Many services maintained and some changes as Hythe becomes a hamlet in the County of Grande Prairie on July 1

(County of Grande Prairie, Alberta) – This Thursday, July 1, the Village of Hythe becomes a hamlet within the County of Grande Prairie. The Village of Hythe voted on March 30 and 31, 2021 to dissolve and become a part of the County of Grande Prairie. Out of 251 valid ballots, 95 per cent voted in favour of dissolving. The Government of Alberta approved the dissolution on June 9, 2021.

“While there is still work to do, the County is ready to welcome Hythe residents with open arms this Thursday,” said Reeve Leanne Beaupre. “This is an exciting time as the residents of Hythe will have access to a wider number of services offered by the County, however, it is also a time of stress for some.”

Hythe office and staffing changes

The Hythe office will close on Wednesday, June 30 and services, as stated in the Viability Review, will be delivered from the County administrative building in Clairmont. The closure of the Hythe office building reduces a duplication of service ensuring a responsible use of taxpayers’ dollars.

“There are many factors to consider related to the dissolution,” said CAO Joulia Whittleton. “This includes the continued delivery of service, duplication of County services, the use of taxpayers’ dollars, and the long-term well being of the County, which, as of Thursday, will include the hamlet of Hythe.”

As a result of the dissolution and the closing of the Hythe office, Administration reviewed all Village of Hythe staff positions for duplication with County positions and services. Four permanent and three seasonal employees have been offered or are being offered the opportunity to transition into the County of Grande Prairie. Four positions from the Village, permanent and casual, will be eliminated as of June 30 due to duplication of service delivery.

“These are not decisions we take lightly,” said Whittleton. “It is important to note, that the decision to eliminate these positions is not a reflection of the work of these employees and their service to the people of Hythe. These decisions were made as a result of duplication of work and our responsibility to manage tax dollars effectively.”

Hythe Library staff transitioned to the County earlier in June.

Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) service delivery

Many FCSS services will continue in Hythe, including services and programs for children, youth, adults, families and seniors. Services will include the home support program and support for individuals who need help with forms, such as for benefits. Any program available to County residents will be available to Hythe residents starting July 1. Residents can access FCSS services by calling 780-532-9727 extension 2400.

The County has added an additional Summer Youth Program in Hythe. More information on this July 13-15 program is available on our website.

All other FCSS services provided in Hythe and not currently provided by the County are being evaluated.

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For more information, please contact:  
Joulia Whittleton