close eye on the province's decision.
Municipal inspection waiting game
"If he goes out and looks at the creation of the municipality or how the assessment disparities are out of whack, that'd be great, but he's not bound to," Copeland said.
At their March 16 meeting, councilors unanimously passed a motion to extend an invitation to the minister of municipal affairs, Hector Goudreau, to meet with council to talk about the report and how Cold Lake can overcome its financial challenges.
Leskiw said the report has taken longer "than they anticipated due to holiday schedules and the need to collect the proper data."
With the results of the municipal inspection of Cold Lake looming, the city's mayor and council are eager to talk with the province about possible solutions for Cold Lake's financial woes.
A spokesman for the Ministry of Municipal Affairs said last week that the report had not been delivered to Minister Goudreau. The report is expected to be delivered by the beginning of April, he said. Cuff is expected to present the report to Cold Lake's council once it Puma Shoes For Women High Tops
But Copeland noted that Cuff does not have to address any issues beyond the city's corporate limits.
Copeland feels municipalities with a mix of urban and rural areas would be best suited to deal with the pressures that come from a growing population. He noted that such municipalities were proposed when the municipality of Cold Lake was taking shape in the mid '90s.
about the Town of Bonnyville or the MD of Bonnyville anymore," Copeland said. "There needs to be some real soul searching by the province on how they're going to deal with our situation because we know there's other municipalities watching us."
"I would be surprised if (Cuff) is going to make any comment about Bonnyville," Copeland said. "In the end, we're still going to be back at the root of our problems."
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The letter, addressed to Bonnyville Cold Lake MLA Genia Leskiw, notes that the late February deadline, which was itself pushed back from late January, has passed and Puma Shoes Rose Gold council is "anticipating that the report is now available. As such we would appreciate an opportunity to discuss solutions for the City of Cold Lake."
Municipal Inspector George Cuff met with Cold Lake's elected representatives, a number of senior city staff and with officials from the Town and MD of Bonnyville in preparing the report.
Copeland said the city is under pressure from growth caused by oil projects in neighbouring municipalities, but sees none of the assessment that comes from them.
Cold Lake Mayor Craig Copeland, who had three separate meetings with Cuff, said the best case scenario is for the report to address the assessment disparity between the urban municipality and its rural neighbours.
has been reviewed.
Pressure on the city's finances prompted council to ask for a dissolution study in June last year. After mediation between municipalities failed, the minister of municipal affairs Ray Danyluk ordered the municipal inspection to look at the city's finances and operations.
Ministry staff told Leskiw that "whatever the outcome of the report people need to work together to develop a regional solution."
While Copeland expects the report to contain information that he, council and administration can learn from, looking at the city in isolation will not address the cause of the municipality's problems, he feels.
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