Town looking to plan big clean-up

The Town of Fort Frances is planning to make an extra effort with its spring cleaning this year, becoming a member of the Ontario branch of “Pitch-In Canada” in anticipation of “Pitch-In Canada Week” (April 18-24).
Operations and Facilities manager Doug Brown said in a report received at Monday night’s regular council meeting that he felt the town should get involved in “Pitch-In Week”—an event where citizens “volunteer their time to pitch in and clean up their waste within their communities.”
“In 2004, the town was not a member of this organizations and no community-based pitch-in event was held,” he noted.
“It is my recommendation that it is worth becoming a member as long as there is a community service group wanting to spearhead the event,” he added.
Brown said local resident Larry Wood, who’s shown much interest in the town’s recycling practices and waste management, will be approached to spearhead the event this spring.
Brown noted the town will provide resources such as labour and equipment to Wood and his group to make it a successful event.
As well, the town will waive tipping fees at the municipal landfill for the duration of the clean-up.
The cost of becoming a “Pitch-In Canada” member is $325. Membership includes free garbage bags, posters, and educational materials to be used by those involved in the community group before and during “Pitch-In Canada Week.”
Council approved Brown’s report, and by doing so, directed him to move forward with all of his recommendations.