‘Citizen of the Year’ to be named tonight


Mayor Roy Avis will announce the recipient of the town’s 23rd “Citizen of the Year” award at tonight’s council meeting.
A total of 17 applications, including some for the same nominees, were submitted by the Oct. 22 deadline.
The selection committee, consisting of Bill Gushulak (“Citizen of the Year 2000”), Mayor Avis, and Coun. Sharon Tibbs, then met to choose the one they felt was most deserving.
Their recommendation is up for final approval by council at tonight’s meeting.
The recipient will be honoured officially at the town’s annual appreciation banquet next Friday night (Nov. 19).
After that, the recipient likely will appear in the upcoming “Parade of Lights” on Nov. 27, as well as next year’s Canada Day parade.
The identities of the nominees will not be revealed. Only the winner will be publicly announced.
Last year’s honouree was Diane Maxey.
The public portion of tonight’s regular council meeting is scheduled to begin at 5:35 p.m.
Other business on the agenda includes:
•a Township of Alberton resolution regarding fire service training;
•the awarding of a tender for the operation and maintenance of the landfill site for the next five years;
•an annual request for financial support from “Meals on Wheels”;
•a financial request from the Fort Frances Volunteer Bureau for the annual community Christmas dinner;
•a financial request from the Sunset Country Travel Association;
•a report regarding recognition of J.W. Walker School for environmental stewardship;
•a report regarding a review of current on-street parking at Robert Moore School;
•a presentation from Trish Law, GIS maintenance expert, regarding “Getting Connected with GIS in Fort Frances”;
•a presentation from Fort Frances Public Library Board chair Joyce Cunningham;
•a request from the Rainy River Future Development Corp. regarding continued usage of the events tent;
•a letter of concern from Wilson’s Business Solutions regarding sidewalk run-off issues;
•a letter from Blair Anderson regarding snow removal in Fort Frances;
•a request from Walter Cunningham regarding a potential property acquisition;
•a resolution from the Police Services Board recommending to council that the Traffic Safety Committee examine all aspects of traffic flow at the Central Avenue intersection;
•a bylaw to authorize the signing of an agreement with CUPE Local 65;
•a resolution from the Police Services Board recommending council examine options or other initiatives that would reduce the incidents of motorists cutting the traffic line going to the United States; and
•a request from the Salvation Army for council participation in its 2010 Christmas kettle campaign.