Weekly meetings to benefit city council

By VERNA MURPHY, Connect Weekly

A design of the proposed downtown Sports and Entertainment Centre released by the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. According to the Municipality website, council gave the Municipality direction to move forward by signing a non-binding letter of intent with International Coliseums Company on Tuesday, May 26, 2015. SUPPLIED PH0TO.

A design of the proposed downtown Sports and Entertainment Centre released by the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. According to the Municipality website, council gave the Municipality direction to move forward by signing a non-binding letter of intent with International Coliseums Company on Tuesday, May 26, 2015. SUPPLIED PH0TO.

With summer break over, council meetings will now be held weekly on Tuesdays, beginning at 6 p.m. The first scheduled meeting will be on September 1, 2015.

The rationale to this new schedule is due to the previous long-lasting meetings. At times, agenda items were being delayed because of the overrun. Now, it is hoped that with council meeting every week, issues can be dealt with in a more timely fashion.

The Friday before every meeting any member of the public can access the agenda for the upcoming council meetings. Go to www.rmwb.ca; and click on “Municipal Government”. Under this link, you will find all the agendas; including information on the Audit and Budget committee meetings, as well as, the agendas for the Admin and Rural Development meetings. Video links to all previous meetings are also made available online.

When researching agendas for the upcoming meetings online, the supporting documents are also placed for public viewing. In these documents, administration highlights basic history on upcoming motions, and the rationale for some of the items on the agenda.

For this week’s agenda, the appointment of the new Land Planning and Development Advisory committee was included. The motion to create this committee was made by Councillor Colleen Tatum, before the summer break began.

The committee will present a report at the November 24, 2015 council meeting on their recommendations of potential redevelopment of certain lands in the downtown core. Of course, the biggest piece of land that would be looked at is the one that could hold a future Entertainment Centre.

It is imperative that a backup plan be developed for this land – in case the proposal does not go through. After the November report, the committee will continue to provide public input on the development of other land throughout the municipality.

It is imperative that a backup plan be developed for this land – in case the proposal does not go through. After the November report, the committee will continue to provide public input on the development of other land throughout the municipality.

The committee will be compromised of seven to 11 members, who represent a cross section of the population, and they must reside within the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. Their term will end next October, in 2016.
With the new weekly approach to regular council meetings, time should not be as big a concern. Often in the past, when the time went long, the councillor’s reports would be cut from the agenda. These reports are a favourite, as people.

The reports also highlight various events that many in the community may not even hear of or attend.
Mayor, council and administration are working at making our municipal government as transparent and as accessible as possible. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to ask them. After all, it’s our government.

To share comments or concerns, please contact Verna Murphy at mackdale@hotmail.com.

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