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Nominees for top citizen to open soon

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It's that time of the year for local residents to put on their thinking caps and start brainstorming as to who they would like to see recognized for their years of community service.

Town council received a timeline for the nomination, approval, and recognition of the 2018 “Citizen of the Year” during its regular meeting last night.

“Every year, council undertakes to find the 'Citizen of the Year' and this year's no different,” town clerk Lisa Slomke told council, adding deputy clerk Kathy Lawson once again will be in charge of the process.

Nominations for “Citizen of the Year” will open Sept. 27 and close at 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 25—giving individuals nearly a month to come up with nominees.

The “Citizen of the Year” selection committee then will meet to consider applications on Nov. 2 and come up with a recommendation for council.

Then at the Nov. 13 meeting of council, the committee of the whole will receive an in-camera report including that recommendation for final approval.

Council's recognition of the “Citizen of the Year 2018” will take place at the Nov. 26 or Dec. 10 meeting, depending on the availability of the honouree.

Nominations forms will be available at the Civic Centre and on the town's website later this month.

Also at last night's meeting, council:

  • approved a “Mild" sponsorship in the amount of $600 for the Riverside Foundation for Health Care's "Fiesta” annual fall gala event slated for Oct. 20;
  • awarded a tender for the supply and delivery of granular 'A' material to George Armstrong Co. for the next three years, and the supply and delivery of granular 'B' material to Tom Veert Contracting for the next three years;
  • agreed to take out an ad to congratulate Scott Fawcett in the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame and Museum's 37th-annual induction dinner and souvenir program in the amount of $250 plus HST;
  • received the financial partnership opportunity request from the Royal Canadian Legion Br. #29 for the “Community Safety Net” drug safety initiative and directed no further action be taken at this time;
  • approved updated student employment and workplace incident reporting policies;
  • processed Minutes of Settlement for property located at 333 Third St. W. (2018), with the total financial impact being $297.14 (consisting of a reduction of municipal revenue of $269.43 and education revenue of $27.71); and
  • authorized the $378,269.19 accumulated 2017 year-end surplus be allocated to the reserve fund in the amount of $310,618.34 and cemetery fund in the amount of $42,989.89 to cover the unrealized change in Money Market and Bond ONE Investment Program redemption, and further that the remaining $24,660.96 accumulated surplus balance be allocated to the reserve funds and cemetery fund proportionally as a partial recoupment of unrealized interest recorded to date for 2018.
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