President of Alberta Urban Municipalities Association stepping down

The president of the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association says she is stepping down later this month when the group holds its annual convention.

EDMONTON — The president of the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association says she is stepping down later this month when the group holds its annual convention.

Helen Rice says she is leaving effective Sept. 23 to pursue a position on the association’s board of directors.

Rice has been president for the last two years.

During that time, urban municipalities have had to work with five different ministers of municipal affairs and four premiers.

Rice says the association has already established a strong working relationship with the new NDP government elected in May.

She says she’s encouraged by the province’s plan to allocate money for infrastructure in the upcoming budget.

“We stress to each government that we’re a solution-based organization,” she said. “We’re not going with our hand out. We’re saying we can help you find solutions and we’re seeing this new government has been very receptive to that.”

A new president is to be named at the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association convention Sept. 23-25 in Calgary.