Council to be sworn-in tonight

The new council for Fort Frances will start its four-year term tonight after being sworn-in at its inaugural meeting.
The meeting will get underway at 7 p.m. at the Civic Centre and the public is welcome to attend.
The incoming council includes new mayor Roy Avis and incumbent councillors John Albanese, Tannis Drysdale, and Rick Wiedenhoeft.
They’ll be joined by Sharon Tibbs, who previously had been a councillor for 12 years, and newcomers Andrew Hallikas and Paul Ryan.
The incoming council will make their declarations of elected office and oaths of allegiance this evening, after which Mayor Avis is expected to make his inaugural address.
There also will be the appointment of a deputy mayor, as well as naming councillors to various executive committees and boards.
Confirmed guests include Pastor Stephen Laing of the New Beginnings Fellowship, who will do the invocation, and Justice Alan Thomas McKay, who will conduct the swearing-in ceremony.
Among others expected to attend will be Crown Attorney Robert “Buster” Young, Fire Chief Gerry Armstrong, OPP Insp. Dave Lucas, Wanda Botsford (representing local MP Ken Boshcoff), an RCMP representative, town solicitor Wes Derksen, and Forch Mauro (representing town auditors BDO Dunwoody).
The OPP Colour Party and Dr. Bruce Lidkea from the Fort Frances Highlanders also will be on hand. The new council’s first regular meeting will be held Dec. 11.
Due to Christmas falling on a Monday, the second regular council meeting will take place Dec. 18.