The MD of Willow Creek will write a letter supporting the construction of the Alberta Police and Peace Officer Training Centre in Fort Macleod, but will emphasize the need to take a regional approach.
MD of Willow Creek chief administrative officer Cynthia Vizzutti read an e-mail Dec. 9 from Fort Macleod Mayor Shawn Patience requesting the support.
In the message, Patience outlined a motion passed at a recent Alberta SouthWest Regional Economic Development Alliance.
That motion said Alberta Southwest will send a letter to Premier Ed Stelmach supporting the construction of the Alberta Police and Peace Officer Training Centre in Fort Macleod as soon as possible. The letter will include possible financing options which could include capital funding from the provincial budget, an annual financial commitment put forward by the province to try to attract a P3 partner or use a future capital bond issue to raise the needed capital. Patience also requested the members of Alberta SouthWest, such as the MD of Willow Creek, send letters of support to show the regional importance of this project, and enclosed a template for the letter. Vizzutti agreed there is a need for a regional approach and it goes beyond a letter of support.
Vizzutti suggested the MD of Willow Creek and Town of Fort Macleod investigate partnering on a water line from the town to Moon River Estates, a hamlet east of Fort Macleod.
The line could service the police college, which it has to anyway, MD of Willow Creek ratepayers along the line east to Moon River, potentially the hamlet of Orton, and the residents of Moon River.
Council passed a motion to send a letter to the Town of Fort Macleod making this suggestion, and to the premier supporting the police college and showing its support of a regional approach with this proposed water line.