The City of Red Deer and Red Deer County councils have adopted an Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework to ensure and identify efficiencies in service delivery to residents.
This framework was adopted through bylaw in response to the modernized Municipal Government Act, which requires bordering municipalities to develop an ICF to facilitate and encourage cooperation and cost-sharing in service delivery, when possible.
The foundation of the ICF contains all current service agreements between the city and the county and builds upon the 2007 Intermunicipal Development Plan.
“Adopting the Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework sets the foundation for future negotiations and agreements. It is the first phase in our efforts to build what we hope will prove to be a long-lasting, mutually beneficial commitment,” said Mayor Tara Veer.
“Now that the foundation is set, the committee is shifting into the next phase and focusing on addressing pending regional matters and negotiating additional joint partnerships and service opportunities to find efficiencies and better serve our citizens.”
Red Deer County Mayor Jim Wood said the municipalities working together will be “a great benefit” to ratepayers.
“Through our continued collaboration, we will only strengthen an already positive partnership with our neighbour,” said Wood.