In view of Council's commitment to informing RM ratepayers we would like to provide the following update regarding the Delisle & District Fire Commission.
We wish to assure the RM ratepayers that we are still dedicated to working towards reconciliation with the fire commission members, therefore during the July 14, 2023 regular meeting the following resolution was passed:
In light of the Rural Municipality of Vanscoy’s continuing efforts to work towards reconciliation with the Delisle & District Fire Commission, the RM Council agree to the recommendation brought forward from Councilor Harvey to meet with the respective Councils from the Village of Vanscoy and Town of Delisle. Council has suggested some potential dates of August 1-4, 2023 and will await response from the Village and Town to confirm if any of the above dates are agreeable to all parties.
If there are any other, questions or comments please feel free to reach out to your Councilor. We feel strongly in keeping the conversation open and transparent and we will answer your questions to the best of our ability.
On behalf of the RM of Vanscoy Council we would like to express our sincerest thanks to everyone that took the time to participate in the public meeting held on May 30, 2023. We believe that the dialogue was very informative between Council and the attendees and if there are any other, questions or comments please feel free to reach out to your Councilor. We feel strongly in keeping the conversation open and transparent and we will answer your questions to the best of our ability.
In addition, Council passed a resolution at the May 11, 2023 meeting to enter into mediation with the fire commission members; all-future planning has been put on hold and our focus will be directed to the mediation process.
On May 1st, the Delisle and District Fire Commission held its monthly meeting. This meeting had been postponed from its original date of April 25th. In discussions with both the Town of Delisle and the Village of Vanscoy and again later in discussions with the Volunteers' Officers Group, mediation with the Fire Commission members was presented as an option to pursue prior to the RM of Vanscoy issuing their Letter of Intent to withdraw from the Fire Commission which was to be delivered on June 30th. The attending Fire Commission members from the RM of Vanscoy committed to bring that suggestion back to the RM Council. As a result, at the upcoming RM of Vanscoy monthly council meeting on May 11, 2023, a motion will be made to enter into the mediation process with the Fire Commission representatives from the Town of Delisle and the Village of Vanscoy. Both the Town of Delisle and the Village of Vanscoy have their council meetings scheduled prior to the RM council meeting, so we have communicated our intent to pass a resolution to enter mediation to a Fire Commission member from each of the councils so that they may discuss with their councils at their respective councils meetings. As a sign of good faith, should all the Fire Commission members decide to proceed with mediation, the RM of Vanscoy council will cease all future planning efforts and dedicate our efforts to the process.
Our intent has always been and will continue to be the enhancement of fire protection for all of our ratepayers. Regardless of the results of mediation and the future of the Fire Commission, the RM Council recognizes that there will always be a need for fire protective services and volunteer fire fighters. Throughout the RM's decision making process, the effort and dedication of our volunteers has never been in question. We stand behind the volunteer fire fighters and appreciate their commitment to their training and their commitment to help keep all of us safe.
As a result of our intent to enter into mediation, the RM will have no further updates until the results of mediation are known. As always, please do not hesitate to contact your RM councillor with any questions or concerns that you have. Contact information for councillors can be found here.