city versus town status. The strategic objectives and actions coming from this work will align with current Council’s strategic plan.
We are poised to develop our recent successful annexation and the fact that we are Canada’s 5th fastest growing community, will attract more non-residential and residential development. Non-residential development will bring in proportionally more taxes to help pay for the amenities residents want and need while not causing undue pressures on residential taxes.
Remaining a town will not inhibit growth. People will continue to move here because it is their right to do so if they wish. Besides, who wouldn’t want to move to Beaumont? Projections indicate our population will exceed 40,000 people by 2040.
Beaumont brought forward to the Capital Region Board a new Municipal Development Plan (MDP), which lays out the general direction that the town will follow for development for the next 25+ years. Edmonton and five other communities blocked the MDP on the grounds that Edmonton can better service the nine quarter sections from TWP510 north to Beaumont’s northern corporate limit.
The Capital Region Board has made a decision and we respect the outcome. Naturally, we are disappointed. We believe our new Municipal Development Plan was an excellent plan that exceeded the requirements of the Capital Region Growth plan and the new Edmonton Metropolitan Region Growth Plan.
The land in question is part of the 21 quarter sections that Beaumont successfully annexed from Leduc County, effective Jan. 1, 2017.
The majority of communities in the region (18 of 24) supported Beaumont’s new MDP. While we had the majority of votes, we did not have the majority of the population. Edmonton’s population gives them the ability to veto CRB decisions.
While 18 municipalities voted to support Beaumont’s MDP, six communities, including Edmonton, did not. Although we had support from a majority of communities in the region, we did not have the population numbers. (A successful vote at the CRB requires approval of 2/3 of the communities and 2/3 of the population, so Edmonton always holds the power of veto.)
The new MDP took over two years to develop and represents hundreds of hours of residents’ and staff time spent preparing the document
We are moving ahead with an interim solution that will provide certainty for developers, builders and landowners. Going forward, we will revisit our options and work together with our regional partners to create a plan that meets the needs of Beaumont and that supports further regional cooperation.
Our goal is to continue working with the CRB member communities to build a strong and resilient region. Together, we can achieve seamless municipal boundaries through shared services, efficient infrastructure, and cooperative planning.
Further work on issue will be in the hands of the new mayor and council after the October 16 municipal election.
Edmonton blocked the MDP because it wants to annex Beaumont’s northern lands. Their intention is to force Beaumont into an agreement to allow Edmonton to formally annex the land from Beaumont.
Edmonton wants to create a “special study area” consisting of the nine quarter sections north of TWP510, to resolve the future servicing of the area.
No. The report was inaccurate. Edmonton blocked our Municipal Development Plan. That is all. They did not gain any land or additional jurisdiction.
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The most common reason for carts not being emptied was they were not at the curb by 7 a.m. Other common reasons include that carts were left in the wrong place for pickup, waste was put in the organics (green) cart, cart lids were not fully closed or a vehicle was parked too close to the cart. The trucks require 1 m around your cart to be free from bags, parked cars, etc.
If you believe you followed correct procedures, call the Town of Beaumont at 780-929-4306 within two business days of the missed collection to inquire.
You must register for utilities with the Town either in person at Town Office (5600 49 Street) or online https://www.beaumont.ab.ca/214/Utility-Service-Setup
Once you sign up, our Utility Billing Division will advise us and we will have the carts delivered to your home.
You can divert more waste from your waste cart by increasing composting and recycling. Make the diapers as small as possible when disposing. There are products on the market, such as a diaper bin, that compress diapers.
As Beaumont grows, it is important to create a downtown area that our children and grandchildren can enjoy and be proud of. We need to have design guidelines in place so that the residents of Beaumont determine the future look of downtown. The DUDCP project boundaries are 52 Avenue to the north, 50 Street to the east, 50 Avenue to the south and 55 Street to the west. The DUDCP was approved at the July 14, 2015 Council meeting.
Beaumont is growing and the trend is likely to continue. We’ve more than doubled in size in 10 years, and we have to prepare for the future by having design guidelines in place. Like most towns and cities, residents have indicated they want a downtown neighbourhood that is an attractive, pedestrian friendly, mixed-use destination with a variety of social, cultural, commercial and retail opportunities.
