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Conklin Multiplex among 89 capital projects recommended for suspension

Fort McMurray, AB, Canada / MIX 103.7
Conklin Multiplex among 89 capital projects recommended for suspension

The Conklin Multiplex is among 89 projects recommended for suspension // Via RMWB

They were turned away last week, but tonight Conklin residents will have their say when it comes to administration’s recommendation to delay the Conklin Multiplex.

Council is holding a special meeting Monday evening to discuss the suspension of 89 projects in their capital budget for 2016, in an attempt to find extra money for the rebuild of Fort McMurray.

The matter was originally set to be discussed at last week’s meeting, but council voted 6-5 to push it off the agenda in favour of giving more time to items related to Abasand, Beacon Hill, and Waterways. Residents who had traveled over 150 kilometres from Conklin to speak as delegates on the prospect of delaying the multiplex were forced to go home empty-handed.

The Conklin Multiplex, along with the other projects recommended for suspension, are being questioned for their “scope and timing” according to an administration report. The briefing suggests that contractors previously slated to do the work on the 89 projects may be tied up by clean-up and rebuild work. They add that cash flow has been impacted due to suspensions in utilities fees for May and June, and the delay in collecting property taxes.

Also among the projects up for suspension is Northside Phase 1, the twin arenas. Council approved the project after extensive debate on April 12, but construction was delayed when Fort McMurray was evacuated on May 3.

Council meets at 6 p.m.

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