"The Village of Hussar initiated a viability review back in 2015," reported Geoffrey Driscoll with Alberta Municipal Affairs. "We've been working with them since then to figure out what kind of challenges they have and identify some of the ways that we can get through those challenges together."
Village leaders looked at their books and what work need to be done to keep it liveable and decided they might be better off dissolving their charter and becoming a hamlet in Wheatland County. However, Driscoll says the government prefers that smaller communities govern themselves whenever possible.
"We developed what's called a viability review plan, and then the Minister of Municipal Affairs directed them to develop an action plan for how council is going to address all of the recommendations in the viability plan, as well as develop a long term infrastructure plan and report back over a five year period on the progression of the plan."
"We've given advice and made recommendations on what we feel is best for the municipality, and we want to see those changes be made and the success of a strong community to come out of that," he elaborated. "The next step in the process is to have the village report back to us on the progress they've been making."