Concerns over town expressed to Ponoka County council

Resident warns county council in collaboration discussions with Town of Ponoka, council notes its own concerns

Ponoka County Nick Kohlman warned the municipality to be cautious when dealing with the Town of Ponoka in its collaboration discussion.

He addressed council at its Feb. 12 meeting and pointed out a number of concerns he and others have with how the town is being run. He wants to ensure the county is informed before it gets too involved with provincially mandated talks about municipal collaboration.

“I want to make it clear that we are very pleased with the local government we have in our county. I recognize you have some difficult decisions and I have submitted most of the information in writing,” Kohlman explained.

“However, there are a couple of new things we have just learned recently.”

Kohlman claims the town failed to answer seven questions that town resident Edwin Geuder submitted back in January.

Also, Kohlman alleges that the commencement date of May 1 comes before the construction completion date of June 9, while the town paid rent during the time interior work was being done, and before the building was occupied, all contrary to the lease agreement.

As well, he claims the new town building is listed as commercial and doesn’t meet the code for a public building. He alleges it’s a “white elephant” if the town wants to buy the building.

“If the town provided clarity, this issue could be resolved,” Kohlman noted.

“I understand that you are being required to do this by the provincial government, but I still wanted to bring this to your attention. I think it isn’t so much the question of collaboration, I think maybe its more condoning and when we condone what is happening here we perpetuate it.”

As for the county, Reeve Paul McLauchlin thanked Kohlman and noted his council does have it’s own concerns.

“One thing is you are extremely thorough. We get bits and pieces of this, but it becomes a question of the level of accountability and I don’t have the answers,” McLauchlin said.

“Is it concerning, yes and where does the truth lie? We don’t know.”

He added that Kohlman’s assertion about the county not having a choice hit the nail on the head, therefore the county’s responsibility in the process is to do what it can to get a good deal and hopefully avoid any impasses.

“So, we need to do everything we can — through normal discourse and diplomacy — to get to a point where we can come to a deal.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Supporters rally for Jason Kenney as UCP leader stops in Red Deer

Kenney promises equalization reform, stopping ‘Trudeau-Notley’ payroll hike, trade, economic mobility

WATCH: Fashion show highlights Cree designers

The fashion show was part of a Samson Cree Nation conference on MMIW

Rimbey RCMP need help identifying vandals

Plus, GPS in stolen vehicle helps locate it and the suspect in Red Deer

Ponoka Chamber to host election forum

All-candidates forum for Lacombe-Ponoka set for March 28 at the Ponoka Legion

Ponoka County $3.6 million surplus used to prepare for future

An unexpected grant carryover along with operational savings in 2018 has provided… Continue reading

VIDEO: Restaurant robots are already in Canada

Robo Sushi in Toronto has waist-high robots that guide patrons to empty seats

Terror at sea: Helicopter rescues frightened cruise passengers in Norway

The Viking Sky cruise ship was carrying 1,300 passengers and crew when it experienced engine trouble

DOJ: Trump campaign did not co-ordinate with Russia in 2016

Attorney General William Barr said special counsel “does not exonerate” Trump of obstructing justice

Judges on Twitter? Ethical guidance for those on the bench under review

Canadian judges involvement in community life are among issues under review

1,300 cruise ship passengers rescued by helicopter amid storm off Norway’s coast

Rescue teams with helicopters and boats were sent to evacuate the cruise ship under extremely difficult circumstances

B.C. university to offer first graduate program on mindfulness in Canada

University of the Fraser Valley says the mostly-online program focuses on self-care and well being

Sentencing judge in Broncos crash calls for carnage on highways to end

Judge Inez Cardinal sentenced Jaskirat Singh Sidhu to eight years

‘Families torn apart:’ Truck driver in fatal Broncos crash gets 8-year sentence

Judge Inez Cardinal told court in Melfort, Sask., that Sidhu’s remorse and guilty plea were mitigating factors

Most Read