Time to clean out the garage and basement.
Anyone with oil, paint, batteries, and other junk they can’t normally dispose of should mark Saturday, Sept. 11 on their calendar since it will be the annual Fort Frances and Rainy River District Municipal Hazardous and Special Waste Day.
Residents will be able to drop off their household hazardous waste at the town’s Public Works yard (900 Wright Ave.) from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Operations and Facilities manager Doug Brown announced at Monday’s council meeting.
The number of items that would be accepted include aerosols, antifreeze, paint, batteries, motive corrosives, mercury devices (including thermostats, measuring devices, and switches), oil containers and filters, pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, waste flammable liquids, fluorescents, pharmaceuticals, sharps, and syringes.
This is open to all residents of the district.
Then on the following Saturday (Sept. 18), Ontario Electronic Stewardship will be hosting a Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) round-up in Fort Frances.
Something new this year, the public is encouraged to drop by the Public Works yard and dispose of their old electronics.
More details about the WEEE round-up will be forthcoming. But according to Ontario Electronic Stewardship’s website, recyclable electronic waste now includes desktop and portable computers, computer peripherals (modems, mice, etc.), monitors and TVs, printing devices, telephones (physical and accessories) and cellphones, and PDAs and pagers.
Also accepted are audio and video players, cameras, equalizers/(pre)amplifiers, radios, receivers, speakers, tuners, turntables, video players/projectors, video recorders, and personal hand-held computers.
Also at Monday night’s meeting, council passed bylaws:
•to regulate the erection of signs and other advertising devices in Fort Frances (this bylaw was highlighted in last week’s Times and also can be viewed at the Civic Centre);
•to approve an agreement with the Rainy River District Social Services Administration Board for child care services;
•to amend Zoning Bylaw 08/98 (990 Scott St.);
•to amend Bylaw 21/94 (to establish specific boards and committees of council) to restructure the Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDAC) and provide new terms of reference within which the advisory committee operates;
•to amend Zoning Bylaw 08/98 (community garden on town lands fronting Lillie Avenue at Elizabeth Street West), which will allow temporary use of the property for a three-year period commencing Aug. 23, 2010 and expiring Aug. 23, 2013; and
•to delegate to the town CAO certain authorities that may be restricted to council, pursuant to the Municipal Act, if less than 75 percent of the incumbent members of council were to be nominated for the Oct. 25 election.
Council also agreed to write a letter of support re: Shaw Communications’ acquisition of CanWest Global.