Residents in the RM of Ste. Anne have been successful in their demands to get a fire agreement between their municipality and the RM of La Broquerie.
RM of Ste. Anne reeve Art Bergmann says that an agreement has been made with the RM of La Broquerie.
“We were able to sit down with La Broquerie representatives and we have an agreement with them for fire protection for the next couple of years,” stated Bergmann. “It’s a yearly fee for protection in the area they traditionally covered.”
On December 15, the RM of Ste. Anne decided that they would not renew the contract with the RM of La Broquerie due to costs. Historically, the RM of La Broquerie responds to calls in certain areas of the RM of Ste. Anne and only bills the municipality on a “per call” basis.
Under the new agreement to which Ste. Anne did not agree, the RM of La Broquerie wanted an additional flat fee per year. The RM of Ste. Anne refused to pay it and agreed to cancel the policy instead.
Outraged residents forced the two municipalities back to the table. Under the new agreement the RM of Ste. Anne will pay $7,500 a year plus per call rates to respond in this area. The agreement will be in effect until the end of 2013.