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Iroquois Falls Mayor on town’s future

Around 300 people in Iroquois Falls came out to a town hall meeting on the Resolute mill closure.

Thursday’s meeting had residents and council talk about the future of the mill. Mayor Michael Shea says plans will be made within six months.

He says Resolute is not indicating that they are tearing down until late summer, early fall. Resolute has to deal with environmental issues before they can take any action.

Although the future of the mill is still up in the air, as it stands right now, the power will stay on. The heat is expected to be turned off sometime in either February or March.

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Resolute is expected to take sale offers on the mill and their Trestle Bridge next month.

They are also selling off their rights to the wood surrounding the closed mill.

The process to sell off those wood rights is a complicated one. Mayor Shea says it’s all about the sustainable forest license. The MNR is involved in selling off the rights, which Shea says represents a huge amount of resources.

Resolute owns 44% of the rights, which represents 750 metric tonnes of wood.

In 20 years, Resolute has produced 850-thousand metric tonnes.

The future of the mill and the Trestle Bridge are still unclear. Both assets are for sale, which many believe should stay open and operational.

Photo: Iroquois Falls Mayor Michael Shea speaks to the public at a town hall meeting in Iroquois Falls


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