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The Town of High Level would like to notify local residents of a Special Council Meeting that took place at the conclusion of the Committee of the Whole Meeting on Monday night, Jan. 18.
The short meeting was held in order to consider a motion to send a letter to Mackenzie County and stemmed from a closed session discussion that took place during the CoW. The Town of High Level is currently in negotiations with Mackenzie County in regards to the expiry of the Regional Shared Services Agreement, and this letter is part of those negotiations.
The RSSA is an important document that encompasses a number of service and compensation arrangements between the Town and the County. It has been in place for 12 years. The two Municipalities have been discussing the continuation of the agreement over the past several months, but were unable to come to an agreement prior to the RSSA expiring at midnight on Dec. 31, 2020. The Town had agreed to extend the agreement to midnight on Jan. 12 in order to provide more time to come to terms.
According to the Municipal Government Act, which outlines the rules for municipal governance, the Mayor may call for a Special Council Meeting when they consider it appropriate. The meeting can be held with less than 24 hours notice and no public notice if at least two-thirds of Council agrees in writing. In this case, Council provided unanimous consent.
Due to very tight deadlines, it was decided a resolution to continue communications should be passed prior to the scheduled Regular Meeting of Council on Jan. 25, 2021.
The short meeting is being made available online in the interest of transparency.
Both the Town and the County are committed to finding a resolution and continuing the services provided for in the RSSA.