Granum will remain a town.
Alberta Municipal Affairs Minister Doug Griffiths announced Monday he will not recommend Granum be dissolved to become a hamlet governed by the MD of Willow Creek.
“In making my decision, I considered the vote results, the public input and the dissolution study report,” Griffiths wrote in a letter to Granum Mayor Gerry Brown. “I do not intend to recommend the dissolution of the town to Cabinet.”
The dissolution study was initiated last year by residents concerned about high taxes and what they saw as the lack of services provided by the Town of Granum.
Alberta Municipal Affairs carried out a dissolution study, held meetings to gather public input and then September conducted a vote.
Sixty per cent or 138 of the people who voted Sept. 26 favoured Granum remaining a town over becoming a hamlet in the MD of Willow Creek.
Ninety-three people, or 40 per cent of voters, favoured dissolution.
“The vote results indicate that the residents of Granum do not support dissolution at this time,” Griffths pointed out.
The results of the vote were not binding, however.
The dissolution study, public feedback and result of the vote were forwarded for consideration by Griffiths, who was only recently named municipal affairs minister by Premier Alison Redford.
“The majority of the feedback gathered from the Town of Granum and the MD of Willow Creek residents was opposed to dissolution,” Griffiths noted in his letter.