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Mark it on your calendar—this year's Household Hazardous Waste Day here will take place on Saturday, Sept. 16.

Town council approved the Miller Group of Winnipeg as its Municipal Special or Hazardous Waste (MSHW) service provider at its regular meeting Monday night.

The event once again will take place at the Public Works yard at 900 Wright Ave.

From 9 a.m.-3 p.m., all Rainy River District residents will be allowed to drop off household hazardous waste.

The total estimated cost to the Town of Fort Frances this year—without any reimbursement from Stewardship Ontario—is estimated to be $21,207.29.

That's based on the quantity of MSHW materials collected in 2016, Operations and Facilities manager Travis Rob noted in a written report to council.

The 2017 approved operating budget has a net operating cost of $5,000 for the event, where the total operating expenditure is estimated at $22,000 and the revenue received is $17,000, Rob wrote.

But the exact net cost is very dependent on the amount and types of MSHW materials dropped off on the event day, he added.

The service once again was co-tendered with the City of Dryden to save costs.

Also at Monday night's meeting, council received a “clean” report on its 2016 financial statements from its auditors, Jon Evans and Jeff Savage of BDO Canada LLP.

Evans noted the town is “in very good financial shape,” with healthy reserves and the ability to borrow money.

As well, council received a presentation from library board chair Andrew Hallikas and library CEO Caroline Goulding re: the 2016 annual report for the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre.

The library continues to be “growing and dynamic hub within the community,” they said, seeing high traffic, increased programming, resources, and partnerships.

It also is getting generous support from its patrons, volunteers, staff, and town council and management alike.

Council also received the annual report card on the wastewater treatment plant here from the Ontario Clean Water Agency.

Agency representatives Jackie Muller and Jeff St. Pierre said not only is the plant compliant with regulations, but dramatically has reduced the volume of its sludge for disposal thanks to the new de-watering system that came into operation in September.

Less sludge means less haulage cost.

Also Monday night, council:

  • heard Mayor Roy Avis thank the organizers of local Canada Day activities, calling it “a fantastic day" (in particular, he noted the fireworks display "capped it off in such a perfect manner”);
  • heard Coun. June Caul report that planning is coming along for the fall seniors' fair on Oct. 6 (sign up for the fair, which will be held at the Sister Kennedy Centre, will begin in the near future);
  • heard Coun. Caul report the Age Friendly Community Committee is finishing up work on its brochure, which should be ready to go out the public in September;
  • referred a request from the Fort Frances Lakers to sell beer at its games here next season to the Community Services executive committee for its recommendation, with input from the Planning and Development executive committee;
  • approved a donation of $300 to the Watten Volunteer Fire Department to defray the cost of renting Sunny Cove Camp for a fundraiser fish fry there Aug. 25;
  • approved a travel expense claim for Fort Frances CAO Doug Brown in the amount of $102.08 (for attendance at a litigation meeting held in Thunder Bay on June 19-20);
  • selected Intelivote Systems Inc. to be the provider of telephone/Internet voting systems for the 2018 municipal and school board elections, at a cost of $15,125 plus taxes; and
  • approved Minutes of Settlement for 221 First St. E., 1218 Second St. E., 820 Kaitlyn Dr., 801 Cornwall Ave., 1319 Idylwild Dr., and 810 Cornwall Ave. (the total financial impact is $1,352.76).
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