The County of Grande Prairie was successful in getting both of its resolutions passed at the Alberta Association of Municipal Districts & Counties convention in Edmonton last week.
The first was a push for increased funding for librairies, which County CAO Bill Rogan explains is done on a per capita basis.
“But it’s been frozen for several years now using some very outdated census information, so even if the charge remains the same or the per capita fee remains the same and they use some new population numbers, everyone would see an increase.”
A similar motion to up funding for Family and Community Support Services was also backed, and Rogan adds the two were also overwhelmingly supported at the AUMA convention.
Rogan says they also had a productive conversation on proposed changes to the Medical Co-Response program.
“We would have had to travel out of the region to get some of the training and makes it quite difficult, and some new charges, so we’re hoping we can encourage the training to be held locally and perhaps credit given to some of the training that they already are doing.”
Rogan says Health Minister Stephen Mandel seemed receptive to their concerns and doesn’t want rural communities negatively affected.