Mayor meets with min­is­ter on flood fund­ing

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Terri Hux­ley

Mayor Terry Ye­men and CAO Ray Ro­manetz sat down with the pro­vin­cial Min­is­ter of In­fra­struc­ture and Com­mu­ni­ties, Brian Ma­son, seek­ing an en­dorse­ment of fed­eral fund­ing from the gov­ern­ment for lo­cal flood mit­i­ga­tion projects.

The min­is­ter in­formed them the fed­eral pro­gram did not meet the cri­te­ria for Drumheller’s pro­ject.

His as­sis­tant shared the let­ter ex­plain­ing the dis­ap­proval had not been mailed out yet as it needed a sig­na­ture, caus­ing the cur­rent meet­ing to be­come stag­nant.

“Both Ray and I were kind of set back be­cause we had not re­ceived that [let­ter],” said Ye­men.

The Al­berta Com­mu­nity Re­silience Pro­gram is 90 per cent funded by prov­ince for up to $3 mil­lion in spend­ing with 70 per cent over $3 mil­lion. The re­main­ing is to be made up by the mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

The Town was work­ing with the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to sup- port and cover the mu­nic­i­pal gov­ern­ment’s por­tion. Mayor Ye­men and CAO Ro­manetz went to Ed­mon­ton ask­ing for en­dorse­ment from the Pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment.

Ma­son and Ye­men bounced back and forth about the lo­gis­tics be­hind the cri­te­ria as the fed­eral min­is­ter had told Mayor Ye­men on two sep­a­rate oc­ca­sions that their qual­i­fi­ca­tions did reach the re­quire­ments.

The Fed­eral Min­is­ter of In­fra­struc­ture had called Mayor Ye­men the next day and apol­o­gized for lead­ing them astray and caus­ing prob­lems.

“I brought to his at­ten­tion that he should feel bad, since he is the ad­min­is­tra­tor of it, and should know the cri­te­ria,” said Mayor Ye­men. “The min­is­ter should be able to tell us yes or no if it does qual­ify, which he agreed to.”

Two grants were ap­proved but fell short of the mil­lion dol­lar mark so with the apol­ogy out of the way, the fed­eral min­is­ter is find­ing other forms of fund­ing within the next cou­ple of weeks.

“We are at least on the hook for the ten per cent but we will see what hap­pens,” said Mayor Ye­men.

“It’s cer­tainly dis­ap­point­ing but at the same time if ul­ti­mately we do find some fund­ing, we’ll take it,” said Coun­cil­lor Jay Gar­butt.

It is cer­tainly dis­ap­point­ing but at the same time if ul­ti­mately we do find some fund­ing, we’ll take it.” Coun­cil­lor Jay Gar­butt

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