Recycling bins to open Jan. 5

Duane Hicks

Town residents will be able to drop off their recyclables at the Public Works building whenever they want starting Jan. 5.
Operations and Facilities manager Doug Brown told council last night that at that time, the public can bring recyclables to the new recycle transfer station which has been built on Sixth Street West (behind the Public Works yard).
There they will find four large recycling bins, where they can drop off their recyclables 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The bins are for co-mingled recyclables, so you do not have to separate recyclables into plastics, paper, etc.
This service is being provided in addition to bi-weekly curbside “blue box” pick-up, which will continue.
The idea is to give residents more options for getting rid of their recyclables and enhance access to do so.
If people wanted to go on vacation, for instance, they could get rid of their recyclables before they go and not have to wait for their scheduled curbside pick-up.
In related news, local residents will see new refuse collection schedules delivered to their mailboxes starting today.
These double-sided schedules note when each residents’ “blue box” and garbage pick-up will be for the next two years (2011-12).
They will be accompanied by a recycling brochure with tips and important dates printed on it, along with a magnet so it’s easy to keep all of the information posted on your refrigerator.
These schedules are being delivered by the Fort Frances Canadians Midget ‘AA’ hockey team over the next two weeks or so.
Also at last night’s meeting, council:
•appointed Bob Armit to the Economic Development Advisory Committee for a two-year term;
•appointed Doug Anderson, Connie Cuthbertson, George Emes, and Pat Gartshore to the BIA board of management for a four-year term;
•referred a request from Fort Frances Lakers fan club, re: Fort Frances Lakers signage, to the Planning and Development executive committee, with input from the Administration and Finance executive committee;
•authorized a “Dial-a-Ride” letter of understanding with North Air Services and directed the clerk to prepare the necessary bylaw;
•denied a request to purchase town-owned property from Walter Cunningham;
•agreed to extend existing maintenance services agreements with Ed Halvorsen Construction, Pryde’s Plumbing and Heating, and Galbraith Electric for another two years;
•agreed to approve the 2009 Municipal Performance Measurement Program results and publish them on the town’s website (;
•waived section 4.0 (D) (iii) of the procurement policy with regard to the purchase and installation of an additional computer server for the town within the budget allocation of $12,000; and
•referred an update to the town’s procurement policy back to the Administration and Finance executive committee for review.