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Camp accommodations at center of council meeting

Last Updated Jun 3, 2019 at 3:34 pm MDT

PHOTO. Jubilee Centre. Sarah Anderson. REPORTER.

The main focus of tomorrow’s council meeting will be fly in fly out and project accommodations.

Administration returns to present their findings after lengthy discussions with oilsands companies.

Overall, conservations with industry were positive.

However, the administration found that oilsands companies, Indigenous communities, and stakeholders have unique challenges.

Mayor and council asked the administration to hold discussions with them last January.

Central to those discussions is reviewing rotational workforce, new and renewal camp applications, and using the airport.

Park and Ride

Chief concerns among young workers are the price of housing, job security, and improvements to infrastructure.

A pilot project titled “Park and Ride” is one of the administration’s recommendations.

Last January, mayor and council learned there was a decline in passengers using Fort McMurray International Airport.

The administration suggests using the airport as a hub for flights to and from job sites to increase usage.

Furthermore, they encourage industry to insist workers live in Fort McMurray when off-shift.

This would enable workers to be closer to their families.

The administration suggests further collaboration with industry, Wood Buffalo Economic Development Corporation (WBEDC), and Keyano College in this endeavour.

Council will hear additional presentations from housing, transportation, and community standards sub-committees.

Highlights

Mayor and council will also hear presentations about an Indigenous Art Project.

The Public Art Committee wishes to commission a local, Indigenous artist to create an artistic rendering on Treaty 8 and reconciliation.

There will also be a presentation from Kevin Weidlich, President and CEO of the WBEDC.

Tuesday’s council meeting begins at 4 p.m.