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Project Updates by Pillar

People

  • Community Gatherings: Work with community to facilitate commemoration planned for May 3 and beyond.
  • Community Wellness: Ongoing facilitation of community-driven efforts to provide supports and services to the residents of our community.
  • Neighbourhood Network: Supporting efforts by the Neighbourhood Network to recognize, promote and support activities that contribute to the vitality and high quality of life in Wood Buffalo.

Environment

  • Firebreak and Trail Restoration Project: Finalizing plans for the work being done in 2017 to rehabilitate firebreak areas, to remediate grading in these areas, and to restore trails to their pre-fire condition.
  • Hazardous Tree Removal: Residents are encouraged to report trees that were damaged in the wildfire that pose a safety hazard. A contractor will be on standby to assess and remove the trees if necessary.
  • Soil Testing: Phase 3 of the three-phase environmental testing is complete and analysis is under way. Results expected to be released in early May.

Economy

  • BRC: The Business Resource Centre (BRC) is moving May 1 to Timberlea Landing, located at 309 Powder Drive. At the new location, the BRC will continue to offer free programming to aid the recovery of local businesses including Ask an Expert, learning events, Business Support Network events and more.
  • CMC Business Coaching Program: The Certified Management Consultant Business Coaching Program ends soon and spots are limited. Interested businesses should register at the BBRC before April 28.
  • Insurance. Recovery. Support.: This is the final week for the program which connects residents to representatives from the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC). This program is provided with support from the Recovery Task Force and the Canadian Red on the first floor of the Hardin Street Building.

Rebuild

  • Construction Management Teams (CMTs): CMTs are now on the ground. CMTs are helping to coordinate the rebuild and help ensure safety in the community. Residents and contractors are encouraged to visit their CMTs and Area Coordinators at the trailers. Maps for the trailer locations can be found at rmwb.ca/CMT.
  • Construction Safety Education: A construction safety video, entitled ‘Rebuilding Wood Buffalo’ has been shared with the community and with local school districts. The video and supporting materials is available at rmwb.ca/constructionsafety.
  • Comprehensive Firebreak Program: Reimbursement cheques for Firebreak Property excess fees are being issued. Validation is now under way for property owners affected by water bombing efforts.
  • Construction Access Roads: Construction Access Roads will be opened in the coming weeks and construction traffic must follow the prescribed routes to maintain separation from residential traffic.

Mitigate

  • FireSmart education: A community education plan is forthcoming regarding what is being done throughout the Wildland Urban Interface to help mitigate the risk of a wildfire using the seven FireSmart disciplines.
  • Mitigation Strategy: A five-year Wildfire Mitigation Strategy is being drafted for completion this September.
  • Reforestation: Establishing a plan for reforestation in the region that will follow the FireSmart principles. The plan is being built in partnership with Engineering, Parks, Forestry, and community partners.
  • Grant applications: Four grant applications have been submitted to the Forestry Resource Improvement Association of Alberta (FRIAA) to fund for various FireSmart initiatives

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