Alberta gets a new town on January 1st but loses two others.

Black Diamond and Turner Valley will disappear and the amalgamated community of Diamond Valley will take their place.

Returning Officer Verna Staples says nominations are now open for the November 28th municipal election although no date's been set for a swearing in of the inaugural council.

"The Ministerial Order directs that they'll be sworn in at the Organizational Meeting of the new council and so that will happen within 60 days of election day.

She says if a candidate was eligible to run for council in one of the towns they're eligible to run for the Diamond Valley council.

"The nomination forms are the standard forms that anybody who has run before would have seen and so you require the signatures of five electors and those electors will no longer need to be from one town, they can be from either or both," Staples explains.

There is no ward system so the council could be made up of a group of people split between Black Diamond and Turner Valley, all from Black Diamond or all from Turner Valley, although Staples points out, either way they'll be representing the town of Diamond Valley.

Nomination papers can be dropped off until noon on October 31 at the Black Diamond town office for now although another drop off location may be set up later.