Carlson takes over as Emo’s acting reeve Cites sidewalks as mandate

As deputy reeve, Ed Carlson officially was appointed the acting reeve of the Township of Emo during council’s regular meeting last Tuesday—the first without former reeve Russ Fortier at the helm.
Council regretfully accepted Fortier’s letter of resignation and the meeting was conducted “business as usual.”
Temporary Public Works superintendent Peter McQuaker addressed council regarding road work, equipment, and sidewalk maintenance.
“Our mandate for the summer is straightening up some of the sidewalks,” noted Reeve Carlson.
“Some have been in bad shape for years,” agreed Coun. Ken Fisher. “We have to get on them.”
McQuaker said he hopes to focus on the problematic sidewalks in the village “as soon as we can.”
Council also agreed to go on a walking tour of the community to check the condition of the sidewalks and, using a map, mark the areas which need work right away.
It was noted there are at least five known spots, such as near the Emo health centre and highway, which require some immediate attention.
The decision to go forth with sidewalk maintenance was partly in response to a recent letter addressed to council by the “Sneakers & Strollers” walking group—a newly-formed group of parents who come together and walk with their young children in strollers.
They wrote they have been enjoying Emo’s centennial walking trail, but wanted to bring forward a potential safety hazard.
“The sidewalk on Highway 602 South between highway 11/71 and Roy Street within the town limits is broken and heaved,” wrote several members of the group.
“We have to walk around the sidewalk on the lawn to pass this area.”
They added the route also is used by children attending Donald Young School, and thanked council for taking the matter into consideration.
In other business at last Tuesday’s meeting, Emo council:
•decided against appointing another councillor to fill the vacancy created by Reeve Fortier’s resignation given municipal elections will be held in November;
•agreed to obtain quotations from local contractors for equipment listings and hourly rates;
•approved purchase of grader blades (3/4” x 6” x 84”) from Westcon for the price of $67.35, plus applicable taxes;
•approved payment of $67,376.48 to Gillons’ Insurance for 2006 insurance premium rates;
•authorized payment to the Rainy River District Social Services Administration Board for Emo’s June, 2006 levy in the amount of $19,035.56;
•approved payment of $432.89 to the Rainy River District Municipal Association for Emo’s 2006 per capita levy;
•agreed to send Fire Chief James O’Sullivan (if available) to the Community Emergency Management Co-ordinator Course and Basic Emergency Management—Train the Trainer Course;
•authorized to apply for funding from Parks and Recreation Ontario for recreation and sport infrastructure;
•passed a resolution to make payments to the Rainy River District School Board in the amount of $62,075.23 and to the Northwest Catholic District School Board in the amount of $8,587.27;
•authorized shut-off on July 13 of overdue water, sewer, and garbage and tax accounts in arrears four months or more; and
•agreed to purchase two defibrillators in the amount of $6,028.30 (including taxes and freight), which will be placed at the Emo Clinic and the Emo-La Vallee Community Centre.
The Emo and District Hospital Auxiliary will provide funding for one of the defibrillators.
Emo council’s next regular meeting is scheduled for Monday, July 24 at 7 p.m. at the municipal office.