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**FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE**
Town and MD come together to build a stronger Regional Partnership
Slave Lake, Alberta – Today, Slave Lake Mayor Tyler Warman and Lesser Slave River Reeve Murray Kerik signed both the Intermunicipal Agreement and Fire Services Agreement forging a new partnership between the two municipalities.
Slave Lake Mayor Tyler Warman said “Todays signing showcases the close partnership the Town and MD has, and our commitment to keeping that relationship strong.
“I would like to thank Reeve Kerik, MD CAO Allan Winarski, and the MD council for coming to the table and working hard to get this issue resolved. Its a testament to their dedication to the people of this Region,” Warmed added. “I would also like to thank my own Council and our CAO Brian Vance who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to get these agreements ready for today's ratification.”
MD Reeve Murray Kerik stated that this agreement would be beneficial to both the MD and the Town, “It took a little extra time to build these agreements to protect the rights of all residents of both the Town and MD. Neither side got exactly what it wanted but neither side really lost either.”
The Intermunicipal Agreement and the Fire Services Agreement outlines cost sharing agreements where there is synergy to do so, between the Town and the MD for recreation, community and fire protection.
“We are please to come to an beneficial agreement with the MD, and to ratify both agreements today. These agreements will encourage collaboration now and into the future,” Warman added.
Kerik added, “The goal was to get it right, so when the next term comes up, this hard work will have served us well and we will have it all lined up and ready.”
Warman and Kerik both agreed that they look forward to working together over the next four years, and growing a partnership that would benefit all residents in the Slave Lake Region.
“We are pleased to continue growing the region collaboratively,” Warman stated.
The agreements outline the path going forward, and bring clarifications to the roles and responsibilities of each signing partner.
Both agreements are for a five-year term, and will expire at the end of 2022.