Albanese to be sworn in as councillor tonight

John Albanese will be sworn in at today’s committee of the whole meeting, preceding the regular council meeting.
Albanese was appointed to replace the late Coun. Struchan Gilson back on Sept. 14. He initially was to be sworn-in at the Sept. 26 council meeting, but could not attend that meeting due to prior commitments.
He has, however, been attending various committee of the whole and executive committee meetings since then in order to get up to speed with council business.
Tonight’s council meeting is scheduled to start at 6:20. It will be preceded by the committee of the whole, which will meet in-camera from 5:30-5:45.
Its first public item on the agenda is Albanese’s declaration of office at 5:50.
Also at tonight’s meeting, the municipal bylaw enforcement department will give town council a verbal update on the bear situation in Fort Frances.
This is in response to a request council made at its Sept. 26 meeting, where council briefly discussed the possibility of changing its policy regarding using firearms to “dispatch” bears.
Other business at tonight’s council meeting will include:
•a break-open ticket licence application from the Fort Frances Aquanauts Swim Team at Rainy Lake Sports and Tackle from Oct. 17, 2005 to April 16, 2006;
•a request from Christina Belluz to purchase property municipally known as 446 Third St. East;
•a letter of concern from the J.W. Walker School Council regarding traffic lights at the intersection of Keating Avenue and King’s Highway;
•a letter of resignation from David Kozar from the Museum and Cultural Centre Advisory Committee;
•a request from Sunset Country Toastmasters Club to proclaim October as “Toastmasters International Month” in the Town of Fort Frances;
•a request from the Canadian Diabetes Association to proclaim November as “Diabetes Month” in the Town of Fort Frances;
•a bylaw to appoint Ernst and Young as town auditors for the period Jan. 1, 2006 through Dec. 31, 2006;
•three bylaws to de-register a total of seven lots in Fort Frances; and
•a request from the Town of Tecumseh for support of its resolution regarding Community Emergency Response Volunteers (CERV) funding.