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Intermunicipal Collaboration Frameworks were introduced as part of the new Municipal Government Act and must be negotiated by adjoining municipalities by March 31, 2020.
The goal is to create efficiencies in service delivery between municipalities.
The ICF must address services in and between the municipalities relating to:
• Water and wastewater;
• Solid waste;
• Emergency services;
• Recreation; and
• Any other municipal services where those services benefit residents in more than one of the municipalities that are parties to the ICF.
The initial pre-work project in 2017 involved developing an inventory of existing services in the partner communities – the City of Grande Prairie, the towns of Sexsmith and Wembley, and the Horse Lake First Nation.
With the assistance of Stantec, the partners classified whether these services are delivered directly municipally, via existing inter-municipal collaboration, or through a third party agreement.
The final report produced by Stantec provides a fact-based gap analysis on services and identified further opportunities for collaboration, tools to gauge efficiency and effectiveness of services, service governance options, recommendations for growth management, and potential next steps for the ICF process.
The partners have received a $200,000 Alberta Community Partnership grant to determine the most viable option for completing their ICF work – bilateral, multilateral or other arrangements.
The pre-work report, funded by a $100,000 Alberta Community Partnership grant, has been shared with the County of Grande Prairie, the Town of Beaverlodge and the Village of Hythe. These municipalities have been invited to partner in the second stage of ICF deliberations.
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