Black Diamond and Turner Valley Councils are moving forward in the amalgamation process by beginning formal negotiations.
The amalgamation is a priority for the Joint Friendship Agreement Committee ( JFAC) and a decision will be finalized when all related negotiation topics have been thoroughly considered and reviewed.
Town Councils have worked together to optimize the strengths of both communities to develop a progressive timeline and implementation plan with a focus on providing clear and consistent communication throughout the process.
Public engagement is an important component of this process. Throughout the entire program, both municipalities are committed to keeping community members informed at regular intervals through online information and engagement tools with opportunities to provide feedback, ask questions and participate in process events.
The first public event, an online engagement kick-off, will outline the amalgamation process and timelines, discuss process related questions, and collect feedback on the topics community members want further clarification on.
For more information, community members are welcome to attend on one of the following dates and times
March 30, 2021 6:30pm-7:30pm, or April 1, 2021 10:30am- 11:30am.
Anyone wanting to participate in these events is encouraged to register here: www.surveymonkey.com/r/N72L5Z2
Email any questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org or; email@example.com
Additional public activities will be held in the spring and in the early summer of 2021 to report back on the Amalgamation process. Announcements will be made when the event dates are confirmed.
“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 questions and feedback we receive though our communication channels are extremely important to us and the input we receive will be considered by both councils before making a final decision,” added Black Diamond Mayor, Ruth Goodwin.
Amalgamation information will be updated at regular intervals on both town websites and will continue to be updated regularly throughout the project.
Black Diamond: www.town.blackdiamond.ab.ca
Turner Valley: www.turnervalley.ca.