Posted 20 February 2015

Black Knot - Dibotryon morbosum (fungi)

Black Knot occurs naturally and is caused by a fungus, Dibotryon morbosum. It is a widespread and serious problem in this area. The disease infects Mayday, Chokecherry, Pin Cherry and members of the Prunus family, and can lead to the eventual death of the tree if proper control measures are not taken. The disease becomes more serious with each growing season.

The disease is very visible this time of year. Thickened, black knotty material is seen on twigs, branches, fruit spurs, and occasionally on the trunk. These knots continue to grow each season, eventually killing the branch, by restricting water and nutrient flow.

The best defense is to begin with resistant varieties. Check your local garden centre for recommendations. The first step in disease control is eradication. Prune out all knots and signs of infection as soon as they are noticed. Make pruning cuts at least 8 inches below the swollen, black area. To prevent spreading of the fungus, dip pruning tools in a 10 percent bleach solution between cuts. Destroy infected branches by burning or complete disposal. Trees that are completely infected should be removed and burned to avoid spreading infection. Keep trees healthy by providing adequate moisture and nutrients.
Do not place infected plant material in the yard waste pickup, composter or use as mulch or store as firewood.


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Posted 02 February 2015

Council review: Visitor Information Booths in the Digital age.

To recap Town Council has been actively viewing the online video library of Roger Brooks an expert in the fields of tourism, community branding, downtown development, and destination marketing.

Brooks is extraordinarily dynamic. He’s also very funny, combining humorous video clips and fascinating real-life stories, while providing steps, rules and ingredients – bottom line solutions.

Council members have commented on the excellent info and relevant examples provided in these video presentations and how they relate to our communities strengths and areas that could use more innovation and direction.

Council recently chatted about the fourteenth video they have watched in the Brooks’ series called the Visitor Information Booths in the Digital Age.

In this video Roger teaches things to do and know to maximize the return on investment for visitor information services. His suggestions are to the point regarding ideal locations, operating hours, brochure distribution and integrating new ideas and technologies that maximize immediate Internet access with smart phones, tablets and navigation systems.

Observations and comments from Council after this video presentation:

Councillor Mark Kemball ran with Brooks’ ideas of adding a travelling Visitor Information Booth to attend events in and around Innisfail, like the Daines Rodeo. Councillor Doug Boss carried on with the idea that maybe a Smart car with some Innisfail type of imprinting design on the car, carrying the necessary promo items to events could be effective.

Councillor Doug Bos also commented that currently our Visitor Information Booth is “doing the best with what they’ve got.” Doug mentioned that perhaps selling local products on a consignment type of bases, such as local preserves such as jams, pickled asparagus, and other keep sakes such as Innisfail t-shirts, jackets might give the Visitor Information Booth some extra value features to visitors and residents alike.

Councillor Gavin Bates inquired as to how often recreational vehicles use the dump station at the booth and perhaps that better signage is needed to direct traffic to the Visitor Information Booth.

Councillor Patt Churchill liked the travelling visitor information booth idea and also the idea in the Brooks video for small visitor information kiosks in key locations around town.

The discussion wrapped up a quick review of the current location of our Visitor Information’s Booth in and Brooks’ strong recommendation that the location be in the heart of Town. Mayor Brian Spiller recognized that the majority of business transaction occurs from about the Co-op to the start of old downtown.

Mayor and Council also reflected that it was moved to the current location for ease of access. Council also affirmed there are great ideas put forth in the Roger Brooks online video library presentations and are eager for Brooks’ visit to Innisfail  in June 2015.

The next video in the Roger Brooks video library series council will review is called Recruiting Tourism Development Projects.

View the online Roger Books video library here: 

For online access please call Town office (403-227-3376) or the Innisfail Chamber (403-227-1177) or email or

Posted 13 January 2015

A public hearing was held last night,Jan 12, 2015, by Town Council on an application to amend the Land Use Bylaw (re-zone) to allow a liquor store at 5204 41 Street. The hearing was well attended and several letters of concern were sent in. If approved the proposed amendment would allow the opening of a liquor store in the 900 square foot space beside the Mac’s convenience store. Some of the concerns expressed by attendees included possible increase in crime, more traffic, safety for children and pedestrians, and fit with surrounding residential uses. Following the public hearing, Council defeated the amendment. This means a liquor store will not be allowed at 5204 41 Street.

