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About the Municipalities
Regionalization Working Group Meeting Notes
Link to the 2014 Alberta Municipal Governance Symposium held in Grande Prairie
Phases of the Amalgamation Consideration Project
Village of Rosemary
Incorporated: December 31, 1951 (Village)
Population: 396 as per 2016 Federal Census
Location: 30 km NW of the City of Brooks and 14 km north of the TC Highway
Mayor: Bill Marshall (Selected from within Council)
CAO: Sharon Zacharias
Village of Duchess
Incorporated: May 12, 1921 (Village)
Population: 1,085 as per 2016 Federal Census
Location: North of the City of Brooks across the TC Highway
Mayor: Tony Steidel (Selected from within Council)
CAO: Yvonne Cosh
Town of Bassano
Incorporated: December 28, 1909 (Village)
January 16, 1911 (Town)
Population: 1,206 as per 2016 Federal Census
Location: On the TC Highway 140 km East of Calgary & 160 km NW of Medicine Hat
Mayor: Ron Wickson (Selected from within Council)
CAO: Amanda Davis
County of Newell
Incorporated: January 1, 1953 (Through the amalgamation of Municipal District No. 28 and part of the Municipal District of Bow Valley No. 40)
Population: 7,524 as per 2016 Federal Census
Location: Within Census Division No. 2 in southern Alberta
Reeve: Molly Douglass (Selected from within Council)
CAO: Kevin Stephenson
Cities, Towns & Villages within the County of Newell include: City of Brooks, Town of Bassano, Village of Duchess & Village of Rosemary
Hamlets within the County of Newell include: Bow City, Cassils, Gem Lake Newell Resort, Millicent, Patricia, Rainier, Rolling Hills Scandia, Tilley
See link below for a map showing all municipalities and hamlets located within the County of Newell
City of Brooks
Incorporated: July 14, 1910 (Village)
September 8, 1911 (Town)
September 1, 2005 (City)
Population: 14,451 as per 2016 Federal Census
Location: On the TC Highway approx. 186 km SE of Calgary & 110 km NW of Medicine Hat
Mayor: Barry Morishita (Elected at Large)
Amalgamation - is the legal process of joining two or more municipalities into one newly formed incorporated municipality.
City – there are 19 municipalities in Alberta that have been granted city status. To qualify as a city, there must be sufficient population size present with over 10,000 people. Cities may establish ward systems with the same number of councillors in each ward. Candidates, or those elected to the municipal council, are required to be residents of the wards they represent. Cities are governed by a mayor who is elected at large and an even number of councillors or aldermen. There should always be an odd number of people on council to avoid tie votes. Elections for cities and all local government units are held every 4 years.
Chief Elected Offical (CEO) - CEO is the Municipal Government Act's official title for the Mayor or Reeve. The role of the CEO is to preside over meetings and is generally the spokesperson and face of the municipality. When is comes to voting on matters, the CEO has the same authority as any other councillor with just one vote. The CEO is selected in one of two ways. One is by a vote of all the citizens in the municipality and the other consists of the elected Councillors choosing a person from among themselves annually at the organizational meeting.
There are pros and cons to both methods of selecting the CEO. By electing the CEO at large, the entire community selects the leader, face and spokesperson for the community. A downfall is that you may have the best two or three people running for CEO with the unsuccessful candidates then not having the opportunity to sit as councillors. A further issue arises if the CEO is difficult to deal with and lacks leadership ability. The only way the CEO can be removed in this scenario is if the individual decides not to run or is defeated in a subsequent election. Elections are held every four years.
The benefit of have the CEO selected annually by the sitting councillors is that they choose who they feel will provide the best leadership and community representation. If issues arise, the CEO may be replaced at the following annual organizational meeting. The downfall in this scenario is that it takes away the citizens'right to elect their leader.
Hamlet – the council of a municipal district or specialized municipality can designate an unincorporated community that is within its boundaries to be a hamlet. A community can be a hamlet if it consists of five or more dwellings, has a generally accepted boundary and name and contains land that is used for non-residential purposes.
Click on the Newell & Communities link below for a map of all municipalities and hamlets in the region.
Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework (ICF) – municipalities that have common boundaries must, create a framework with each other by April 1, 2020. This framework must list the services being provided by each municipality, the services being shared on an intermunicipal basis by the municipalities, and the services in each municipality that are being provided by third parties by agreement with the municipality, at the time the framework is created. Each framework must address services relating to transportation, water and wastewater, solid waste, emergency services, recreation, and any other services, where those services benefit residents in more than one of the municipalities that are parties to the framework.
Local Authority – a municipal authority, regional health authority under the Regional Health Authorities Act, a regional services commission and the board of trustees of a district or division as defined in the School Act.
Municipality – a city, town, village, summer village, municipal district or specialized municipality.
Regionalization - is a term that encompasses many different options to proactively address needs and challenges relating to municipal governance and long-term viability. Some of these options may include intermunicipal agreements, mutual aid agreements, regional service commissions, and amalgamation.
Town – a town can be formed when the population is at least 1,000 people and may exceed 10,000 people unless it requests a change to city status. Under the Municipal Government Act a town is governed by a mayor and 6 councillors, unless otherwise specified. The mayor and councillors are elected at large. The size of the council is set by municipal bylaw and presently ranges from 5 to 7 councillors. Councillors are required to be residents to serve on their municipal council. There are a total of 107 towns in Alberta.
Village – villages may be formed upon request by 30% of the electors in a community with a population of at least 300 people. The may apply for town status when the population reaches 1,000 people. The council of a village consists of 3 councillors, one of whom is the mayor. There are 86 villages in Alberta.
See additional definitions in the Municipal Government Act link below:
Click on the video below to view 6 panel discussions from the Alberta Municipal Governance Symposium held in Grande Prairie on September 5, 2014.
Goals of the Symposium:
The Alberta Municipal Governance Symposium explored how rural and urban municipalities could come together to be more sustainable and better serve their communities. The symposium, moderated by Alberta Primetime’s Michael Higgins, brought together panelists from across the country to discuss the realities of how communities function today and what that means for local government structures. Experiences of amalgamation, regionalization and dissolution from other provinces and in Alberta were explored. The importance of community identity, what builds it and whether or not it exists independently of the municipality was also discussed.
The Symposium was for:
Alberta reeves, mayors, councillors and municipal administrators to benefit from the open exploration and wide ranging discussion of the Symposium. Private sector and civil society representatives interested in the future of local government and successful communities also enjoyed the opportunity to take part in the conversation.