On November 15, 2017, AAMDC members voted on a resolution entitled “AAMDC refusal to engage in exploratory discussion to merge with AUMA,” with the motion that “the Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties (AAMDC) refuse to enter into any discussions with the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA) that would result in any attempt to merge the AAMDC with AUMA.”
The majority of members in attendance voted in favour of this resolution, thereby directing AAMDC to not enter into discussions with AUMA, regardless of the outcome of our resolution at the AUMA Convention November 22.
While we are disappointed with the outcome of the AAMDC resolution, it simply signals to us that the AUMA and AAMDC need to make more effort to build a better relationship between our organizations and our members. The reality is that the requirements of the MGA for municipalities to work together will not go away and our organizations will play an important role in facilitating these conversations.
We will still put the vote to you, our members, at our Convention next week. If you vote in favour of this resolution, it will remain on our books for three years, leaving open the door for potential discussions in future years.
We look forward to seeing you at the Resolution Session on Wednesday, November 22. AUMA Executive Committee is also offering an “Ask the Executive” session on Wednesday morning, from 10:15 – 11:30 a.m. to allow members to ask questions regarding this resolution or to discuss other topics of interest.