Initiative launched to have council’s fire department vote overturned

Residents organizing petition for town council to reconsider regional fire services.

Just over a week after town council voted 4-3 against a regional fire services agreement with Ponoka County, residents are planning to start an intiative to have the decision overturned.

Jim Hamilton and Deb Nicol made their intention known Thursday, Jan. 21 on Facebook setting a date and time to meet and determine whether a petition is necessary. Their main concern is over the extra financial cost of setting up two fire departments.

Nicol says she felt something had to be done and that residents needed to be heard. Hamilton agreed. After doing research and speaking with town and county representatives, including councillors and both CAOs, Hamilton feels separate services would cost the town and county residents quite a bit of money.

“We are all residents of Ponoka,” said Hamilton. “Be it county or town, and we should be working together.”

Economically and from a business owner perspective, he feels these additional costs are unnecessary.

An organizational meeting has been set for Thursday, Jan. 28 at the Hudson Green Nature and Activity Centre to gather volunteers interested in canvassing neighbourhoods for signatures. The centre is at 6210 61 Street and the meeting starts at 7 p.m.

Contact Nicol at imfrazzed@hotmail.com for more information.