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KDMA convention wraps up with 13 resolutions

By Tim Davidson Feb 12, 2024 | 10:39 AM

The Kenora District Municipal Association has approved 13 resolutions to wrap up it’s a conference in Kenora.

The only one that will have monetary implications for local municipalities is an increase in the levy for local municipalities for the KDMA.

It will be raised to 30 cents per person, up from 10 cents.

President of KDMA Kevin Kahoot says the Rainy River District Municipal Association collects 90 cents per person, so he thinks the increase is fair.

He adds the extra money is needed if KDMA wants to do any lobbying for issues that affect local towns and cities.

The Town of Sioux Lookout asked for support of the most resolutions.

That included asking the province to change regulations to make it so that school boards had to conducted their own elections for trustees.

Currently, municipalities do that as part of the municipal elections and they argue it’s costly and they aren’t compensated for the extra work.

It also asked for an increase in long term care beds and a return of the Northern Allowance for people living in Sioux Lookout.

The City of Kenora also contributed three resolutions, calling for stable funding for municipalities that have OPP service, more infrastructure funding to deal with the city’s bridges and asking the province government to charge the unincorporated areas to support the Kenora District Homes for the Aged, which they don’t currently do.

The KDMA conference was held Thursday, Friday and Saturday of this past week at the Super 8 Motel in Kenora.