Min­is­ter deems Hus­sar vi­able

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Pa­trick Ko­lafa

The Vil­lage of Hus­sar has been wrestling with the ques­tion of whether it was vi­able and able to re­main a vil­lage for more than three years.

The vil­lage un­der­took a vi­a­bil­ity study to take a very close look at its as­sets and op­er­a­tions to see whether it had the abil­ity to re­main an au­tonomous vil­lage or to be­come part of Wheat­land County.

Res­i­dents re­ceived a mes­sage from the Honourable Shayne An­der­son, Min­is­ter of Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs, that he has deemed the vil­lage as vi­able.

“I have made the de­ci­sion that the Vil­lage of Hus­sar will re­main as a mu­nic­i­pal­ity at this time,” states the let­ter.

It has been a long road to get to this point. The vi­a­bil­ity study was ini­ti­ated in April of 2015, and a Vi­a­bil­ity Team made up of stake­hold­ers was formed in July. The vil­lage un­der­took an in­fra­struc­ture au­dit.

In June of 2018, the com­pleted Vi­a­bil­ity Re­port was pre­sented to res­i­dents. It laid out op­tions faced by Hus­sar if it were to re­main a vil­lage and op­tions if it were to dis­solve and be­come part of Wheat­land County.

Mayor Tim Frank pre­vi­ously told the Mail, since the or­der­ing of the study one pos­i­tive out­come al­ready is the vil­lage was able to se­cure a grant to as­sess the vil­lage’s en­tire in­fra­struc­ture and de­velop a 10-year plan to ad- dress emer­gent in­fra­struc­ture needs.

“Now we know ev­ery inch of ev­ery pipe and we have a plan to fix it all, and a plan that prob­a­bly won’t in­volve tak­ing out any deben­tures what­so­ever,” said Frank. “We prob­a­bly ad­dressed three­quar­ters of the is­sues the in­fra­struc­ture group flagged as they were hap­pen­ing. We were su­per proac­tive.”

On Oc­to­ber 2, the Min­is­ter shared his de­ci­sion that the vil­lage re­main a mu­nic­i­pal­ity. This, how­ever, comes with pro­vid­ing over­sight to make sure the com­mu­nity fol­lows a path that will se­cure its fu­ture.

“To en­sure the vil­lage im­ple­ments the nec­es­sary changes to achieve vi­a­bil­ity. I have di­rected the vil­lage coun­cil and ad­min­is­tra­tion to take ac­tions to en­sure the vi­a­bil­ity of the vil­lage. The vil­lage is di­rected to de­velop an ac­tion plan as to how coun­cil will ad­dress each rec­om­men­da­tion in the vi­a­bil­ity plan, to de­velop a long-term in­fra­struc­ture plan, and to re­port to my min­istry over a five-year pe­riod on the progress of the plan,” states the Min­is­ter’s let­ter.

I have made the de­ci­sion that the Vil­lage of Hus­sar will re­main as a mu­nic­i­pal­ity at this time.” Shayne An­der­son Min­is­ter of Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs

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