The transition board preparing for the amalgamation of Sioux Narrows, Nestor Falls, and surrounding areas endorsed Kenora as its service provider.
Board members met last Thursday to decide whether the Kenora District Social Service Administration Board (DSSAB) or the Rainy River DSSAB would be the most suitable service provider for the new municipality of Sioux Narrows/Nestor Falls.
“It was a close [outcome] but the majority felt that since 90 percent [of the land mass] is already in Kenora, and only 10 percent is in Rainy River, we should remain with the Kenora DSSAB,” said Sioux Narrows Reeve Dick Motlong, who sits on the board.
The decision is only a suggestion from the transition board. The final one is up to the province.
“We notified the Ministry of Community and Social Services,” noted Reeve Motlong.
Sioux Narrows council also had requested the new municipality be serviced by the Kenora DSSAB. “We’ve been in the Kenora DSSAB for two years and we didn’t have any problems,” said Reeve Motlong.
The Rainy River DSSAB will be affected by the loss of tax revenue as well as the loss of revenue from services such as land ambulance.
Now that a decision has been made, the transition board’s next big task will be to assemble a budget for the first year of the new municipality, which comes into effect Jan. 1.
The budget must be submitted to the province by Sept. 30 in order to qualify for funding.
“We want to get all the funding we can for the amalgamation,” said Reeve Motlong.
In related news, Leona Forsyth, who chaired the Nestor Falls local services board, was replaced on the Sioux Narrows/Nestor Falls transition board by Nestor Falls resident Laird Tomolty after announcing plans to move to Manitoba.