Municipal officials examine new act
Over 60 elected officials and interested parties attended an information session in Hanna’s Legion Hall on Wednesday, June 15, where government officials from the province’s Municipal Affairs department provided information on the proposed changes to the New Municipal Government Act currently under review. The comprehensive review of the Act began in 2012 under the former Conservative government. The Hanna session is one of 21 such sessions on the government’s Summer Engagement Tour, and is part of the process being used to review the legislation, and have it passed by the Legislature, prior to the October 2017 Alberta municipal elections. The Municipal Government Act is an important piece of legislation by which municipalities throughout the province use and are bound by law, to follow, in the day to day process of governing. One of the proposed changes is to ensure that appeal boards are composed of elected officials of the municipality in question, but their number shall not be in the majority. The intent here is to remove any potential perception of bias in any appeal matter. The province is moving toward strengthening cooperation between neighbouring municipalities more in the future.