Community Papers

News from the Pass - Petition successful: province pledges inquiry

By Joni MacFarlane

Editor, Crowsnest Pass Promoter

 

Ratepayers and signatories on a petition asking the province to investigate the municipality are celebrating their success after the Minister agreed to the request.

A total of 2,510 people signed a petition delivered to Alberta’s Municipal Affairs on November 1 calling on the province to conduct an investigation into the operations of the municipality.

A letter from Doug Griffiths, Minister of Municipal Affairs, confirmed the petition was sufficient under the Municipal Government Act (MGA) and said an inspector will soon be appointed.

The inspector has “the power to require the attendance of any officer of the municipality, or of any other person whose presence the inspector considers necessary, the power to require persons to give evidence on oath, and to produce any documents, papers or things that the inspector considers to be required.”

A municipal inspection is comprehensive and includes a review of bylaws, policies, council meetings, finances, budgets, property taxes and governance roles and responsibilities.

It also includes interviews with all members of council, the CAO, staff and “a sample of residents,” as well as “a review and evaluation of public engagement and communication policies and procedures.”

After the inspection is complete, a report is made to the Minister who then provides it to council. Shortly afterwards, the report is presented at a public meeting.

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Poll finds Lower Mainland voters ready to shake up city halls
 
South Burnaby streets shut down by suicide threat
 
The art and science of barbecue
VIDEO: Dalai Lama met by admirers, protestors, and Selena Gomez during Vancouver visit
 
Police seek help in search for missing Langley man
 
Empty warehouse in Chilliwack prompts request for donations
Election 2014: Gayle Martin seeking re-election to Langley City council
 
Township news, direct from the source
 
Critics say NEB muzzling most oil pipeline speakers