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Council returns to discuss developing downtown, waterfront

PHOTO. Nathalia Cordeau-Hilliard. Reporter.

Back from their summer break, Council reconvenes on Sept. 10, 2019.

The administration will recommend the formation of two advisory committees.

Comprising of community stakeholders and representatives, they will take a closer look at downtown revitalization and the waterfront.

If Council approves, the administration shall begin recruiting.

Ross Hennigar Park

Mayor and council shall also discuss the baseball park in Thickwood.

Maintained by the Fort McMurray Little League Baseball Association, any major renovations or changes must go before council for a development permit.

The request is for the construction of four accessory buildings to support the baseball diamond.

They include an elevated press box between the stands.

Next, two sea-cans the league could use for concessions and for storing maintenance and player equipment.

Finally, the Planning and Development department recommends the construction of a new washroom facility as the fourth building.

Almost 40 square meters in size, plans suggest building the washrooms between the parking lot and the third-base dugout.

Chess Park

Councillor Verna Murphy will introduce a motion to protect the “Jina Burn Memorial Chess Park” from future development.

The motion shall also instruct the administration to partner with the school boards to improve traffic calming measures in the Dickinsfield area.

Also, Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) Chief Allan Adam will present to the council.

He will ask for a letter of support for the First Nation’s addition to reserve (ATR) in acquiring the Acden lot on 220 Taiganova Crescent.

The ATR also includes 90 lots located in Fort Chipewyan.

This measure would help bring more First Nations employees to Acden and increase Indigenous participation in the RMWB.

Since ATR is a federal matter, an ATR may receive consideration once they have the backing of municipal government.

Finally, RMWB Council shall hear presentations from the Integrity Commissioner, the Municipality’s second-quarter update, and the user fees and rates bylaw.