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Town welcomes new chief building official



By Ron Giofu


The town’s new chief building official is on the job and enjoying life in Amherstburg thus far.

Angelo Avolio was hired June 26 and officially took over from the retired Steve Brown last week after the latter retired June 30. Avolio, a 48-year-old married father of three, brings with him over 20 years of experience in the industry.

Avolio graduated from St. Clair College in the architectural technology and worked for engineering firms, homebuilders and was also self-employed before becoming a building inspector/plans examiner with the Town of LaSalle. He was employed by LaSalle for roughly 20 years and admitted it was tough to leave.

“After 20 years, I jumped ship and came to Amherstburg,” he said with a laugh.

Angelo Avolio is the town’s new chief building  official. He takes over for Steve Brown, who retired June 30.

Angelo Avolio is the town’s new chief building
official. He takes over for Steve Brown, who retired June 30.

Avolio said he saw a lot of changes in LaSalle over the last two decades and sees a chance for more changes in Amherstburg. The town’s heritage appeals to him and credited Brown for knowing a lot about that component.

“There’s going to be a lot of things happening here,” added Avolio. He cited the Belle Vue, the development proposed for the Duffy’s property and numerous new subdivisions that are planned as examples.

“It’s going to be a great opportunity to get in all of that,” he said. “It’s going to be exciting.”

Believing he has “huge shoes to fill” following Brown, he said his experience so far has been positive and notes he already knows a lot of people – including contractors – from his days in LaSalle. He said deputy chief building official Dave Atwood and building clerk Michelle Lavin-Chittle are a big asset as well.

“Without those people, we can’t function here,” said Avolio.

Avolio said the staff in Amherstburg is young and energetic and “excited for the opportunities that are coming.” His job consists of administrative duties but will still do inspections as well.

The opportunity to become Amherstburg’s new chief building official worked for him and his family, Avolio pointed out. He said he would like to be customer service-oriented and to be able to educate the public on building department issues and permits as much as possible.

“They do a lot of that here, I’ve noticed,” he said. “We want to try and educate the public.”

Avolio is based out of the Libro Centre along with the other building and planning staff members.

Recently retired Windsor chief to head Amherstburg Fire Department


The town of Amherstburg has reached back into Windsor for its next fire chief.

With Chief Al Reaume scheduled to resume his retirement in the coming weeks, the town announced via supplementary council agenda that Bruce Montone will be his replacement. The bylaw to appoint Montone as the town’s next fire chief is on the supplementary agenda for Monday night’s meeting.

Montone officially retired as the fire chief in the City of Windsor March 31. According to his biography on the city’s website, Montone “has been actively employed in the Fire Service for 38 years.”

The biography states that Montone has served as a volunteer firefighter, as a career firefighter and officer and later as Chief Fire Prevention Officer and as Fire Chief in Northern Ontario.

“Chief Montone served with the Ontario Office of the Fire Marshal from 1987 to 2002 serving in the field as a Fire Services Advisor and later, Manager of the Northern Fire Protection Program and also as Operations Manager for all of Southern Ontario,” the biography states.

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Montone was appointed deputy fire chief in Ottawa. He was responsible for the communications division, special operations division, comprised of Haz-Mat/CBRNE, all rescue activities including water and ice, auto-extrication, high angle, confined space, trench and USAR Operations. The Divisions of Fire Prevention, Training, Safety, and Maintenance completed his portfolio, the biography states. His portfolios included community standards, education, planning & innovation.

“Chief Montone is a Past Chairman of Government Relations for the Canadian Association of Fire Chief’s. He is also past Chairman of the Transportation Emergency Rescue Committee (TERC) of Canada. The Chief is a PESC certified Program Evaluator,” his biography reads. “He has a long active history with emergency services in a variety of areas including, Standards of Cover, Risk Assessment, Deployment, officer development, employee wellness, performance improvement, program evaluation and team building.”

Montone is expected to be introduced at next Monday’s council meeting. Reaume is also scheduled to receive recognition from the town.

Town considering Official Plan amendment to allow breweries in agricultural areas



By Ron Giofu


The town of Amherstburg is considering an Official Plan amendment to allow craft breweries and cideries in rural areas.

A public meeting was held last week with a low turnout. It was the second public meeting on the issue, said manager of planning services Rebecca Belanger, with it being held to ensure people are aware of the matter. She said no one attended the first public meeting.

“The intent is to add breweries and cideries to the wineries provision in the town’s Official Plan,” said Belanger.

If someone were to open a craft brewery or cidery within the town of Amherstburg, it would be under similar conditions that wineries have to face, said Belanger. That is assuming the Official Plan amendment and zoning bylaw amendment passes, with the latter being the next stage in the process.

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“It would be subject to the same conditions as wineries in terms of agricultural policies,” she said.

Belanger said wineries have to devote a large portion of their site to agricultural purposes with the actual winery operation being a secondary use. The same would have to hold true with craft breweries and wineries.

“A lot of the property has to be dedicated to growing crop,” said Belanger.

