$107,000 grant given to cover expenses

Susan Thompson
South Peace News

Northern Sunrise County has received a $107,000 grant to help cover the cost of developing a framework to collaborate with the Town of Peace River.

The neighbouring communities recently agreed to a formal Inter-municipal Collaboration Framework [ICF] as required by the Province. They also negotiated an updated operational cost-sharing agreement.

The agreements lay out which services each municipality will provide independently to their own residents, and where and how they will work together.

“Both municipalities appreciated the opportunity to come together to discuss the services that provide a high quality of life for our residents,” says Northern Sunrise County Reeve Carolyn Kolebaba.

“We look forward to continuing our years of collaboration of providing these services to the residents of Northern Sunrise County and the Town of Peace River.”

Northern Sunrise was notified about their successful grant application to cover the cost of the ICF in a March 31 letter from Municipal Affairs Minister Kaycee Madu.

Peace River Mayor Tom Tarpey says the money was used to pay the facilitators that guided both municipalities through the ICF.

“We are very appreciative of the grant money. It was money well spent,” says Mayor Tarpey.

“I think we developed a framework that provides for a sharing of resources and services that will provide benefits for everyone in the Peace Region.”

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