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Didsbury's mayor will sit on Alberta Municipalities committee

Administration recommended council endorse enhanced involvement

DIDSBURY - Town council has approved a plan to have mayor Rhonda Hunter sit on the Alberta Municipalities infrastructure and energy committee for the next year.

The move came by way of motion at the Jan. 25 council meeting, held by Zoom.

The committee sits four times a year to address matters such as municipal infrastructure and its financing, municipal infrastructure related to grants and transfers, tangible capital assets and asset management.

Made up of municipal council members from across the province, the committee will also consider transportation and public works, roads and bridges, rights of way including utilities, and disaster planning and emergency management.

“These kind of opportunities for our council members broaden our influence and are beneficial for the interests of the town,” said the town's chief administrative officer Ethan Gorner. “Administration recommends council endorse this enhanced involvement.”

All committee expenses, including travel, are covered by the Alberta Municipalities, council heard.

Alberta Municipalities represents more than 250 urban municipalities in the province, including towns and villages in central Alberta.

Also during the Jan. 25 council meeting, councillors passed a motion approving the appointment of councillor Bill Windsor as urban co-chair of the multi-stakeholder Red Deer River Municipal Users Group (RDRMUG) committee for the next year.

As with mayor Hunter’s appointment to the Alberta Municipalities committee, administration also recommended Windsor’s appointment to RDRMUG.