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Council to consider bylaw, RV parking restrictions, more Tuesday night

Fort McMurray, AB, Canada / MIX 103.7
Council to consider bylaw, RV parking restrictions, more Tuesday night

Council will discuss property taxes, increasing fees for non-local contractors on Tuesday night // Chris Vandenbreekel - Harvard Broadcasting

A bylaw which provoked debate at Council last week is up for third reading Tuesday night.

The bylaw to establish the Wood Buffalo Recovery Committee didn’t make it to third reading as both Mayor Melissa Blake and Councillor Jane Stroud opposed it.

The Bylaw proposes two councillors from the Urban and one from the Rural Service Areas be appointed as full time councillors to serve on the committee. The committee will be responsible for appointing the Recovery Task Force.

Also on Tuesday’s agenda Administration wants to relax the RV parking restrictions in the RMWB.

With an influx of workers for the wildfire clean-up and the number of destroyed homes of residents, accommodations are a little harder to come by.

Administration is recommending amending the Land Use Bylaw to allow residents to live in their recreational vehicles during the recovery period.

The amendment would allow residents and temporary workers who own or acquire RVs to live in them during the Post-Wildfire Recovery Period in Fort McMurray and Anzac.

Council will also hear an update on the Business and Economic Recovery Plan Tuesday.

So far 238 businesses have received $230,000 in financial relief funded by the Canadian Red Cross in partnership with Economic Developers Alberta.

The Wood Buffalo Business Hotline has received almost 2,000 calls and business owners have completed 970 surveys.

The Back to Business Resource Centre is up and running with funding in the process of being finalized.

The plan also includes two business recovery expos with a building and construction exposition and job fair expected as well.

Council has a special meeting Monday night to review the Approved Capital Budget but the regular Tuesday night meeting is going ahead as scheduled at six.

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