Village of Donnelly notebook

Chris Clegg
South Peace News

Council passes development plan

The Village of Donnelly has a new Municipal Development Plan.
Council gave second and third readings to the plan at its Nov. 18 meeting.
The plans fulfills all requirements laid out in legislation, CAO Matthew Ferris advised council.
No member of the public attended the public hearing to express concerns.

Wading pool lobby gains momentum

Council’s efforts to convince the Alberta government to invest some of the $43 million it has set aside for parks projects, to repair and/or replace the wading pool at Winagami Lake Provincial Park, is gaining momentum.
Council heard the Town of McLennan and Big Lakes County agreed to support their efforts.
At its Oct. 14 meeting, council discussed the Alberta government’s Sept. 15 announcement to invest $43 million in Alberta’s parks.
Council sees an opportunity to spend some of the $43 million on the Winagami wading pool, which was part of the day-use area before it was closed in 2019.
“There is potentially more money for the pool,” said CAO Matthew Ferris.
Council agreed to begin a new lobby and wrote the local MLA, Big Lakes County, the Town of High Prairie, Town of Falher, Town of McLennan, Village of Girouxville and M.D. of Smoky River, as well as the Smoky River Regional Tourism Committee, asking for support.

Meetings still second Tuesday

Council agreed to continue holding regular meetings the second Tuesday of each month at 7:15 p.m.
However, the December meeting will be Dec. 15, the third Tuesday.
It was noted meetings used to be held the second Monday.
Discussion ensued on what would work best for council and it was decided to stay the norm.

It is Donnelly’s turn!

The Municipal Accountability Program is coming to Donnelly in 2021!
Council heard they have been selected to participate in the program by Alberta Municipal Affairs. On a random basis, Municipal Affairs selects governments and attends meetings to ensure operations are conducted properly.
“Over the next several months administration will be reviewing various aspects of the municipality’s operations to ensure compliance,” wrote CAO Matthew Ferris to council.
Municipal Affairs’ intentions to help, not criticize. The program supports local governments under 5,000 with operations.
There is no cost to the participating municipality.

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