Mu­nic­i­pal of­fi­cials ex­am­ine new act

The Drumheller Mail - - NEWS - story and photo by Mail edi­tor O.R. Sheddy

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.

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