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Caldwell named citizen of year

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Ruth Caldwell has been named as the 2016 Citizen of the Year for the Town of Fort Frances.

Mayor Roy Avis made the announcement during last night’s council meeting.

Caldwell, former head of the children’s department at the Fort Frances Public Library, is a lifelong community volunteer who perhaps is best-known as a founding member of the “Friends of the Library” and more recently, a regular visitor to Rainycrest where she reads to residents.

She formally will be honoured during the next meeting of council Nov. 28.

Also at last night’s meeting, council:

  • agreed to approve the 2017 user fees as presented and further that a bylaw with a consolidated schedule be brought forward at the next council meeting for consideration (the rates are going up an average of 1.5 percent, with some exceptions);
  • heard presentations from Fort Frances Power Corp. president and CEO Joerg Ruppenstein and Age-Friendly Community Committee co-ordinator Ian Simpson;
  • approved purchase card expenses for Fort Frances CAO Doug Brown in the amount of $153.79;
  • agreed to support the Police Services Board’s recommendation to receive the request from Sandra Allan, founder/co-ordinator of the “When Eagles Fly Program,” and further that no further action be taken;
  • received a report on the Municipal Elections Act modernization (Bill 181);
  • authorized the proposed amendments to Policy 3.6 (Management/Non-Union Salary Administration);
  • agreed to pay a portion of the Pryde’s Plumbing and Heating bill being $750, plus the town’s portion of HST, for works to try to unplug the sewer service at 509 Victoria Ave. damaged by the town crews; and
  • agreed not place an ad in Bearskin Airlines’ Bear Country magazine at an unbudgeted cost of $2,650 plus applicable taxes.
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