M.D. signs on to mutual aid pact

Joe McWilliams
Lakeside Leader

At its June 13 meeting, M.D. of Lesser Slave River council approved M.D. participation in the Northwest Alberta Emergency Resource Agreement. It provides cost certainty when firefighting and other municipal resources are deployed inter-municipally. The membership covers most of the northwestern part of the province.

Support for Smith srs. group

Per a request from the Smith Half Century Plus group, council agreed to provide a letter of support for a grant application by that organization. It seeks $25,000 to do repairs to its building in Smith. The work includes repair of a sinking floor, plus upgrades to tables, chairs and the sound system.

Public participation

Council passed a new policy which formalizes what the M.D. already does, which is attempt to engage the public. This is another one that comes out of the new provincial legislation governing how municipalities operate.
The policy, “must identify the…. approaches the municipality will use to engage municipal stakeholders, and the circumstances in which the municipality will engage municipal stakeholders,” says the written report for council.
On the other hand, advised CAO Allan Winarski, “If you did everything by referendum then you wouldn’t need to be here.”

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