Pine Falls has filed an unusual request, asking the province to take over administration of the community, which would allow the town council to disband.
Exactly what the town has in mind will be explained later this afternoon.
Pine Falls has been limping since the paper mill it was founded on in 1926 shut down for good more than three years ago.
On Sept. 23, the town council voted to throw in the towel and ask the province to take over its administration. Exactly how desperate the finances are for the town is a topic that the council is expected to address in a statement later today.
The town council formerly passed a resolution asking the province to step in as one its last orders of business at a special meeting of the council a week ago Monday.
The town lost its paper mill after mill owner Tembec locked out 250 workers during contract negotiations. A year after that, an employee bid to buy the mill and take over fizzled. That was 2010. Since then, the town has tried piggybacking on the neighbouring rural municipality to keep essential services running.
The town posted the request on its website as part of the meeting’s minutes. There has been no word yet from the province.
The formal resolution that carried the request read:
- WHEREAS Council for the Town of Powerview-Pine Falls has reached a critical juncture with respect to municipal administration and finance;
- AND WHEREAS previous communications both written and oral with provincial ministers have not resulted in any resolve;
- AND WHEREAS previous communications with the RM of Alexander on amalgamation and other services have not reached fruition;
- NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED Council for the Town of Powerview-Pine Falls hereby make application to the Minister of Local Government Under Division 6, Section 208, to have the affairs of the municipality administered by an independent provincially appointed administrator.