Assiginack Town Council Notes

Snowplow truck tenders

Clerk Jeremy Rody informed council that Assiginack received five bids from three companies for the municipality’s snowplow truck tender.

Insurance renewal

The township received a municipal insurance renewal package from Knox/MIS Insurance at a cost of $49,442 plus applicable taxes. Last year’s premium was $65,382.12—a savings of over $15,000.

Accounts for payment

Council passed a resolution to issue cheques in the amount of $192,237.64, general, and $17,109.71 payroll.

Councillor Leslie Fields noted the $2,761 bill to Shaw Septic Services, which she said highlighted the need for change to the lagoon system. “The callouts drive this message home more and more—the message is loud and clear,” she said.

Successful meeting with South East Lions

On April 25, Mayor Paul Moffat, Councillor Hugh Moggy and Roads Superintendent Ron Cooper met with members of the South East Manitoulin Lions Club to discuss this year’s Summerfest. The Lions put forth numerous requests to the municipality, among them that the horse ring fence posts be removed for the Sunday smash up derby.

Controversy over the placement of the horse ring last almost caused the smash up derby to be cancelled last year.

Mr. Cooper told council that the group came to the decision to move the fence permanently.

“It’s a win-win,” he said.

Donations

Council passed a resolution to donate $100 to the Knox United Church 2016 Charity Golf Tournament.

Councillor Fields noted that the church has made many donations to local groups and organizations as a result of last year’s tournament.

Council also passed a resolution to donate $500 to the Manitowaning Agricultural Society for its annual Fall Fair, the oldest in Northern Ontario, September 9 and 10. The theme for this year is ‘Then and Now.’

Councillor Moggy, also a member of the Society, told council that this is the fair’s 140th year.

Council reviewed a request from Ride Manitoulin and agreed to give a $100 donation.

“It’s great for business, and it’s attracting more and more motorcycles each year,” said Councillor Fields. “It’s great promotion for the Island.”

4-H birdfeeders

Council received a letter from Burke and Alice Pennie, Manitou 4-H Club 2 leaders, requesting permission to put up some birdhouses in McLean’s Park as a 4-H project, noting that it was Manitou 4-H Club 1 that initially built the trails, signs and put up birdhouses in 1995.

Councillor Fields expressed her delight in the project, with Mayor Moffatt saying with a laugh, “personally, I think it’s great you’re for the birds.”

Bylaws

Council passed Bylaw 16-02 to authorize an agreement with Hydro One Networks Inc. for a preliminary engineering study as part of the process and system upgrades system.

Council also passed Bylaw 16-03 to authorize an agreement with the Sudbury Central Ambulance Communications Centre for the provision of fire communication services.