Beaumont allows drive-thrus in all areas of the community except Centre-Ville (downtown) within the Town Centre Mixed-Use District (TCMU).
The Centre-Ville District is the historic and cultural heart of Beaumont and the urban centre of the community. Centre-Ville continues to be developed and revived with the goal of making it a major business, social, cultural and entertainment focus of the community with a distinct look and flair that reflects Beaumont’s early French roots.
Development in Beaumont’s downtown is guided by the Central Area Redevelopment Plan (CARP). The CARP has been in place since 1986 and it provides a framework for encouraging and guiding development and redevelopment in the central area of Beaumont. In 2009, the CARP was updated and just this past year, further community engagement has been taking place to update and ensure there is a shared vision for the Centre-Ville District.Our residents see the Centre-Ville District as a place where people want to gather, live, work and enjoy. As a result of the 2009 update, the TCMU was created, which explicitly discourages auto-oriented uses like drive-thrus, gas stations, car repair shops, and large surface parking lots.
Throughout the rest of the community, Beaumont does allow for drive-thru businesses in its commercially zoned areas.
Recent examples of such new developments include the new banks and restaurants located in the Gallerie and Montalet commercial developments along 50th Street heading north through Beaumont.
In the Land-Use Bylaw, it stipulates that a drive-in business and a drive-in food service may have outdoor speakers provided they do not create a nuisance and are not located within 20.0m of a lot line of any parcel designated as a Residential District, or are separated from a Residential District by a building.
This specific guideline ensures that such a business does not adversely or negatively impact residents living near such businesses.
Beaumont prides itself on the quality of life we provide for residents and such a clause highlights the importance of this to our residents and businesses.
No, there are no plans to make any specific amendments around drive-thrus in the Centre-Ville District within the updated Land Use Bylaw. Beaumont continues to work towards building a complete community and implementing the “people-first” principles that are established in our new Municipal Development Plan.The updated Land Use Bylaw is anticipated to be brought to Council for review and first reading later this year.
The Land Use Bylaw (LUB) is the implementation tool used to regulate and control the use and development of land and buildings within a municipality. For example, the Beaumont LUB divides the community into districts and prescribes and regulates which land and buildings may be used in each district.
A Municipal Development Plan is a statutory planning document that sets out a clear vision for our community’s future and serves as an important decision-making tool for Council, Administration and all stakeholders. It’s the primary document that guides the future development and growth for the entire community.
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• Aqua-Fit Site• Operations Facility site• Maina’s Centre-ville site• Temporary Park site (Old Shell station) • Dansereau / St. André / FCSS school site
Owning land in our community gives us options and flexibility for the future.
FortisAlberta owns and operates more than 100,000 streetlights in Alberta.
The streetlight industry has developed LED technology to support dark sky and energy efficiency goals. FortisAlberta strives to meet the needs of its customers and in response to customer requests, the conversion option was introduced. The company is committed to improving the energy efficiency of its infrastructure, while controlling costs for our customers.
In response to customer requests and to improve the energy efficiency of our infrastructure, effective Jan. 1, 2016, FortisAlberta changed its standard for streetlights to Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology for all new construction and developed a conversion option for customers who wish to convert their existing streetlights from HPS (High Pressure Sodium) to LED fixtures.
Effective March 1, 2017, any new requests for HPS lighting will only be available under a non-standard lighting agreement. Municipalities accepting new installations of non-standard lamps, luminaries, and/or poles will be responsible for the purchase and stocking of replacement materials for non-standard lamps, luminaries and/or poles.
LED technology provides:
• more even and efficient distribution of light which is controlled and focused downward reducing light trespass and sky glow
• reduced energy consumption resulting in energy savings and reduced greenhouse gas emissions; and
• reduced outages and longer light life spans resulting in reduced maintenance costs.
More than 90 percent of Municipalities within FortisAlberta’s service territory have signed up for the LED Streetlight Conversion Option. In total, approximately 80,000 fixtures will be converted to LED technology under this Option. The LED Streetlight Conversion Option covers all Rate 31 cobra head style fixtures. Non-cobra head style fixtures or decorative fixtures and yard lights will not be converted at this time.
