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Towns begin public consultation on amalgamation

Black Diamond and Turner Valley are joining forces to host their second night of its initial online open houses concerning amalgamation this week. 

The opening online public house was March 30, the second is set for April 1 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  

The initial meetings will outline the amalgamation process and timelines, discuss process related questions, and collect feedback on the topics community members want further clarification on. 

“We value and respect the views of our community and encourage all residents to visit our websites for more information and to provide feedback on the amalgamation process,” said Turner Valley Mayor Barry Crane. 

The timelines for the proposed amalgamation include public and stakeholder engagement from February to June. 

Collecting information about the potential amalgamation has been an ongoing process.  

From September 2020 to August 2021, the Towns will collect all related amalgamation information and data for consideration. Negotiation of the mandatory and transitional matters over-viewed in the Municipal Government Act.

Additional public activities will be held in the spring and early summer of 2021 to report back on the amalgamation process. Announcements will be made when the event dates are confirmed. 

“The questions and feedback we receive through our communication channels are extremely important to us and the input we receive will be considered by both councils before making a final decision,” said Black Diamond Mayor Ruth Goodwin.  

If the Towns wish to proceed with the amalgamation process, a report and application will be sent to the Minister of Municipal Affairs. 

Anyone wanting to participate in these events is encouraged to register at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/N72L5Z2

To submit questions by email go to

amalgamation@town.blackdiamond.ab.ca or; amalgamation@turnervalley.ca