Town may take Emo’s recyclables

Duane Hicks
Staff writer

Fort Frances council will take a look at a request from the Township of Emo to use the town’s recycling depot.
“As you may know, the plant that recycles paper and cardboard in International Falls shut down earlier this spring,” Emo CAO/clerk-treasurer Bridget Foster wrote in a letter dated Sept. 19.
“The Township of Emo’s recycling program has stalled, with nowhere to take paper and limited options for our residents to recycle,” she noted.
“With our yearly recycling amounting to about a month’s worth in the Town of Fort Frances, purchasing a compactor or a new facility is not a feasible option for Emo at this time,” Foster added.
She said the township is looking at the possibility of an agreement with the Town of Fort Frances to use the recycling depot here and work out a plan to share costs on both shipping and processing.
“Once we have an agreement, we are willing to work with the Town of Fort Frances to put together the costs involved from our end,” she wrote.
“On behalf of Emo’s town council, we look forward to hearing back from you and exploring the process of working together on this endeavour.”
Fort Frances council referred the request to the Operations and Facilities executive committee for its recommendation.
Also at Monday night’s meeting, council:
•approved a Tour de Fort sponsorship in the “Silver” level amount of $500 for 2018 (this is the sponsorship same level as in 2017);
•approved an advertisement in the Royal Canadian Legion Manitoba/NW Ontario “Military Recognition Book” at a cost of $205;
•agreed to enter into a five-year-agreement with Tbyatel to provide “Fibre” network services to the Town of Fort Frances;
•approved a purchase card expense claim, in the amount of $2,982.62, for Fort Frances CAO Doug Brown for the periods of July 6-Aug. 6 and Aug. 7-Sept. 6;
•referred a letter from Ahlan and Judy Johnason, re: property standard concerns, to the Planning and Development executive committee for its recommendation;
•agreed to ensure that greenspace changes are noted, and that the additional labour required to mow lawns be considered as part of the 2019 budget;
•agreed that water connection fees cannot be charged to property owners fronting King’s Highway from Pit #1 to Pit Road #2 to tie into the main watermain along King’s Highway, other than the costs associated with the service installation;
•passed a bylaw to approve contracts with Tom Veert Contracting Ltd. and George Armstrong Co. for the supply of granular materials awarded through the public tender process; and
•passed bylaws to approve fire protection agreements with Rusty Myers Flying Service and the Nanicost Corporation Ltd.