Due to the high to extreme fire conditions in the County of Paintearth, effective 8:00 a.m., Wednesday August 08, 2018, there will not be any further fire permits issued by the County of Paintearth No.18 and all other fire permits are cancelled. No fireworks are allowed.

Fires are only to be burned in approved fire pits, approved incinerators or approved burning barrels as per County Bylaw 648-16.

“Acceptable Burn Barrel” - means an outdoor receptacle that meets the following specifications:

  • a minimum of 3 (three) meters clearance measured from the nearest edge of the Burn Barrel to a building, property lines, or other combustible material;
  • equipped with an expanded metal spark arrestor mesh screen with openings no larger than 16mm (0.6 inches), secured in place with latches or weights;
  • constructed of non-combustible material;
  • not located over underground utility services or under aboveground wires;
  • is supervised at all times by a responsible person until such time that the fire in the Burn Barrel has been extinguished. A fire shall be deemed to include hot ashes and smoldering embers resulting from the fire; and
  • is used to burn non-prohibited debris.

“Fire Pit” - means a non-combustible structure or container located on public or private property, used for recreation purposes and constructed in accordance with this By-law.

  1. a fire pit shall be constructed with non-combustible materials,
  2. the maximum external dimension of the Fire Pit shall not be greater than one meter,
  3. a fire pit shall be covered by a substantial screen or grate with openings not to exceed 16mm (0.6 inches) in any dimension,
  4. a fire pit shall not be located closer than 3 meters (10 feet) from a property line and two meters from any combustible material, including, but not limited to buildings, structures, fences, patio decks and foliage as measured from the nearest fire pit edge.
  5. a fire pit shall not be located less than 0.6 meters (2 feet) laterally from an underground utility line.

“Incinerator Fire” - means a fire that is confined within a non-combustible container or barrel with opening; covered with a heavy gauge metal screen having a mesh size not larger than 13 millimeters and which is ventilated in such a manner as to preclude the escape of combustible materials, including ash.

The County of Paintearth is urging residents to be fire safe and ensure the all fires are supervised and under control at all times.  Burning is ONLY to be done with extreme care and caution.

Brenda L. Hepp
Interim Chief Administrative Officer


The County of Paintearth No. 18 appoints a
NEW Chief Administrative Officer

July 16, 2018

Council is pleased to announce that Mr. Michael Simpson has been selected as the new Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) for the County of Paintearth.  He will be assuming his new role and responsibilities on August 13, 2018.

This is the key leadership position within the County administration and we are fortunate, along with the assistance of DCG Executive Search Services Ltd., to have attracted strong candidates.

Having spent several years in the area during high school, Mr. Simpson brings a solid background in both the private and public sectors, as well as the intentions of living and raising his children within the County.  Coupled with his passion and desire to excel as an administrator, he is currently pursuing his Certified Local Government Managers (CLGM) designation.  With experience working not only locally, but regionally, Council feels that Mr. Simpson will be a strong asset to administration, the County, and the region.

We wish to thank Mrs. Brenda Hepp and the County staff for all the hard work they have put in over the last several months while the search for a new CAO was conducted following the departure of long serving CAO, Ms. Tarolyn Aaserud.  We are excited about continuing the momentum and we feel that with the addition of Mr. Simpson to the existing senior leadership team, the County of Paintearth will continue to be a municipality of choice.

Please join us in welcoming Mr. Michael Simpson and his family to the community.  We are confident that the County of Paintearth will continue with a progressive administration.

For Further Information Please Contact:

Reeve Stan Schulmeister

RMA Post-Secondary Scholarship Program

The 2018 application term is now open and closes August 31, 2018

In recognition of the importance of an educated population to the future well-being of rural communities, the Rural Municipalities of Alberta (RMA) established the RMA Scholarship Program in 1995. The RMA Scholarship Program is designed to encourage young rural Albertans to pursue further education, and thereby enhance the ability of these young people to make meaningful contributions to their communities in subsequent years. A scholarship in the amount of $1,000 is presented to one successful applicant from each of the five districts.

View application form


County of Paintearth No. 18
Deadline for Payment:  June 30, 2018

Please be advised the property tax notices for 2018 have been mailed.  The deadline for payment is June 30, 2018.  Balances still owing after June 30, 2018 will be subject to a 5% penalty July 1 and a further 10% penalty applied on all outstanding balances October 1, 2018.

Payment can be made by cheque, cash, or debit at the County Administration Office located at #1 Crowfoot Crossing, Highway 12 and Twp Road 374, at the TD Canada Trust in Coronation, or the ATB Financial branches located in Halkirk, Castor, or Coronation.  Check our website,, for the list of financial institutions set up to accept on-line payments.

Tarolyn Aaserud, CAO