Mayor Grant Creasey and Chief Administrative Officer Matthew Goudy recently attended the Alberta Mid-Sized Cities Mayors’ and CAOs’ Caucus.
This was a meeting of 22 cities as well as the Premier to talk about developing a framework for mid-sized communities as well as the provincial government.
Mayor Grant Creasey says this was a chance to make sure Lacombe has a voice along with similar Alberta cities.
“They did appreciate the overall number of residents that we represent and they promised to work collaboratively with us in the future, and come to us for input on policies in general,” explains Creasey.
One thing that stood out immensely according to him was the Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI) that allocates funding to communities for Infrastructure development.
He explains that the initiative is being looked at and will be re-worked in the next couple of years to include feedback from the mid-sized city officials.
“It’s not a guarantee of a simple amount, we fully expect to share in the ups and downs of the economy we just want it to be a legislated methodology.”
Creasey says the overall conclusion was to create a formula for this funding to ensure it remains fair across the province.