Lions Park to get new playground equipment

The Lions Park in Emo should have a new piece of playground equipment on site this coming spring after council passed a by-law authorizing an agreement between the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Township of Emo to provide funding for the structure at its regular meeting last Thursday.
“It’s a biggie,” Coun. Ken Fisher said as he looked at a picture of the piece of equipment they hope to purchase.
The Ontario Trillium Foundation will provide $29,000 over one year, adding to the $15,000 a local committee already has raised.
Bridget Beck, Marnie Redford, Dawn Morrisseau, and Crystal Hyatt began fundraising back in 2000 in order to purchase the structure and make the park better.
“We held draws and sold chocolate,” Beck recalled, noting they also had many donations and lots of additional help.
The piece of equipment these moms want to purchase features two slides, wide steps, a climbing wall, and a balance beam.
“It is wheelchair accessible and we thought it would be good for small children, too,” Beck added.
Emo Reeve Russ Fortier noted it is a certified and safe structure.
It is being purchased to provide “social and recreational opportunities for children in the community,” the resolution stated.
It also was mentioned that the Northwestern Health Unit would like to be involved in receiving the equipment, in terms of inspection guidelines and placement criteria.
Emo council currently is trying to locate a distributor in Ontario to purchase the structure from, which they hope to have installed and inspected in the spring.
In other business from last Thursday’s meeting, council discussed a verbal request from Theo DeGroot to have a microphone available at the 2006 Remembrance Day ceremony and to have Highway 602 closed during the service.
It was thought the Emo Legion might have a microphone to use, or at the very least it wouldn’t be too difficult to find one.
“I did have quite a few people say they couldn’t hear anything, especially with the big trucks driving by,” Reeve Fortier said.
As for closing the highway, council agreed to look into it in time for next year’s ceremony, although some weren’t sure it would be possible.
“We’ll have to contact MTO and request it,” said Coun. Fisher.
Another option mentioned was for council to put up a detour sign and hope most vehicles follow it.
Also at last Thursday’s meeting, Emo council:
•heard a report from Public Works superintendent Dan Wilson;
•heard an update on the status of the Emo curling rink renovation project, which is on schedule and should have ice installed around Dec. 15;
•passed a resolution to authorize for water shut-offs on Dec. 15 on outstanding accounts, after one final notification;
•tabled the review of the Township of Emo’s Accessibility Plan until the next meeting;
•authorized to reimburse Joan McBride $20 collected for four tables at the Township of Emo’s garage sale held back in the spring;
•agreed to donate $100 toward the fireworks for “Holly Daze” (Dec. 2-3);
•authorized two payments of $19,035.56 to the Rainy River District Social Services Administration Board for the November and December billings;
•authorized payment of the fourth-quarter levy for Rainycrest Home for the Aged in the amount of $14,919.00;
•authorized two payments of $5,369.62 for the Northwestern Health Unit November and December billings;
•passed a resolution supporting the Town of Cobalt in its efforts to reinstate the annual spring bear hunt;
•agreed to support the City of Kitchener in its wishes to de-amalgamate;
•authorized to pay an $80 registration fee to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing for David Zatulsky, Deputy Chief Building Official acting as inspector;
•passed a resolution allowing Coun. Fisher to his let his name stand in the Rainy River District Municipal Association 2006 elections for the veterinarian committee while Reeve Fortier agreed to let his name stand for vice-president;
•agreed to purchase 50 chairs for the Emo curling rink; and
•passed a resolution to accept the proposal from the Dryden Police Services Board to provide fire dispatch service to the municipality, costing $3,073 in capital costs and $4,786 a year in operating costs.
Emo council’s next regular meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. at the municipal office. A public meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. to address a Consent to Sever application and zoning by-law amendment.