Mil­lions in Fund­ing

Coun­cil ap­proves $30.5 mil­lion fund­ing for com­mu­nity groups, with RRC get­ting more than half.

Fort McMurray Today - - FRONT PAGE - LAURA BEAMISH To­day Staff [email protected]­media.com

Coun­cil ap­proved more than $30.5 mil­lion in fund­ing for 20 com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tions dur­ing the first day of their four-day bud­get work­shops for 2019 on Wed­nes­day, with more than half of that amount go­ing to the Re­gional Re­cre­ation Cor­po­ra­tion of Wood Buf­falo.

The or­ga­ni­za­tion re­quested more than $16 mil­lion, rep­re­sent­ing 41 per cent of their 2019 pro­jected ex­penses. This is an in­crease from the $14.6 mil­lion they re­ceived in 2018.

Mayor Don Scott pro­posed a mo­tion that the fund­ing be granted on the con­di­tion there would be no off-site cater­ing, with the ex­cep­tion of the food truck.

Scott said he wanted to make sure the RRC would not be “com­pet­ing with the busi­nesses down­town that are strug­gling al­ready.”

The mo­tion passed unan­i­mously, with Coun­cil­lors Krista Bal­som and Mike Allen ex­cus­ing them­selves from the dis­cus­sion and vote due to a con­flict of in­ter­est.

The $30.5 mil­lion is ap­prox­i­mately $1.5 mil­lion more than what was orig­i­nally ex­pected, due to some or­ga­ni­za­tions get­ting more than they wanted and two or­ga­ni­za­tions mak­ing last-minute bids af­ter a draft of the fund­ing ap­pli­cants was made. All ap­pli­cants were passed unan­i­mously.

The North­ern Lights Health Foun­da­tion and the Fort Mcmur­ray Royal Cana­dian Le­gion were not in­cluded as ap­pli­cants for the Com­mu­nity In­vest­ment Pro­gram, but pre­sented to coun­cil Wed­nes­day morn­ing.

The North­ern Lights Health Foun­da­tion asked coun­cil for $400,000 to sup­port min­i­mally in­va­sive sur­gi­cal suites.

Cindy Amer on gen, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor for the or­ga­ni­za­tion, said the suites would make room for an ex­tra 500 surg­eries an­nu­ally, al­low­ing pa­tients to stay close to home in­stead of go­ing to Ed­mon­ton.

A mo­tion to in­clude this re­quest un­der the Com­mu­nity In­vest­ment Pro­gram was made by Coun­cil­lor Verna Mur­phy and passed unan­i­mously.

Pat Dug­gan, pres­i­dent of the Fort Mcmur­ray Le­gion, asked coun­cil for $367,000 to resur­face and pave the park­ing area. This would let the Wa­ter­ways branch ex­pand its park­ing, im­prove ac­ces­si­bil­ity and hold more out­door events.

A mo­tion to in­clude this re­quest un­der the Com­mu­nity In­vest­ment Pro­gram was brought for­ward by Coun­cil­lor Jeff Ped­dle mo­tioned the re­quest by in­cluded un­der the pro­gram, with the con­di­tion three lo­cal quotes for the work be pro­vided. The mo­tion passed unan­i­mously.

A re­quest from the Lo­cal HERO Foun­da­tion for $1 mil­lion was made, but Mur­phy asked that the foun­da­tion get an ex­tra $500,000. The mo­tion passed, with Bal­som ex­cus­ing her­self from the dis­cus­sion and vote.

“This is not a want, this is an es­sen­tial ser­vice,” said Coun­cil­lor Phil Meagher.

Coun­cil­lor Sheila Lalonde brought mo­tioned that fund­ing for the Vista Ridge Recre­ational As­so­ci­a­tion in­crease from $195,000 to $567,000.

Orig­i­nally, ad­min­is­tra­tion was aware of one por­tion of the fund­ing re­quest, but through the pre­sen­ta­tion, Vista Ridge man­ager Kevin Gro­gan in­di­cated the or­ga­ni­za­tion had three asks, to­talling $567,000.

Coun­cil passed the mo­tion unan­i­mously.

Coun­cil will con­tinue work­shops to­mor­row at 9 a.m. when they will start dis­cus­sions on the pro­posed 2019 op­er­at­ing bud­get.

Ap­proved fund­ing for the Com­mu­nity In­vest­ment Pro­gram:

Arts Coun­cil Wood Buf­falo: $350,000 (Coun­cil­lor Krista Bal­som ex­cused her­self )

Fort Chipewyan His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety: $141,000

Fort Mcmur­ray Her­itage So­ci­ety: $380,000 (Bal­som ex­cused her­self )

Fort Mcmur­ray Mi­nor Base­ball As­so­ci­a­tion: $90,000

Fort Mcmur­ray Mi­nor Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion: $460,000

Fort Mcmur­ray Tourism: $629,800 (Bal­som ex­cused her­self )

Justin Slade Youth Foun­da­tion $310,000

Keyano Foun­da­tion: $449,500 (Coun­cil­lors Bal­som and Jeff Ped­dle ex­cused them­selves)

Lo­cal HERO Foun­da­tion: $1,500,000 (Bal­som ex­cused her­self )

Mcmur­ray Sno-drifters As­so­ci­a­tions: $99,500

Mul­ti­cul­tural As­so­ci­a­tion of Wood Buf­falo: $296,000 (Bal­som ex­cused her­self )

North­ern Al­berta Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion: $1,100,000 (Bal­som ex­cused her­self )

North­ern Lights Health Foun­da­tion: $400,000

Ptarmi­gan Nordic Ski Club: $30,000 (Coun­cil­lor Phil Meagher ex­cused him­self )

Re­gional Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Wood Buf­falo Li­brary Board: $4,210,500 (Bal­som ex­cused her­self )

Re­gional Re­cre­ation Cor­po­ra­tion of Wood Buf­falo: $16,271,000 (Coun­cil­lors Bal­som and Mike Allen ex­cused them­selves)

Royal Cana­dian Le­gion: $367,000

Vista Ridge Recre­ational As­so­ci­a­tion: $567,000

Wood Buf­falo Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion: $2,200,000 – funded by re­serve (Bal­som ex­cused her­self )

YMCA of North­ern Al­berta, Wood Buf­falo Re­gion: $729,500 (Bal­som ex­cused her­self )

RYAN JACK­SON/POST­MEDIA NET­WORK

The Sun­cor Com­mu­nity Leisure Cen­tre on June 19, 2013. More than $16 mil­lion in com­mu­nity grant fund­ing is go­ing to the RRC.

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