Town of Pincher Creek council made the motion to direct administration to prepare a letter outlining concerns regarding the province’s new police funding model.
Council voted on the motion after discussions during a meeting which included the M.D. of Pincher Creek, Crowsnest Pass, the M.D. of Willow Creek, Claresholm, Nanton, and Fort Macleod, who discussed what impact the new funding model would have with Marlin Degrand, Executive Director of the Ministry of Justice and Solicitor General, who was representing Assistant Deputy Minister Bill Sweeney, and MLA Roger Reid.
Mayor Don Anderberg and Chief Administrative Officer Laurie Wilgosh attended the meeting, and Anderberg said the information received put him at unease.
“There was a lot of discussion about this subject. The meeting went on for three hours,” said Anderberg.
“There were a lot of questions about why are we being required to pay for additional policing. The first issue is that the province wants our money on the first of April,” he said.