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Sport tourism, Northside Rec Centre, commuting policy reports on agenda for Council

Fort McMurray, AB, Canada / MIX 103.7
Sport tourism, Northside Rec Centre, commuting policy reports on agenda for Council
Several reports are going before Council tomorrow night.
A ten year strategy to develop sport tourism is one of the reports on the agenda.
The Fort McMurray and Wood Buffalo Region Sport Strategic Plan was presented to Council’s Sustainable Development Committee in February.
Grant MacDonald, Past Chair of the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance, was commissioned to conduct a preliminary study to determine how sport development and sport tourism might create positive impacts on the communities of Wood Buffalo.
The study identified an opportunity for the region to diversify its economy and enhance the way of life for residents after recent development of over $1 billion in sport and recreation infrastructure in Wood Buffalo and a ‘perfect storm’ of sporting events in 2015,.
MacDonald and Fort McMurray Tourism President Frank Creasey will present the plan to Council.
Another report for Council is from the Sustainable Development Committee which will recommend the municipality approve the Northside Multi-Use Facility Phase 1 capital project for construction as a single
phase project.
It will also recommend that the Phase 2 design capital project be halted and the construction of it be cancelled.
Phase 1 is the twin arenas while Phase 2 is the recreation centre.
The Committee heard the proposal last week to make changes to the facility because of, among other reasons, significant financial concerns about the current economic environment.
A new commuting policy will also be presented to Council, prepared in accordance with the motion passed by Council in February to prohibit Fly In Fly Out arrangements for all municipal employees.
The intent was to establish a policy whereby the Municipality would neither reimburse employees for any type of commuting arrangement, unless approved by Council,nor support the creation of specific work schedules to accommodate commuting.
Two years ago the 2014 KPMG Accountability, Integrity and Transparency Report recommended that the Municipality determine whether or not funded commuting arrangements were to be provided since there was no policy on the books.
Council meets tomorrow night at six.

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