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Biomass project fuels partnership

A partnership between Northern Bulk (part of the Gardewine Group) and the Rainy Lake Tribal Development Corp. was formed following last year’s announcement that a biomass fuel boiler would be built in Fort Frances by AbitibiBowater.

The two companies, which formed the new business Rainy Lake Logistics, came together to help meet the rising demand for biomass fuel product.

Heritage tourism project funded

The province is investing $250,000 into Phase II of the local Heritage Tourism Project, helping Fort Frances bring its heritage to life through exciting improvements to tourism attractions.

Through its Rural Economic Development Program, the province is committing a quarter-million dollars to help the town:

•develop a waterfront heritage route;

Action groups meet in Kenora

A joint meeting between delegates of the Concerned Citizens’ Committee (Kenora) and the Fort Frances Community Action Group was held in Kenora on April 20.

Both groups discussed the lack of citizen involvement in local municipal decisions due to special interest politics, which exclude the democratic rights of community taxpayers.

LHIN board seat filled

Janice Beazley, acting chair of the North West LHIN, announced yesterday that Tom Sarvas has been appointed to the board of directors.

Sarvas’ appointment by the Lieutenant Governor in Council was endorsed by the Health and Long-Term Care minister George Smitherman, and is effective as of April 2.

Sarvas is a chartered accountant and a partner in the firm Buset Sarvas LLP.

Residents facing 3.2% tax hike

After many months of deliberating and crunching numbers, town council will wrap up the 2008 budget in the coming weeks.

On Monday night, council voted unanimously in favour of a tax scenario that will see residential tax rates jump 3.19 percent, or $57.16 per $100,000 of assessment.