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Council to ask for start-up money for WBRC and hear recommendations

Fort McMurray, AB, Canada / MIX 103.7
Council to ask for start-up money for WBRC and hear recommendations

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

The Wood Buffalo Recovery Committee will be asking for funding at tomorrow night’s Council meeting.

The WBRC will ask for the start-up funding intended to be a provisional budget until the Committee hires a Team Lead and is able to determine its full budget requirements.

They’re asking for $4 million for expenses, salary, and contingency for unrecognized costs.

If approved, the RMWB will pursue reimbursement of any expenses incurred under the Government of Alberta’s Disaster Relief Program.

Also on tomorrow night’s agenda, Council will ask administration to submit a request to the GoA for interim, pet-friendly housing units with three or more bedrooms be made available to residents affected by the wildfire.

As well, any costs associated with the request will be included in the RMWB’s request for funding from the province.

Interim housing would serve as a bridge from the time of re-entry until destroyed or damaged homes can be occupied or rebuilt and could be for up to three years.

A couple of reports with recommendations will be heard by Council.

The first is the Selection Committee recommendations for the Wood Buffalo Housing and Development Corporation.

The hunt for new board members began after a number of resignations came in April around the same time as long time president Bryan Lutes left his role with the corporation.

Along with board members, Council will hear recommendations for the landlord and tenant advisory board.

Council meets at six.


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