Top citizen to be revealed tonight

The 2005 “Citizen of the Year” will be revealed at tonight’s regular council meeting.
The winner will be officially honoured during the town’s annual appreciation dinner this coming Friday night at La Place Rendez-Vous, and also featured in the Santa Claus parade here Dec. 2.
The 2005 “Citizen of the Year” selection committee, consisting of Bill Gushulak (“Citizen of the Year 2000”), Mark Kowalchuk (“Citizen of the Year 1994”), Mayor Dan Onichuk and Coun. Rick Wiedenhoeft, have been looking over the nine nominations—most of which were for different people—that were turned in to the Civic Centre by the Oct. 28 deadline.
Last year, the selection committee had eight nominations to choose from, some of which were duplicates of the same person(s).
Anyone who has done an outstanding job for the community in any way is eligible for the award. The only stipulation is that the recipient has to be a resident of the Town of Fort Frances and not presently holding elected office.
Last year’s winner was Joyce Gosselin.
Other previous recipients include Dede Mallory (1988), Albert McKelvie (1989), Florence and Woody Gray (1990), Jean Scheirer (1991), and George Wood (1992).
Rounding out the recipients are Dr. Audrey Johnstone (1993), Pastor Earl Swanson (1995), Gordon McTaggart (1996), Terry Ogden (1997), Walter Horban (1998), Jim Cumming (1999), John McTaggart (2001), Jean and Lin Boileau (2002) and John Dutton (2003).
As in previous years, the identities of the nominees will not be revealed. Only the winner will be publicly announced.
Other business at tonight’s council meeting, which starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Civic Centre, will include:
•a presentation by Allan Bedard and Nick Wihnan regarding their petition, which protests that council adopted a resolution to finance the purchase of the Fort Frances Clinic and form a partnership with the Group Health Association without public input;
•a break-open ticket licence application from the Rainycrest Auxiliary from Dec. 1, 2005-May 31, 2006 at the 364 Store;
•a request from Lyle Armstrong regarding expanding the permitted uses of R5 residential property;
•a request from the Royal Canadian Legion Br. #29 to proclaim Nov. 5-11, 2005 as “Poppy Week” in the Town of Fort Frances;
•a letter from the local Salvation Army requesting council’s participation in its Christmas Kettle campaign;
•a request from K. Taniwa, executive director of the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association, for payment of the second portion of a special per capita levy regarding the forestry coalition campaign;
•a bylaw to de-register Lots 20 and 21-Plan SM 127;
•a bylaw to assume above ground and below ground municipal services on Kaitlyn Drive and to assume certain lands and establish highways; and
•a bylaw to authorize executing a municipal funding agreement with the Association of the Municipalities of Ontario for the transfer of federal gas tax revenues.
The committee of the whole will meet first starting at 5:30 p.m.