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Council Preview: McGrath motion set to ignite passionate debate

Fort McMurray, AB, Canada / MIX 103.7
Council Preview: McGrath motion set to ignite passionate debate

Is it time to radically change the make-up of municipal council? That question will be answered Tuesday night, as councillors debate a motion put forward by Councillor Keith McGrath with a rash of recommendations that would alter both how council looks and how it operates.

The motion’s most controversial point is how it would change representation, taking a seat away from Ward 2 and providing an additional Ward 1 seat. The move would reduce Fort Chipewyan, Fort McKay, and Fort Fitzgerald’s representation to one lone councillor, while giving Ward 1 a total of seven representatives.

In addition, the motion looks for the deputy mayor to become a full-time, directly-elected position and would create a three-councillor “executive council.”

The motion will be both debated and voted on by councillors Tuesday night’s meeting, which begins at 6 p.m.

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