Municipalities around the world are switching to LED lights to save both money and energy. LED lights have approximately 50 per cent lower energy consumption compared to their HPS luminaire predecessors. HPS lights, most installed in the mid-1980s, are at the end of their useful lives and need replacement. LEDs will provide better service reliability and lower maintenance costs. The new LEDs have a longer lifespan - about four times that of the bulbs we currently use. This translates into ongoing savings in maintenance costs as result of the extended maintenance cycle for bulb replacement. Less maintenance also means fewer service vehicle trips for repairs and as a result, reduced carbon emissions.
LED street lighting is visually different than lighting from conventional fixtures. HPS streetlights produce a light color that is yellowish or orange hue. LED streetlights are more focused than HPS streetlights to ensure that more of the fixture’s light shines onto the street and sidewalks and less light spills into adjacent areas. LED streetlights and comparable HPS streetlights produce the same intensity of light; however, some people may perceive that the LED streetlights that FortisAlberta is installing are brighter because they are whiter than conventional HPS streetlights.
LED fixtures generally produce less light pollution than other lights because their light is more directional and focused; LED lighting also increases contrast and improves color rendition and depth perception. FortisAlberta uses cobra-head LED fixtures that comply with International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) standards for shielding, which minimizes glare and light spillage.
Two factors have an impact to sky glow or light pollution, which are up-light and the lumen output (light level) of the fixture.
To address the up light, the majority of the new LEDs are “cobra-head” fixtures and they have received the best ranking – a “zero” – when it comes to the amount of up-light they produce. FortisAlberta’s fixtures are “Dark Sky” friendly with zero up-light, which means less light pollution and/or sky glow as the light is directed downward.
To address the lumen output, LEDs typically require approximately 47-58 per cent of the lumen output of the HPS light to achieve the same light levels on the pavement. This is due to the efficiency of the light source being able to direct the light where it needs to be versus the HPS light having a lot of wasted light and lack of control.
By eliminating the up light and reducing the lumen output of the light source, the LED significantly reduces light pollution.
In its simplest terms, a Light-Emitting Diode (LED) is an electronic component that emits light when an electric current is passed through it. The colour of the LED is obtained by adding a phosphorous material over the LED chip. LED streetlights are extremely energy efficient, do not produce any UV rays or infrared radiation, can be easily controlled, and have long life spans of more than 20 years. LED lighting provides an exceptional colour rendering index (CRI) of 70 or better.
HPS (High Pressure Sodium) is a high intensity discharge lamp with an arc tube containing Sodium and Mercury, which when vaporized produces light. The Sodium radiation dominates the colour appearance of the light, which is characteristically a golden or yellow colour temperature of 2,100K. HPS streetlights have a poor colour rendering index between 20-21 when compared to LED and other types of lighting.
Color Rendering Index (CRI), is a scale from 0 to 100 per cent indicating how accurate a given light source is able to reveal colours when compared to a reference or natural light sources. Generally speaking, the higher the numeric value or CRI is, the better the light source is at accurately rendering or displaying the color of an object.
The term BUG relates to the following: Backlight, Uplight, and Glare ratings, which are used to evaluate the luminaires optical performance related to light trespass, sky glow, and high angle brightness control.
The rating for the zone is assigned a numeric value between zero and five. The lower the number, for example U0, the better the luminaire performs in these criteria. In this example, a value of zero for uplight means that zero light is emitted into the atmosphere.
In Dec. 2016, new LED colour temperature products were made available by the approved streetlight manufactures and FortisAlberta’s assessment of the new products determined that the efficacy, environmental efficiency and price were comparable to the existing 4,000K standard. As a result, FortisAlberta has updated its standard from 4,000K to 3,000K. FortisAlberta is acting prudently to ensure it stays in-line with industry trends and consumer preferences while operating in the best interests of its customers.
No they will not. A colour temperature of 3,000K is slightly whiter than a typical incandescent bulb used in your home. The 3,000K LED lights also have much higher colour rendering (70) than HPS lights (20-21).
