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Town council received its annual report from American Water Canada Corp. regarding operations at the Fort Frances wastewater treatment facility on Monday night.

And according to the presentation by AW Canada project manager Jeff Trudeau, everything’s operating as it should.

“The plant was operated well and achieved excellent results,” said Trudeau, adding it also demonstrated “full compliance with effluent criteria.”

“It’s been very good,” he continued, noting the company has three trained individuals taking care of wastewater treatment plant operations.

Trudeau also said the plant is “functioning well within its design capacity,” with the average wastewater flow 7,249 cubic metres a day—81 percent of the plant design rating of 9,000.

He also noted last year was a dry one, with a 16 percent decrease in plant flow from 2005.

< *c>Council kudos

Also at Monday night’s meeting, council acknowledged the efforts of a couple of local groups and teams.

Coun. Tannis Drysdale thanked the “Building for the Future” committee and the library board for the successful launch Friday of its campaign to raise funds for a new library.

“I was really impressed with all of their efforts, and I was impressed once again with our community and how generously they supported this project,” she remarked.

“I believe it was close to $135,000 raised in one day,” Coun Drysdale added.

“We think we should have every confidence that they are going to make the $750,000 very quickly, and we will have a new library in the Town of Fort Frances before we know it.”

Meanwhile, Mayor Roy Avis recognized both the Muskie boys’ hockey and curling teams that competed in their respective provincial championships last week.

“It was a job well-done by both teams and we, as a community, are proud of their accomplishments,” he remarked.

“I think they’re good representatives of our community, and it was good to see them participate in those events,” added Mayor Avis.

Also at Monday night’s meeting, council:

•rescinded its appointments of Couns. Tannis Drysdale and Rick Wiedenhoeft to the Downtown Core Committee (DCC), and discontinued council representation on it in the future.

(This decision was made on the basis that the DCC is a subcommittee of the Economic Development Advisory Committee, which already has council representation on it);

•awarded the museum janitorial contract to L&S Cleaning for $9,000 per annum;

•approved a report acknowledging the property at the corner of McIrvine Road and King’s Highway to be acquired by the town for road-widening purposes

(This is in accordance with the site plan agreement with Canadian Tire Corp. An appropriate bylaw will be prepared for approval at future council meeting);

•approved a financial request from the Rainy River Valley Safety Coalition in the amount of $3,782.50 (this is calculated at a rate of 50 cents per capita);

•received the POA audited statements for the year ending Dec. 31, 2006;

•approved a donation of $823 to the Fort Frances High School “chem-free grad” committee (this is to offset the cost of arena and auditorium rental fees for this year’s “chem-free grad” party);

•approved a $100 donation to the Rainy River District Music Festival Association; and

•approved a charity rebate application from the Northwestern Health Unit.

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