Mor­rin coun­cil or­ders mu­nic­i­pal re­view

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Kyle Smylie

Mor­rin is wait­ing for a mu­nic­i­pal re­view af­ter coun­cil unan­i­mously voted to have Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs in­ves­ti­gate vil­lage op­er­a­tions.

Mor­rin coun­cil passed the mo­tion at their reg­u­lar meet­ing on March 21. Mayor Howard Hel­ton told The Mail the re­view was re­quested to look into un­re­solved is­sues with coun­cil and ad­min­is­tra­tion which have drawn con­cern from the com­mu­nity.

“...with the as­sis­tance and guid­ance from Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs, these con­cerns can be ad­dressed to the sat­is­fac­tion of all par­ties in­volved so as to be able to al­low the vil­lage to con­tinue to work in the com­mu­nity’s best in­ter­est,” he said in an email on Septem­ber 8, adding they have yet to be in­formed of a date for the in­spec­tion, or whether even Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs has re­ceived the re­quest.

Through in­ter­views, at­tend­ing meet­ings, and re­view­ing doc­u­ments, a mu­nic­i­pal in­spec­tion would evaluate vil­lage by­laws, the struc­ture of coun­cil com­mit­tees, coun­cil lead­er­ship, mu­nic­i­pal fi­nan­cial sta­tus and re­ports, bud­gets, and plan­ning doc­u­ments, among other things.

How­ever, Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs had two rep­re­sen­ta­tives present at their reg­u­lar meet­ing on Au­gust 15, as part of a stan­dard eval­u­a­tion of vil­lages and towns ev­ery four years, the ECA Re­view re­ported on Au­gust 23. The rep­re­sen­ta­tives said they would even­tu­ally pro­vide a full re­port to coun­cil and the pub­lic.

At the same Au­gust 15 meet­ing, coun­cil unan­i­mously de­cided to di­rect Mayor Hel­ton to pro­vide a per­for­mance re­view let­ter to the CAO, the ECA re­ported.

These con­cerns can be ad­dressed to the sat­is­fac­tion of all par­ties in­volved so as to be able to al­low the vil­lage to con­tinue to work in the com­mu­nity’s best in­ter­est.”

Howard Hel­ton Mor­rin Mayor

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