By Nikki Jamieson
A joint emergency management response plan is in the works for the Municipal District of Taber and the Town of Vauxhall.
During their regular Dec. 13 meeting, the M.D. of Taber council looked over a copy of the proposed Municipal Emergency Management bylaw, or Bylaw No. 1901.
“The Town of Vauxhall had indicated that they would like to enter into a municipal agreement to (work on) their emergency time,” said Derrick Krizsan, CAO for the M.D. “This bylaw enables the municipality to do so.”
The bylaw, in addition to providing the the M.D. with the authority to manage emergencies in their jurisdiction, allows both the M.D. and Vauxhall to enter into, at any given time, a Joint Municipal Emergency Management Agency.
The bylaw, once given its third and final reading, would repeal the M.D’s previous emergency management bylaw, bylaw no. 1827. This bylaw was also due to be rescinded and replaced by a new bylaw that doesn’t reference either the Regional Emergency Management Framework bylaw or agreement as the M.D. has left the agreement.Once the bylaw has received first reading, it would need to go to Vauxhall town council to be reviewed, so all parties are satisfied with the agreement. Council performed the first reading of the bylaw.