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Cypress County discusses fire ban, Senior’s Week

Posted on May 25, 2023 by Ryan Dahlman

By Anna Smith

Commentator/Courier 

With summer heat and dry conditions in full swing, amendments to the Cypress County fire ban were at the top of their list of priorities during their May 16 public meeting.

In addition to clarification as to who can enact a fire restriction or ban, over either the whole or a geographical section of the county, the amendments allow for controlled recreational fires within the hamlets, provided that specific criteria are met.

These criteria include being no larger than 36”, being at least 10 feet away from any buildings or combustible material, and must have a base of sand, gravel, or concrete. The ability to have these fires can be revoked at any time by the discretion of the Fire Chief, CAO, or emergency services coordinator.

June 5-11, 2023 was declared Senior’s Week by the Council, in order to recognize the value and contributions of seniors throughout the county.

Council passed a motion to proceed with building a washroom facility, storage pad, and parking lot at Sunrise Park, costing $52,000.

There used to be a washroom there and it was utilized extensively by kids playing in the park when they have events there, but the floor rotted out and it was dangerous, so it was pulled out a few years ago. A washroom would be advantageous at the site.

There will be only one meeting in August, on the 22nd, due to an anticipated light agenda.

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