County forgoes Elected Officials Education Program

Rather than host an Elected Officials Education Program, as Wetaskiwin county council was considering...

Rather than host an Elected Officials Education Program, as Wetaskiwin county council was considering in August, councillors have instead decided to attend sessions offered during the fall Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties (AAMDC) conference.

The decision was made during council’s Sept. 21 meeting, once council started looking at the higher costs of hosting a program.

“The fee structure to host it is $4,000,” said CAO Frank Coutney. This does not include additional attendees, food and venue costs.

Coutney informed council if it decided to host an educational program there is a matter who to open it to in order to make the money back. “There is a risk for you.”

“The problem you run into is you don’t know what other municipalities have taken,” he added.

Attending AAMDC was an option presented to council but not the one recommended by administration.

Reeve Kathy Rooyakkers was in favour of a the lower costs of attending AAMDC. “We can go to the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA) ones as well.”