Council given corporate audit behind closed doors

The mayor and town councillors met with Blair Smith of BDO Dunwoody to discuss the 2003 corporate audit yesterday during a special in-camera meeting of the committee of the whole.
But whatever the recommendations in the audit may be, the public won’t be privy to them until the new year, acting Fort Frances CAO Mark McCaig said after the meeting.
Coun. Tannis Drysdale did say afterwards that she considered the report “a very thoughtful overview of the operations of the Town of Fort Frances from a new external perspective.
“Council will have to take a long, hard look at it,” she noted.
Council discussed the report for about two hours yesterday, after which it voted to receive it and refer it to McCaig.
McCaig noted the recommendations in the report now will be forwarded to the various town managers, who will look into the “restrictions and opportunities” the report presents.
The report was discussed behind closed doors due to the fact some information in its refers to certain personnel and ongoing union negotiations, noted Coun. Drysdale.
Also at yesterday’s special meeting, Mayor Dan Onichuk and Coun. Neil Kabel expressed interest in attending a councillor orientation course—offered by the Ontario Municipal Management Institute (OMMI)—to be held here Jan. 9.