Municipal Affairs denies Lavigne's civic petition
The petition sent to Municipal Affairs to audit the town has been denied because it was deemed to have an insufficient amount of signatures.
Rick Lavigne, who garnered 741 signatures with his efforts, says that despite what some may call a loss, he thinks it still counts as a win.
“We’re pretty happy about the outcome,” said Lavigne, “that we got that many people to sign.”
When asked about filing another petition, he said that he has no plans to do so.
To file a second petition successfully, he would now need 30 per cent of the population to sign instead of the original requirement of 20 per cent.
“We accomplished what we wanted,” he said. “We got people out. They came together and that’s what it was all about.”
In a recent press release, Mayor Brian Wittal indicated that during discussions with the Minister of Municipal Affairs’ office, he was informed that the minister will be visiting Didsbury in September. A firm date will be finalized later in the summer.
The minister is also reviewing the request from Didsbury’s town council to conduct a municipal corporate review of the Town of Didsbury.
Chief Administrative Officer Roy Brown indicated that the council and staff are happy to be able to put this petition to rest and move forward with future success of Didsbury.
“Although I am happy with the contents of the letter from the minister,” said Brown, “the petition served a good purpose in reminding all of us who serve the public of the importance of positive communication.
“Every one of us can always do a better job and now that the petition is in the past, we need to put our energies towards working together to make Didsbury the best community in Canada.”
Mayor Wittal agrees, saying that the future is looking bright for development in the community.
“Now is the time to move forward,” said Wittal. “We have set a record for the value of building permits issued in one year. We have new development coming to Didsbury, some that have yet to be announced, and we are moving forward.
“We need to work together and to build upon this success.”
Mayor Wittal indicated that he hopes to make announcements in the near future about further developments coming to Didsbury.