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AMM executive meets virtually with Parkland municipal councils


The Association of Manitoba Municipalities (AMM) met virtually with Parkland municipal councils last week.
The AMM makes it a priority to visit each of its member municipalities at least once during each four-year election cycle.
Joining the meeting were representatives from the RM of Alonsa, Municipality of Minitonas-Bowsman, Town of Swan River, Grandview Municipality, Gilbert Plains Municipality, RM of Dauphin and City of Dauphin.
“A strong Manitoba depends on strong municipalities, and thus meeting with local councils one-on-one allows the AMM to learn about their challenges and opportunities,” said AMM President Ralph Groening.
“This information is then incorporated into our advocacy efforts to help ensure all municipalities continue to grow as our economy reopens.”
Ron Kostyshyn, Reeve of Mossey River Municipality and AMM Parkland District director said the impacts of COVID-19 and recent health care service disruptions in the region featured prominently in the discussions.
“This pandemic has certainly underscored the importance of maintaining services in local communities and building capacity closer to home, ensuring health resources in every community,” Kostyshyn said.
According to Gilbert Plains Municipality councillor and AMM Parkland District director, Jim Manchur, poor cell coverage and spotty broadband Internet in the region was also a priority for municipal representatives.
“Several councils highlighted the need for an accelerated provincial broadband strategy,” Manchur said.
“Connecting communities is vital for pursuing economic growth and investment opportunities, especially as more Manitobans are working from home and local businesses are relying more on e-commerce during this pandemic.”
Members of the AMM delegation included Groening, vice-presidents Kam Blight and Brad Saluk, Kostyshyn, Manchur, and executive director Denys Volkov.

Staff Writer