The Hamlet of Brownvale, managed by the Municipal District of Peace, is located 7 miles west of the Village of Berwyn, just off Highway 2. This friendly community with a population of approximately 140 originated in the mid 1920’s when the railway was extended from Berwyn to Whitelaw (ready for operation in December 1924).
At its busiest, Brownvale boasted 2 general stores, 3 gas stations/bulk fuel agencies and an equipment dealership. Today, the Hamlet is mainly a residential community. There is a very active community group that runs a weekly bingo in the recreation centre and a small library has just been relocated there as well, which will provide space for many more books. There is an agricultural museum located at the outskirts, and the M.D. has a firehall located in the Hamlet.
WATER & SEWER
Most properties in the Hamlet are hooked up to the municipality’s water and sewer lines and recently, water meters were installed. 2017 residential rates are $50.00 per month for water and sewer, plus, effective May 1, 2017, an additional charge of $2.20 per cubic meter will be levied for all monthly water usage that is greater than 16 cubic meters (3,520 gallons) per month. There is a program in place whereby water & sewer can be paid annually by January 31st, with a 4% discount given. There is also a truck fill area at the pumphouse, which provides bulk water for municipal residents at no charge (up to 44000 gallons per year). The M.D. has installed a system whereby individuals who would like to access bulk water will be required to obtain a 7 digit PIN number from the Municipal Office. A bulk water dispensing fee of $2.20 per cubic metre ($10.00 per 1,000 gallons) has been set for all water acquired, with an annual waiver on the first 200 cubic metres (44000 gallons) for each residence located within the M.D. There will be a $50. deposit required upon the issuance of the PIN number. This change has resulted from the significant increase in the volume of water being acquired from the public truck fill.
Bylaw No.6/97 provides for the licensing of dogs and control/management of other wild and/or domestic animals within the Hamlet’s boundaries.
Dog License Fees: $15.00 per dog (includes tag) ANNUALLY
There are penalties for dogs without licenses and/or dogs running at large.
For any further information, please contact the Municipal Office at 780-338-3845.