There is one applicant at the moment to operate a craft brewery in Amherstburg but with so much interest across the province for the industry, Belanger said, “it’s time to do this.

“It’s time to put these policies in place.”

Belanger said the town of Essex has similar provisions and “we’re following suit with the rest of the region as well.”

Should this amendment be approved, it could lead to more uses in agricultural areas.

“I think it’s an opportunity for agricultural diversification,” said Belanger.

There will be a report coming before town council at the April 10 meeting and, if approved, it will be sent to the County of Essex for its approval as well. Belanger said the zoning bylaw amendment process would start after that.

“Sunshine List” released for 2016



By Ron Giofu


The public salary disclosure – a.k.a. the “Sunshine List” – has been released for 2016.

The salaries are released under the Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act which requires most organizations that receive public funding from Ontario to disclose annually the names, positions, salaries and total taxable benefits of employees paid $100,000 or more in the previous calendar year.

According to a news release sent by the province, the Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act applies to the provincial government, Crown agencies and corporations, Ontario Power Generation and subsidiaries, publicly funded organizations such as hospitals, municipalities, school boards, universities and colleges, and not-for-profit organizations that meet a funding threshold.

The $100,000 threshold has not changed since the Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act was enacted in 1996, and has not been adjusted to keep up with inflation. If the salary threshold were adjusted for inflation, it would be $149,424 in today’s dollars, reducing the number of employees included in the compendium by 84 per cent.

The “Sunshine List” saw 36 employees of the town of Amherstburg on it, up two from 2015. That includes 25 members of the Amherstburg Police Service, the same as the year prior.

The top three earners in the town were CAO John Miceli, who earned $181,193.60 in 2016 followed by police chief Tim Berthiaume ($167,857.83) and deputy police chief Ian Chappell ($140,806.08).

CAO John Miceli earned $181,193.60 in 2016.

CAO John Miceli earned $181,193.60 in 2016.

Among the police sergeants on the list were Matt Capel-Cure ($126,490.06), Melissa Taylor ($125,530.19), Don Brown ($132,243.82), and Scott Riddell ($115,301.01). Constables on the list include Rory Bennett ($121,238.13), Viktor Burany ($112,433.51), Rocco Pelaccia ($111,668.98), Paul Smith ($119,226.43), Nick D’Amore ($113,049.31), Christopher Dean ($105,042.28), Kim Rathbone ($103,435.23), Fred Adair ($110,881.86), Andrew Challans ($109,232.01), Aaron Chambers ($104,573.89), Nicholaus Dupuis ($111.421.54), Tim Ford ($108,270.62), Sean Gazdig ($108, 309.35), Nathan Harris ($116,119.21), Shawn McCurdy ($104,994.13), Margaret O’Brien ($113,408), Ryan Pizzala ($100,619.29), B.J. Wiley ($115,214.59) and Don Zimmerman ($103,707.61).

Other members of town administration on the list are director of engineering and public works Antonietta Giofu ($120,415.08), director of corporate services and treasurer ($120,415.60), manager of engineering and operations Todd Hewitt ($101,055.56), manager of planning services Rebecca Belanger ($105,022.56), manager of information technology Dave Carpenter ($106,323.16), manager of roads and fleet Eric Chamberlain ($104,403.61) and director of planning, development and legislative services Mark Galvin ($116,397.38).

Firefighters on the list include Jason Durocher ($110,974.90), former chief Randy Sinasac ($104,792.64) and Randy Wismer ($104,844.76).

The County of Essex also had 36 of its employees make the Sunshine List, with 20 of them being affiliated with Essex-Windsor EMS. County CAO Brian Gregg was the top earner in 2016 with a salary of $181,643.64 while director of corporate services/treasurer Rob Maisonville was the second highest earner with a 2016 salary of $151,434.60. Deputy EMS Chief of planning and physical resources Chris Grant earned $141,337.03 while director of transportation services Tom Bateman and Essex-Windsor EMS Chief Bruce Krauter earned $130,425.60 and $130,285.48 respectively.

Other Essex-Windsor EMS members on the list include district chief John Fast ($117,291.70), paramedic Lance Huver ($106,726.48), district chief John Jacobs ($117,673.43), paramedic Anthony Jaroszwicz ($105,893.20), paramedic Arnold Wenzler ($103,802.72), Capt. Dawn Arsenault ($101,356.04), paramedic Tim Branch ($105,125.31), district chief Shawn Davis ($120,914.82), district chief Michael Jacobs ($126,282.32), deputy chief Justin Lammers ($101,708.14), district chief Denis Mcfarlane ($120,980.05), district chief Mechelle Murphy ($113,096.90), paramedic Paul Stromme ($102,093.15), district chief Jean-Pierre Bacon ($104,804.29), district chief Sarah Bezaire ($116,472.39), district chief Tyson Brohman ($127,602.57), paramedic Justin Campeau ($102,222.37), Capt. Cathy Hedges ($102,113.33), paramedic Chris Kirwin ($105,153.97) and deputy chief Ryan Lemay ($116,394.69).


