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Easter Municipal Service Update: Community Townhall, winter maintenance, curbside collection, transit and more

(Fort McMurray, AB – April 9, 2020) – As the holiday weekend approaches, residents are reminded to hunt for Easter eggs and take time to connect virtually or over the phone with neighbours, friends and family. Although it may be difficult to see congregation members and loved ones in-person this weekend, continuing to follow public health orders and recommendations will help keep our community safe.  

Here are the Municipal updates that residents and community partners should be aware of:  

Virtual Community Town Hall and Q & A – Tonight! 
 
Tonight, join Mayor Don Scott, RMWB Director of Emergency Management, Scott Davis, RMWB Chief Administrative Officer, Jamie Doyle and representatives from our government and community partners for the third Virtual Community Townhall and live Q&A. An update on the Municipal response to COVID-19 will be provided and the panel will take questions from residents. The Townhall begins at 5:50 p.m. Details on how to participate are available at rmwb.ca/covid-19.

For the rest of April, Virtual Community Townhalls will be held every Thursday: April 9, 16, 23, 30. These events are a valuable opportunity to share updates with residents and keep community members informed as we work together to navigate through these challenges. 

Winter Maintenance  

The online Winter Maintenance public engagement has been extended to April 30 to provide more time for residents to take the WMZ survey and share their thoughts on how snow is cleared and removed from all streets in Fort McMurray. The Public Works team is egg-cited to review everyone’s feedback! 

Winter Maintenance Zones will remain relaxed for the rest of the season. Residents who have access to alternate parking options are kindly asked to not park on the street, so crews have room to clear catch basins or sewer grates to assist the Spring melt. Learn more about winter maintenance at rmwb.ca/snowplow

Curbside Garbage Collection

There will be no changes to curbside collection or landfill and scale operating hours. Crews will continue to collect two bins of mixed garbage per household. Please bag all material and place in any two collection bins.

Public Transit

All Transit services in Fort McMurray, including the SMART bus, are operating on weekend schedules. However, Transit will be operating on Statutory Holiday Schedules Friday, April 10, with weekend schedules resuming on April 11 and continuing every day, including Monday, April 13, until further notice. Rural transit is still operating on normal schedules and there will be no changes to service over the holiday weekend. 

All riders are reminded that additional COVID-19 preventive measures are in place. The number of passengers on Municipal buses are being limited. If a “full bus” message is being displayed on buses, riders will need to wait for the next scheduled route. Fares are temporarily waived, and transit shelters are closed, with the exception of the shelters at the main terminals. Find more information on these changes at rmwb.ca/covid-19

Parks, trails and walkways 

In response to COVID-19, all Municipal parks in the region are closed. Residents using these areas or driving vehicles through them may be subject to fines as public health orders are now enforceable by law and existing rules and regulations are still in effect. 

Residents may continue to walk, run, bike or hop along trails and walkways for eggs-ercise as they remain open. Please abide by all public health orders when using the trails and walkways, including practicing physical distancing by staying at least two meters away from others. 

Please be respectful of our trails and walkways, and all those who use them by:

  • Picking up your pet’s waste 
  • Throwing garbage into trash cans 
  • Practicing physical distancing 

Closures

All Municipal offices and facilities continue to be closed until further notice. While offices are closed, online services will continue to be available and essential services provided. 

Do Not Flush Cleaning Wipes

Cleaning wipes cannot be flushed down the toilet. Sanitary sewer systems cannot handle these items. Flushing wipes can clog pipes and cause significant damage to household plumbing as well as municipal wastewater lines. 

Residents are also reminded not to put food scraps, Easter egg shells, fat, oil and grease (FOG) or other products down the toilet or drain. For more information on items that should not go down the drain, visit rmwb.ca/FOG

Last but certainly not least, we wish our neighbours, fellow community members and community partners, an egg-cellent long weekend! Stay busy, stay connected, stay informed and stay safe.  

For further information, visit rmwb.ca or contact Pulse at 780-743-7000, toll-free 1-800-973-9663 or online at rmwb.ca/pulse

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