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2011 Map of Birch Hills County

Strategic Plan
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Meeting Schedule

Regular Council Meeting

APRIL 09, 2020


Jim Alexy
Manager of
Infrastructure Maintenance

Dion Hynes
Director of Public Works

Michael Coy
Manager of
Infrastructure Projects

Tom Morgan
Fire Chief

Eaglesham Hall Rental

To book the Eaglesham Hall contact Lisa Price at the County Office or email

Birch Hills County

Birch Hills County is located in the Central Peace Region, bordered by the Peace River to the North and the Smoky River to the East. Located within the County are the hamlets of Eaglesham, Peoria, Tangent, Wanham and Watino. Oil and Gas provide the largest sector of employment in the county.



Media Release – For Immediate Release Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Birch Hills County Closes Access to Municipal Building

As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, Birch Hills County will be closing access to County Administrative Building located in Wanham effective Wednesday, March 18, 2020 until further notice.

Access to County staff will still be available by telephone or email. Those requiring to make a payment may do so by cheques to be either mailed in or dropped off in the drop box provided at the County office, through online options, or with Credit Card by phone.

Council and staff apologize for any inconvenience that this closure may cause. Please watch for updated information that will be made public as it becomes available on the County website or on the County's Facebook page.


Birch Hills County Closes Access to Eaglesham Hall

As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, Birch Hills County will be closing access to Eaglesham Hall until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience that this closure may cause. Please watch for updated information that will be made public as it becomes available on the County website or on the County's Facebook page.



RCMP-GRC Front Counter Services Suspended


Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, all RCMP-GRC Detachments have been instructed to suspend all front counter services until further notice.

Fingerprinting and Criminal Record Checks are not being processed at this time.

Please call 780-864-3525 for general information.

If you require police assistance, please call 780-864-3533 or use the YELLOW phone located outside the detachment front door.


Fire Season Begins March 1st

Starting March 01, 2020, all burning activities in Alberta’s Forest Protected

Area, excluding campfires, will require a fire permit. Fire permits are free

and can be obtained by contacting your local Alberta Agriculture and Forest

Office. Phone toll-free 310-0000 to locate your nearest office.


Paying Bills Online

Pay your bills with telephone or online banking through:

Snow Removal from Private Property

Please be advised that at the February 27, 2020 Regular Council meeting, the following resolution was passed:
RC20-084 “that Council rescind the policy “Use of County Graders on Private Land” and any other associated policies not previously rescinded effective April 30, 2020.”
Council understands the consequences to our residents of their decision to cancel the driveway snowplowing service. The service is one that has been discussed over the past years to accommodate the needs of those relying on the service versus the cost to all taxpayers and time spent by equipment operators away from snow removal and maintenance of public roads.
In addition to this, Council has examined liability issues to the County, potential competition conflicts with local operators, who would/could be eligible for the service, and the unlikely possibility of being able to provide the service on a fully cost-recovery basis, and in the end made the difficult decision to end the service program completely. As an elected body, Council must be accountable and considerate of all municipal stakeholders. As Council plans ahead with difficult budget decisions on the horizon, it is becoming highly important that operations function effectively, efficiently and/or economically. In this case, Council was faced with making a very difficult decision, and was required to take into consideration the municipality as a whole.
If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact Director of Public Works Dion Hynes or Chief Administrative Officer Hermann Minderlein at the County Office

Community Newsletter

Read the newsletters for Eaglesham and Wanham.

Check out the Town of Spirit River's Community Connect.

Smoky River FCSS newsletter for January, February, March 2020


Westvale Well

As most users of the Westvale Well may be aware, repairs to the facility have been completed, and raw, untreated water is once again available for County ratepayers.

Council did discuss the future of this infrastructure and its operating costs at their Regular Council Meeting on February 27, 2020, and passed the following resolutions:


"that Council authorize the repurposing of an unused structure, previously used as a grader site, to house the pump and other equipment, at the Westvale Well site at a cost of approximately $2,500.00.";


"that Council authorized Administration to continue to provide raw water at no cost to the users of the Westvale Well."; and


"that Council direct Administration to include the Westvale Well into future water cost analysis and bring this information to the 2021 Budget discussions."


Birch Hills County Water Information Report for 2013-2018

Data for this report has been collected from the monthly water reports at the regional water plant in Eaglesham from January 2013 to December 2018.

County staff has used this data to generate a report to County Council with the intention of providing them with information not limited to water consumption, truck fill usage and water treatment costs. For a complete report click here.

March 27, 2020

TWP 782 Closed

From RR 264 to RR 10 (Hole in Bridge)

December 16, 2019

The Shaftesberry Ferry is closed for the season.

December 01, 2018

The Burnt River Crossing is closed.



2019 Financial Statement

As per the Municipal Government Act section 276(3), notice is hereby given that the 2019 Financial Statement, including the 2019 auditor's report, is available on the Birch Hills County website under the Finance section. Copies are also available for pick up, mailed at no cost or emailed from the County Office. Please see the above BHC contact information or email requests to

COVID-19 Info for Albertans:

We recommend that you use the Government of Alberta website (see link below) for the most up-to-date information about COVID-19. Locally, Central Peace Regional Emergency Management has launched a website and a Facebook page containing the latest information on COVID-19.

Central Peace Regional Emergency Management:

Other trusted Sources of Information include:

If you know someone without a computer, have them dial 811.