City council has met privately and then voted publicly to pursue an MOU with the eight other municipalities, also known as the Metro Mayors’ Panel called “Be Ready or be Left Behind.” That’s a proposal on regional economic, transit and growth cooperation that was released earlier this month.
Iveson defended the need to meet behind closed doors because part of what they’re talking about also impacts the annexation talks with Leduc County.
“Council needed all of the information in context because of the complex inter-relationship. You make one decision with the regional growth plan and it has certain implications for annexation. You make another decision with the Metro Mayors’ Panel and it could have a different implication for annexation so they are necessarily complicated and inter-woven.”
“It is primarily an open process but appropriately there are certain portions particularly those that relate to annexation that need to be discussed by council in private out of respect for the ongoing discussions that we’re having with Leduc County and so as not to distort expectations of land owners and people who’ll be impacted by some of those annexation discussions.”
Saying too much in public could negatively effect relationships with the other partners. “Trust is everything,” said Coun. Ed Gibbons. “I think you have to give trust to our mayor and council that we’re moving stuff forward in the right direction.”
Once they hashed things out in private, council voted publicly to release phase two of the growth plan that was completed in late May. The annexation plan will remain in private.
Click here and go to items 9.3 and 9.4 where the once private reports are now public