Council to hear speaker on emergency preparedness

Fort Frances town council will see a presentation by Dale Smyk, community officer with Emergency Management Ontario, at tonight’s regular meeting at the Civic Centre.
Smyk, who’s based in Thunder Bay, will be speaking regarding the upcoming requirements for enhanced levels of emergency preparedness by Ontario municipalities.
Tonight’s council meeting is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. The committee of the whole will meet beforehand at 5:30.
Other business at tonight’s meeting will include:
•the appointment of councillors to the various executive committees. This was tabled at the Dec. 20 meeting of council;
•a bylaw to approve an amendment to the contract with the Rainy River District Social Services Administration Board for the provision of child care services by the town;
•a bylaw to approve an amendment to the agreement for funding of certain employment benefits and support measures with Human Resources and Skills Development Canada;
•a bylaw to approve an agreement with the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services for the operation by the Ontario Provincial Police of a central emergency reporting bureau;
•a bylaw to adopt a procurement of goods and services policy;
•a bylaw to adopt a hiring policy;
•a bylaw to authorize an agreement with Lakeland Personnel Inc. regarding the provision of school crossing guards;
•a bylaw to approve a contract with Controltech Inc. for supply and installation of computer software at the water and sewage treatment facilities;
•a bylaw to approve a continuous safety services agreement with Electrical Safety Authority;
•a bylaw to authorize the entering into of certain contracts for janitorial services;
• a bylaw to authorize temporary borrowing for the year 2005;
•a bylaw to provide an interim tax levy for the year 2005;
•a break open ticket licence application from the Fort Frances Aquanauts Swim Club at Rainy Lake Sports and Tackle from Jan. 30 to July 29, 2005;
•a break open ticket licence from La Verendrye General Hospital Auxiliary at Bonnie Blue from Jan. 11 to July 11, 2005;
•a request from the Salvation Army Rainy River District Community Services and Mission to hold “tag days” Jan. 14 and 15 to raise funds for the Salvation Army South Asia Disaster Campaign;
•a request to attend the ManOMin watershed conference March 30-April 2;
•a request from Oshawa MPP Jerry Ouelette to support the proposed Elected Officials Immunity Act 2004; and
•a request from the Municipality of Clarington for support of their resolution regarding amending the Municipal Elections Act to provide for a four-year term of office for municipal council members.