Council’s still not satisfied

More information wanted for proposed fire agreement

Richard Froese
South Peace News

A new agreement for the M.D. of Smoky River to provide fire protection to the four neighbouring municipalities in the region will have to wait some more.

The Town of Falher council is not totally satisfied with the proposed five-year agreement just like the Town of McLennan and the Village of Donnelly.

At its regular meeting Feb. 8, Falher council passed a motion to sign a regional letter with Donnelly and McLennan to the M.D. of Smoky River requesting more information regarding a future fire services agreement.

The motion was approved after the issue was discussed in a closed session.

Smoky River council agreed at its meeting Jan. 13 to offer the partner municipalities a softer deal which would see the M.D. pay 75 per cent of the cost in 2021 with 25 per cent shared by the other municipalities.

After that, the M.D. proposed the split as follows:

2022 – 70-30
2023 – 65-35
2024 – 60-40
2025 – 60-40

M.D. council backed off on an earlier tougher stand which would see its partners pay more immediately. At first, Smoky River wanted its partners to immediately pay 40 per cent of operational costs.

Previously, partner municipalities paid only 25 per cent.

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