At the regular Sept. 27 Wetaskiwin city council meeting, city council approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the City and Wetaskiwin Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) Board.
The city says that the MOU recognized the board as a separate corporation and formalizes the relationship between the city and Wetaskiwin FCSS to provide maximum benefit to the community and region.
This agreement will provide further clarity on the roles and responsibilities between the City and the Wetaskiwin FCSS Board in categories including legislative, annual municipal appropriation, budget management and reporting, human resources, and communications.
Both state that the MOU will allow for Wetaskiwin FCSS’s Board to retail full governance of FCSS’s service delivery to the community.
“Wetaskiwin Family and Community and Support Services services support individuals, families and communities through preventative social programs and services” said Paul Edginton, General Manager of Community and Protective Services. “Recognizing FCSS as an independent non-profit allows their organization to access additional grants and funding opportunities not available to a municipality. Their independence will greatly benefit the entire community.”
The City is also considering allocating funding for the Wetaskiwin FCSS within the agreement within the annual operating budget. Funding for the operation of the Wetaskiwin FCSS as prepared and submitted by the Wetaskiwin FCSS to council annually.
Prior to the MOU agreement, there was no existing agreement between the City of Wetaskiwin and FCSS. The MOU came into effect immediately and will remain in effect until Sept. 15, 2026 with an option to renew for five years.