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Council to discuss controlled access, 2018 Winter Games

Fort McMurray, AB, Canada / MIX 103.7
Council to discuss controlled access, 2018 Winter Games

RMWB Council meets in Edmonton City Hall on May 25, 2016 // Chris Vandenbreekel - Harvard Broadcasting

RMWB Council is moving on to consider what needs to be done to get Fort McMurray and the rest of the region back on its feet.

Top of the agenda in the public portion of the meeting will be discussing a bylaw to control access to Beacon Hill, Abasand, and Waterways after the provincial state of emergency is lifted. According to administration, a bylaw will be necessary in order to retain secured control of the neighbourhoods.

The bylaw is one of two options, as Mayor Melissa Blake has the option to declare another state of local emergency in order for powers of access restriction to be granted under the Emergency Management Act. However, a SOLE only lasts seven days, presenting the bylaw as a more permanent solution.

Administration adds that the bylaw will allow council to “determine how best to control access in order to expedite orderly and efficient demolition and clean-up, and regulate safe re-entry and re-habitation.”

The bylaw would come into effect when the provincial state of emergency is set to be lifted on June 30.

Council will also be discussing a recommendation to engage in a 60-day review as to the impacts of the wildfire when it comes to hosting the 2018 Alberta Winter Games. The review would include a damage assessment of facilities that are set to be used in the event, and whether hosting the games is still viable.

The RMWB has already committed nearly $3.4m to the games, with a total budget of $6,777,500.

This is set to be the last council meeting in Edmonton, as councillors voted last week to reconvene in their own Fort McMurray Chambers on June 14. The meeting will start at 9 a.m. in camera as council discusses cleanup and recovery issues, as well as plans for Canada Day celebrations.

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