Mor­rin ratepayer con­cerned with coun­cil’s doc­u­ment pol­icy

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Pa­trick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail

A Mor­rin man has con­cerns about the trans­parency of his Vil­lage’s coun­cil.

In par­tic­u­lar, his abil­ity to ob­tain copies of agen­das and min­utes.

John Siemens has some con­cern about sewer is­sues in the vil­lage, but has found get­ting in­for­ma­tion on the coun­cil meet­ings dif­fi­cult, and at times, costly.

He wished to view copies of min­utes to see if his con­cerns were brought up by coun­cil. When he at­tended to the vil­lage of­fice he was told he was able to view the coun­cil notes, but he was told he could not ob­tain a copy and was ad­vised he could only look at the one pro­vided.

He later con­tacted Mu­nic­i­pal Affairs, which as­sured him coun­cil min­utes are a pub­lic doc­u­ment and he was en­ti­tled to a copy, how­ever there maybe a fee.

When he re­tuned to the vil­lage of­fice, he was provid- ed copies and was charged 50 cents a page.

The next time he asked for a copy of min­utes, he says he was in­formed there was a $30 flat fee and a $25 charge for the first page, and $1.00 per page there­after.

He also found there is a sim­i­lar charge for an agenda, how­ever the agenda is not avail­able prior to the meet­ing. In fact, coun­cil only gets the agenda when they at­tend the meet­ing.

Mayor Suzanne Lacher con­firmed with The Mail Coun­cil en­acted a pho­to­copy pol­icy for the Vil­lage in April of 2015. It states the rates are $30 for the time to pre­pare the doc­u­ments, a fee of $25 for the first page, and $1 for each ad­di­tional page. It fur­ther states that copies of tax as­sess­ment no­tices and copies of util­ity bills are free of charge.

She is also aware of John Siemens con­cern and hopes they can rec­tify the sit­u­a­tion.

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