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District-wide disaster relief committee set up

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Town council chose a local representative to join the district-wide disaster relief committee being established to help assess damage and distribute compensation as a result of storms that hit the area July 31.

Nick Wihnan will be the local rep to gather private, uninsured claims from Fort Frances residents as part of the Ontario Disaster Relief Program.

“It was decided the municipalities across the district would form one disaster relief committee,” noted CAO Bill Naturkach. “Ninety percent of their costs are eligible.”

The list of names of the appointed representatives in each municipality is due to be presented to the province by next Friday.

The committee members will help gather bills and invoices, and distribute relief funding, while an auditor will be appointed to verify all claims. The municipalities will pay for the committee’s administration.

“There will be advertisements giving every community in the district a contact name and number,” noted Naturkach.

Municipal costs due to the storm will be compensated 100 percent under the Ontario Disaster Relief Program.

Also during Tuesday night’s meeting (which was delayed a day due to the Thanksgiving holiday), council:

•passed a resolution to return a firefighting foam truck to the Fort Frances Airport from the Fort Frances Fire Department building;

•received a quarterly report from OPP S/Sgt. Hugh Dennis outlining the summer’s expenses and activities;

•received a presentation from Aime Dimatteo of the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines, where he explained the implementation process for an Area Services Board (ASB);

•passed a bylaw setting Nov. 30 as the latest due date for both instalments the town’s 2001 property taxes;

•received a presentation from Fort Frances Fire Chief Steve Richardson highlighting updates to the town’s emergency evacuation plan following the Sept. 11 attacks in the U.S. (an updated emergency evacuation map is to appear in a Monday edition of the Daily Bulletin);

•received an invitation from the Northwestern Health Unit to attend a presentation of its operational review; and

•passed a bylaw to approve an agreement with Advisory Services to complete a feasibility study on a remand centre in Fort Frances.

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