County administration on the list also includes director of council services/clerk Mary Brennan ($120,691.95), Sun Parlour Home administrator Lynda Monik ($127,225.89), human resources director Greg Schlosser ($119,929.63), manager of transportation and development Jane Mustac ($108,032.24), manager of construction services Peter Bzuik ($105,228.67) and manager of maintenance operations Kenneth Newman ($111,981.03).

Nursing staff that are on the county’s list include Sun Parlour Home director of nursing Linda Desjardins ($107,652.91) and registered nurses Kendra Powell ($105,926.68), Juliette Jeremias ($105,004.80), Kristine Malott ($105,179.52) and Nancy Morand ($104,800.60).

The Greater Essex County District School Board also released its list for 2016 with it including Amherstburg Public School principal Mark Campbell ($122,478.20) and vice principal Christina Pottie ($104,435.98). Anderdon Public principal Kerry Green-Duren earned $123,413.29 while vice principal Victoria MacPherson-Blencoe earned $125,002.86.

General Amherst High School principal Hazel Keefner made the list with a 2016 salary of $130,511.68 while vice principal Joe Marusic earned $104,194.72.

The Sunshine List for the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board shows that St. Thomas of Villanova principal Amy Facchineri earned $119,947.30 while vice principals Sam Sleiman and Laura Beltran earned $112,493.75 and $112,303.51 respectively.

Stella Maris School principal Sophie DiPaolo earned $119,216.54 while St. Joseph School principal Linda DiPasquale had a 2016 salary of $119,887.

A number of teachers also made the list, with the full Sunshine List found at and searching public sector salary disclosure.

Town releases treasurer’s report detailing council and committee remuneration



By Ron Giofu


The town has released its treasurer’s report detailing council’s remuneration for 2016.

The report shows that Mayor Aldo DiCarlo earned total remuneration from the town of $29,564.14. That figure is a combination of his $26,872.68 salary as mayor, his communication allowance of $1,374.54, his per diem of $103.98, $500 for public receptions and $712.94 for travel and mileage.

DiCarlo also $7,665 for being a member of the Essex Power board of directors including a $4,000, $3,500 for meeting fees and $165 for travel and mileage. He also received a $1,200 honorarium for being on the Amherstburg Police Services Board.

Deputy Mayor Bart DiPasquale earned $19,971.62 from the town including his salary of $18,413.40. DiPasquale’s communication allowance as $1,339 while his public receptions remuneration was $45. A total of $174.22 was listed as DiPasquale’s travel and mileage expenses.

Councillor Leo Meloche had a total remuneration figure of $20,194.29. In addition to the $15,936.12 salary he earned as a councillor, other expenses and remuneration included $1,223.33 for his communication allowance, $830.81 for his per diem, $342.86 for public receptions, $1000.18 for training and conferences and $860.99 for travel and mileage.

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Councillor Joan Courtney’s total remuneration for 2016 was $19,015.16. Courtney’s communication allowance was $1,350.16 for 2016 while her per diem was $727.22. Training and conferences amounted to $890.40 for Courtney while her travel and mileage was $111.26. That remuneration was on top of her $15,936.12 salary.

Councillor Rick Fryer’s overall remuneration total was just slightly less than Courtney’s, coming in at $19,012.66. In addition to Fryer’s $15,936.12 salary, his communication allowance was $1,232.47 and his per diem was $830.81. Fryer’s training and conferences expenses were $843.64 while his travel and mileage remuneration amounted to $169.62. Fryer also received $650 on top of his remuneration from the town for being on the ERCA board of directors.

The total remuneration from the town for 2016 for Councillor Jason Lavigne was $18,957.07. The breakdown of that number included the $15,936.12 salary, his $1,393.83 communication allowance, $727.22 for his per diem and a travel and mileage expense of $111.26.

Lavigne also earned a $1,200 honorarium for being on the Amherstburg Police Services Board.

Councillor Diane Pouget’s remuneration for last year was $17,404. Her $15,936.12 salary was combined with a communication allowance of $1,268.06, a per diem of $103.59 and a training and conference total of $96.67.

Other Amherstburg Police Service Board members receiving a $1,200 honorarium were Pauline Gemmell, Bob Rozankovic and Patricia Simone.

A total of $4,350 in honorariums was paid to committee of adjustment members. Donald Shaw received an honorarium of $975 while Sherry Ducedre received $900. David Cozens, Michael Prue and Duncan Smith each received an honorarium of $825.

Accessibility committee honorariums included $100 for Kenneth Houston and $300 for William Whittal.

Ron Sutherland received $1,078 for being on the ERCA board and was also one of five drainage board members paid either for an honorarium or for a drainage course. The drainage board’s total amount for remuneration was $4,557.66 with other members including Gary Ayers, Robert Bezaire, Allan Major and Bob Pillon.

A total of $2,148 was paid to heritage committee members for their attendance at the Ontario Heritage Conference. Robert Honor received $1,073.52 while Paul Hertel received $1,074.64. Remuneration for economic advisory committee member John McDonald was $1,094.99 as he had attended the Think Smarter economic development forum.