Town extends garbage contract

Town council agreed Monday night to extend the existing garbage collection contract with Asselin Transportation and Storage Ltd. for an additional nine-month period.
This contract is at a rate of $14,025.36 (plus GST) per month. The previous rate was $12,800/month.
Council also agreed to a recommendation by Operations and Facilities manager Doug Brown to review—and if necessary revise—the waste management bylaw and then decide whether to re-tender or negotiate with the contractor at the end of the nine months.
For example, the town might want to combine the recycling collection and the recycling into one contract, Brown noted in his report.
The refuse collection contract originally expired back in October 2003, but the previous council only could enter into a three-month extension because it was a “lame duck” council that could not enter into any new or existing contract where the expenditure exceeded $50,000.
Also at Monday night’s meeting, council:
•deferred the recommendation of the Administration and Finance executive committee to grant $4,156.50 in funding to the Rainy River Valley Safety Coalition for 2004 (this is based on a per capita rate of 50 cents multiplied by the town’s population of 8,313) to the 2004 budget process;
•accepted a recommendation from the Administration and Finance executive committee to not give a donation of $5,330 to student Leanna Johnson, who wants to attend the International Mission on Medicine in South Africa;
•accepted a report from Chief Building Official Rick Hallam recommending Al Lowe be appointed to the Planning Advisory Committee;
•deferred a request for financial support of the Canadian National Institute for the Blind’s mobile eye care unit to a future meeting as Coun. Rick Wiedenhoeft currently is looking further into the matter;
•approved the establishment of a negotiating committee for the Memorial Sports Centre contract that consists of Mayor Dan Onichuk and Couns. Roy Avis and Todd Hamilton (the mayor accidentally had failed to name such a committee back in December, when other such negotiating committees were struck);
•agreed to a request from the County of Oxford to support its resolution regarding OSTAR funding for water system upgrades;
•agreed to a request from the City of Sarnia to support its resolution regarding a review of the Municipal Property Assessment Corp.’s roles and responsibilities;
•referred a request from the Municipality of West Elgin—to support its resolution regarding exemption of omitted assessments for trailers for the 2003 taxation year—to the Administration and Finance executive committee for a recommendation; and
•agreed to a request from the City of Sarnia to support its resolution regarding review of tax fairness legislation.