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Owners of wildfire-affected properties where demolition and cleanup was completed by Municipal contractors encouraged to check the mail for invoices

(Fort McMurray, AB – September 11, 2017) – Invoices have been mailed to owners of wildfire-affected properties who did not meet deadlines to demolish homes or secure their property.

One set of invoices has been issued for demolition and site cleanup while another set has been issued for site cleanup and fence installation. Some property owners may receive both invoices. If you own a wildfire-affected property and believe you should have received an invoice but have not, please contact recovery@rmwb.ca.

Payment of the invoices is due within 90 days of issue or the balance will be added to the property owner’s tax roll. Residents concerned about the ability to pay for the charges are encouraged to contact the Canadian Red Cross directly at 1-888-553-5505.

By September 30, 2017, all wildfire-affected properties must be backfilled and fully secured or rebuild must be initiated. If neither step is taken, the Municipality may undertake backfilling at the expense of the homeowner as per the Demolition Order.

Background

In July 2016, the Municipality established deadlines for demolition and site cleanup for wildfire-affected properties, which included the September 30, 2016 deadline for site cleanup and the October 31, 2016 deadline for either backfilling or installing acceptable alternative safety measures for the winter.

The Municipality completed demolition, fence installation, and site cleanup on behalf of all property owners who did not adhere to those deadlines. This work was undertaken at the expense of property owners to ensure the timely cleanup of the community and promote the safe, efficient and compliant rebuild of the region.

The expenses are now being recovered through the issuance of invoices, which are being mailed to all residents with outstanding balances for costs related to demolition, installation of fences or site cleanup.

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