Wheatland County Council voted to begin providing bylaw enforcement services to the Village of Hussar, at the county council’s regular meeting on March 22.
The Village of Hussar approached the county in 2021 requesting to have discussions about entering into an agreement for services to be provided to the village.
The county administration was then instructed to consult with the village of Hussar and return to the council with a proposal for consideration regarding the provision of bylaw enforcement.
“Between myself and our Deputy General Manager, we have met with the Village General Manager and have reached agreements which make our agreement with the Village of Hussar similar to the agreements we already have with the Villages of Standard and Rockyford and which provide services similar to them,” said senior peace officer Kris Permann.
The proposed agreement between Wheatland County and the Village of Hussar would include animal control, fire and noise regulations that would be enforced by the county.
Regarding animal control specifically, the agreement would see the county contribute to dog-only efforts.
The village of Hussar had previously approved the deal, according to the report provided to the county council at their council meeting, although the date the village did so was not stated.
“If the council wishes to sign this agreement, it will take effect once it is signed,” Permann told the county council.
Wheatland County currently maintains similar agreements with the villages of Standard and Rockyford, in which cases it provides animal control and traffic enforcement services.
Through the agreement, Wheatland County expects to see increased call volumes for services, but does not believe this will negatively affect the rest of the county as there are sufficient staff to cover the effective area.
As for the county’s potential compensation for its assistance, the agreement states that the county will collect fines levied on village ratepayers for violations of the various bylaws being addressed.
The village, however, will collect any additional costs to ratepayers in cases such as lawsuits and animal keeping fees.
The motion to provide Hussar Village with enforcement services passed unopposed and enforcement services will begin operating in Hussar effective today.
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