Timberlea residents wait for flood support

By VERNA MURPHY, Connect Contributor

Councillor Sheldon Germain

Councillor Sheldon Germain

On September 22, council once again met for its regular Tuesday night meet-ing. Before it could get properly under-way, Sheldon Germain spoke to a motion that he put forward a few weeks ago, to have it removed from the agenda.

The original motion said, “The Chief Administrative Officer be requested to take all necessary steps to ensure that no further work is done on, or in support of, construction of the Conklin Multiplex project until Council has been advised of the amounts of anticipated contributions by the provincial and federal governments, by way of capital or operating grants, or lease payments, or through any other mechanism.”

Germain said, in talking to people prior to the meeting, he realized discussing the issue again would not change it. He went on to say that he hoped that administration would look at making it a more sustainable project and also that it would be more cost effective operationally. The motion was then removed from the agenda. Many had traveled from Conklin and were in Chambers to speak against the motion, and said that they felt that their community was long overdue for this project to move ahead.

Once into the meeting, council approved the first reading of an amendment to a bylaw on the land use near the Quarry Ridge development. The public hearing on this amendment will be on October 13, and if it passes it would see a more mixed commercial development on the land.

Once into the meeting, council approved the first reading of an amendment to a bylaw on the land use near the Quarry Ridge development. The public hearing on this amendment will be on October 13, and if it passes it would see a more mixed commercial development on the land.

Council then moved onto a recommendation from the Oversight Committee that the Wood Buffalo Housing & Development Corporation be authorized to secure financing to a maximum of $33.7 million for the Siltstone Ridge project and $3.4 million for the Venture Terrace project for a period up to 25 years.

After hearing from many residents in Timberlea last week who were affected by the flooding in that area, Councillor Ault had made a motion that administration work on how some financial aid could be provided to the residents affected.

Administration present-ed a report to council, asking them to defer the decision until a historical study is complete and they also said that it was far too early to discuss liability. Council agreed to defer the decision.

A resident who spoke to council, said that her home has been flooded three times now, and after the second time she could no longer obtain flood insurance, and is now occurring costs above $50,000 to fix the damage done during the last flood in July.

Councillor Ault asked legal counsel if when all the repairs and upgrades are done, could the municipality write some sort of letter that would inform the insurance companies that the flooding was no longer an issue.

Councillor Ault asked legal counsel if when all the repairs and upgrades are done, could the municipality write some sort of letter that would inform the insurance companies that the flooding was no longer an issue. It was agreed that something could be done like that in the future. It will take two to three months for the historical re-view report to be done.

Towards the end of the meeting Councillor Germain brought forward the fol-lowing motion, “That the Government of Alberta be requested to perform an inspection of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo with regard to any matters connected to its governance function and the activities of the Mayor and Councillors, in accordance with Section 571(1)(b) of the Municipal Government Act.” This motion will be brought forward in a coming council meeting.

And the final item on the agenda saw the council approve the immediate approval of John Mulhull as a member at large to the Land Planning and Development Advisory Committee. The appointment was effective immediately.

For all of the agendas, and videos of all the meetings, please go to www.rmwb.ca.

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