Speed ‘advisory’ signs slated for Frog Creek Road

After failing to secure the necessary co-operation from the MTO and Miscampbell to officially lower the speed limit, Alberton council last week decided instead to place yellow speed advisory signs on Frog Creek Road.
The road has been the subject of considerable discussion and concern for council of late and at its meeting last Wednesday night, council passed a motion to unilaterally proceed with placing signs at the approaches to a hill advising drivers to reduce speed there.
Such signs do not carry the weight of law, but Alberton Reeve Mike Hammond suggested they “are better than nothing” and may induce drivers to slow down.
Council did receive notice, however, that Miscampbell, which shares jurisdiction over Frog Creek Road, is prepared to commit at least $3,500 from its capital projects budget for improvements.
Miscampbell currently is only contributing to the maintenance budget.
Also last week, Alberton council authorized Clerk Dawn Hayes to issue three one-year public tenders regarding dust suppressant, gravel, and ditching. Another tender was issued for a contract to paint the upper level of the municipal office.
Council also approved a recommendation to shift its e-mail server from KMTS.net to Jam21.net (Hayes said the transfer should be complete early in June).
Coun. Barb Cournoyer gave a report on the Rainy River District Social Services Administration Board’s regular meeting held March 18.
“There are still ongoing discussions regarding the land ambulance issue,” she noted, reminding council that the land ambulance represents the most expensive item in DSSAB’s budget.
Coun. Louis Collier, meanwhile, presented a report from the last Rainy River District Municipal Association meeting. He told council it was decided to invite Bill Darby, with the local Ministry of Natural Resources office, to discuss the problem of nuisance bears and possible solutions.
In other business, Alberton council:
•passed a resolution authorizing the purchase of a 5,000-watt generator, phone, and installation of phone lines for the Emergency Operations Centre;
•approved a donation of $100 for the Fort High “chem-free grad” 2004;
•authorized a payment of $3,334.60 to the Veterinary Assistance Trust Fund;
•approved a resolution to send Reeve Hammond to attend Rainy River’s centennial celebration on July 31;
•passed a resolution in support of the Town of North Perth in its quest to have the Ministry of Environment exempt small, non-residential facilities that supply washroom facilities only from all portions of the Clean Water Act;
•supported a similar resolution from the Township of North Kawartha regarding the impact of the Clean Water Act on tourism operators and small businesses; and
•supported the Regional Municipality of Niagara in its request for provincial action to strengthen the Ontario Pension and Benefit Guarantee Fund.
The next regular meeting of Alberton council is slated Wednesday, June 9 at 7 p.m. in the municipal office.