TBM clarifies call for regional governance review, not redo

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“Going beyond our borders is a provocation. We have to be careful with this particular conversation,’ the adviser said.

The Blue Mountains council may be considering a review of the current system of regional governance, but the mayor recently clarified that the city is not trying to form a new government.

At its May 10 meeting, council responded to a recent letter from Wasaga Beach Mayor Nina Bofolchi informing council that Wasaga Beach is not interested in pursuing a new model of regional government.

Mayor Bifolchi’s letter was in response to a recent resolution passed by the Blue Mountains council asking staff to review the city’s financial relationship with Gray County and suggested a different governance structure involving the city and its neighbors. : Gray Highlands, Meaford, Collingwood, Clearview. and Wasaga Beach could be better.

The city’s resolution did not arouse any enthusiasm among neighboring municipalities.

Council members stressed that the resolution was not about forming a new regional governance structure, but rather about reviewing how services are delivered and the costs of services.

“We’re asking staff to tell us if we’re getting good value for our ratepayers and would we get better value if we were in a different setting,” Mayor Alar Soever said.

Councilor Rob Sampson introduced the resolution and said the focus was not on redefining the local political landscape.

“The thrust of the motion was to look at service delivery and service delivery options,” Sampson said. “Are these the right services at the right price for our taxpayers? »

Sampson noted that the Blue Mountains already have cross-border service agreements with Collingwood on things like water, police and transportation. He said it made sense for the city to consider other opportunities.

Councilor Jim Uram said the issue should be clarified and noted that the discussion on regional governance is not new.

“The regional theme has come up three or four times in history. It has been a problem in the past,” he said. “There should be an explanation of what the principles of the study should be.”

Councilor Paula Hope said in retrospect the reaction from the town’s neighbors was understandable.

“Going beyond our borders is provocative. We have to be careful with this particular conversation. It bothers others who are not from the same place as us,” Hope said.

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