A new long-term fire sub-agreement, outlining financing and service levels has been signed by Mountain View County and the Town of Olds.

Since January 2016, Mountain View County and the Town of Olds have collaborated under the framework of an Intermunicipal Cooperation Committee (ICC) Master Agreement. 

Since the master agreement for the intermunicipal collaboration framework between the two parties is linked to the long-term agreement, there will be a chance for review and renegotiation in 2027.

“The agreement provides a predictable and sustainable service structure and the continuation of the high level of fire services that are shared between Mountain View County and the Town of Olds’ rural fire district.” says Mountain View County Reeve, Angela Aalbers. “We are very pleased with the terms of this agreement and the willingness of our two Councils to work together in an effort to provide the best value for the ratepayers in both of our municipalities.”

This agreement gives them guidance on how to decide how to delver and finance services, including fire, recreation, and libraries. This will benefit the residents of both municipalities.

Through the municipalities' ICC, negotiations between the parties over the Sub-Agreement have been proceeding on. Both municipal councils have agreed to the Sub-Agreement because they think it is fair and equitable to both parties.

“With fire protection services, stability and sustainability are of the utmost importance. This agreement achieves that for both the Town and the County while also benefitting the entire Olds region,” said Town of Olds Mayor Judy Dahl. “Both Councils have worked hard to reach this agreement and we look forward to further strengthening our collaboration in the years to come."

The new Fire Sub-Agreement became effective after signing took place at the Mountain View County municipal office on December 20

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