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Posted on: December 9, 2016

NEW! 2017 COLLECTION CALENDAR

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Watch for your waste, recycling and organics collection calendar being delivered to your door starting this week.



Find your collection schedule online:
Posted on: November 30, 2016

WINTER PROGRAM REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

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Browse online for programs and activities offered by Big Hill Leisure Pool; Recreation, Culture and the Arts; FCSS and Parent Link Centre. See the full guide and register online.

Posted on: November 29, 2016

BUDGET DELIBERATIONS RESULT IN CHANGES

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Maintaining services in challenging economic times and continuing to plan for the future are key goals supported by the draft budget.

Operating budget

Funding for some community groups in the operating budget was increased:

• Cochrane Activettes: to $15,000 ...

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More details on the draft budget.
Posted on: November 22, 2016

STAY OFF STORMWATER PONDS

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Stay off all local stormwater ponds no matter how the ice looks. There are NO circumstances in which the ice on stormwater ponds is safe: the surface may look solid, but changes underneath present a significant danger.

Posted on: November 8, 2016

TOWN WINS GOLD AT MARCOM AWARDS

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Proudly Cochrane is a joint project of Cochrane Economic Development and Communications. The campaign highlights local companies and locally made goods, inspires local pride and increases commercial and service activity between local residents and busines...More...

More about MarCom, including other winners.
Posted on: October 31, 2016

CLUBHOUSE NEW CENTRE FOR ACTIVITIES IN THE RANCHE

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The former Gilbert residence was home to the last family that ranched the property starting in 1949. In 1979, the government of Alberta bought 150 acres, including the residence, to establish the Cochrane Ranche Provincial Historic Site. Maintenance of th...More...

Posted on: October 25, 2016

DRAFT 2017 BUDGET INCLUDES 0.88% TAX INCREASE

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Growth is estimated at 2% in 2017.

A municipal property tax increase of 0.88% is estimated to impact property taxes on the average residential property (assessed at $492,352) by $1.53 per month, or $18.36 for the year. Municipal property tax revenue i...More...

More details, including feedback opportunities.
Posted on: October 17, 2016

DOWNTOWN CONSTRUCTION STARTING MON OCT 17

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Work is scheduled to be completed this fall.

This work is part of Cochrane’s Downtown Revitalization project approved by Council in May 2016. Landscaping on Main Street (First Street) in the Historic Downtown and construction of the entrance feature o...More...

Posted on: September 30, 2016

LIFEGUARDS READY FOR THE NEW POOL

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Big Hill Leisure Pool manager John Napier knows he needs a lot more lifeguards and instructors when the new, bigger aquatic centre opens next year, so he started recruiting at the beginning of 2016. Applications came in, and eventually, 15 new participant...More...

Posted on: September 27, 2016

TOWN SHARES DETAILS OF ORGANICS PROGRAM

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Fabrizio Bertolo, Cochrane’s manager of waste and recycling is proud of how the program is coming together. “We’ve been talking with residents and working very hard over the past year to develop a great program for our community,” he says. “Over two-third...More...

More on Cochrane's organics collection program.
Posted on: September 27, 2016

TOWN AND FIREFIGHTERS AGREE ON CONTRACT

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Details:
Contract year Wage increase2014 1.4%
2015 1.9%2016 2.3%
2017 2.1%

Council directed Administration to fund the retroa...More...

Posted on: September 27, 2016

COUNCIL RECEIVES AQUATIC AND CURLING/MULTISPORT CENTRE PROJECT UPDATE

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The cost of the project is now estimated at $48 million, up 6.6% from the original $45 million budget. The variance comes from dealing with unanticipated ground conditions as well as change orders during the course of construction.

The delay in openin...More...

Project background and updates.
Posted on: September 7, 2016

COCHRANE'S ON THIS YEAR'S ROGERS HOMETOWN HOCKEY TOUR

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The Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour – Canada’s ultimate hockey festival – is stopping in 24 new Canadian communities during the 2016-17 NHL season, including Cochrane! Schedule and info.

Posted on: July 4, 2016

PLANNING A SUMMER RENO? APPLY FOR PERMITS ONLINE

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All Town permit applications (building, electrical, gas, plumbing) can now be filled out and submitted online. If you pay for permits by phone, we’ll email your final documents. More

Posted on: June 6, 2016

COCHRANE ONE OF ALBERTA'S BEST FOR BUSINESS

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Alberta Venture's annual Best Communities for Business rankings are out — and Cochrane is near the top of the list. Find out why they say Cochrane is one of Alberta's best communities for business.

Posted on: May 16, 2016

COCHRANE GROWTH SLOWS TO 8%

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Growth in Cochrane has slowed to 8%, down from 11.5% between 2014 and 2015. Cochrane’s population according to the 2016 census is 25,122.
Census report, including population by neighbourhood.

Posted on: February 29, 2016

COCHRANE AQUATIC CENTRE GETS CANADA’S FIRST SELF-CONTAINED THERMAL ENERGY PLANT

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Heating and cooling both take tremendous amounts of energy — in a facility where water needs to be both heated and frozen, thermal energy exchange can be used instead of traditional heating and cooling equipment to make the new facility more sustainable a...More...

More behind-the-scenes pictures.
Posted on: February 23, 2016

OLD TOWN HALL SITE TO BE REDEVELOPED

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The sale price of the property is $2,750,000.

Council approved a framework for development, creating the Downtown Heritage District in 2015, that led to the call for proposals. Council determined a core set of values, needs and uses that shaped require...More...

Posted on: February 19, 2016

COCHRANE INSPIRING INNOVATORS FEATURED IN NEW VIDEO

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“Economic Development puts a lot of resources into helping local businesses succeed,” says Robert Kalinovich, Cochrane’s economic development officer. “When we started working with knowledge-based companies, we realized there were a lot of great stories t...More...

Posted on: January 18, 2016

TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT

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Community Peace Officers are giving extra attention to traffic enforcement. Obey the rules of the road or YOU WILL GET A TICKET. Details

Posted on: March 26, 2015

MAYOR ISSUES COMMUNITY FUNDRAISING CHALLENGE

“We know this is ambitious,” says Mayor Brooker. “Our community fundraising goal of $10.6 million is ambitious, too. But if every person in town contributed $275, we’d get there.”

Brooker says he also wants to show federal and provincial funders the co...More...

Information and contribution forms.
Posted on: March 26, 2015

AQUATIC CENTRE CONSTRUCTION STARTS; MAYOR ISSUES FUNDRAISING CHALLENGE

“We’re thrilled to see the fencing up and work starting on this project,” says Brooker. “This new facility will be a huge benefit for Cochrane and area families, and enhance life for everyone who lives or visits Cochrane.”

Mayor Brooker also challenged...More...

Construction updates and webcams.