The two groups representing urban and rural municipalities in Alberta will not be getting together anytime soon.
 
Delegates to the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association annual fall convention last week discussed a resolution to merge with the Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties.
 
However, AAMDC president Al Kemmere doesn't think that's going to happen anytime soon.
 
"Their executive wanted to get permission from the members to have merger discussions (and) we knew this was coming," confided Kemmere. "The direction from our members was pretty clear: you can continue to collaborate and work together, but merger discussions are not going to be part of that discussion."
 
Kemmere assured us that his group will continue to work closely with AUMA on matters that affect both their members.
 
"We work so well together with AUMA over different things: we have our elected officials training program and we have a Municipal Climate Change Action Centre where we partner and even in the MGA (Municipal Government Act) submissions, there's a lot of areas that we submitted jointly on, but there's just that much stuff that is unique to our counties and MD's that our members just did not want to potentially lose that rural perspective," he explained.
 
"There are a lot of villages and small towns that we have a lot in common with, but we have a lot of nuances that we don;t want to lose that uniqueness that we do have," added Kemmere. "I do need to emphasize where we can, we will continue to work together."

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