Carlson chosen as new Emo councillor

Emo councillors voted by ballot last week on a candidate to replace former Coun. Geoff Pearce, who had resigned last month.
Ed Carlson won the majority of the votes and will be sworn in at the next council meeting.
Others who let their names stand were Gerd O’Sullivan, Ingrid Krampetz, and Tracy Grennier.
Carlson will serve out Pearce’s term until the municipal elections in November, 2006.
Also at last week’s council meeting, local residents addressed the condition of gravel roads in the rural areas, indicating large rocks are being found in the middle of the roads rather than on the shoulders.
The residents stated the large rocks are not only hard on their vehicles, but also very dangerous.
Public Works superintendent Dan Wilson said large rocks normally are not in the middle of the roads, but noted it is occasionally possible.
Council agreed the rural roads are no better or worse in any area of Emo or the rest of the district, and are in the best condition possible due to budget constraints.
In other business last week, Emo council:
•appointed Diane Strachan as the Township of Emo’s Welcome Wagon person;
•heard a verbal report from Coun. Gary Judson on the Emo curling rink renovation project to upgrade it to a multi-use facility, which is scheduled to open in mid- or late December;
•passed a resolution on the payment to the Ministry of Transportation regarding the 2005 surface treatment costs in the amount of $25,660.28;
•agreed to donate $50 to the Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario for the Zone 9 membership annual grant for 2005;
•authorized Brenda Cooke to attend the Fall, 2005 Northwestern Ontario CAO Forum scheduled for Oct. 18-19 in Thunder Bay;
•agreed to send Reeve Russ Fortier and Cooke to the Northwestern Health Unit’s “Healthy Workplace” workshops on Oct. 25 in Fort Frances;
•authorized to send Ed Bullied to the Northwestern Ontario Water and Wastewater conference scheduled for Oct. 27-28 in Thunder Bay;
•resolved to attend the Emo Public Library’s grand unveiling of its new sign on Oct. 21 at 1:30 p.m.;
•donated $100 towards the Emo and Area Hospital Auxiliary’s annual fall tea and bazaar;
•authorized payment of the Northwestern Health Unit October, 2005 levy in the amount of $5369.62;
•authorized payment of the October, 2005 levy to the Rainy River District Social Services Administration Board in the amount of $19,035.56;
•authorized payment of the August, 2005 policing services levy in the amount $10,599;
•hired Kevin Cates as the new dual labourer, zamboni operator, and grass-cutter at the Emo-La Vallee Community Centre;
•passed a resolution declaring Oct. 17-23 as Waste Reduction Week; and
•passed a resolution for local MP Ken Boshcoff to recognize the following special events: Spring Fever Days (April 13-15, 2006), Emo Walleye Classic (May 26-27, 2006), stock car races (every Saturday night during summer months), July 1 celebrations, the Rainy River Valley Agricultural Fall Fair (Aug. 17-19, 2006), and Holly Daze (Dec. 1-2, 2006).
The next regular meeting of Emo council is slated for Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. in the municipal office.

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