Development consultant to provide professional services to town

Town council has given the green light to CAO Lucien Cloutier to bring in a development consultant on a short-term basis.

Town council has given the green light to CAO Lucien Cloutier to bring in a development consultant on a short-term basis.

At its meeting, Oct. 23 council endorsed a recommendation by Cloutier to hire Dave Dittrick from ZAP Municipality Consulting to address past, current and future development control needs.

Council agreed to allocate $5,000 from unrestricted surplus to professional services for 40 plus hours of work to be provided by the consulting firm.

Cloutier said ZAP Municipality Consulting is reputable and he expects to see a high level of performance from Dittrick.

“Mr. Dittrick has completed very similar work for a number of municipalities in Alberta, including several in this area,” Cloutier said in his report to council.

While working for the town of Rimbey, Dittrick will give priority to development issues related to land allocated for the proposed new lodge, Legacy Court Phase 2 and registration of the walking trails.

In his proposal, Dittrick said he will be able to assist the town with respect to bringing closure to several complex development files as well as providing advice and guidance to administration on an ‘as needed’ basis.

He said he currently provides a similar service to the Town of Swan Hills and has had prior experience working with The Town of Stettler.