M.D. offers compromise

The M.D. of Smoky River provides fire services protection to the entire Smoky River region from its facility in Falher.

Proposed agreement ‘something we can live with,’ says Brochu

Chris Clegg
South Peace News

The M.D. of Smoky River is offering a compromise to the municipalities it provides fire protection services to.

And they are backing off somewhat on an earlier tough stand.

Council agreed at its Jan. 13 meeting to provide a new funding formula to its four partners: Village of Donnelly, Village of Girouxville, Town of Falher and Town of McLennan.

At first, Smoky River wanted its partners to immediately pay 40 per cent of operational costs. Previously, they paid only 25 per cent.

However, the M.D. is proposing a fee structure over the five-year agreement as follows with the first number being the M.D.’s share, the rest to be paid by the partners.

  • 2021 – 75/25
  • 2022 – 70-30
  • 2023 – 65-35
  • 2024 – 60-40
  • 2025 – 60-40

The M.D.’s offer came after a Jan. 5 meeting with the partners.

“This is something we can live with,” said Reeve Robert Brochu at the M.D.’s Jan. 13.

“At the end of the day we’re getting to the 60-40.”

Which is what the M.D. first proposed.

The proposal goes back to its partners for approval.

The former agreement, which expired Dec. 31, was extended to the end of June while negotiations continue.

Brochu believes the partners will accept the proposal.

At a past meeting, the Town of McLennan was open to paying more but did not want to pay immediately so they could plan for the increase.

The M.D. wanted its partners to pay more in part because of falling revenue the energy sector.

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