Raya and Mara Schamber at the skin painting booth.
The County Open House is always an excellent time to chat with friends, neighbours, and councillors, get a free lunch, and learn more about County projects and activities. This year the weather was excellent and well over 400 county residents were in attendance.
One of the displays of special note this year explained the Rural Addressing system, which basically uses the same principles as the addressing system long used in most Alberta towns and cities, with the Range Road and Township Road numbers used the same as Avenue and Street numbers, with odd numbers used for residences on the south and east of the roads and even numbers used for residences north and west of the roads. Residents will now be able to easily access delivery and other services which previously demanded a “street address,” and remote, urban-minded 911 operators will find it harder to misdirect emergency vehicle calls to rural areas.
Also on display was the new map showing where residents will vote in the upcoming fall elections. In an attempt to make sure that only residents vote, and that they vote only once, the county has designated a convenient location for voting for residents in each block as defined on this new map, and residents may vote only at their designated poll.
As usual, there was also an excellent display concerning identifying and controlling noxious weeds, many of which were first introduced as ornamental flowers or are frequently part of wild flower seed assortments.
County staff are present at all the displays, ready with a friendly smile and answers to questions.