Community Awareness Night

The 30th annual Community Awareness Night was once again well attended by community stakeholders and hundreds of members of the community. 

Several of our Council members and the Mayor were in attendance tending to the Town of Cardston booth, where citizens had an opportunity to meet with members of our Council one on one and discuss their strategic plans for the Town during their term in office. In addition to the booths there was also a children's program where youth had an opportunity to play games, win prizes, and enjoy some entertainment provided by volunteers.

At the end of the night there was a draw from each stakeholder's table, and the Town gave away two punch passes for the Cardston Swimming Pool.

The Mayor and Council would like to thank all those who attended the Community Awareness night and made it such a success. 

Cllr. Paula Brown awards a gift basket on behalf of the Cardston and District Family and Community Support Services.

Cllr. Paula Brown awards a gift basket on behalf of the Cardston and District Family and Community Support Services.

Mayor Maggie Kronen awards a punch pass good for 5 admissions to the swimming pool.

Mayor Maggie Kronen awards a punch pass good for 5 admissions to the swimming pool.

Mayor Kronen awards a second punch pass good for 5 admissions to the swimming pool.

Mayor Kronen awards a second punch pass good for 5 admissions to the swimming pool.


Power is currently being shut off to residents South of 4th Avenue West to effect a repair near the Elementary School. The repair is anticipated to be completed within the hour. High winds are causing damage to power lines. Workers are responding to calls of downed power lines and are cutting power where necessary in order to complete repairs. Power outages may persist until the wind subsides.

Please report any damage infrastructure you may witness due to high winds that impede roads or pose danger to residents to the Town's after Hours emergency Line: 403.653.5035.

Nomination Day Deadline - September 18th

This is a reminder to anyone wishing to run for Mayor or Council that nomination day is Monday, September 18. Nominations must be dropped off at the Town office between 10:00 am and 12:00 noon. You must deliver your completed Form 3 as well as your $100 deposit. The deposit must be cash, certified cheque, or money order. Visit to download all appropriate forms.

Mayor Letter to the citizens – September 2017

Dear citizens,

Town Celebrations
This hot summer was filled with joyful and colorful events in all parts of Town for your great enjoyment. Thank you for your presence and hope you had lots of fun!

Congratulations: To all organizers, volunteers, town staff and employees, clubs and Associations, business community and Town councillors for The Canada 150 Celebrations, Party in the Park, the Cardston-Kainai Pow Wow , Heritage Week with its multitude of activities, the Warrior Mud Run, Chuck Wagon Competitions and Agridome events.

Congratulations: To Dr. Justin Low for being nominated Citizen of the year who as a Rotarian jointly spearheaded the Lion’s Park Playground project; and to Tom Traweek  who received the Lifetime Citizen Award for his volunteer coaching of youth sport teams for some 30 years.

Waterton Park fires
Summer is coming to an end, but we are experiencing some difficult moments and poor air quality due to the severe B.C. forest fires that have now reached Waterton Park, affecting the Cardston County and the M.D. of Pincher Creek. For updated info, please refer to this site: Rain is badly needed to curb Mother’s Nature destructive power. Relief seems to be in the forecast. Our collective prayers are needed.

Kudos: To all our EMS personnel for assisting Waterton Park Fire Fighters in their efforts to protect their town. To all those who volunteered to give their time and lend heavy equipment to assist in preventative measures to protect the Town of Waterton from potentially devastating fires.

Kudos: To our CAO, Jeff Shaw and his administrative team for having organized with very little notice an excellent Registration Centre for the County of Cardston on Monday night. Special thanks to Diane Oertli for managing the registration table from 11:30pm to 4:30am in such a professional and pleasant manner, and for all Council members for their great support that evening.

Highlights from Council meetings
The first part of the year, from January to May, Council is always busy revising their strategic plan as it impacts upcoming budgets. All departments then work on their projections, and establish department budgets with 3 and 5 year forecasts. Administration and the financial department review all requirements and make recommendations to Council. It is also a time when Council is debriefed by our Town Assessor and by our Town Auditor.

Budgeting and Taxation: In May, Council approved a 3 year Operating Budget and a 5 year Capital Budgets as well as establishing the 2017 mill rates. This Council has kept a conservative taxation position without compromising the financial and operating requirements of our various departments to do their jobs.

Town Financial Audit: Our Town received an excellent financial audit. We are sound and sustainable. Many thanks go to our accountant Hakon Skoien, to our CAO Jeff Shaw, and all department managers for their excellent work in managing with prudence our collective tax revenues and for making some very difficult decisions in the process.

Electrical Department: We are going solar without straining the budget or increasing taxes. With a government grant and the financial lending support of Enmax, we now have 2 buildings fully powered by solar energy with a Net-Zero billing. The panels are guaranteed for 30 years and we expect to have the infrastructure paid within 15 years or less. Kudos to Councillor Barfuss and Alex Schow for their great work in bringing this project to light at significant savings over the life of the panels. We will continue seeking new solar opportunities and we will continue converting street lights to LED for additional savings.

High Speed Internet- AXIA: Thank you to all of you that participated in the AXIA Campaign and for supporting the concept of high speed internet in our Town. A Special Thank You to Council and especially to Cllr. Edmonds for his active campaigning and door knocking on our behalf. Your interest has been noticed. Keep posted for further information.

Safety and Security: Please continue to be vigilant in your efforts to protect your property, cars and belongings. Crimes of opportunity are still too prevalent in our Town.

Panhandling: Thank you to all those who contribute to the Cardston-Kainai Food Fund in an effort to help curb panhandling in our town. The problem cannot be resolved without your help and support.

Loitering: Our Community Peace Officer, Brad Larsen, and Bylaw Officer Malcolm Hutchinson are doing their best to ease the situation. It is not an easy problem to resolve without our working together. If you have concerns or questions on the panhandling issue, please call the Town at 403-653-3366 or the RCMP detachment at 403-653-4932. Thank you.

Upcoming Event: As you may have realized by now, we are in a municipal election year. Nomination date is September 18, 2017 and Elections will be October 16, 2017.

Councillors Edmonds, Barfuss and Creed have publicly announced that they will not be running again. As Mayor, I want to congratulate them for their diligence and thank them for their great service to our Town as members of Council table and of various committees.

It is always a great pleasure to serve you.

Mayor Kronen