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Devlin logging company wins Emo tender

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The Township of Emo put out a tender for the harvesting of municipal woodlots, with council agreeing to accept the highest bidder—Todd McLean of TNT Logging in Devlin—during its regular meeting last Wednesday night.

The township received eight tenders to harvest the woodlots at Concession 6, SE 1/4 S 1/2 Lot 1, Township of Carpenter; Concession 6, NW 1/4 S 1/2 Lot 1, Township of Carpenter; Concession 6 , SE 1/4 N 1/2 Lot 2.

McLean’s bids were $35 per cord for poplar and $42 per cord for conifer, as well as providing a $1,000 deposit.

Other tenders ranged from $31 per cord for poplar and from $31 per cord for conifer.

“We’re cutting because the mature trees will grow back again,” said Emo Reeve Russ Fortier, noting the land isn’t being used for anything else at the moment.

“There’s mostly poplar there,” he added.

In other business from last Wednesday’s council meeting, Reeve Fortier announced he would like council to nominate members of the community for Ontario’s Volunteer Recognition programs for 2006.

“I think it’s important to acknowledge their work in our community. We’ve got some good volunteers,” he remarked, noting the deadline for applications is Feb. 10.

“We don’t have a lot of time, but it’s not difficult to fill out the form,” Reeve Fortier said. “I’d hate to miss out because we’re a little town.”

The Ontario government recognizes volunteers through the following programs:

•The Ontario Volunteer Service Awards, which recognize volunteers for continuous years of service with a community group;

•The Outstanding Achievement Awards for Volunteerism in Ontario, which recognize superlative volunteer work undertaken by individuals, groups, or businesses; and

•The Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers, which is to be presented to young volunteers aged 15-24.

The item was tabled in order to give council a chance to determine nominees.

Reeve Fortier also noted it was nice to see members of the community out at last week’s council meeting. Nearly ten people attended, excluding councillors.

“We enjoy having people come out,” he stressed, though adding he wants residents to understand the protocol of calling ahead to be placed on the agenda if someone has an issue to bring forward.

“But we always encourage people to show an interest in the community.

Also at last Wednesday’s meeting, Emo council:

•approved a quotation in the amount of $18,400, plus applicable taxes, from Vector for concrete repairs and coating to wet well ceiling at the Emo Water Treatment Plant;

•agreed to send Coun. Ed Carlson, Coun. Harri Sheloff, and Clerk Brenda Cooke to the 15th-annual general meeting and conference of the Rainy River District Municipal Association on Saturday, Jan. 28 in Bergland;

•approved an invoice from A.B.C. Recreation Ltd. for new playground equipment at the Lions Park, which is bridge financing until the grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation is received;

•approved membership fees for 2006 for 13 different associations, including the Ontario Municipal Water Association, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, and the Association of Municipal Recycling Co-ordinators;

•approved payment of $1,019.48 to the Rainy River Future Development Corp. for the 2005 Fall Trade and Commerce magazine;

•resolved to pay roughly $150 to the Ontario Association of Cemetery and Funeral Professionals for the 2006 membership fee;

•authorized payment to the Northwestern Health Unit for the 2006 public health unit levy in the amount of $64,435.38, with monthly payments of $5,369.62;

•noted receiving $25,935.65 from the Association of Municipalities of Ontario as a gas tax rebate (this item was tabled to give council a chance to look at the best place to use the money);

•passed a bylaw to enter into an agreement with Local Authority Services Ltd. to provide natural gas at a reduced cost;

•agreed to support the City of Sarnia in its request to defer the 2006 Municipal Property Assessment Corp. assessment values until an investigation has been completed;

•passed a resolution regarding the Ministry of the Environment’s municipal source protection pre-screening projects outside conservation authority borders;

•applied for funding available for technical studies on municipal residential drinking water systems; and

•went in-camera regarding removal of Ken McKinnon as representative on the Rainycrest board of management.

The next Emo council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. at the municipal office.

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