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Town says goodbye to treasurer 

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After almost 16 years with the town, treasurer Laurie Lindberg is retiring at month's end.

Mayor, council, and administration expressed thanks to Lindberg during Monday night's regular meeting.

Mayor June Caul said Lindberg “has been so invaluable to me to learn the ropes and to understand things” during her first four years on council.

She also noted Lindberg has been a “consummate professional.”

“You have treated this town as though it's your own household," the mayor remarked. ”You have done things for everybody here that are so invaluable to this administration and this whole corporation.

“We can't ever thank you enough. We're really, really going to miss you,” Mayor Caul added.

“Thank you for all you have done for us," she reiterated. "Please come back and have coffee with us at least once in a while because we will miss you.”

Fort Frances CAO Doug Brown noted Lindberg first was hired as an assistant treasurer in May, 2003, then promoted to deputy treasurer in July, 2005 and finally treasurer in January, 2006.

“She's been a hard-working person. She's from the old school,” he noted.

Brown said that in 2010, Lindberg won the “Employee of the Year Award” at the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce business awards—a rare honour for a town employee.

“That's dedication to the community,” he remarked.

Having worked with her so long, Brown said Lindberg has been a true friend and that he really enjoyed working with her.

Dawn Galusha, who has been deputy treasurer in recent years, will become the town's new treasurer.

“We know we're in good hands with Dawn because [Laurie] was the one who trained and educated her,” Mayor Caul noted.

Also at Monday night's meeting, council:

  • awarded RFP 18-AF-13 to Elco Systems Inc. for $41,254.04 (incl. HST) for the delivery of enterprise network systems;
  • awarded tender 18-OF-12 to Wessuc for $197,518.84 (incl. HST) for the delivery of a three-year sanitary sewer cleaning and closed circuit TV inspection program;
  • agreed to a request from the 116th Independent Field Battery to use municipal land north of the Fort Frances Curling Club for the purpose of a training exercise on Jan. 25-27;
  • deferred sending a delegation from the town to the 2019 ROMA conference in January, and will decide in the fourth quarter of 2019 whether to attend in 2020;
  • received the town's annual energy consumption report, which soon will be made available to the public;
  • agreed to process Minutes of Settlement for property located at 641 Second St. E.;
  • referred a request from J. Myers, re: a new columbarium at Riverview Cemetery, to the Operations and Facilities executive committee for its recommendation;
  • referred a letter from R. and M. Gushulak and D. and R. Broman, re: property development off Colonization Road West, to the Planning and Development executive committee for its recommendation;
  • received a letter of congratulations and an invitation to tour the new school by B. Tookenay, CEO of Seven Generations Education Institute;
  • proclaimed January as “Alzheimer Awareness Month” in the Town of Fort Frances and agreed to a flag-raising at the Civic Centre next month;
  • approved a donation of $100 to the Fort Frances Volunteer Bureau for the 2018 community Christmas dinner;
  • referred a letter from Diane Maxey, asking for support of the Christmas cantata, to the Administration and Finance executive committee for its recommendation; and
  • approved an entertainment purchase card expense, in the amount of $84.67, as submitted by Brown for a lunch meeting with M. Martel, Resolute vice-president of operations, former mayor Roy Avis, and Mayor Caul here on Nov. 28.
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