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Official launch of regional 211 service

County adopts the 2017 interim budget of $147,679,869

by Dana McArthur winning bid was Western Management Consultants requisition 3,700,117, Contributions to reserves
from Edmonton with a total bid of $99,633. 2,045,658, and Capital projects 58,017,694.
The official launch of the regional 2-1-1 services Yellowhead County and the Town of Edson Capital projects for parks include a bike park for
for Yellowhead County, Edson and Hinton was agreed to budget $50,000.00 each towards this joint Bule, a Trail in Evansburg, a Marlboro pumptrack,
announced at the County Council meeting on project. County included this amount in the 2016 a Peers pumptrack, and Tipple Park playground.
December 13. Community Services budget. Major capital projects include the Wildwood Fire
Wendy Robinson, Supervisor for County FCSS, Hall, Rosevear bridge, various road upgrades
along with Stephanie Wright and Emma Potter Interim Budget including the Tom Hill Tower Road, and the
from Canadian Mental Health, Edmonton made the Council adopted the 2017 Interim Budget as Marlboro sewer lagoon.
announcement to council members. "211 is a free, presented in the total amount of $147,679,869, to Mayor Gerald Soroka commented on the new
confidential 24 hour information and referral be effective January 1, 2017 budget format, "This new format is very easy to
system for residents," said Robinson. The services The proposed budget is classified as the Interim read now and very self-explanatory. Much better
provides information on community and Budget as some of the information that is required than we had in the past.”
government health and social services. for the Final Budget is not available until early
In addition to the phone service, information can 2017. The largest components of information to be Northern Rockies Museum of Heritage and
be found on the 211 Alberta website. received are the new property assessment and the Culture
"211 is our attempt to support people who are 2017 school tax and seniors requisitions. The Representatives from the Hinton Historical Society
reaching out and asking for the help they need," budget includes: Operations 37,904.58, gave a presentation on the organization and
said Robinson. The service will also help Contributions to local government 10,232,21, developments planned opening date for the new
blind view communities track emerging issues and gaps in School tax requisition 23,822,560, Seniors tax museum located in Hinton.
This initiative was established in partnership with
window the Town of Hinton, the Town of Edson, and
Yellowhead County in response to the recent
tragedies that had occurred within the local youth
population. The service availability stretching from
fashions Evansburg to Brule.
Councillor David Russell asked, "What is your
current funding model and what do you see for the
future?" Robinson replied that currently access fees
are shared among the communities but at the last
FCSS annual general meeting they agreed to lobby
the province to become the funder. "The long term
goal is to have it provincially funded."
January 4, January 25 very economical for the service that is being
Mayor Gerald Soroka remarked, "This is still

February 15 Community Services Plan

Council awarded the contract for the Edson and
March 7, 28 Area Community Services Strategic Plan Western
Management Consultants.
The project generated considerable interest,
resulting in seven submitted tenders. County and
April 18 Town councils received the exact same tender
award recommendation and results were made
know at the December 13 meeting.
County Director of Community Services
May 9, 30 Christopher Read, said, "The bids were quite close Veterans Voices of Canada founder Allan Cameron along with Bobbi Folds with the Edson Legion
presents Mayor Gerald Soroka with a Canadian flag and Hero Plaque following an overview of what
the organization represents and why it was started during the County Council meeting on December
but there were three that were exemplary." The
13. photo Dana McArthur
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