About 25 people were in attendance last night at the Fort Assiniboine Legion, as eastern Woodlands County residents met with members of County Council. The meeting was part of another open house so residents could hear information regarding the inter-municipal collaboration agreements in place between the County and Whitecourt.
The turnout was noticeably smaller than the first open house held at the Westward Community Centre two weeks that drew about 150 people, however, Woodlands County Mayor Ron Govenlock says Tuesday’s numbers represented this part of the County well.
Residents had the chance to give their feedback and raise concerns. Some of the hot topics on the floor were policing, the airport, and recreation services. A few people in attendance voiced concerns about paying for certain recreational services when not all County residents use them in Town.
In response to that, Mayor Govenlock says that as much as changes need to be made, having certain services like recreation included in the cost-share agreement are beneficial to everyone in both the Town and County.
Mayor Govenlock says the concerns heard at the meeting will be taken into consideration by Council as they continue to try and work out new agreements with the Town of Whitecourt.
In terms of where negotiations are at this point in time, Govenlock says Woodlands is willing to come back to the table if and when Whitecourt is ready.