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Donald named town's top citizen

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Cynthia Donald is the 2018 “Citizen of the Year.”

Donald, a retired teacher and longtime volunteer, was honoured by mayor and council at last night's meeting.

In addition to being chairperson of the “Fun in the Sun” committee in recent years, Donald is a Kiwanis Club member and vice-chair of the Rainy River District Festival for the Performing Arts.

Donald told the Times she was surprised and humbled by the honour, adding she didn't become a volunteer to get awards.

However, she's proud to follow in the “good footsteps” of past recipients such as Evelyn Metke, Diane Maxey, and other notable community volunteers.

Mayor Roy Avis and mayor-elect June Caul presented Donald with a bouquet and plaque yesterday evening.

Donald will be in the Christmas parade this Sunday afternoon.

Last night's meeting also was the final one of the current lineup of council, as well as the last one for Mayor Avis and Couns. John Albanese, Doug Kitowski, Ken Perry, and Paul Ryan.

The incoming council, including mayor-elect Caul, returning councillor Wendy Brunetta, and newly-elected councillors Michael Behan, Andrew Hallikas, Douglas Judson, John McTaggart, and Rick Wiedenhoeft, will be sworn-in at their inaugural meeting next Monday (Dec. 3) starting at 7:30 p.m.

Also at last night's meeting, council:

  • agreed to adhere to the original site plan control agreement with the Rainy River District Social Services Administration Board (DSSAB) at 1301 Elizabeth St., thus ensuring the six-foot high buffer fence between single and multi-residential properties will continue to be a requirement;
  • agreed to enter into an agreement a site plan control agreement with Good Day Wholesalers (Crozier) Ltd. and have the 335 Scott St. building demolished and re-purpose the land into parking for the Sleepy Owl Motel;
  • agreed to a recommendation to ensure the costs for the new accessibility ramp at 334 Scott St. be borne by Community Living Fort Frances and District;
  • approved the adjustment of 2018 taxes for property located at 560 Webster Ave. resulting from an unfinished allowance for extensive renovations to the structure; and
  • passed a bylaw to approve a service agreement with the Ontario Clean Water Agency for operations and maintenance of the wastewater treatment facility, and for the overall responsible operator designation.
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