Municipal Affairs’ investigators want input from Alix residents

Municipal Affairs’ inspection into the Village of Alix continues and the investigators want to hear from residents.
Village of Alix Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Troy Jenkins, told council, during its regular meeting April 19, that inspectors from Strategic Steps, who were appointed by the Minister of Municipal Affairs, is conducting an online public survey at www.strategicsteps.ca. Village of Alix residents, ratepayers and interested individuals are invited to complete an anonymous survey by May 1.
The password to take the online survey is Alix2017.
Strategic Steps held drop in interviews at Alix’s Old Fire Hall on April 26.  In addition, the inspectors will contact a random group of property owners and invite them to be a part of the inspection interview process.
Municipal Affairs’ investigation into Alix’s management, administration and operations is a result of two petitions from residents submitted to Municipal Affairs last year.
Each petition had about 300 signatures. Alix has about 400 registered voters. The petitions cited high taxes and how the village was spending tax dollars as reasons for one petition and the second petition asked the Government of Alberta to determine Alix’s viability.
After the inspection is complete, the inspector will give a report to the Minister of Municipal Affairs. After the minister accepts the report Alix council will get a copy.

Open house budget meeting
CAO Jenkins said that the village received about 21 budget ideas from its April 12 budget open house meeting at the community hall.
“A couple were from the same individuals but we did have 21 ideas we didn’t have before the meeting started,” said CAO Jenkins, adding that the suggestions will be included in council’s upcoming budget package.
“There were some very interesting ideas that the public provided. We are very thankful for that input.”
Likewise, Deputy Mayor Rob Fehr said he was “pleased to see the turn out.”
Coun. Curt Peterson said there were a lot of comments from those in attendance that they would like to see lower taxes but he added that there were no details on what needed to be changed or run more effectively. “That would have been good input.”
After council adjourned the meeting, Malonie Grimard, who helped spearhead the petitions to Municipal Affairs, addressed council saying that many people who attended the open budget meeting at the community hall were hoping to see the proposed budget.
Coun. Peterson said that is something council can consider for next year.

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