No one set to run for office yet

By Ken Johnston

At the regular monthly meeting of town council Monday evening none of the incumbent councillors present were willing to commit to running again this fall nor were they willing to say they would not.
As of Jan. 1, 2014, members of the public can pick up nomination forms at the town office to run for six seats on council and the mayor's seat and school board seats.
Councillors Susan Carpenter, Larry Armstrong and Gord Armstrong all said they are uncertain. "It is too soon," said Carpenter.
"I have been leaning towards running, but not sure at this point," said Larry Armstrong.
In an interview on Thursday Mayor Deb Ewald said she was not certain whether or not she will run (see story on page eight).
Councillor Ashley Stamler was not present at the meeting.
Town Clerk Vel Vogan said that no one has picked up nomination papers but they are ready to go.
Other business
•As the deputy mayor's seat rotates amongst council members from year to year, so does signing authority. Monday council removed Councillor Carpenter from the authority and approved 2014 Dept. Mayor Ashley Stamler.
•Council passed a bylaw appointing Julie Tiboni as Deputy Clerk-treasurer for four years. They also approved training for her in the amount of $360 plus tax.
•Mayor Ewald declared a conflict of interest on a motion to approve a Charitable property tax rebate for the Northwestern Health Unit. The motion carried.
•The Town of Rainy River will write a letter of support for as per a request from the Concerned Citizens for Health Services West Rainy River District. The letter is in support of their efforts to bring Physio Therapy services to the Rainy River Hospital.

•Mayor Ewald and Councillor Gord Armstrong will be attending the Annual General Meeting of the Rainy River District Municipal Association this weekend in Atikokan.
•Councillor Larry Armstrong will be attending an open house on Jan. 28, 2014 in Barwick being hosted by New Gold. The event will allow the public to view the company's environmental assessment for a mining operation north of Barwick.
•Council declared April 2, 2014 World Autism Awareness Day in Rainy River.