Council Newswire: May 9

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Town Council May 9, 2016 regular meeting

Significant updates from the regular meeting of Peace River Town Council are below. You can view the agenda and all Council items here.

Airport Becomes Regionally Operated

Following months of collaboration between five municipalities, Northern Sunrise County, County of Northern Lights, Town of Peace River, Town of Grimshaw and the M.D. of Peace are excited to announce the formation of the Peace River Regional Airport Society. The regional airport society is an initiative that will assume responsibility for the running and management of the Peace River Airport.

More details are available in the official announcement.

Support for Fort McMurray

Town of Peace River Council, like many in northern Alberta were moved by work of our citizens who have stood up and worked to raise money to help support those displaced from their homes due to the fire.

Additionally Council voted to donate $2500 from the Grants to Groups fund to assist the Red Cross.

Utility Rate Changes

A forty cent per 1000 litre increase was approved by council in relation to Peace River’s water utility. This means the rate per cubic metre of water is now $4.43.
This increase was levied to help improve Peace River’s water system by making it self sustaining. Monies collected from the increase will be used ONLY for capital projects that improve the system, or repairs. This will ensure that the water and wastewater system is paid for through use and not out of the tax base.
For those looking for tips to reduce water consumption check out our Waterwise section.

Moving Forward on Regional Fire Services

Staff from the Town of Peace River, County of Northern Lights, Town of Grimshaw and the MD of Peace have discussed applying for an Intermunicipal Collaborative Governance Initiative Grant under the capacity building program for $50,000 to assist in reviewing the fire service areas and in the development of a new fire service agreement between the participating municipalities.

More details on the grant application are available online.