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Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework Signed by City of Medicine Hat, Town of Redcliff, Cypress County

Post Date:10/16/2020 11:30 AM

Medicine Hat – The Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework (ICF) document has been prepared following provincial legislation introduced in 2017. The ICF is intended to foster increased levels of intermunicipal collaboration by establishing a pattern for intermunicipal communication and connection, as well as encouraging and supporting delivery of services.

The ICF project was led by a Steering Committee consisting of appointed members of municipal Council of The City of Medicine Hat, Cypress County and the Town of Redcliff, staff from each municipality and a third-party consultant.

“This document may be a legislated requirement; however, the people who participated in the creation of this document went far beyond adhering to the legislative requirement. We focused on the positive outcomes for all three municipalities and the region as a whole,” said Councillor Julie Friesen with the City of Medicine Hat.

“The dedication of time and effort has produced a very good document that all three Municipalities should be able to mutually benefit from,” said Mayor Dwight Kilpatrick with the Town of Redcliff.

“This process has cultivated a deep affection and appreciation between residents and the varying challenges that are unique to each Municipality,” said Councillor Robin Kurpjuweit with Cypress County.

Examples of a few areas where the ICF collaboration ideals will be applied by the Municipalities are:

  • Future projects (physically or intellectually)
    • Transportation
    • Water/Wastewater
    • Solid Waste
  • Shared Services
    • Emergency Services
    • Recreation Services
    • Pound/Animal Services
  • Cost sharing and/or revenue sharing agreements
    • Economic Development opportunities

The ICF initiative is timely, given the current financial environment. This new focus on collaboration between neighbouring Municipalities is anticipated to result in many new initiatives and positive outcomes for all of Southeast Alberta.

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For media inquiries, please contact:

Stan Schwartzenberger
Commissioner, Development & Infrastructure Division
City of Medicine Hat
403.502.8756

Derrin Thibault
Director of Community & Protective Services
Town of Redcliff
403.548.6387

Jeffrey Dowling
Director of Municipal Services
Cypress County
403.526.2888

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