Emo weighing new location for museum

The Rainy River District Women’s Institute Museum in Emo is looking for a new home and may have one in the near future, council there learned last week.
Fred Brett, who sits on the museum’s building committee, told council last Wednesday night the museum board is considering leasing a property on Tyrell Street located between two OPP residences.
The current building on the highway is in a state of disrepair and cannot be used much longer.
Council said it would take the idea under consideration.
Later in the meeting, council re-appointed Public Works Superintendent Dan Wilson to another term as the area municipal weed inspector.
It also passed a resolution allowing clerk Brenda Cooke to attend the Connections 2005 workshops taking place April 11-13 in Thunder Bay.
Council then turned its attention to a number of resolutions passed by other municipalities, as well as requests from several organizations.
One of those was a request for a letter of support from the Rainy River Future Development Corp. recommending Fort Frances Coun. Tannis Drysdale be appointed to the Northern Ontario Grow Bonds board of directors.
Emo council supported this resolution, and also accepted a local initiative fund payment from the RRFDC in the amount of $2,134.
Council also supported a resolution from the Municipality of Kincardine to petition the province to provide sufficient funding to conservation authorities to meet their current obligations as well as those down the road.
But council did not approve a request for a donation from the Rainy River District Music Festival Association on the grounds “the municipality does not have the resources for discretionary funding due to all the downloaded expenses [from the province].”
In other business last Wednesday, Emo council:
•nominated Atikokan Mayor Dennis Brown and Thunder Bay Mayor Lynn Peterson as president and executive vice-president, respectively, of the Northern Ontario Municipal Association;
•turned down a motion from the County of Oxford recommending donations be made for disaster relief for the victims of the tsunami in Southeast Asia;
•supported a resolution from the Municipality of Brockton strongly urging the federal and provincial governments provide direct aid to producers of beef and red meat, and also to close the borders to all red meat imports until the BSE crisis has been resolved; and
•agreed to send Coun. Gary Judson to attend the EcoSuperior Environmental Programs seminar at the Best Western Motel in Thunder Bay today (March 2).
The next regular meeting of Emo council tentatively is scheduled for Monday March 14 at 7 p.m. in the municipal office. This date, however, is subject to change.

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