Ben C. Armstrong - Division 7 Councillor
If you are looking at this page you have found me, I am the Councillor for Division Seven and Deputy Reeve of Wheatland County. Welcome!
I am happily married to my wonderful wife and partner Terry. We have two grown boys, two wonderful and loving daughters-in-law, and five special grandchildren (two boys and three girls).
As of October 2013, I am in my 22th year as Councillor. After serving eight years as reeve, I stepped down and was nominated to the position of deputy reeve. I was honored to represent the rate payers of Wheatland County as their reeve and am proud to be working with six capable councillors and an excellent Chief Administrative Officer, Alan Parkin. When I came on Council I was the youngest Councillor to take the position and now by the end of 2014 I will also be the longest sitting Councillor, hence all the grey hair.
Division Seven is the largest of the divisions, with a land base of just under seventeen townships and approximately one thousand residents. Division Seven is a very productive, mixed-grain and cattle area, a large gas and oil industry, and with a very large wind farm in the northeast corner which consists of 55 turbines, which went on line in 2011.
There are approximately 70 miles of paved provincial roads and 32 gravelled provincial roads with numerous municipal roads linking the communities of Duck Lake, Dalum, Hussar, Standard, Rosebud, and east to Gem in Newell County, north to Drumheller, and south to Highway 1. The land goes from flat to rolling hills with numerous mini lakes (sloughs) to the rugged Red Deer River Valley. The animal wildlife varies from fox, coyote, rabbit, white tail, antelope, and numerous moose to the odd cougar and bear. All varieties of small and large birds exist in the area, such as geese, duck, pheasant, prairie chicken, hawk, eagle, and much more. Oh, and the ever-present Richardson's ground squirrel (gopher).
We reside on a small farm 10 miles north of the Village of Hussar, on Highway 56. My son and wife run a small automotive shop and agricultural supply in Hussar , I am an occasional parts runner and have now joined the infamous coffee crew when I am not on Council business, which has become almost a full-time job.
I hope that I am open and receptive to listening to and helping the ratepayers of Division Seven and the county whenever possible. Stop by the shop in Hussar for coffee anytime. There will usually be a gang there drinking coffee and swapping tales about best crops and farming issues and are more than willing to hear new tales.
Ben C. Armstrong
Deputy Reeve, Division Seven Councillor