Friday, October 24, 2014

Council bullets

At Monday night’s meeting, town council:
•approved a report to ensure Connie Kress (1029 Portage Ave.) will have her water bill reduced by $55.06 as a result of utilizing a temporary water service line (all residential customers who used a temporary water service line connected to their abutting property owner will be given a 50 percent discount off the water portion of the total water and sewer bill for the duration it line was utilized during the 2014 winter season);

•granted the Rainy River Substance Abuse Prevention Team permission to use Point Park on Sept. 6 to host a Family Safety Day;
•approved a report to ensure F. Brown (951 Sixth St. W.) will have his March/April, 2014 water and sanitary sewer invoice adjusted downward, and that the May/June bill be adjusted based on averaging a five-year consumption pattern;
•awarded tender 14-OF-07 (surface treatment of roadways at various locations within the Town of Fort Frances) to MSO Construction Ltd. at an estimated cost of $163,633.49 (incl. HST);
•agreed to enter into a geospatial data licence agreement with Vastamaki Consulting Service and Saulteaux Consulting & Engineering (the fees for both will be waived as they’ve been retained by Fort Frances Power Corp. to complete a fibre project here);
•endorsed a five-year energy conservation and demand management plan;
•denied a request by William and Kristi Albright to purchase a portion of laneway abutting their property at 755 Thompson St.;
•authorized further investigation by administration regarding the installation of directional signage at the exit of Canada Customs to direct tourists to the tourism information centre here;
•approved a request by Summit Telecom/Tbaytel for concurrence of the erection/installation of a proposed telecommunication tower at 250 Church St.;
•accepted the 2013 child care audited statement of revenue and expenses;
•agreed to partner with the Fort Frances Community Garden planning committee for the purpose of making an application to the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation Fund to obtain a grant to improve the community garden;
•agreed to a request that the Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Housing declare the Town of Frances as a “disaster area” for the purposes of the Ontario Disaster Relief Assistance Program;
•authorized the submission of the 2014 Community Museum Operating Grant to the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport;
•agreed to sanction an agreement between the Memorial Sports Centre and Resolute Forest Products for all of the fitness equipment at the Resolute fitness centre in exchange for user memberships (these include 12 regular six-month memberships at no cost and 20 semi-regular six-month memberships at 50 percent off);
•approved an agreement with Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada to allow for the town to recover costs associated with being a host community for Attawapiskat FN, and passed a bylaw authorizing such an agreement;
•referred a request from R. Parker, owner/manager of Mr. Sub, re: water and sewer charges during the winter of 2014 to the Operations and Facilities executive committee for its recommendation; and
•referred a request from J. Tillbury, organizer of the second-annual “Splash and Dash” race slated for Aug. 17, to the Community Services executive committee for its recommendation, with input from the Operations and Facilities executive committee.

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