Posted 06 January 2015

Media Release
December 10, 2014

2015 Budget Highlights


(INNISFAIL, AB,) At their regular meeting on Monday, December 8, 2014 Council approved the 2015 Operating and Capital Budgets for the Town of Innisfail.

The total Operating Budget approved by Council for 2015 is $20,049,449, the total Capital Budget approved by Council for 2015 is $5,793,750.

The Operating Budget as approved by Council anticipates a 2% increase in the tax rates for 2015.

“Keeping up with at least the cost of living increase is needed to sustain efficient services and growth. The Town of Innisfail has proposed minimal tax increases during budget in the last few years to compensate for the cost of living that continues to rise.” – Mayor Brian Spiller

There was no tax increase in 2014, a 1.5 % increase in 2013 and a 3% increase in 2012.

Residential taxes are based upon the market value of the property, since there has been an increase in the market value individual properties may or may not see an increase in property taxes. An average home assessed at $320,000 will increase $60 on taxes annually based on property values increasing plus the approved 2% tax increase.

On June 1, 2015 the Town of Innisfail is projected to transport all wastewater to the City of Red Deer Wastewater Treatment Plant. The 2015 payment is 1.8 million, an increase of 1.5 million from 2014. The projected payment for 2016 will be 3 million.

To maintain financial balance and accountability the Town of Innisfail is in year three of a five year sustainability plan to continue payments to South Red Deer Regional Wastewater Commission.

The Town of Innisfail’s tax and utility increase continues to be modest relative to the cost of maintaining quality services while achieving and complying with the needed operational and capital expenditures.

Factors affecting the 2015 Budget:

  •          Alberta is Canada's fastest growing province. This puts extra pressure on the Town of Innisfail to create and maintain facilities and roads as more people move to Innisfail and Alberta.
  •          The Town of Innisfail operates the water, wastewater and solid waste systems on a user-pay, break-even basis.   Water and Wastewater rates will increase as follows:

Water - $2.00/cu.meter to $2.10 based on an increase from the Mountain View Regional Water Commission

  •          Wastewater - $2.20/cu meter to $2.45 based on a 5 cent increase from South Red Deer Regional Wastewater Commission and 20 cent increase as previously outlined in our 20/20 plan proposing 20 cent increases over 5 years in preparation of annual payments of $3,000,000 per year, further that the flat rate for wastewater increase $5.00/month from $10 to $15. The average homeowner using 10 cubic metres per month will see an $8.50 per month increase as outlined in the following chart:
  •          Rates for Garbage and Recycling have remained the same.
  •          Completion of the final payment for the new school gym allows the reallocation of monies to develop new trails, and to improve and repair recreational parks / recreational facilities.
  •          The 2015 budget proposes to borrow 1.3 million to construct a new lift station required for development of the Woodlands subdivision
  •          Addition of a new RCMP Officer
  •          Fire Department contribution to reserve for replacement of future equipment
  •          Construction of Napoleon Meadows – Phase II (Landscaping)
  •          Waste Transfer Station Access and Site improvements
  •          Replace water/sanitary service in lane between 45th St and 46th St.
  •          SW Commercial Site Development – 42 Ave and Highway 54
  •          Design for two future construction projects – 41st St and 49A Ave and the NE Trunk Main Upgrade
  •          Upgrades to Water Reservoir 2 and re-lining sewer collection mains and manhole lining to continue addressing infiltration

Example of an Average Monthly Utility Bill at 10 Cubic Metres per Month




Water Flat Rate



Per Cubic Metre Water



Sanitary Flat Rate



Per Cubic Metre Sanitary












Other 2015 Budget Highlights include:


For more information:

Brian Spiller, Mayor
Town of Innisfail

Helen Dietz, CAO
Town of Innisfail

Heather Whymark, Director Corporate Services
Town of Innisfail

Posted 01 October 2014

The Town of Innisfail hosted an information meeting on the future of the waste transfer station on Tuesday, September 30 at 6:30 p.m. Information was presented on the proposed changes and the available options for the waste transfer station.

To review the presentation given please click on the PDF link below.

Transfer Station Presentation (PDF)



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