Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Town getting recycling funds

The town will be improving the way it does recycling in the future after getting funding from Stewardship Ontario to upgrade the “blue box” transfer station/drop-off facility here.
Back in April, the town applied to the Stewardship Ontario Continuous Improvement Fund (CIF) for the installation of two new stationary compactor units with properly-sized hoppers and four 40 cubic yard roll-off containers.

The total project cost is $218,275.
The town recently was notified that Stewardship Ontario will cover 44 percent of the project’s cost, up to a maximum of $117,700.
The town will pay for its portion using federal gas tax revenues it previously had received from the government.
Once this new compaction equipment is installed and operational, the four eight-cubic yard drop-off bins currently at Sixth Street West will be taken out of service.
As well, “blue box” recyclables will not be stored in the existing storage building.
Instead, they will be compacted and then stored in four roll-off containers.
These containers will be shipped off in container trucks, which can haul two containers at one time.
Recyclables currently are shipped in walking floor trailers.
This means the manpower and equipment (loader) used to load the walking floor trailers and emptying the four drop-off bins on a regular basis will be free to do other maintenance tasks for the town, such as winter control activities or adjusting catch basins.
All of this is expected to save the town $63,588 a year.
Council is expected to approve a funding agreement during tonight’s regular meeting.
The council portion is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m.
The committee of the whole will meet first starting at 5:30 p.m., but be in-camera until 6:45 p.m.
Other business on tonight’s agenda includes:
•a presentation from June Caul, vice-chair of the Assisted Living Action Group (A.L.A.G.), and Darryl Galusha, director of Senior Services and Administration at Rainycrest Long-Term Care, re: an A.L.A.G. update and plans for moving forward;
•a presentation from Geoff Gillon, regional economic developer with the Rainy River Future Development Corp., re: activities up to Nov. 2013;
•a request from the Alzheimer Society of Kenora/Rainy River Districts to proclaim January as “Alzheimer Awareness Month” in the Town of Fort Frances;
•a request from the Ministry of Transportation re: accessing the Rainy River from town-owned property (i.e., west-end boat launch);
•a bylaw to establish tax ratios for prescribed property classes;
•a bylaw to authorize the levy and collection of taxes for all municipal purposes in the Town of Fort Frances for 2013;
•a bylaw to impose certain user fees in 2014 (as previously reported, most user fees are increasing by one percent);
•an advertising request re: Christmas greetings on 93.1 The Border;
•expense claims for Couns. Andrew Hallikas and Rick Wiedenhoeft;
•a report re: the revised Townshend Theatre operating procedures manual;
•a report re: temporary borrowing to meet current expenditures;
•a report re: equipment purchases for the Memorial Sports Centre aerobic room;
•a recommendation re: a request from the Township of Seguin for support for proposed billing model for police services; and
•a new policy re: Individual Accommodation Plan (IAP) for disabled employees.

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