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Townships get new handi-van

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At its regular meeting last Tuesday night, Emo council highlighted and discussed the new handi-van, which was partially funded by the township as well as the municipalities of La Vallee, Chapple, and Morley.

Three dollars per capita was provided by the four municipalities totalling $10,578, with a $45,000 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation also assisting in the purchase of the $80,385 vehicle (including taxes).

An additional $20,000 had been saved by the Emo Meals on Wheels, who took on the endeavour of acquiring the handi-van.

“The old [van] was falling apart,” Meals on Wheels member Geneva Veldhuisen said in an interview Monday. “It was high time we got a new one.”

The townships offered their assistance about a year ago, she noted, and Meals on Wheels raised money with the help of many generous donations.

“It’s a very needed service in our community,” Veldhuisen stressed, citing several handicapped children are taken to school in the van while it helps seniors in getting around.

Veldhuisen also said they hope the handi-van will be more accessible—and that more people will use it this spring.

“We’re all getting older and we never know when we might need it,” she remarked.

Emo council also discussed arrangements to house it (the shed where the old one was kept needs an larger door so the new van can fit inside).

It also was noted the driver of the current handi-van, Kim Lauzon, will be upgrading her licence this week so the new one can get on the road (the larger vehicle requires a different licence).

Meanwhile, ideas for the annual fundraiser were discussed. Money must be raised to help cover the $4,807 shortfall from purchasing the van, as well as for continued maintenance.

Council was made aware current Emo Fair queen Kayla Lauzon has suggested putting on a dinner—with entertainment—as the annual fundraiser to encompass all four municipalities involved.

“It’s the volunteers that keep the thing going,” stressed Coun. Gary Judson. “Maybe [the fundraiser] will get people interested in it.”

Also at last Tuesday’s meeting, Emo council:

•passed a resolution authorizing an invitational bid to crush 10,000 cubic yards 5/8” Type ‘A’ gravel;

•approved an interim tax bylaw;

•approved to make application to the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs regarding the Drainage Act Grants Program;

•resolved to send Brenda Cooke and George Wegman to the Northwest planning conference scheduled for March 28 in Thunder Bay;

•agreed to enter into an agreement with the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs to extend the completion of OSTAR Project #6170 (water treatment plant upgrade) to Dec. 31, 2008;

•resolved to make a payment of $8,302 to the Rainy River Future Development Corp. for its 2006 per capita share;

•agreed to make a payment of $262.15 to the Municipal Finance Officers’ Association of Ontario to the 2006 membership renewal;

•passed a resolution supporting the Township of La Vallee regarding the installation of a tab sign promoting a safe community;

•authorized to hold Emo’s July 1st celebrations in conjunction with the Borderland Racing Association’s racing night;

•agreed to donated $62.50 to the OFSAA hockey committee to be used for busing costs;

•agreed to donated $100 to the OFSAA hockey committee to be used for ice time;

•resolved to send Brenda Cooke to the Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario’s municipal election training session March 21 in Dryden;

•authorized to make a payment of $19,035.56 to the Rainy River District Social Services Administration Board for the February, 2006 monthly billing;

•resolved to make monthly payments of $684.80 to Asselin Transportation and Storage for 2006 recycling costs;

•approved payment of $25 to the Ontario Building Officials Association (Sunset Country chapter) for the 2006 membership fee for Ed Bullied, Emo’s chief building official; and

•agreed to arrange for installation of the new playground equipment for the Emo Lions Park in April/May, 2006 based on installation guidelines and material requirements.

Emo council’s next meeting is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. at the municipal office.

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