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Posted on: July 14, 2017

Dissolution Date for Village of Botha set for September 1, 2017

Botha will become a hamlet in the County of Stettler September 1, 2017

On July 12, 2017, the Lieutenant Governor in Council set the dissolution date for the Village of Botha for September 1, 2017.

This order

  • Dissolves the Village of Botha
  • Directes the former area of the village be designated as a hamlet and becomes part of the County of Stettler No. 6 and
  • Makes the Order in the attached Appendix

This order was recommended by the Minister of Municipal Affairs, Shaye Anderson under the Authority of the Municipal Government Act (sections 133, 134, 35 and 137) and Foreign Ownership of Land Regulations (section 14).

On Monday, May 15 Botha residents sent a clear message to the Minister of Municipal Affairs voting for dissolution of their village when in a vote to stay or go, 91 per cent, or 52 out of 57 votes, chose Dissolution of the village of Botha to become a hamlet of the County of Stettler.

Following the vote, villagers waited for the Minister of Municipal Affairs to recommend to the Lieutenant Governor in Council and Cabinet, that the village be dissolved and to set a date of dissolution, which happened on July 12.

Botha’s viability issues came to the forefront in 2015 when residents of the village presented a petition to Botha Council asking Municipal Affairs to investigate the viability of the village. The village Council went ahead and requested a viability review be undertaken. The process was slowed down by the Botha’s struggles to hire a CAO, file their financial statements and fill a vacant council seat.

After the vote in May, Village of Botha Mayor Flo Iskiw said, “I was excited, relieved, and gratified to see that an overwhelming majority of the residents of Botha voted to become a hamlet. Our council believed this was the best option for our village, and now the residents have agreed that we can all move forward together.”

Botha has been under contract to the County of Stettler for the provision of both administrative and utility services for the village. As of September 1, 2017, Botha will become a hamlet in the County of Stettler No. 6.

 

For more information contact:

Niki Thorsteinsson                                                                                                                                                           Tim Fox
Director of Communications                                                                                               Chief Administrative Officer
403-742-4441                                                                                                                                                           403-742-4441
nthorsteinsson@stettlercounty.ca                                                                                           tfox@stettlercounty.ca

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