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Whitecourt Town Council Update - December 20, 2023

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As announced by the Government of Alberta on December 6, Whitecourt has been approved for Disaster Recovery Program funding to rebuild from the severe flooding experienced in June 2023. Whitecourt residents who had uninsurable costs from flood damage this year can now apply for disaster financial assistance. Applications must be made by February 26, 2024.

Fees, Rates and Charges Bylaw 1551-10 has been adopted to reflect rates and fees as outlined in the 2024 Interim Budget that will come into effect January 1, 2024. Included in the bylaw are new rates for the administration of building permits. Starting January 1, 2024, Whitecourt will work directly with Safety Codes Agencies to create a “one-stop shop” for development and building permits. The change will create a single point of contact for applications, and more coordinated approach to the permitting process.

Council has provided first reading of Borrowing Bylaw 1574, which will upon final approval, authorize the Town of Whitecourt to borrow a maximum amount of $5,595,840 to pay for the construction of the Culture & Events Centre. The project, valued at $48,406,365, includes an arts, culture and convention centre, library, and Town administration office.

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