Water and sewer rates going up another 3%

By Ken Johnston

While it was a light agenda for the regular monthly meeting of Rainy River Town Council last night, they did pass one bylaw that will affect most residents.
A public meeting was held at 6 p.m. Monday to allow the public to comment on or ask questions about the new Miscellaneous User Fees Bylaw. However, no one showed up from the public.
That meant all council had to do was rubber stamp their new fee schedule for various services and fees associated with the town.
They did just that, voting unanimously to approve it. The most prevalent changes will be seen by water and sewer customers of the community. T here will be a 3% increase in those fees effective January 1, 2014.
The other big change will be at the Community Centre where its rental fees have all been revisited and increased; also effective Jan. 1st.
Other Business
•Council received just over $21,000 in grant monies to be used for street repair.
•A bylaw was passed as per provincial regulation to sign the town up for On1Call. It is a program that will see anyone needing to dig call a number to find out where all underground infrastructures is before digging.
•Council passed several changes to the official plan.
•Mayor Deb Ewald and councillor Gord Armstrong received approval to attend the Annual General meeting of the Rainy River District Municipal Association on Jan. 18, 2014 in Atikokan with expenses paid.
•The town has declared January as Alzheimer's Awareness Month.
•Council purchased a 1/4 page full colour ad in the MB/NWO Legion Command publication "Military Service Recognition" for $395.