RMWB Council met in Edmonton yesterday afternoon.
Among decisions made, Council voted to hold the June 8 Council meeting in Edmonton, and resume regular Council meetings in the Jubilee Centre Council Chamber in Fort McMurray starting June 14.
Included was the cancellation of the scheduled 2016 summer recess, and the matter of whether to reschedule it be brought to Council at the June 28 meeting.
Council also voted that all business items that Council had resolved for Administration to bring back at the June 8 Council meeting in Edmonton be deferred to the June 14 meeting in the Jubilee Centre Council Chamber.
Shane Schreiber, Managing Director of the Alberta Emergency Management Association, gave information and updates to Council on the status of the Re-Entry Plan including the status of the wildfire, results from environmental testing, and information regarding emergency accommodation.
The presentation explained that the Re-Entry Plan is going forward, with the first zone being allowed for re-entry starting today.
The neighbourhoods of Abasand, Waterways and Beacon Hill are restricted until debris is removed and the areas are deemed safe.
Residents should consider their individual situations when deciding when to return, and follow the guidelines covered in the re-entry information package to ensure a smooth and safe return to Fort McMurray.
Council voted unanimously in favour of the Tax Penalty Relief Bylaw, which was amended to read that the first penalty date is December 31, 2016 instead of November 1, 2016.
Council also voted unanimously to appoint the Director of Community Services or designate, and the Chief Financial Officer or designate, as municipal representatives to the Canadian Red Cross Coordination Working Group. The group is being developed to ensure that donations collected for the 2016 Fort McMurray Wildfires are effectively managed and distributed throughout the community.