Alberton’s old fire truck going up for sale

If you’re looking for a stationary water pump that can really pour it on, keep your eye on the classified ads in the Fort Frances Times and Daily Bulletin this spring.
A proposal was made at the February meeting of Alberton council last Wednesday night to sell the old fire truck as it no longer is needed since the township acquired a brand-new model late last year.
Reliability issues prompted council to purchase a new unit, rendering the old truck redundant. Council decided the old truck might make a good pumper unit for a bush operation since it would not have to be mobile.
Prior to that, council reviewed the 2004 year-end financial report, which included a deliberately planned deficit of $3,292.67. This was designed to clear off the 2002 surplus of the same amount.
Later in the meeting, roads superintendent Larry George gave a report regarding his department’s budget and areas where it could be pared down.
George also noted tenders will be issued this week for gravel and dust suppressant contracts.
Preliminary work on Alberton’s 2005 budget is underway, but information and estimates from the Rainy River District Social Services Administration Board and Rainycrest Home for the Aged were not yet available.
However, council did approve accounts payable in the amount of $50,751.57, which included a payroll of $3,736.65.
Alberton council also authorized the payment of the 2005 levy for the Northwestern Health Unit in the amount of $53,243.40.
This was up substantially from last year’s levy of $45,100 due to a recent population reassessment indicating an increase in the number of people living in Alberton.
In other business, council supported a resolution from the Township of St. Clair calling on the province to take steps to make it easier for foreign-trained doctors to be enrolled in a Practice Assessment Program so as to qualify sooner to practice in Ontario, where there is a shortage of physicians in areas like Rainy River District.
As well, Alberton council authorized clerk Dawn Hayes to attend the Ministry of Municipal Affairs “Planning Connections” seminar taking place in Emo on March 22.
The next regular meeting of Alberton council is slated for Wednesday, March 9 at 7 p.m. in the municipal office.