Banquet to honour ’52 Canadians

Town council agreed Monday night to form a sports banquet committee, with the intent to recognize local athletes, coaches, volunteers, and organizations on an annual basis.
The group to be the honoured at this year’s inaugural will be the ’52 Fort Frances Canadians, who this year are celebrating the 50th anniversary of winning the Allan Cup.
“I think it’s a great idea,” said Mayor Glenn Witherspoon, who had brought up the idea during the committee of the whole meeting Monday before moving it before council, where it was approved.
“It’s good for the whole community,” he added.
Aspects such as who will sit on the committee and the exact date of the sports banquet have yet to be sorted out.
Community Services manager George Bell noted the town would be advertising for members of the new committee in the Fort Frances Times.
Mayor Witherspoon said he hopes this year’s banquet will be successful, and will carry on to honour groups such as minor hockey or high school athletics in future years.
Also Monday night, council approved two bylaws which state Riverside Health Care Facilities Inc. will provide back-up fire dispatch services and 911 answering services to the west end of the district.
The town will pay $27,500 per year for the provision of the 911 service, with the back-up fire dispatch at no extra cost.
Council also approved a bylaw that North Air Services continue providing “Dial-a-Ride” services for local residents until Dec. 31, 2004.
Fares will be $1.75 for 2002-03 and $2 for 2004. The fare increase is subject to the approval of the town.
The town will continue to provide a $1.75 subsidy for wheelchair-bound users (which will rise to $2 in 2004).
North Air, in turn, must provide monthly statistical reports on the numbers of riders, broken down into senior, low-income, and mobility-impaired categories.
Among other business last night, council passed a motion to refer the $7 per capita fee increase by the Northwest Ontario Recycle Association (NORA) to the administration and finance executive committee.
Council also referred a request to build/designate a safe area for in-line skating and skateboarding to the community services executive committee.
And council voted in favour of taking a leadership role in moving towards to an Area Services Board.