Summer jamboree planned in Alberton next month

Be sure to mark Saturday, June 25 on your calendar—and bring your appetite—because Alberton Township is throwing a party that day.
Alberton council, along with the township’s volunteer fire department, will be holding a jamboree and barbecue from 1-6 p.m. at the Alberton recreational grounds, located at the intersection of Hall Road and Hill Road (north of Highway 11/71 just west of the railroad tracks).
The firefighters will be manning the barbecue, and also will provide information on home safety and smoke alarms.
Meanwhile, Alberton council is considering a volleyball challenge with councils from the adjacent communities of Fort Frances and La Vallee. In addition, it is looking into purchasing 48 T-shirts with the township’s logo on them for the day. These will be given to volunteers and any remaining will likely be donated to municipal conferences.
Alberton’s volunteer fire department also has been busy in other areas, it was learned at council’s meeting last Wednesday.
In accordance with the provincial 2005 Action Plan, firefighters have been knocking on doors to ascertain whether township residents have working smoke alarms installed in their homes.
Fire Chief Cory Jewell told council in cases where there are no alarms, he and his crew have been giving them to homeowners for free and, if necessary, installing them at no charge.
The units cost about $10 and are paid for out of a grant from the Ontario Fire Marshall’s Office.
Coun. Barb Cournoyer expressed her gratitude to Jewell and his firefighters for the efforts they have put in on their own time in order to comply with the regulations.
“I’m sure I speak for all of us when I thank you for that,” she added.
Also last Wednesday, Roads Superintendent Larry George briefed council on the work he and his crew have been conducting since the last meeting.
Frog Creek Road, which Alberton shares with the unorganized area of Miscampbell, has received considerable attention since the winter.
George reported he has pulled up the shoulders on the road to help water run off it as well as to facilitate the drainage of water in the ditches.
He also has been working on a 400-metre section of Stewart Road, which has accumulated a considerable amount of material in the ditches and culverts.
George said he expects to remove up to 1,400 cubic yards of material, which will require more time and money than originally anticipated.
“We’ll ultimately spend about $20,000 there,” he predicted.
The original budget estimate for that part of the road system was $10,000, but George assured council the funds for the difference are available in the maintenance budget.
Furthermore, the material removed will serve a useful purpose elsewhere in the township.
For instance, George suggested some of the material could be used to build up the parking lot at the interpretive bog walk while the rest might be put to use at the recreation centre.
In other business last Wednesday, Alberton council also:
•passed a bylaw outlining how recreational and reserve funds are to be used;
•resolved to send Reeve Mike Hammond, Coun. Louis Collier, and possibly Coun. Cournoyer to attend the Rainy River District Municipal Association’s general meeting May 18 in Atikokan;
•accepted an invitation to the 35th-annual Manitou fish fry, which Reeve Hammond will attend;
•supported the April 18 “two-hatter” resolution by the Township of King recommending professional career firefighters be permitted to also work as volunteer firefighters without being sanctioned;
•supported a resolution from the County of Prince Edward requesting the Ministry of the Environment reconsider requiring municipal responsibility agreements for private, single-owner sewage works;
•supported a resolution from the Township of Madoc requesting the use of Nitro-Sorb be halted;
•endorsed a resolution from the City of Timmins requesting the province make physical fitness programs available to all students in all school systems;
•endorsed a resolution from the City of Ottawa requesting the province reconsider its decision to prohibit the severance of farm properties for the purposes of allowing owners to retire on the farm; and
•supported a resolution from the Town of East Gwillimbury opposing an increase in royalty fees that municipalities are charged for such operations as gravel pits and peat extractions.
The next meeting of Alberton council is slated Wednesday, June 8 at 7 p.m. at the township office.