Alberton joins fight over gas tax

Alberton has joined the battle to get some of the gasoline tax revenues from the provincial government.
At its regular meeting last Wednesday night, council formally endorsed a resolution from the Township of Emo to the provincial government to provide a portion of the gasoline tax to all municipalities—regardless of size or whether they operate transit services.
Queen’s Park already has made a commitment to give some of the money to large municipalities, such as Toronto, but has said nothing about smaller communities.
Alberton council also endorsed a similar resolution from the Municipality of West Nipissing.
Council also passed a resolution reaffirming its support for legislation protecting so-called “double hatter” firefighters. Bill 52, currently before the provincial legislature, also is known as the Volunteer Firefighters Employment Protection Act.
The bill is designed to ensure that career firefighters also may serve as volunteer firefighters without fear of reprisals or dismissal.
In other business last Wednesday, Alberton council also:
•approved accounts payable in the amount of $249,859.23;
•confirmed the 2004 contribution to the Volunteer Fire Department (VFD) reserve in the amount of $3,002.86;
•approved all 2004 tax write-offs resulting from minutes of settlement or notices received from MPAC;
•authorized all members of council, as well as Beth Logue, Clerk Dawn Hayes, and a member of the VFD, to attend the Rainy River District Municipal Association annual general meeting in Barwick on Jan. 28;
•authorized an additional contribution to the road surfacing reserve fund of $8,107.45;
•authorized Coun. Mike Ford, Coun. Barb Cournoyer, Reeve Mike Hammond, Logue, Lisa Allan, and Cheryl McCallum to attend the basic emergency management course to be held in Fort Frances on Feb. 3, 10, and 24;
•approved a new cleaning contract (details to be revealed later);
•authorized Clerk Hayes to attend the MFOA/MTE tax seminar;
•authorized Roads Superintendent Larry George to attend the OGRA/ROMA conference to be held in Toronto in February; and
•authorized gift cards of $100 each for the clerk and administrative assistant as tokens of appreciation for service over the past year.
The Alberton township office will be closed for the holidays from 5 p.m. on Dec. 23 until 9 a.m. on Jan. 3.
The next scheduled meeting of Alberton council is slated for Wednesday, Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. at the municipal office.