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Emo to restrict water use

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At its regular meeting last Wednesday (July 11), Emo council passed a resolution to ban water use by ratepayers for use other than household.

Reeve Russ Fortier stressed that even though it seems to people there is much water in the Rainy River, the overall strain shows up at the water treatment plant and something will have to give sooner or later.

As such, he said action being taken now is to prevent any problems down the road that could be serious.

“A letter is being drawn up for each household in what is expected of them,” Reeve Fortier said. “And this could be water used on lawns and gardens would be allowed during early-morning and evening hours but not during the day.”

People will have to be waterwise, he stressed.

Meanwhile, Reeve Fortier said Emo’s Web site is coming along and council is satisfied with the progress.

“We’re adding more info for the public’s use. More material is made available to add to www.twstemo.on.ca,” he noted. “The public should make use of this, it is for their information.”

In other news, Emo council and staff wish to pass along a bouquet of roses for the excellent work the committee had done in arranging Canada Day activities and to all those who took part.

“This was a great undertaking by everyone,” said Reeve Fortier.

Council also passed a bylaw appointing James O’Sullivan as Emo fire chief. Meanwhile, there are still ongoing meetings re: fire protection with the Township of Kingsford.

Meetings also continue regarding the Emo curling rink ice plant. Council will be meeting with the Northwest Ontario Recycling Association to discuss concerns regarding recycling pick-up.

Council also will be meeting with the Kenora District Municipal Association regarding per capita levy to hire a consultant to prepare an application and a detailed proposal to FedNor requesting financial consideration to develop a more co-ordinated approach to doctor/nurse recruitment activities.

Sanitation and pest control at dump sites was discussed in a letter with Poulin’s Pest Control services.

“The situation at the dump site is getting deplorable,” noted Reeve Fortier, adding use of the dump site will be switched to certain days of the week.

Reeve Fortier also reminded me that the challenge between him and Chapple Reeve Cecil Wilson to a friendly game of horseshoes is slated for Saturday, Aug. 11 during Chapple Day.

The next Emo council meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 9 at 7 p.m.

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