Emo pushing for stoplight on highway

A group of school bus drivers, including Emo Coun. Ken Fisher, intends to send a petition to the Ministry of Transportation to have a stoplight installed at the intersection of Colonization Road and Queen Street there.
Coun. Fisher informed council at its regular meeting last Thursday night that there is increasing concern among the school bus drivers regarding the risks of trying to cross the highway—particularly from north to south—with all the truck traffic that flows through the village on a regular basis.
The issue has been on Emo council’s agenda for some months but the MTO has not responded, so Coun. Fisher said he is taking matters into his own hands.
Coun. Geoff Pearce, who chaired the meeting in the absence of Reeve Russ Fortier, told Coun. Fisher that council would endorse the letter as soon as he had all the signatures he needed.
In other news, there has been a problem lately concerning vandalism and theft at the Emo waterfront.
Roads Superintendent Dan Wilson informed council he retrieved one of the heavy ceramic waste containers that had been rolled down the hill from the sidewalk on Front Street and onto the thin ice of the river.
Wilson said whoever did it probably had help because the receptacles are quite heavy and likely would require more than one person to move from its original location.
In addition, a hand-carved wooden bench that had been placed at the tennis courts for the convenience of people who are now using it as a skating rink has been removed.
Coun. Pearce indicated he intended to advise people living on or near Front Street to be on the lookout for suspicious activities in the area in the next quarterly newsletter.
He also acknowledged a letter from Greg’s Recycling regarding the problem of people putting non-recyclable waste in the large bins specifically designated to take only waste that can be recycled as per the township’s contract.
Coun. Pearce said he intends to address that issue in the next newsletter to residents, as well. “This is costing us money,” he noted.
Emo council also endorsed a resolution from the Township of Algonquin Highlands asking the provincial government to implement a deposit for all metal, glass, and plastic beverage containers, as well as to mandate reusable plastic drink containers in order to reduce the amount of potentially-recyclable materials sent to landfills.
“It’s an idea whose time has come,” remarked Coun. Pearce. “They’re already doing it in other provinces.”
In other business last Thursday, Emo council:
•passed a resolution authorizing the fourth-quarter levy payment to Rainycrest Home for the Aged in the amount of $14,066.25;
•passed a resolution to make the fourth-quarter levy payment to the Rainy River District School Board in the amount of $63,129.83, as well as a payment in the amount of $8,297.94 to the Northwest District Catholic School Board;
•passed a resolution authorizing the payment of the December billing to the Northwestern Health Unit board in the amount of $4,887.50;
•passed a bylaw (2004-19) setting out the township’s hiring practice;
•passed a resolution supporting the request from the Township of West Nipissing requesting the provincial government adjust the formula to share provincial gasoline taxes to include all municipalities, as well as a similar one from the Township of Essa;
•supported a resolution from the Township of South Algonquin requesting the provincial government make changes to the current value assessment system so as to return stability to the municipal tax structure;
•accepted an invitation to send a representative (Reeve Fortier) to the “Community Summit” in Fort Frances on Jan. 13.;
•declined to support a resolution from the City of Pickering requesting the voting age in the province be lowered to 16;
•agreed to make a donation of $100 to the general meeting and conference of the Rainy River Municipal Association, which is being held in Barwick on Jan. 29;
•passed a bylaw (2004-20) to provide for the purchase of goods and services by the township;
•passed a bylaw (2004-21) supporting the Draft Emergency Assistance Agreement, in which Emo will participate in mutual aid to any other municipalities in the district in the event of an emergency; and
•passed a bylaw (2004-22) formalizing a professional services agreement between the township and United Services Technology Inc.
The next regular meeting of Emo council is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. in the municipal chambers.
A reminder the Emo Municipal Office will be closed on Dec. 23-24 as well as Dec. 27-28. It will be open Dec. 29-30, but then closed again on Dec. 31.
The office will resume normal hours Jan. 3.