The Town of Peace River council allocated money to three local organizations, each working hard to provide services to the community.

Each year, council allocates $50,000 to Grants to Organizations to help provide some funds for community organizations in need of some financial assistance. At its regular meeting on June 24, council had presentations from three applicants.

“All of the applicants will bring visitors to our community with some economic benefits for some businesses, as well the three will support our Strategic Plan of being a vibrant community and inclusive of diverse interests,” says Mayor Elaine Manzer.

“Council allocated $10,000 to the Peace River Boating Association for their Gold Cup events, $5,000 to Glenmary School to help with hosting the 2A Provincial Volleyball Tournament in November at Glenmary and Peace High Schools, and $1,000 to the Peace Country Rugby Club for organizational start-up costs.”

Total funds allocated in the 2024 Grants to Organizations budget are allocated in three separate intakes.

Two representatives from the Town of Peace River’s administration review each submission, providing evaluation scores that are presented to council to make a decision on where to allocate the funds.

“The local organizations are of interest to a variety of residents of our community and region,” says Manzer.

“At the same time the events including tournaments are an opportunity to showcase Peace River both internally and sometimes to the regional or the province,” she adds.

So far, the Town has allocated funds in two separate intakes, with the final intake deadline set for Sept. 15.

“I would encourage other organizations to apply using the application process on the Town’s website,” explains Manzer.

To learn more about how an organization can apply for the Grants to Organizations funding in the next grant intake, please visit the Town’s website at peaceriver.ca.

Published on Jul 03, 2024 at 17:45LJI-AB-TOWN-CUPE-RATIFY-4YEAR-AGREEMENT

Town of Peace River, CUPE staff ratify 4-year agreement

The Town of Peace River and Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 898 have ratified a new four-year collective agreement to help support the Town’s workforce.

The agreement, effective Jan. 1, 2023, to Dec. 31, 2026, will help to enhance public services, and help to enable predictable salary and benefit costs for multi-year budgeting purposes.

“A significant number of Town employees belong to CUPE and as with all employees work under contracts negotiated with their employer,” says Mayor Elaine Manzer.

“CUPE Local 898 employees generally work in departments outside the town office employees, so those include public works, recreation and water/wastewater departments.”

Manzer says she isn’t positive when employees first joined CUPE but indicated it has been more than a dozen years.

“As a culmination of the negotiations between the Town and union bargaining team and in the spirit of having a better working environment for all workers, there was a pay increase included with other clauses effecting the work,” says Manzer.

“Both the employer and the CUPE employees bring items to the negotiations and sometimes the resolution of these items takes time. Council is very pleased that the collective agreement was ratified for a new four-year term and provides a fair agreement for our employees and ratepayers.”

Manzer says representing skilled utilities, public works, and recreation staff, the four-year contract includes wage increases of 2.4 per cent in 2023, two per cent in 2024, 1.75 per cent in 2025, and 2.6 per cent in 2026.

The purpose of the agreement is to reflect an effort to enhance working conditions and recognizes the dedication of Town employees.

By Emily Plihal, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Original Published on Jul 03, 2024 at 17:35

This item reprinted with permission from   South Peace News   High Prairie, Alberta

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