Town conducting “Citizen Satisfaction Survey” via telephone


The Town of Amherstburg has hired Forum Research, a professional market research firm to administer a “Citizen Satisfaction Survey.”

The town advises, via news release, the survey started last Tuesday and runs through May 2.

The phone survey is part of the Community Based Strategic Plan process with purpose of the survey being “to assess residents’ satisfaction with the quality of services offered by the town and will be used to provide direction in terms of future priorities.”

The town adds that its survey will be administered via Computer-Assisted-Telephone Interviewing (CATI) methodology amongst 300 randomly selected residents.

“To maintain randomness and ensure a statistically valid sample, not everyone in the community will be contacted. It should also be noted that eligible respondents must be 18 years of age or older,” the media release states.

To achieve high quality results, the town is encouraging residents to participate if selected but note that participation is completely voluntary. Residents contacted by Forum Research, expressing that they do not wish to participate in the survey will be placed on a “do not call” list and will not be contacted again.

Damage estimated at $40,000 after air compressor goes up in flames


By Ron Giofu

A fire on the Boblo property along Dalhousie St. was confined to an air compressor with fire officials praising crews for not letting the damage spread.

The Amherstburg Fire Department was called to the property Thursday morning after a fire had started within a large air compressor at the site. Assistant deputy fire chief Lee Tome said firefighters did a good job containing the fire to the air compressor as fuel tanks and a trailer were within 15-20 feet of the compressor.

“This situation could have been much worse if the fire had impinged on the fuel tanks,” said Tome. “The crews did an excellent job protecting the exposures, being the trailer and the fuel tanks.”

Tome estimated the damage at $40,000.

Assistant deputy fire chief Lee Tome photographs a burned up air compressor April 28 as part of his investigation. Tome estimated the damage at $40,000.

Assistant deputy fire chief Lee Tome photographs a burned up air compressor April 28 as part of his investigation. Tome estimated the damage at $40,000.

“Contractors were working on the site using a large air compressor when they heard a loud noise,” he said. “Something blew on it and they saw smoke, sparks and fire almost immediately.”

Three contractors were working on site and while they originally tried to extinguish the blaze, it spread very quickly and Tome said they called 911 and moved away from the compressor. A piece of the engine was found roughly 30-feet away, Tome estimated.

Firefighters were on scene a little more than 20 minutes with Dalhousie St. between Gore St. and Park St. being closed for that period of time. The road has since been reopened.

There were no injuries.

LaSalle man allegedly clocked at going 80 km/hr over the speed limit



A 32-year-old man has been charged after allegedly driving 80 km/hr. over the speed limit.
Amherstburg police were conducting stationary radar on County Road 9 (Howard Ave) near County Road 10 (Middle Side Road) when the officers observed a car travelling at a high rate of speed. According to police, a grey Cadillac CTS was caught on radar at 140 km/hr. in a posted 60 km/hr. zone, which is 80 km/hr. over the posted speed limit.
The driver a 32-year-old man from LaSalle has been charged under the Highway Traffic Act in relation to stunt driving and speeding.

The accused’s driver’s license has been suspended and his vehicle impounded for seven days.
Police say that, if convicted, he could face a fine between $2,000 and $10,000, six demerit points, up to six months in jail and up to a two-year license suspension for a first conviction.

Anyone with information or witnessed the incident is asked to contact the Amherstburg Police Service at 519-736-3622 or Windsor/Essex Crime Stoppers at 519-258-8477.


Addition to Stella Maris School planned for completion in the fall


By Ron Giofu


The addition coming to Stella Maris School will occur sooner rather than later with portables for the site looking less likely.

The Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board (WECDSB) received $9 million in funding from the Ontario government for numerous projects April 25, with $1.8 million of that money being earmarked for the Stella Maris expansion. Mario Iatonna, executive superintendent of corporate services with the WECDSB, said work on the project could begin as soon as the 2015-16 school year concludes.

“We’re planning on building a four-classroom expansion,” Iatonna said.

The addition would be on the west side of the building, with interior renovations planned as well. The interior work will include work near the resource centre with a new JK/SK classroom being constructed.

The expansion of the building will add another 3,200 square feet, he pointed out.

The parking lot is planned for expansion with a new drop-off point for parents and students also being created. The expansion of a bus bay along Brunner Ave. is also planned.

“Any new construction we do is fully accessible,” said Iatonna, adding architects will review the entire school to see if any other accessible upgrades are necessary.

The WECDSB hopes the $1.8 million will cover the entire project but Iatonna indicated the board will kick in the rest should the cost exceed $1.8 million.

Due to the funding coming so quickly, Iatonna said the original plan to have portables at Stella Maris temporarily could be shelved as the addition could be done by late-September or early-October. Based on previous expansions the board has undertaken, the time frame for completion is usually two to three months. In the meantime, there might be classes taking place in the resource centre or the gymnasium until the project is complete.

Stella Maris is scheduled to have an influx of students next year due to the closure of St. Bernard School and the consolidation of the two schools at the Stella Maris School site.

Optimists, Habitat for Humanity holding e-waste recycling event April 30


Habitat for Humanity Windsor-Essex and the Optimist Club of Amherstburg are teaming up once again on another e-waste collection day.

The Amherstburg Optimist Club and Habitat for Humanity will be hosting an e-waste recycling event this Saturday at Sobeys.

The Amherstburg Optimist Club and Habitat for Humanity will be hosting an e-waste recycling event this Saturday at Sobeys. (Optimist Club Facebook photo)

The two organizations will be at Sobeys, 83 Sandwich St. S., this Saturday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. collecting unwanted electronics and computer items. There is no charge for residents who wish to drop off items.
Items that can be recycled include computers, laptops, monitors, keyboards, fax machines, copiers, VCR’s, DVD players, phones/cell phones, TV’s, radios, stereos, microwaves, toasters, convection ovens, speakers, printers and paper shredders.