Council continues to connect

Leaders come together, each week in Edmonton

By Dawn Booth, Connect Weekly

MLAs Brian Jean and Tany Yao hosted a working luncheon to discuss a collaborative approach to address the needs of the community and small businesses with MP David Yurdiga and the RMWB council members on May 18. Supplied photo.

MLAs Brian Jean and Tany Yao hosted a working luncheon to discuss a collaborative approach to address the needs of the community and small businesses with MP David Yurdiga and the RMWB council members on May 18. Supplied photo.

While the entire city of Fort McMurray, and several of the surrounding communities have been evacuated since the beginning of May, our leaders stayed strong and together.

The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo council, along with the region’s administration staff, first came together on May 11 in the River Valley Room at Edmonton City Hall to discuss the wildfire threat.

According to the official May 11 RMWB council meeting minutes, Mayor Melissa Blake offered heartfelt appreciation to residents throughout Alberta and Canada for their support, encouragement and generosity during this difficult time.

She also extended special thanks to the City of Edmonton and its staff for their ongoing assistance and commitment to ensuring that the Regional Municipality can continue to conduct its business until the return.

RMWB council and administration staff have met weekly in Edmonton during the wildfire state of emergency and will continue to at 1 Sir Winston Churchill Square (or at other Edmonton locations, if required), until further notice. The meetings have been open to the public. Meetings of Council’s standing committees are suspended until further notice.

Streaming video of council meetings can be viewed at www.councilontheweb.edmonton.ca, and can check for times and updated on the RMWB website.

For more information, residents can retrieve council meeting agendas and minutes at www.rmwb.ca/council.

The municipality encourages residents to use their website as a main resource, as updates and more information is being provided on a regular basis. Residents’ questions are also being answered on the RMWB Facebook page and Twitter @RMWoodBuffalo.

–  Article as shown in Connect’s Special Edition – First Issue After the Wildfire – Released May 28, 2016 –

-Connect Weekly-