Colour temperature or Correlated Colour Temperature (CCT), expressed in degrees of Kelvin, is commonly used as a measure of lighted appearance. The higher the colour temperature, for example 5,000K, the whiter to whitish blue the light appears. The lower the colour temperature, such as 2,100K, the warmer or yellower the light appears. While the light output can be the same, the higher the colour temperature, the brighter the light appears, while warmer colour temperatures seem less bright.
Yes, the potential impacts were evaluated. The LED technology FortisAlberta is installing will use a warmer light, which means that exposure to blue light will be minimal. Additionally, the U.S. Department of Energy released a publication in 2013 and concluded that LED products are no more hazardous than other lighting technologies.
There is no evidence that LED streetlights impact human sleep cycles any differently than HPS streetlights that have been used for the past 30 years. When considering the effects of light at night, indoor lighting is more of a concern. The quantity of light emitted by streetlights is many times lower than that emitted by typical indoor lighting, TVs, tablets or PC screens. The U.S. Department of Energy has published a number of documents to address the statements made by the American Medical Association (AMA) with regards to the stated health issues.
The Town of Beaumont conducts a municipal census annually. Enumeration commences on May 1 of this year.
We are currently looking for enumerators! The Town of Beaumont begins the enumerator hiring process in March of each year, and the enumerator training session takes place in early April. When hiring is underway, advertisements are placed in the local newspaper. If you are interested in becoming an enumerator, please complete and return the Census Enumerator Application 2018.
False alarms divert valuable policing resources that can otherwise remain available for valid calls for police help.
The Town currently has 3 graders, 2 plow and sanding trucks, 1 front-end loader for snow plowing and removal on the streets. There are also 1 trackless and 2 tool cat snow machines for sidewalk and trail plowing.
Our water is supplied by the Capital Region Southwest Water Services Commission (CRSWSC) - http://crswsc.ca/ . The CRSWSC transmission main flows from the CRSWSC Boundary Station on the west side of the QEII Highway east into Beaumont’s Main Reservoir on the southeast corner of 50 Avenue and 57 Street. The Commission purchases its water directly from EPCOR Water Services in coordination with the Regional Water Customers Group (RWCG). EPCOR supplies the CRSWSC from two major water treatment plants, E.L. Smith and Rossdale, both located in the City of Edmonton and sourcing water from the North Saskatchewan River. The CRSWSC is one of nine members that form the RWCG. All nine members work closely together to ensure all communications and transactions with EPCOR Water Services are of a united front. The Commission works closely with the RWCG for long-range planning, rate negotiation and coordination of water supply.
The Commission works diligently to ensure clean, safe drinking water is provided to all customers. It closely monitors and controls flow rates, chlorine residuals, pressures and reservoir levels for each of its customers. The Commission endeavours to comply with all regulations and standards set out by Canadian regulatory agencies. It’s the goal of the CRSWSC to set standards and guidelines for each of its customers to model themselves after.
The flow rate is based on what EPCOR can provide to the CRSWSC system while following the agreement with the RWCG.
The CRSWSC’s one transmission main flows from the Boundary Station on the west side of the QEII Highway east into Beaumont’s Main Reservoir on the southeast corner of 50 Avenue and 57 Street.
We have five reservoir cells. There are three cells at the Main Reservoir (southeast corner of 50 Avenue and 57 Street) and two cells at the St. Vital Reservoir (northeast corner of 50 Avenue and 44 Street). Our total available storage is 17,700 m3 (17,700,000 Litres). The only way to fill the St. Vital Reservoir is to pump water from the Main Reservoir, which is done during non-peak times. Pump upgrades are required at the St. Vital Pumphouse to allow pumping of water through the system during peak periods. As more development occurs we will require additional storage. This information is identified in the Water and Wastewater Systems Report (Reviewed with Committee of the Whole on March 20, 2018): https://www.beaumont.ab.ca/521.
If there is a flow restriction from the CRSWSC based on availability from EPCOR, there is nothing that can be done by Beaumont to avoid a ban. Several factors determine if there will be a water ban including dry-conditions, flow from the CRSWSC and water consumption. The first priority is to ensure there is sufficient water for essential services (fire protection).
Yes, there are plans in place to upgrade the pumping capacity and add reservoirs as Beaumont grows.