Council wants cap on health unit levy

Council agreed to lend their support to a resolution passed by the Township of Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls, and agree that the Northwestern Health Unit not increase its levy in 2005 by more than three percent.
Last year, the health unit was increased to $50 per capita—36 percent more than the $36.75 per capita the town paid in 2003. This totalled about $415,650, or $50 multiplied by the town’s population (8,313).
The request from Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls came to council in October, but was referred to the Administration and Finance executive committee for recommendation before coming back to council for a vote.
Council also approved a report from the Superintendent of Airports and parks Bill Caul on Monday to ensure two amendments are made to the existing cemetery bylaw.
The first amendment is to change the normal operating hours.
In order to be consistent with information published in the town’s User Fees Bylaw #11/04, which states that an additional cost will occur if a funeral is outside the normal operating hours (9 a.m.-3 p.m.) of the cemeteries. The hours outlined in Cemetery Bylaw #34/94 are 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and not 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
And the second change is to establish a one year settling period prior to placing markers and monuments.
This is an operational revision where it is recommended that markers and monuments are not placed on plots until one year after the interment has taken place. This will ensure that proper settlement occurs, and reduces manpower needs to the maintain the cemeteries in the future.
In other news at Monday’s meeting, council:
•approved a report from Doug Brown, manager of Operations and facilities, to authorize administration to start the process of determining whether or not it is possible to connect the City of International Falls water systems to the town’s for use in an emergency situation;
•refused a request from the Fort Frances High School Cheerleaders to waive the $75 rental fee for the East End Hall. The cheerleader are holding a tea and bake sale there Saturday, Nov. 13 between 1-4 p.m.;
•agreed with a recommendation from the Administration and Finance executive committee to support the Royal Canadian Legion with a $200 donation towards the annual “Poppy Campaign”;
•authorized the purchase of a thermal imaging camera for emergency services for $6,500 plus taxes;
•authorized applications for funding to the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services to purchase an electrical transfer switch and back-up generator at the Memorial Sports Centre;
•received a recommendation from the Economic development Advisory Committee that the town purchase a full page advertisement in the upcoming “Discover Historical Fort Frances” brochure at a cost of $2,000;
•authorized the contribution of $1,000 to assist with the costs of the Town of Fort Frances 2004 Christmas party; and
•accepted the August and September 2004 drinking water systems monthly report summary reports.