News Release

Posted on Thursday October 13, 2016 at 10:11AM

Important Consensus Reached in Regional Governance Project

October 12, 2016 - For immediate release

An agreement to continue exploring closer relationships and further collaboration between member communities of the Flagstaff Intermunicipal Partnership (FIP) was reached during a significant committee meeting in late September.

“All the research and information we have to-date clearly indicates we cannot settle with the status quo,” said Bob Coutts, Deputy Mayor of Forestburg and FIP Chair. “We don’t have a solution yet, but we know we must continue down this path and determine what will work best for everyone.”

On Thursday, September 29, project consultants presented FIP with early findings from nearly five months of extensive research and information gathering. The research and data show that even though FIP communities are generally viable today, population and economic trends and provincial government requirements for cooperation are challenges that must be addressed.

“We need to act now and work together in order to give all our communities the best chance of long-term success,” said Bud James, Mayor of Killam. “This isn’t about protecting territory – it’s about building stronger communities for the next generation.”

A detailed report on research findings – a critical first step required before talking about potential solutions - will be released to the public in the coming weeks. The report will include information on the project’s next steps and questions for the public to provide feedback. This will be the first stage in a broad public engagement and consultation phase of the project.

“It is extremely important that the public have a say in the future of our communities,”
added Coutts.

The Flagstaff Regional Governance Initiative is exploring new ideas and ways for collaboration between FIP communities. Using input from citizens and community leaders, its goal is to develop a new vision for the region to help it become more successful over the long-term. It is expected to be completed in December, 2017.

The Flagstaff Intermunicipal Partnership is a committee made up of representatives from all municipalities within the Flagstaff Region: Towns of Daysland, Hardisty, Killam and Sedgewick, the Villages of Alliance, Forestburg, Heisler and Lougheed and Flagstaff County. More information on the FIP Regional Governance Project can be found HERE

For more information, contact:
Bob Coutts Chair, Flagstaff Intermunicipal Partnership
Email: Phone: 780-679-4721

Author: Town of Hardisty


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