WINNIPEG — The Province of Manitoba and the Association of Manitoba Municipalities (AMM) have partnered to review and update fee-for-service agreements totalling $3 million.
A working group was established to analyze, research and share perspectives and explore improvements and the first two priorities initiated were gravel road maintenance and noxious weed control for rural municipalities.
“Strengthening partnerships with local governments is essential to enhance relationships with rural municipalities and work toward building a more sustainable and resilient Manitoba. Innovation and solution finding is what we are aiming to do and are committed to working with all levels of local governments to build a better future for all Manitobans,” provincial Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler said in a statement.
Under the new agreements, a new rate structure was established, supported by over $2.2 million including $500,000 in additional funding to reflect traffic volumes on gravel roads and service levels required. Manitoba will also invest $750,000 annually to support local noxious weed control in provincial rights of way.
“The AMM appreciates the collaborative approach taken to update these service agreements as well as improve transparency and consistency across Manitoba. As these agreements are totally voluntary, we are hopeful this new framework will strengthen communication and partnerships between municipalities and the province,” added AMM president Kam Blight.
Gravel road maintenance agreements between Manitoba Infrastructure and local governments date back to 1997. These agreements allow local operational oversight to undertake gravel road maintenance.