Ratepayers Petition successful

Intervention a Go!

Just got off the phone with Municipal Affairs confirming a rumour I heard today that the Minister for Municipal Affairs Doug Griffiths has granted the Crowsnest Ratepayers Association’s request for provincial intervention into the management of our municipality. They verbally confirmed this to me as true and factual and will be sending me something in writing to that effect shortly.

A victory of sorts for the Ratepayers and for all those 2,500 residents who signed the petition (myself included) wanting intervention and an investigation into how our mayor, council and administration have been (mis)managing our municipal business here in the Pass.

For more information on this the Ratepayers will be having a general meeting tomorrow. Everyone is invited and you don’t have to be a member.

Crowsnest Ratepayers Meeting
Bellevue Legion
Wednesday, December 5/12
7:00 p.m.

Otherwise, I will keep you posted as more information becomes available to me.

There is strength in numbers!

UPDATE: 4:50 p.m.

Well, it’s official. A Public Affairs Officer with Municipal Affairs confirmed to me personally by telephone and email the following:

“I can confirm that a petition submitted by eligible electors within the municipality of Crowsnest Pass asking the Minister of Municipal Affairs to conduct an inspection has been deemed sufficient. Timelines to conduct the inspection have not yet been set.”

In addition, Minister Doug Griffiths, I’ve been told, stood up today in the Legislature in Edmonton and informed the House of his decision.

UPDATE: 6:12 p.m.

News Release: Mayor and Council Welcome Minister’s Involvement


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9 Responses to Ratepayers Petition successful

  1. Anonymous says:

    Probably no other council in the long history of our area has been as successful as this council in uniting our community behind a cause. Perhaps this was their PLAN from day one?

  2. Anonymous says:

    News Release: Mayor and Council Welcome Minister’s Involvement

  3. Anonymous says:

    6:18. Play nice K. But nice one

  4. Anonymous says:

    cause… cause we don’t want you no more. Now that’s some PLAN? :-(

    Arrogant bunch, now aren’t they?


  5. Anonymous says:

    Anon 6:18 wrote:

    “News Release: Mayor and Council Welcome Minister’s Involvement”

    They don’t seem to “get it”.

    If “Council” welcomes it, there must have been a vote of Council. There was no such vote – either DA MAYOR decreed it, or there was an unofficial secret backroom meeting, with no minutes kept.

    That is the sort of thing the Inspector will be looking for.

  6. Jose says:

    Seems to me the Mayor et al are jacking themselves up to be VERY helpful to the Inspector. Almost looks like they think that they are in charge of the investigation.

    The News Release is mushy, self serving and totally ignores the real situation. It is easy to see why there is a problem in the Crowsnest Pass. These guys must be living in a different world.


  7. Anonymous says:

    Press release – after all this time – the fellow is still perplexed.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Quoting from the municipal news release: “According to the Minister’s letter, the objective of the inspection was “to support the role of Council and administration in providing local government services in the community…” Well, on this everyone can agree. This council needs some high level support – working on their own got them to the point where a petition was required. Hopefully they will get some badly needed support, advice and direction.

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