(Black Press file photo)

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Lacombe City Council working to remove outdated policies

City Council has been working on removing old policies and bylaws for the last four years

City Council is furthering the removal of “inoperative, obsolete, expired, spent, superseded or otherwise ineffective” policies.

The latest round of eliminations included 306 outdated policies.

Council has been working on the data integrity project for governance documents over the last four years. There have been 1,024 bylaws and 300 policies removed during that time.

“One month ago, Council approved several policies in the second phase of this project,” Mayor Grant Creasey said.

“It is great to see that only one month later – we can see an additional 306 policies taken off our books. Every round of this project eliminates potential red tape and confusion. Council looks forward to continuing this process to make life easier for our citizens.”

The process of rescinding bylaws and policies carries no direct costs and is being completed using existing municipal staff, according to the City.

It was given to go ahead in 2016 as a way to organize and index City bylaws.

Through the organization process, it was discovered many governing documents were inoperative, obsolete or expired.

In many cases, prior bylaws or policies were not repealed or rescinded when a new or amended governing document was passed, the City says.

The project is ongoing and includes another three phrases of policy rescindment.