Town and county to negotiate fire services agreement

Councillors with the town and county of Ponoka will discuss a new fire services agreement in public under a mutually agreed arrangement.

Councillors with the town and county of Ponoka will discuss a new fire services agreement in public under a mutually agreed arrangement.

The meeting is set for Monday, Sept. 14 at the Hudson Green Nature and Activity Centre at 9 a.m. and the meeting will be open to residents who would like to follow the proceedings.

Representatives from both municipalities are reported to have indicated a desire to have negotiations conducted in a public meeting.

The meeting of the two councils follows the July 21 vote by the county council in favour of moving forward with a regional fire service after a row erupted over how the Ponoka Fire Department should be managed, with town administration claiming the right to full control while county insists that management of the fire department should allow for sharing of responsibilities and decision making.

Ponoka County provides half of the funding for the fire department.

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