Water treatment plant gets high marks

In light of an unannounced Ministry of Environment inspection back in February, town council said Monday night that staff at the Fort Frances water treatment plant have been doing excellent work.
Citing a report from Operations and Facilities manager Doug Brown during Monday night’s council meeting, Coun. Sharon Tibbs noted the MoE drinking water inspection found no health risks or non-compliance issues at the local plant.
Coun. Rick Wiedenhoeft explained the province does two types of inspections—announced and unannounced. In February, 2006, the water treatment plant was given an announced inspection and scored 100 percent compliance.
At the unannounced visit here on Feb. 6-8, 2007, the water treatment plant scored in the “high 90s.”
Coun. Wiedenhoeft noted the staff at the water treatment plant should be recognized for their effort and hard work to ensure all consumers connected to the town’s water system receive high-quality water which meets all applicable regulations.
Those staff members include Doug Herr, Brad Webb, Randy White, Keith Munro, Mike Allen, and Tim Grynol.
“We’re in good shape from an operational point-of-view,” Brown told council, adding the minor issues cited by the ministry included a suggestion to get water meters for all town water customers.
Brown added the town is looking into implementing water meters by 2010, in conjunction with the Ministry of Energy’s “smart meter” program, which will monitor electrical usage among Ontarians.
< *c>Riverfront complaints
In other news from Monday night, Mayor Roy Avis said he’s had several complaints from residents utilizing the La Verendrye Parkway that too many dog owners have not been picking up after their canine companions.
He asked all dog owners to be more diligent in cleaning up when their four-legged friends relieve themselves.
Mayor Avis also said some youths have been throwing the rocks along the river’s shoreline into the water, and asked that they cease doing so.
He explained the rocks which form the shoreline along the parkway were placed there intentionally, and are, in fact, part of the fish habitat required by the Ministry of Environment’s Oceans and Marine Fisheries division.
Also at Monday night’s meeting, council:
•approved an application for tax adjustment at 1108 Victoria Ave. N.;
•passed a bylaw to approve an amendment to a development agreement with Steve Both, Charles Morken, and Russell Pollard regarding the development at 260 First St. E. (the old Fort Frances High School property);
•passed a bylaw to authorize the entering into of contracts with Cindy Campbell and Steve Dann for the provision of janitorial services at the Civic Centre and museum, respectively;
•awarded a tender for the purchase of one 3/4 ton, two-wheel drive extended cab truck to West End Motors at a total cost of $33,060 (all taxes included. Mayor Avis declared a conflict of interest in this matter;
•awarded a tender for the purchase of two half-ton, two-wheel drive crew cab pickup trucks to MacDonald Motors at a total cost of $61,867.80 (all taxes included);
•approved amendments to the Townshend Theatre joint-use agreement, and authorized the mayor and clerk to sign the amendments and forward them to Confederation College and Rainy River District School Board to be signed;
•approved the creation of a “no parking” zone immediately fronting the entrance and handicap ramp at 1301 Elizabeth St. E. and direct that Bylaw 10.03 be amended accordingly;
•agreed to renew five-year term commercial hangar lot lease agreements both with Melaire Ltd. and 427112 Ontario Ltd.;
•approved a standard operating procedure for unplugging sanitary sewer services;
•agreed to amend Bylaw 10/03 in order to relocate the bike rack on the 200 block of Scott Street from in front of Bonnie Blue to Global Gaming (this change has been agreed upon by both business owners);
•authorized a lunch sponsorship in the amount of $1,000 for the NOACC annual fall general meeting to be held Sept. 27-29 in Fort Frances;
•authorized a $650 contribution to the Rainy River Vet Assistance Trust Fund;
•agreed to receive minutes of settlement for property located on Colonization Road West (described as River Range Part Lots 46 and 47 RP48R2677, Parts 6, 7, 8, and 10);
•approved a funding application to Industry Canada for $450,000 for Phase II of the Heritage Tourism Project; and
•approved a funding application to the Rural Economic Development Program for $250,000 for Phase II of the Heritage Tourism Project.