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Posted on: February 14, 2017

GIVE FEEDBACK ON THE DRAFT SMOKING BYLAW

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At their Feb 13 meeting, Council gave the proposed Smoking Bylaw first reading and decided to ask for community feedback. Go to cochrane.ca/CouncilMeetings to review the draft and provide comments (until Feb 23).

Posted on: February 13, 2017

NEW ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT MICROSITE HELPS BUSINESSES FIND INFO

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There's a new microsite for start-up, emerging & existing businesses with info on business climate & industry trends; customers, competitors, local opportunities; & available properties.
Go to cochrane.ca/EcDev

Posted on: February 18, 2017

HOLIDAY CLOSURE: MONDAY FEBRUARY 20

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Town of Cochrane offices are closed Monday February 20 for Family Day.
Big Hill Leisure Pool hours: Lane/Family swim 12-2pm, Public swim 2-5pm.

Posted on: February 8, 2017

FCSS LEADING COCHRANE CARES: REGIONAL WELL-BEING REVIEW

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Cochrane Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) is leading a project to review the quality of life in our community through access to effective programs and services that meet residents' social, recreational and health needs.

The Cochrane Cares ...

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Take the online survey and find out more.
Posted on: February 8, 2017

FEDERAL CENSUS SHOWS COCHRANE GROWTH STILL HIGH

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As we already know, Cochrane is a highly desirable place to live — data released by Statistics Canada today proves it.

Cochrane made the federal census highlights as a municipality with a growth rate eight times the national average between 2011 and ...

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Federal census highlights
Posted on: February 7, 2017

COCHRANE IQ

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Cochrane Intelligent Questions is your source for everything you want to know about how the Town works, where facilities are located, ways to get involved in events and programs, and what our plans are for the future.

Find out more:
Posted on: January 24, 2017

GLASS NOW ACCEPTED IN BLUE BINS

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We're making recycling even easier — you can now put glass in your blue bin!
Types of glass accepted: bottles, jars, pieces of broken glass.
More info and exceptions: cochrane.ca/Collection

Posted on: January 19, 2017

NEW COCHRANE COMMUNITY GRAPHIC READY TO DOWNLOAD

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Cochrane's new Community Graphic, as well as Proudly Cochrane and Made in Cochrane graphics are ready for download and community use: cochrane.ca/CommunityGraphics

Posted on: January 10, 2017

COUNCIL APPROVES MOVING FORWARD ON TRANSIT PLANS

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The Town of Cochrane is moving ahead to make plans for local transit, with the support of provincial funding.

The Town was approved for $9 million in provincial Green Transit Incentives Program (GreenTRIP) funding in 2011 for the creation of local and regi...

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Transit Feasibility Study and more details.
Posted on: December 28, 2016

SNOW REMOVAL TIPS

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When clearing your sidewalks and driveways of snow, please remember to push the snow onto your own property (like your front lawn).

DO NOT SHOVEL SNOW ONTO THE STREET — it can contribute to unsafe road conditions and impede the flow of melting snow.

Posted on: December 13, 2016

2017 BUDGET APPROVED; TAX INCREASE SET AT 0.83%

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The Town’s total expenditures for 2017 is $48.9 million, with $25.1 million in offsetting revenues, resulting in $23.8 million in municipal property taxes to achieve a balanced budget. The property tax increase of 0.83% is estimated to impact th...

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Full budget documents.
Posted on: November 22, 2016

FOR YOUR SAFETY: 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 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.

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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 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: 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.

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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: 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: 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.