Mayors make wager on hockey game

Mayor Dan Onichuk publicly supporting the International Falls Broncos at a council meeting? Mayor Shawn Mason looking like a die-hard Muskie fan?
Either of these scenarios could become reality depending on who wins a bet made between the Fort Frances and Falls mayors, Mayor Onichuk revealed at Monday night’s council meeting.
He noted both mayors will be dropping the puck at the opening face-off of the exhibition hockey game between the Muskies and Broncos boys’ teams slated for Saturday, Nov. 26 at Ice for Kids Arena—both to kick off yet another classic cross-border confrontation and, coincidentally, because both mayors’ birthdays fall on that day.
If the Muskies win that game, Mayor Mason will wear a Muskie jersey at the Falls city council’s next regular meeting. And if the Broncos come out on top, Mayor Onichuk will don one of their jerseys at the next council meeting here.
Also at Monday night’s meeting, council approved a report from Community Services manager George Bell to contract the Dryden Police Services to provide emergency dispatch communication services at a cost of $3.36 per capita, and to get CRC Communications to provide the necessary upgrades to the communications towers at a cost of $40,167.
This latter cost will be split between participating partners on a per capita basis.
In other business, council:
•approved the appointment of David Schwartz to the Fort Frances Public Library board of management;
•approved a report from Operations and Facilities manager Doug Brown ensuring that the town will recover from property owners in the future the total costs associated with providing water and sanitary services to seven vacant lots along King’s Highway (these are located from Daniel Avenue to 30 metres east of Wright Avenue);
•approved a report to ensure a new columbarium will be installed at Riverview Cemetery in the spring/summer of 2007 (a columbarium is a monument where the ashes of the cremated are kept);
•agreed to purchase 10 tickets for the NHL Legends hockey game to be donated to the Rainy River District Social Services Administration Board to be distributed at their discretion;
•accepted a proposal for a review of policing services from Hugh Dennis of Business Management and Consulting Services (this review will be completed early in the New Year, prior to the town entering contract negotiations with the Ontario Provincial Police here);
•agreed to a recommendation of the Administration and Finance executive committee to explore financing options with the Rainy River DSSAB, which is asking for the town to help pay for a new office building (these options will be brought back to the executive committee for a recommendation to council in the future);
•agreed to a recommendation of the Administration and Finance executive committee to not approve financial support for a multimedia project entitled “The Seeker,” by local artist Eric Keast, since supporting such a project is not consistent with town policy;
•agreed to a recommendation of the Administration and Finance executive committee to authorize the donation of $100 to Family and Children Services’ developmental services team to use towards its Christmas party at the Memorial Sports Centre;
•authorized the payment of travel expenses in the amount of $275.35 to CAO Mark McCaig, who attended a CAO forum in Thunder Bay on Oct. 18-19; and
•received a notice from Information and Technology manager Darryl Allan that the telephone systems at the Civic Centre need to be upgraded (this will be at a cost of $16,100).