Emo council met last Tuesday (Sept. 30) starting at 7 p.m.
The meeting began with an oral report from Peter McQuaker, acting on behalf of the Public Works superintendent, who reported the roads are in relatively good shape and that grading and maintenance will continue until “freeze-up.”
He expressed a need for an additional 220 yards of gravel, which will be stored in the municipal yard in preparation for the spring.
The dump has been capped with fresh clay and is ready for the winter.
McQuaker also reported Lakehead Scrap will be contacted to haul away the metal that has accumulated at the dump before winter arrives.
As well, McQuaker said the lead sampling of water in municipal homes is nearly completed and that the Ministry of the Environment inspector has completed his inspection of the lagoon.
The flushing of hydrants and watermains will begin soon, he added.
It also was reported last Tuesday that there will be additions to the municipal signs at the east and west entrances to town so the town and various groups can advertise upcoming events, etc.
Construction of the cell tower is continuing and will be completed in the near future.
Meanwhile, two delegations requested time at the meeting and each made a presentation to council.
The first was by Dennis Mann concerning his contract with the municipality to collect garbage. He is interested in purchasing a new truck, but only if Emo council feels it is satisfied with his work and is willing to extend his contract for a few more years.
Council passed a resolution to extend Mann’s contract with the municipality through to September, 2012.
The second delegation was from the Emo Chamber of Commerce, with Geoff Pierce bringing forth some questions and concerns.
After listening to the concerns and addressing the questions, council agreed to continue to work closely with the Chamber of Commerce on several upcoming projects.
For his part, Pierce agreed to take some issues back to the next Chamber of Commerce meeting for clarification and development.
Also last Tuesday, several resolutions were passed:
•Ed Bullied, water and sewer operator for the municipality, will attend the Northwestern Ontario Waste & Wastewater Conference, which is scheduled for Oct. 23-24 in Thunder Bay;
•Harold McQuaker was awarded the tender for sanding and salting for the 2008-09 winter season;
•Brenda Cooke will attend the Municipal Finance Officers’ Association of Ontario (MFOA) workshop entitled, “Update on 2009 Tax and Assessment Changes,” which was scheduled for Oct. 6 in Thunder Bay;
•Jack Esselink Construction was awarded the job of replacing a window in the municipal office;
•Noble Monuments requested permission to place headstones similar to miniature columbariums at the Emo Cemetery (council passed a resolution to charge a one-time fee of $150 for the handling and placement of the cremated remains in the headstone); and
•Council also decided to take out a one-year membership with the Northern Service Alliance (NSA). Through this group, council can request advice from the Municipality Tax Equity (MTE) consultants concerning any changes to the taxes for the coming year.
In other news, K. Smart Associates Ltd. submitted blueprints for the Rainy River District Regional Abattoir and an application for a “Certificate of Approval” to extend the water and sewer systems.
Emo council also passed a resolution to use a $400 donation from the Northwestern Health Unit (Emo-La Vallee-Chapple Healthy Communities Coalition) to purchase a solar light and pole, which will be placed on the walking trail north of town.
Under the heading of correspondence, three items were highlighted:
•Ontario Trillium Foundation acknowledging the announcement of a $35,000 grant for the Emo Spray Park;
•Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corp. acknowledging the application for funding toward the Emo industrial park project (the abattoir); and
•the Canadian Union of Postal Worker (CUPE) concerning possible cutbacks to service in the near future.
The next meeting will be held Tuesday, Oct. 14 starting at 7 p.m.
at the municipal office.