New commemorative sign approved for Big Valley

The Big Valley School plans to pay tribute to one of its most celebrated alumnus, 2016 World Saddle Bronc Riding Champion Zeke Thurston.

A delegation, representing Big Valley School students, approached council at the July 26 regular meeting for permission to erect a new sign to honour the hometown hero who rode into the history books in 2017 as the first saddle-bronc rider to win the Calgary Stampede championship three consecutive times.

Speaking on behalf of the students, school secretary Cheryl Bartley outlined their proposal to erect the commemorative sign, revealing that students have already secured finances in the form of a grant awarded from Waste Management.

After discussing the students’ preferred locations, council gave the go-ahead to install the new sign on the lift station building located at the south entrance to the village and agreed to work in partnership with the Big Valley School to complete the project.

The high visibility location will attract the attention of motorists travelling down Highway 590.

AUMA Fall Convention

Council voted to send two councillors to the 2018 Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA) fall convention and trade show scheduled for Sept. 26 to 28 in Red Deer. The convention’s convenient location has made attendance affordable within council’s budget. Big Valley has not sent representatives to an AUMA convention in the last ten years.


With no written or verbal comments submitted during the scheduled public hearing, Bylaw 836, a bylaw to amend Land Use Bylaw 765, unanimously passed second and third readings, complying with new the new regulations of the Municipal Government Act.

First reading was given to Bylaw 837, the new bylaw to regulate and control vehicle, animal and pedestrian traffic in the village.

Council will evaluate the new bylaw before proceeding with second and third readings. Draft copies are available for residents to review.


Linda Stillinger

ECA Review

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