Doer to talk border trade on Falls visit


Canada’s ambassador to the United States, Gary Doer, will be coming to International Falls next Friday (Aug. 20) to talk to area leaders about border trade.
Town council agreed at its meeting yesterday evening to attend a luncheon with Doer at noon at the AmericInn (formerly the Holiday Inn).
The luncheon is being hosted by AbitibiBowater and Boise Inc.
Doer has served as Canada’s top envoy in Washington since last October.
Prior to that, he served as the 20th premier of Manitoba from 1999-2009, leading an NDP government.
Also at last night’s meeting, council:
•heard a verbal update from Coun. Rick Wiedenhoeft re: a meeting with International Falls reps regarding the future of the annual cross-border tug-of-war;
•referred a letter from John and Elaine Hogan re: fencing issues to the Planning and Development executive committee for its recommendation;
•referred a letter from Jane Trivers re: underpass and construction issues to the Operations and Facilities executive committee for its recommendation;
•passed a bylaw to reduce the term of appointments to town advisory committees from four years to two years.;
•passed a bylaw to change the maximum tenure of office of appointments by council to advisory boards and committees from nine-consecutive years to eight-consecutive years;
•passed a bylaw to approve an agreement with the Ontario Trillium Foundation for financing of upgrades at Sunny Cove Camp;
•passed a bylaw to approve a contract awarded to Clara Industrial Services Ltd. for painting and exterior upgrades at the water treatment plant and Sorting Gap Marina; and
•passed a bylaw to approve a contract awarded to Miller Environmental Corp. for hosting a household hazardous waste collection event here in September.