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Putting Down Roots: Collaboration for Change. Mayor Graham Letto, President Presentation to Ministers of Local Government July 8, 2009, St. John’s, NL. Overview of Presentation. Common Issues & Shared Solutions MNL Organizational Overview Provincial Context & Current Situation

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putting down roots collaboration for change

Putting Down Roots:Collaboration for Change

Mayor Graham Letto, President

Presentation to Ministers of Local Government

July 8, 2009, St. John’s, NL

overview of presentation
Overview of Presentation

Common Issues & Shared Solutions

MNL Organizational Overview

Provincial Context & Current Situation

Building Capacity - Strengthening the Roots

Community Cooperation Resource Centre

Sustainability Self-Assessment

Rural-Urban Interaction Research

Local Action for Developing Regions

Economic Crisis Response Toolkit

common issues shared solutions
Common Issues &Shared Solutions
  • Duty to Consult with Aboriginal Communities
  • Adaptation to Climate Change
  • Rural Municipal Sustainability
  • Working Relationship with Provincial/Territorial Governments
        • C-SPO
organizational overview
Organizational Overview
  • Established in 1951
  • 276 paid memberships (98%)
  • 2009 budget: $1,215,050
  • Headquarters building, 460 Torbay Road
  • Seven regional Directors, two caucus Directors, Vice President, President
  • Seven staff
  • www.municipalitiesnl.com
ongoing activities
Ongoing Activities
  • Advocacy
  • Membership Services
  • Events
  • Research
  • Facilitation
  • Communications
  • Consultation
provincial context
Provincial Context
  • First municipal government in 1888
  • Next in 1941
  • Majority occurred in early 1960s
  • Little grassroots push for democracy
    • Means of accessing/influencing spending from St. John’s/Ottawa
  • Single tier system
  • Basic services outside urban areas
current situation
Current Situation
  • 633 communities, 281 municipalities
    • 519,000 population
  • 75% of municipalities have population under 1,000
    • 50% under 500
  • 74% of municipalities have 1 staff or fewer
  • 50% of councils did NOT have an election in 2005
  • Service expectations expanding
  • Service requirements increasing
current situation1
Current Situation
  • Current revenue tools are limited
  • Tax base
    • Assessments increasing, but fewer tax payers
    • Concentration of commercial/industrial tax base
  • Pressure for “competitive” taxes
  • Enforcement and collection difficulties
  • Lack of professional advice
    • Planning, engineering, administration
community cooperation resource centre
Community Cooperation Resource Centre
  • President’s Task Force on Municipal Sustainability
  • Support through the provision of:
    • information and awareness;
    • research; and,
    • facilitation and advisory services
  • Dedicated staff
  • Participation increase: 53% (2003) to 74% (2007)
  • Joint councils increased from 8 to 16
  • Most annual milestones exceeded within 9 months
  • Regional cooperation “on the agenda”
sustainability self assessment
Sustainability Self-Assessment
  • Begin to address planning gap
  • First step in broader ICSP process
  • Facilitated process
  • Broad definition
    • Governance, environment, finances, service delivery, infrastructure, economy, regional cooperation
  • Five staff, 20 weeks, 255 municipalities
  • Public reports
rural urban interaction understanding and managing functional regions
Rural-Urban Interaction:Understanding and Managing Functional Regions
  • MNL, Memorial University, University of Kentucky, and Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation
  • Better understand the linkages between and within regions
  • Identify and map (GIS) “functional” regions, create Economic Capacity Index
  • Assess governance mechanisms, identify gaps, investigate alternatives
local action for developing regions
Local Action for Developing Regions
  • 10 years
  • 91% satisfaction
  • Highlighted by OECD
  • Workshops
  • Study Tours
  • Ascent newsletter
  • Website
  • Development Guides
development guides
Practical tools integrated into existing work

Focus on economic development and:

Municipal Taxation

Infrastructure

Shared Municipal Services

Land-use planning

Major projects

Each guide will have:

Background and rationale

Step-by-step planning tools

Templates and sample documents

Funding source suggestions

Partner suggestions

Development Guides
economic crisis response
Economic Crisis Response
  • A program of support to help municipalities manage crisis
  • Toolkit
    • Before crisis
    • Immediate response
    • Short-term response
    • Continual response
  • Workshops
  • Examples
discussion points
Discussion Points
  • Fundamental change is necessary and possible
  • Enhanced planning capacity at a regional level is a prerequisite
  • Structural change is needed to build on fiscal reform
  • Informed public debate is required
    • Improved, systematic public policy research is required
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