Through this Study process, we will be working towards developing a common vision for the future that is based on cooperation, improving access to government by citizens and identifying a financially healthy path forward for all three municipalities. While we are always looking at ways our municipalities can deliver programs, services and infrastructure effectively, this Governance Study is not intended to be a downsizing exercise. Instead, we are exploring options to increase our efficiency and support the region’s prosperity and viability, and citizen input will be essential to the Study process.
and the Town of Rocky Mountain House
The Village of Caroline, Clearwater County, and the Town of Rocky Mountain House have secured an independent consultant to undertake a Regional Governance Study. The purpose of this Study is to review and explore ways to most efficiently and effectively coordinate services and governance together to best support the region’s growth and long-term prosperity for citizens.
All possible options (e.g. Specialized Municipality) are being explored for a new governance structure for Caroline, Clearwater County and Rocky Mountain House, including staying with the current government structures for all municipalities involved. The three general options being explored in this Study include:
- Remain as three separate municipalities with regional cooperation (current structure);
- Amalgamate all three municipalities into a single municipal government; or
- Amalgamate Clearwater County and the Village of Caroline and develop regional cooperation agreements with the Town of Rocky Mountain House.
As part of this Study, a Steering Committee has been formed with the Mayors, the Reeve and Councillors, and an alternate from each municipality, with each municipality’s Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) providing support. The Steering Committee will provide direction to the independent consultant who is conducting a review of background information and current agreements between the municipalities as well as organizing community engagement. The consultant will prepare a report of their findings and present recommendations to the Steering Committee. After the recommendations are shared with the Steering Committee, the report will then be presented to each individual council.
At this point, no decisions about changes to each municipality’s governance structure have been made. This Study is reviewing the potential benefits and downsides of different restructuring options and the impacts the different governance structure options could have on the long-term growth and prosperity of all citizens in the Region. Pending findings from the Study, additional analyses and public engagement would be required, should there be any changes to the current governance structure.
As we learn more throughout this public process, information will be shared regularly on the website. Stay tuned to this website where we will post information about the study, the governance structure options being explored and opportunities for public input at key milestones.