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RMWB Administration recommendations: no money for Timberlea residents, no governance training for Council

Fort McMurray, AB, Canada / MIX 103.7
RMWB Administration recommendations: no money for Timberlea residents, no governance training for Council

Council is expected to hear a report tomorrow night that recommends no financial assistance for Timberlea residents impacted by a storm last summer.

The July 2015 rainfall was the most severe on record and concerns expressed by area residents led to further analysis to validate storm intensity in Timberlea.

Residents in the area suffered flooding and water damage during the storm.

The city looked at wastewater treatment plant flows, radar imagery, and the Brett Drive storm pond water elevation gain.

While the city is providing educational material to support homeowners’ efforts to protect their properties, insurance investigators see no convincing evidence of liability on the part of the municipality.

However, the municipality submitted application to Province’s Disaster Recovery Program to have the July 2015 rain event recognized as a disaster event and says the application is being processed.

Council will also have to decide on interim directors for the Wood Buffalo Housing Development Corporation after a number of resignations last week.

After the departure of President Bryan Lutes was announced last week, a few more directors resigned.

CFO Greg Elsasser will serve as interim president but the Board’s ability to maintain quorum required in order to conduct its usual business has been compromised.

Council will appoint interim directors to allow the Board to continue to function.

Administration has already undertaken a recruitment campaign to fill the vacancies.

Meanwhile, Council should not go ahead with governance training according to administration.

Training was recommended for council during the KPMG governance audit, to help the mayor and council develop their skills.

Adminitration says at this time with two thirds of the present term of office having passed, Council would not fully realize the benefit of the training, nor would it provide best value to the taxpayer.

Although Council approved the engagement of Watson Advisors, Inc. to provide two days of governance training to Council members and designated members of Administration, no contract has been issued.

Council meets tomorrow night at six.

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