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RobertsonheadframedodgeswreckingballfornowBuildingcomparedtoEiffelTowerStatueofLibertyPoliticsMunicipal9TuesdayJuly12014HappyCanadaDayOnbehalfoftheGovernmentoftheNorthwestTerritoriesIwouldliketowisheveryoneahappyandsafeCanadaDay.-PremieroftheNorthwestTerritoriesBobMcLeodByJACKDANYLCHUKTheRobertsonheadframesplaceontheYellowknifesky-lineiscertainforatleastonemoreyearbuttheultimatefateoftheterritorystallestbuildingisstillupintheair.Despiteawell-organizedlobbybytheNWTMiningHeritageSocietyamajorityofcitycouncilisnotreadytopickupthebillformaintain-ingoneofthelastvisiblelinksbetweenYellowknifeanditsbeginningsasaminingtown.Afterlisteningtoimpas-sionedpleasfortheRobert-sonatamunicipalservicescommitteemeetinglastweekcouncillorsaskedcityadmin-istratorstondanswerstoseveralquestionsbeginningwiththepossibletransferofownershipfromNewmontMiningtothecity.Councillorsalsowanttoknowmoreaboutwhaten-vironmentalhazardsandre-mediationcostsmightlurkwithintheheadframeandhowmuchmoneytheprivatesectorisreadytocontributetomaintainingitasamonu-mentandtouristattraction.CityadministratorDennisKefalassaiditwillbemonthsbeforecouncillorsheartheanswersbutforthosewithapassionfortheheadframeandwhatitrepresentsnopricewouldbetoogreat.Apreliminaryengineeringreportestimatedthecostofmaintainingtheheadframeat500000overthenextdecadeplus1.6milliontoeventuallytearitdown.WaltHumphriespresi-dentoftheNWTMiningHeritageSocietydismissedthoseasafewminorcostsandsaidthedebateoverthetabisaslapinthefacetotheminingindustrythatbuiltthistown.LetsjustdoitHumphriessaidtoloudap-plausefrommorethan40supporterswhojammedthecityhallboardroomforthemeeting.Wedontneedademolitionfund.Itsasteelbuilding.Itwilllast50or100years.Theheadframehasbeenonandoffthecitysagendaforadecadebutithasal-waysbeenseenbycityad-ministratorsasamoneypitinsteadofapotentialreve-nuesourceHumphriessaid.ItstherstthingYel-lowknifersseewhentheyarriveandthelastthingtheyseewhentheyleave.ItsaysImhome.ItcouldbeagreattouristattractionsaidHumphrieswholik-enedittotheStatueofLib-ertyandtheEiffelTower.Newmontaskedthecityforadecisiononthehead-framelastfallbuttheissuelostsomeurgencywhenthecompanyaskedtheMack-enzieValleyLandandWaterBoardforanotherfouryearstocompletere-mediationoftheformerConMinesite.DebatesoverthepreservationoftheRobertsonheadframecontinuedinYellowknifelastweekwhencitycouncillorsaskedlobbyiststoprovidemoredetailsabouttheendeavour.PhotosJackDanylchuk