The Town of Ponoka wants to get back to the bargaining table.

The municipality issued a statement today, saying it's reached out to its workers union to resume negotiations during the week after Canada Day.

"It is our wish to keep the dialogue open and try to find a way forward," says Mayor Rick Bonnett in the press release.

Last week, staff represented by the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees voted in favour of a strike, triggering a 120-day window where they could serve 72 hours' notice to walk off the job.

The town has said it has a contingency plan to keep providing essential services, should that happen.

“We certainly hope a strike doesn’t happen but we have to be prepared for that possibility. Our contingency plan will ensure that we can continue to provide essential services to our residents,” says chief administrative officer Albert Flootman in a statement.

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