New to White Sands?


Some Information for Residents new and "not-as-new"?

Welcome to the Summer Village of White Sands.
As a new resident you will hopefully find the following information helpful
to settling into the community and staying informed on what is happening in our Village.


White Sands Community Hall Society: 

This Welcome Wagon package is provided to you by the Hall Society and we welcome your input.

The Hall Society is registered under the Societies Act of Alberta. Our purpose is to manage the funds earned from the donation of cans/bottles that our residents leave. This started many years ago when residents determined they could donate their bottles and cans to the community rather than haul them to the bottle depot themselves. In turn, the money from the bottles is spent within the Village on social functions or beautification projects such as flower beds or benches and tables along the beach.

The Hall Society holds regular meetings including an annual meeting at which its directors are elected. Every property owner in the Village can attend meetings and run for the positions on the Executive. Notices of meetings, social functions and Village events are sent via email. To be added to the email distribution list, please contact the Hall Society Secretary at whitesandshallsociety@gmail.com

White Sands Rural Crime Watch

The Village of White Sands participates in the Crime Watch program. Crime Watch meetings and elections are held in conjunction with the Hall Society’s meetings. If you wish to become a member of the local crime watch program, please contact us via email at cmmpaint@gmail.com or simply pick up an application form at 10 Destini Drive.

White Sands Village Council

The Summer Village of White Sands is governed by an elected Council consisting of Mayor and 2 Councilors. Municipal elections are held every 4 years. Contact Council.

Council is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the Village. They issue communications via a separate mailing list. To be added to this list, please contact Graham Scott at gscott@stettler.net

Bottle Donations:

If you wish to donate your empty bottles and cans there is a bin in the parking lot of the Community Hall beside the garbage dumpsters. We have a group of volunteers who sort the bottles and cans which are then picked up by the Bottle Depot. The monies received from the Bottle Depot are then given to the Hall Society who manages these revenues. The money is used to fund social functions such as a Canada Day Celebration and a Fall Wind Up Barbecue. Food is supplied at no cost to the residents. The Hall Society has also contributed to the costs for benches and picnic tables along the beaches and flower beds throughout the community. Your donation of bottles is put to good use within the community.

Recycling/Garbage:

In the parking lot of the Community Hall are garbage bins for household waste. You can bring your garbage to the bins at any time. Please note the signage for items that cannot be left here. There are also recycle bins for plastic and tin within the fenced area of the dumpsters. A cardboard recycle bin is supplied just outside the dumpster area. Please flatten your cardboard boxes. There is also a Diabetes Donation Bin for non-breakable items. Simply put your items in a plastic bag and deposit them in the chute. We thank you for being environmentally aware and using the recycle bins.

Take It or Leave It Shed:

Beside the Bottle sorting shed and behind the cardboard recycle bin is another shed where you can leave household items you no longer need or pick up items you can use. The shed is always open. Donations can include dishes, games, books, toys, life jackets, etc. Anything that is in re-useable condition. We ask that you do NOT leave linens and clothing – these should be placed in the Diabetes Donation box outside the Take It or Leave It Shed.

Please do NOT leave broken furniture & appliances, TV’s, computers, printers, lawn mowers, BBQ’s, mattresses. You must dispose of these at the landfill. Information for the landfill locations and hours of operation are provided at the Take It or Leave It Shed.

Facebook:

For those of you who use Facebook, there are a few links you can join to keep in touch with people and events around White Sands:

“What’s up at White Sands”

“Owners at Buffalo Lake”

“Summer Village of White Sands”

“Boaters at Buffalo Lake”

Water Fill Station:

At the entrance into White Sands, there is a water fill station where you can purchase fresh water for your household. You can pay by coin or you can set up an account with the County of Stettler. Their office is located in Stettler or you can email them at info@stettlercounty.ca or call 403-742-4441.

Property Taxes:

Property taxes are administered by the Town of Stettler. They are sent out in the latter half of June. To get on the program for monthly installments, use this form. For information on tax notices and payment options, please go to the White Sands home page, select Public Information and then White Sands Taxation and Assessment (or click this link).

Regular Events:

We have a few regular events in the Village. If you want to get to know some of your neighbors, feel free to drop in:

Tuesday Night Cards – Every Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. at the Community Hall. A very social card game for small wagers (bring your quarters!)

Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Tournaments are held monthly on Saturday evenings, but the dates change so if you interested in this, sign up for email communications from the whitesandshallsociety@gmail.com and notices will be sent to you.

For those ladies physically motivated, there are exercise programs at the Community Hall three mornings a week, all year long. Start time is 9:30 a.m. Monday is Boot Camp. Wednesday is Body Sculpting. Friday is Yoga. Programs are subject to change based on instructor’s availability, but one of the activities will be on every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Buffalo Lake

For those of you who are new to the lake, you need to be aware that the lake greatly varies in depths so you may want to take a look at the depth maps before taking your boat out. Go to the stettlercounty.ca and under Public Notices there is a category called Maps. You want the Buffalo Lake Depth Map (available here)

Beach Accesses:

There are many beach accesses throughout the village. If you follow the roads adjacent to the lake, each one is marked. All residents are free to use any of the accesses. Or check the White Sands web site by going to the home page and clicking on Maps and then Visitor Maps. All beach accesses are marked on this map.

White Sands Population:

The Summer Village of White Sands has 408 residential lots. The last survey shows 292 of those have permanent dwellings on them. According to the last census, 120 residents call White Sands their permanent home.

Before you Build A Permanent Structure:

Please review the Land Use Bylaws (click on “Bylaws”/ then ”Land Use Bylaw” to see the main bylaw and any ammendments) before constructing any type of permanent structure on your lot. Please contact our Planning & Development Officer if you have questions.

 

Box 280, 5031 - 50 Street, Stettler, Alberta, Canada T0C 2L0