Emo council approves new site for museum

Emo council approved a request Monday night from the Rainy River District Women’s Institute Museum for the use of three residences south of the OPP station to relocate the museum from its present location.
After an in-camera session to discuss the property matter, council voted unanimously in favour of allowing the museum to have full use of the three buildings, which currently stand vacant.
“We really appreciate the town’s support,” Ruth Brett, who sits on the museum board, said during a delegation to council Monday night.
The museum currently is situated in a small building on a 50-foot lot on Highway 11 east of the LCBO.
The new spot will give the museum more room to expand, and will include a larger parking lot.
Designs for the new location have not yet been finalized, and the museum board is looking at different fundraising options to pay for the renovations.
Brett said they have applied for funding to the Rainy River District Future Development Corp.
“We’re waiting for all our ducks to get in a row,” she said. “We have to put a plan together.”
Once funding is secured, and depending on the final plans for the museum, the board hopes to begin the move—perhaps as early as this fall.
“As soon as any plans are drawn and any changes or additions are made to the building, we would like to pass it through council because it does belong to the municipality,” Brett noted.
The Township of Emo is providing the property on a 99-year lease, tax exempt. The township will provide snowplowing, grass-cutting, water, sewer, and garbage services, but the museum is responsible for the cost of renovations.
Under the agreement, the museum also retain its name: the Rainy River District Women’s Institute Museum.
“We’re looking forward to seeing a finished product over there one day,” noted Emo Reeve Russ Fortier.
Also at Monday night’s meeting, Emo council:
•agreed to contribute $150 to the Family Literacy Celebration at Donald Young School on Saturday, April 29;
•approved a draft agreement from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities regarding bio-mass waste disposal and energy cogeneration;
•received an audit letter from BDO Dunwoody; and,
•approved a payment of $415.10 to the 2006 Vet Assistance Trust Fund to help subsidize the travel costs of veterinarians.
Emo’s next regular council meeting will be held Monday, May 8 at 7 p.m.