Just two running for mayor

With the nomination deadline for the Nov. 10 municipal election having been 5 p.m. on Friday, Fort Frances voters will have quite a few names to choose from when they mail in their ballots.
The last candidates to throw their names in for council were former councillor Gus Lindberg and local woman Misty Christian.
They join incumbents Roy Avis, Struchan Gilson, and Neil Kabel, along with John Albanese (who previously has sat on council), Tannis Drysdale, Bud Edwards, Todd Hamilton, Pastor Stephen Laing, and Rick Wiedenhoeft.
Meanwhile, the mayor’s race will feature Coun. Sharon Tibbs, who filed Wednesday afternoon after Coun. Deane Cunningham withdrew due to health reasons, against Dan Onichuk, who declared his candidacy shortly after Mayor Glenn Witherspoon announced in July that he would not be seeking a fifth-straight term at the helm.
Since it now is clear the new council will include less than 75 percent of the members of the outgoing one (four is less than 75 percent of seven), the outgoing council shall not take any of the following actions, as per Section 275 of the Municipal Act 2001 (“Lame Duck Councils”):
•the appointment or removal from office of any officer of the municipality;
•the hiring or dismissal of any employee of the municipality;
•the disposition of any real or personal property of the municipality which had a value exceeding $50,000 when it was acquired by the municipality; and
•making any expenditure or incurring any other liability which exceeds $50,000.
The last two points do not apply if the disposition or liability was included in the most recent budget adopted by the council before nomination day in the election.
These restrictions apply until the new council takes office Dec. 1.
As far as school board trustees go, there will have to be an election for the Rainy River District School Board as incumbents Dan Belluz and Gord McBride, who filed to run once again for the two Fort Frances seats, have been joined by Linda Wall.
Meanwhile, incumbent Anne-Marie Fitzgerald also filed her nomination papers last week, joining fellow incumbents Harold Huntley and Gerry Rousseau in seeking re-election to the Northwest Catholic District School Board.
This fills up all three Fort Frances seats on that board.
Mary Ellen Kennedy has put her name forward for trustee of the Le Conseil Scolaire de District Catholique des Aurores Boreales.
Election day is Nov. 10. Canada Post is expected to send out the mail-in ballots to town residents starting Oct. 20.
Everyone should have their packages by Oct. 26.
If, for whatever reason, eligible voters do not receive a ballot in the mail or did not get on the mail-in list on time, they still can drop by the Civic Centre and pick up a ballot up to election day.
The drop box at the Civic Centre will be the only one in this election. Unlike the 2000 election, there will not be public drop boxes at the Memorial Sports Centre, Fort Frances Children’s Complex, or Public Works building on Nov. 10 as they saw very poor use that time around.
But there still will be drop boxes for residents at Rainycrest Home for the Aged and the Continuing Care Unit at La Verendrye Hospital, as per a municipal bylaw.
(Fort Frances Daily Bulletin)