Council awards recycling tender to Asselin again


Asselin Transportation will continue to deliver recycling pickup for the Town of Fort Frances for the next five years.
Town council awarded Tender No. 09-OF-15 (curbside garbage and recycling collection services) to Asselin Transportation at last night’s meeting.
They will deliver curbside collection service for residents, and the supply and emptying of dumpsters for town facilities, at a total cost of $1,038,209.40 for a period of five years.
Town administration also will meet with the Business Improvement Association and Asselin Transportation to formulate how the weekly collection of co-mingled recycling material from BIA businesses will be invoiced and to whom.
As well, council agreed to continue using Gardewine to transfer co-mingled recycling material to Metro facilities in Winnipeg.
This is the most cost-effective approach, Operations and Facilities manager Doug Brown said in a report to council.
Gardewine trucks from Kenora come to the mill here to deliver chips or biomass material, and then leave with loads of recyclables.
Also at last night’s meeting, council:
•tabled an application for a municipal licence (taxi licence) to its Nov. 9 meeting;
•tabled a request from Bethel Baptist Church for a new street light on Morrison Avenue until the Nov. 9 council meeting (this is to allow representatives a chance to provide more information on cost, etc. to the Operations and Facilities executive committee);
•referred budget requests regarding the King’s Highway and Keating Avenue traffic safety initiative to the 2010 budget process for consideration;
•approved a report recommending the Accidental Death and Dismemberment policy for Class 1 employees (non-union management group employees) not be renewed upon the Oct. 31, 2009 expiry (with other types of coverage in place, the policy for Class 1 employees was considered redundant);
•denied a request from Abitibi-Consolidated Company of Canada—Fort Frances Division to waive late tax payment penalties;
•denied a request from the Town of Atikokan to contribute $2,000 to help pay for a “Path of the Voyageur” youth intern;
•received minutes of settlement for 1335 Idylwild Dr.;
•heard verbal updates on local projects from Community Services manager George Bell and Operations and Facilities manager Doug Brown;
•awarded Tender No. 09-OF-14 (replacement of grit removal system at the sewage treatment plant) to Venshore Mechanical Ltd. at a cost of $775,800;
•signed a municipal release form to authorize the Northwestern Health Unit to provide remuneration to Coun. Paul Ryan, who is council’s rep on the health unit board;
•referred a request from J. Dutton regarding the removal of a storage tent behind 1007 Patcin Ave. to the Planning and Development executive committee for its recommendation;
•referred a request from R. Campbell re: driveway lights at 8 Armstrong Pl. to the Operations and Facilities executive committee for its recommendation;
•passed a resolution in support of the proposed redesign of Ontario’s Underserviced Area Program (UAP); and
•passed a bylaw to approve a renewal agreement with Jardine Lloyd Thompson Canada Inc. as insurance provider for the period Nov. 1, 2009-Oct. 31, 2010.