Potable water system gets ‘A’

Duane Hicks

The town’s drinking water system once again got an ‘A’ during its most recent compliance testing.
The Ministry of Environment conducted an inspection of the system Jan. 30-31 and found no health risks or non-compliance issues, Coun. Paul Ryan reported at last night’s council meeting.
On behalf of council, he acknowledged all the efforts and hard work of Environmental and Facilities superintendent Doug Herr, overall operator in charge Randy White, senior water treatment plant operator Brad Webb, water treatment plant operator Keith Munro, water distribution system operators Mike Allen, Paul Lemesurier, and Greg Wiedenhoeft, and Operations and Facilities manager Doug Brown.
“Well done down there, well done,” noted Coun. Ryan.
The MoE issued no orders as a result of the inspection.
Although not directly associated with the compliance testing, the MoE did make three recommendations, including:
•that the town install water meters at all service connections, including residences;
•that the operators include maximum turbidity levels on their monthly summary sheets; and
•that the town install a
back-up generator at the water treatment plant, which will allow for the production of treated water and continued operation of important electrical systems during potential power outages.
Also at last night’s meeting, council:
•heard a presentation from town treasurer Laurie Witherspoon re: the 2012 budget (as previously reported, it includes a 2.5 percent residential tax increase);
•heard a presentation from Geoff Gillon, regional economic developer for the Rainy River Future Development Corp., re: activity report for Oct. 1-Dec. 31, 2011;
•heard a report on the OGRA/ROMA conference attended by Mayor Avis, Couns. John Albanese and Rick Wiedenhoeft, and CAO Mark McCaig (Coun. Wiedenhoeft noted there is a strong movement afoot by municipalities to ensure Northern Ontario is heard in the south);
•directed that an application from the Rainycrest Auxiliary for a break-open ticket lottery licence at 517 Mowat Ave. (Xtra Cash) be processed in conformance to provincial regulations and rules;
•referred a zoning bylaw amendment application, re: File No. 08/98-VV—815 McIrvine Rd., to the municipal planner for processing;
•passed a bylaw to amend the Business Licensing By-Law to provide for accessibility requirements for taxicab owners/operators; and
•received an invitation from the Ministry of Transportation’s Public Sector Technical Advisory Committee, and directed that McCaig attend its first meeting.