Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Pincher Creek representatives meet with Alberta ministers at AUMA

Toni Lucas

The Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA) Conference was held in Calgary, September 22- 25.  The Town of Pincher Creek sent representatives Mayor Don Anderberg, CAO Laurie Wilgosh, Legislative Services Manager Gus Kollee, CFO Wendy Catonio, and Town Councillors Wayne Elliott, Doug Thornton, and Jim Litkowski to attend the conference courses and workshops.  During the reports session for the regular meeting of town council held Monday, September 28 coucillors reported some of the interactions they had at the conference, including meetings with Alberta Ministers including Minister of Municipal Affairs Deron Bilous, Environment Minister  Shannon Phillips, and Transportation Minster Brian Mason.  Mayor Don Anderberg said the AUMA conference was a very good experience and it was an excellent time to network.  "We always learn other communities have the same problems you have."

Council members reported that Environment Minister Shannon Phillips met with representatives from Waterton Park, Ranchlands, Pincher Creek, Crowsnest Pass to discuss the park announcement.  Transportation Minster Brian Mason discussed issues identified with Highway 3. "Highway 3 is really on the radar with these guys," said Mayor Anderberg.

Representatives said they also met with Minister of Municipal Affairs Deron Bilous.  Councillor Doug Thornton said, "I for one really felt like they really wanted to hear what we had to say, that they seriously listened to what we had to say, and I believe that where they can, they really want to work with us."  Councillor Thornton said of AUMA the association previously referred to municipalities as stakeholders.  "Since this new government has come in, we are now referred to as partners.  That's a major change, and I think it expresses this new governments approach. I for one am optimistic we're going to be able to work with this new government to the benefit of our community."

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