July 29, 2020

The Government of Alberta announced it is providing financial support as part of the Safe Restart program. AUMA VP Tanya Thorn joined Premier Kenney, Ministers Madu and McIver, Mayors Iveson and Nenshi, and RMA President Al Kemmere in announcing additional funding supports for municipal operating costs.

The proposed changes to the assessment model could have regional impacts and the potential for negative impacts on municipal viability. AUMA will be developing packages for members to assist in understanding the impacts and providing tools to use in providing feedback to MLAs and Ministers.
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Registration is now open for AUMA's Summer Municipal Leaders’ Caucus. Caucus will consist of a one-day program that runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the schedule and agenda will be the same at all locations. AUMA will adhere to the Chief Medical Officer of Health's COVID-19 guidelines.

August 6 – Vermilion | August 11 – Stony Plain August 19 – Nanton | August 20 – Sylvan Lake

Visit the AUMA Convention website to learn about this year’s new approach, and make sure to keep your eyes open for new speaker information being announced in the coming weeks. Register today!
BUSINESS SERVICES

W e are excited to announce the addition of purchasing partners to our Purchasing Program! Our purchasing partners will provide members with access to COVID-19 related supplies at discounted rates.
ADVOCACY UPDATES
The legislature is set to rise for the summer this week, having passed 34 government bills in this legislative sitting. As of Tuesday, July 28, 32 of the 34 pieces of government legislation had passed, with only the controversial Bills 30 and 32 yet to make it through third reading.
AUMA is seeking nominations of qualified candidates to serve on its Board of Directors. View the candidate nomination package, review the guidelines for determining an individual’s candidacy, and download the relevant nomination forms and submission instructions.
If you are a municipal elected official or senior administrator and want to shape the direction of AUMA, consider applying to serve on one of AUMA’s committees.

Participating on a committee provides an opportunity to influence the direction of policy and programs for AUMA, expand your network, and give back through leadership.

Recently the Court of Appeal dealt with a case in which a public body issued a request for proposals containing a discretion clause. The Court of Appeal confirmed the policy rationale behind accepting only compliant bids.
GOOD TO KNOW
The Alberta Water Council (AWC) is looking for members to participate in a project that will create a source water protection web platform. The commitment is approximately four months, and two to three full-day meetings. The deadline to submit your interest is August 7, 2020. If you are interested, please contact Anuja Ramgoolam ( aramgoolam@awc-casa.ca ).  

The Government of Alberta is currently welcoming nominations for the 2020 Minister’s Seniors Service Awards. Nomination forms and additional information are available at alberta.ca/mssa. The nomination deadline is August 11.
New funding for electric vehicles and project financing from NRCan and FCM

New funding alert! NRCan’s Zero-Emission Vehicle Awareness Initiative is now accepting applications for $50,000 in funding until September 8, 2020 to help your municipality educate and engage people in electric vehicles!

Design or refine a local financing program for home energy upgrades with funding (grants of up to $175,000 to cover up to 80% of eligible costs) through the Green Municipal Fund with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

Congratulations to the City of Leduc for completing this 17.3 kW solar PV array on their new eco-station building! They received funding from the Alberta Municipal Solar Program to build the project that will save them money and help them realize the environmental goals set out in their strategic plan. Learn more!
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