A look at the Fort Frances Town Council’s week in review

By Merna Emara
Staff Writer
memara@fortfrances.com

The Fort Frances council had their first meeting of June on Monday. During the meeting, an International Bridge resolution was passed and a bylaw to authorize the town entering into a lease agreement at the Sorting Gap Marina was approved.

International Bridge

Town council passed a resolution that calls on the Government of Canada and the provincial government to immediately intervene in the sale of the International Bridge. This intervention would require the Canadian government to work with their American counterparts to operate the International Bridge as a public asset and remove tolls.

The resolution asks both the federal and provincial government to meet with council and administration of the municipality to brief them on their efforts and plans to protect the International Bridge being a vital economic and community link.

New CAO

Mayor June Caul said council has been busy holding interviews to find a new chief administrative officer to take over after Doug Brown retired in May.

“We have shortlisted the potential applicants and hope to have an offer presented to a candidate within the next two to three weeks,” Caul said.

Consolidation of Ice Plants

Council also approved a report from the Operations and Facilities Executive Committee to award the feasibility study for the consolidation of the two ice plants at the Memorial Sports Centre to Stantec.

Recently the town put in a tender request for an engineering firm to review the durability of the two ice plants at the sports centre. The town is looking for an opportunity to be more energy efficient and reduce operating costs, easing maintenance, reducing horsepower and reducing future asset replacement liabilities.

The next council meeting will be held on June 28, 2021. Town council meetings are open to the public through the Microsoft Teams platform or phone-in options. To access a council meeting follow the instructions at the top of the agenda you would like to attend. You can find the agendas posted at www.fortfrances.ca or call 807-274-5323 for assistance.

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