Tuesday, November 25, 2014

No need to run taps anymore

With warmer temperatures here to stay, it’s finally okay for residents to stop running their taps.
“You can stop ‘bleeding,’” Operations and Facilities manager Doug Brown announced at last night’s council meeting.

“The weather’s changed and the frost is just about out of the ground,” he noted.
Since January, the town has been asking residents to keep a tap running so their water lines wouldn’t freeze up.
More than 260 residential and commercial properties suffered this fate over the past five months.
As of yesterday, there still were 11 properties with frozen water service lines.
These should soon thaw sooner than later, but Brown noted there continues to be about two feet of frost in the ground.
Public Works, meanwhile, is continuing to fix watermain breaks, including one yesterday on the 400 block of Third Street West.
There have been 31 watermain breaks and 10 sewer breaks since Jan. 1.
There’s three outstanding breaks left to fix.
Fortunately, said Brown, there hasn’t been a new break in the past week or so.
Also at last night’s meeting, council:
•received, with appreciation for service, a notice of retirement from Midge McTaggart from the position of day care cook effective Sept. 30;
•referred requests from the Rainy River Future Development Corp., re: the inaugural “Harmony of Nations” Music Festival (July 15-20), to the Administration and Finance executive committee for its recommendation, with input from the other three executive committees;
•referred requests from the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship Inc., re: its tourney here July 24-26, to the Administration and Finance executive committee for its recommendation, with input from the other three executive committees;
•referred a grant funding partnership request from the Community Garden Planning Committee to the Administration and Finance executive committee for its recommendation;
•passed a bylaw to authorize the entering into a lease renewal agreement with Bearskin Lake Air Service LP at the Fort Frances Airport;
•approved a financial request from Bruce Caldwell re: the 15th-annual “Fly-In, Drive-In BBQ” at the Fort Frances Airport on June 8 (the town will be giving the event $500 to cover incidental costs such as advertising and plaques);
•agreed to enter a team in the Boundary Waters Dragon Boat Festival here July 1; and
•received an invitation from the 144 Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps (Fort Frances) re: its annual ceremonial review June 7 at the Emo Legion (Coun. John Albanese will attend, with no per diem or travel expenses to be claimed).

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