Emo council agrees to study snowmobile bylaw

Dr. Ingrid Krampetz addressed Emo council at its regular meeting held Monday night about the safety of snowmobiles within the village limits.
“They use excessive speed, whipping along where people could be walking,” she remarked. “And when it’s dark, there is a reduced visibility and someone could get hurt.”
Dr. Krampetz had asked council to make the public more aware of the existing bylaws pertaining to the use of snowmobiles and other recreation vehicles within the village limits.
However, Reeve Russ Fortier noted there currently is no bylaw on the matter—only a resolution restricting the use of snowmobiles on sidewalks in Emo.
Snowmobile operations are governed by provincial laws and policed by the OPP.
Reeve Fortier said it is possible to develop a bylaw regarding snowmobile operations within the municipality, perhaps looking at restricting their use in certain areas and the speed limit.
After some research is conducted on the subject, it will be brought back to council.
“Maybe people don’t really know what the rules are then,” Dr. Krampetz said. “If there was a bylaw in place, it would be more likely we’d get compliance.”
It also was thought a meeting with the snowmobile club might be beneficial, as well in deciding on bylaw regulations.
In related news, Emo council proclaimed Nov. 21-27 as “Get ready for safe snowmobiling week” in the township.
“It’s important to promote responsible use of a snowmobile,” Dr. Krampetz explained as she requested the word “safe” be added to the week’s title.
Also at Monday night’s meeting, Emo council:
•listened to a presentation from “Best Start” program co-ordinator Jeannette Cawston regarding whether the municipality would find it feasible to establish an early learning and care hub in Emo to support families with young children;
•agreed to reimburse taxes in the amount of $402.54 on Assessment Roll #18500 due to overpayment on the 2005 final taxes;
•heard a verbal report from Coun. Gary Judson on the status of the Emo curling rink renovation project to turn it into a multi-use facility, which he noted should open sometime next month;
•agreed to a request by the Pine River Ranch to not have its property sprayed due to it being certified as organic by the Organic Crop Producers;
•authorized payment of the September, 2005 policing services levy in the amount of $10599.00;
•agreed to send Coun. Gary Judson to the Riverside Health Care Facilities, Inc. meeting on Thursday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. in Fort Frances to discuss the update on the status of Rainycrest Home for the Aged;
•passed a resolution to make application to Veterans Affairs Canada for funding provided through the Cenotaph/Monument Restoration Program to properly conserve the area around the cenotaph;
•approved to send Coun. Ed Carlson to an information session by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care regarding Rainycrest Home for the Aged on Nov. 17, 2005 in Fort Frances;
•approved to send Brenda Cooke to a meeting with the Ministry of the Environment to discuss comments and concerns related to drinking-water systems and provincial drinking-water legislation;
•passed a resolution to reimburse Eila Hakkarainen $120 due to overpayment on utility account;
•agreed to support the petition of the Township of Chisholm in its efforts to reinstate the spring bear hunt;
•resolved to write to the minister responsible for Canada Post and request the federal government instruct Canada Post to stop the closure of the mail sorting plant in Quebec City and other locations proposed for closure; and
•agreed to participate in the transfer of federal gas tax as part of the New Deal for Cities and Communities.
The next regular meeting of Emo council is slated for Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. in the municipal office.