Smoking bylaw heats up council

Reeve John Milling will speak out in favour of the smoking bylaw being trumpeted by the Northwestern Health Unit when Alberton council holds its regular meeting tonight (Wednesday).
Calling it a “symbolic” bylaw, Reeve Milling said it will set a higher standard than what presently exists.
The health unit has challenged area municipalities to pass bylaws prohibiting smoking in enclosed public places. It also is conducting a postcard campaign to show public support for such a bylaw.
At the annual meeting of the Rainy River District Municipal Association here last month, Dr. Pete Sarsfield, CEO and chief medical officer of health for the health unit, and health promoter Jennifer McKibbon offered a sample bylaw for municipal reps to consider.
If Alberton passes the bylaw, it will mark the first time a municipality in the area has officially supported it.
Other business at tonight’s meeting will include:
•a report by the Northwest Ontario Recycle Association committee on the current status of its operations and future decisions;
•an interim financial statement;
•a resolution to pass a bylaw authorizing an increase in remuneration for the clerk-treasurer;
•a resolution to pass a bylaw authorizing an agreement for provision of recycling services;
•a resolution to pass a bylaw regarding vacant property rebates for commercial and industrial properties;
•a resolution to pass a bylaw to appoint or confirm the appointment of various officers and committee members of the municipality; and
•correspondence from Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing concerning Alberton’s official plan.
The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at the Alberton municipal office.