By Stephen Dafoe
Morinville – A compliance agreement between Champion Petfoods and the Town of Morinville is nearing completion, Council heard Tuesday night. Council had voted unanimously Feb. 14 in favour of pursuing a compliance agreement with Champion to resolve the outstanding odour issue. That agreement seeks mutual understanding between the two parties with respect to time lines on the ongoing issue.
At the Mar. 27 meeting Chief Administrative Officer Debbie Oyarzun said she had met with Champion Mar. 23 on the progress. “I guess their delay has really been in getting a thorough legal review of that particular document,” she told councillors, adding Champion’s opinion was the agreement was precedent setting. “It was quite a unique agreement between a corporation and a municipality.”
Oyarzun said for this reason it took the company longer to review the document than it might. As a result of her meeting Mar. 23, some areas of legalese were discovered that will need some revisions. The CAO was expecting Champion’s legal team to have the revised document back to the Town of Morinville by the end of March, at which time it will be reviewed by the Town’s lawyers. She is anticipating the Town’s legal review will be completed by the first week of April with signing by both parties to occur in the second week of April.
But just what the compliance agreement between the Town and Champion may contain is unlikely to be made public due to the legal document being protected by FOIP legislation. The mayor has previously said some general information on the agreement may be made public with the actual compliance agreement delving into greater detail on Champion’s proprietary systems and information.