New committee looking for members

As a follow-up to its Aug. 30 meeting, town council this week approved the name, mandate, and structure for an ad hoc committee that will review and recommend on remuneration and benefits for members of council and council appointees.
The council structure and remuneration committee is “to fulfill a mandate that includes investigating and reporting to council on what is considered to be appropriate remuneration to members of council and council appointees to boards and committee of council that currently receive a remuneration.”
This committee also will “review and make recommendation to council on the optimum number of members that town council as a body should be comprised of in order to effectively discharge their responsibilities of office.”
It will consist of the Fort Frances CAO Mark McCaig, treasurer Peggy Dupuis, and Human Resources manager Christine Ruppenstein, along with five citizens.
Those residents of Fort Frances interested in being on the committee can apply now. Applications will be referred to the committee of the whole for selection and appointment.
Applications must be submitted on a form available at the front desk at the Civic Centre, and be received by Clerk Glenn Treftlin by 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 21.
The term of office expires Nov., 30, 2006 or sooner on completion of the committee’s mandate.
For further information, contact Treftlin at 264-5323 ext. 236.
Also at Monday night’s meeting, council approved a report from Operations and Facilities manager Doug Brown to defer a request from Lyle Armstrong to have water and services provided for his property within the Township of Alberton until the town has renewed its outstanding agreement with Couchiching First Nation.
Since the town would prefer to enter into an agreement with the Township of Alberton as opposed to just one property owner, Armstrong will be asked to approach the township and ask if its council is willing to assist property owners along Oakwood Road obtain water and sewer services from Fort Frances.
It also was advised that Alberton council should determine how many other property owners on Oakwood Road would be interested in water and sewer services should they become available.
Council also approved a report from Brown to ensure that local resident Ken Perry be contacted regarding his concerns about the disposal of building waste from the old Fort High site.
Back in June, Perry had written a letter to the town with concerns waste from that site wasn’t being disposed of properly.
Reports from both Brown and the Ministry of Environment indicate that’s not the case.
In other business Monday night, council:
•replied to a request from the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce for a town representative on its board of directors by appointing Mayor Dan Onichuk;
•authorized the purchase of a water valve exerciser at a cost of $9,602.50 (shipping extra) in order to exercise the water valves in the municipal water distribution system in a more cost-effective way (this expenditure will come from the 2004 water operating budget);
•authorized the payment of $5,000 to the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce as a fee-for-service for promoting the area to attract business and tourism (while the Chamber had asked for $7,500, $5,000 is what the Chamber previously had received from the town, and all the town had earmarked in the 2004 budget);
•authorized the payment of $69 from the public relations account to local resident Walter Horban (Horban had asked council at its Aug. 30 meeting for reimbursement of landfill charges regarding the disposal of old rink boards from the St. Michael’s School playground site);
•authorized the town pay the Rainy River Valley Safety Coalition $4,157.50 in funding for 2004 (this is based on a 50 cent per capita funding formula); and
•authorized staff to proceed with the implementation and application of revised and new town Health and Safety Polices, including those dealing with communicable disease, hazardous material control, Ministry of Labour site visits, individual responsibility and refusal to work.

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