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Town bids adieu to Katona


After 43 years with the Town of Fort Frances, tax administrator Ed Katona retired as of June 6.

Fort Frances CAO Mark McCaig shared a few words at Monday night’s council meeting to show the town’s appreciation for Katona’s excellent level of service over the decades in various areas of the town administration, including cash receipts, PUC billing, payroll, and tax collection.

“Ed has gained the respect of many mayors, councils, and co-workers over the years as he has been the embodiment of dedication and professionalism,” said McCaig.

“Ed was an employee who never abused sick time—that could also be a testament to his lifelong commitment to physical fitness.

“I have personally been impressed by the ‘old school’ business-like approach Ed has brought to the work environment,” McCaig added. “Ed has a very cheery demeanour in the workplace that will be greatly missed.”

McCaig recalled that back in 2003, when the town was celebrating its centennial, the council of the day dubbed Katona as “Centennial Man” on his 60th birthday because his age added to his years of service equalled 100 years.

“What an accomplishment. Most people count the days until they hit their proverbial ‘magic number,’” said McCaig. “Ed obviously enjoyed his career with the town.”

McCaig noted tax administrator is a key position within the corporation, and further testament to Katona’s dedication to the job is that he has agreed to temporarily stay on with the town to help facilitate the transition as a new tax administrator is hired.

“As a young boy living in he north end, I vividly remember Ed running down Sixth Street at breakneck speed on his way to work, tie flapping in the breeze,” said McCaig.

“If Ed slows down long enough, please take a moment to congratulate him and thank him for his dedication to our town.”

Also at Monday night’s meeting, council:

•approved a five-year police services contract with the OPP and passed a bylaw to authorize the execution of an agreement with the Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services for the provision of police services;

•approved a break-open ticket licence application from the Fort Frances Muskie Touchdown Booster Club at This ’N That from June 13-Dec. 13, 2006;

•referred a request from Barry Plourde and Bonnie Allan regarding the replacement of cedar trees on property located at 1113 Colonization Rd. W. to the Planning and Development executive committee for its recommendation; and

•passed a bylaw to approve a contract awarded to Bay City Contractors (Thunder Bay) Inc. for the 2006 rehabilitation of sanitary sewer and water mains, as well as a possible new sidewalk.

(Fort Frances Daily Bulletin)

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