BIA asking council for recycling pickup

Among a list of numerous requests town council will receive at tonight’s regular meeting, the Downtown Scott Street Business Improvement Association is asking for alleyside recycling pickup on a weekly basis.
In a letter to council, BIA chair Russ Ling noted the BIA board polled its membership and found all 84 businesses supportive of a recycling plan for the downtown.
Ling added roughly 80 percent of office waste is paper, and of that, 70 percent is not recycled. And yet, Ontario municipalities are required to divert more than 60 percent of their waste from landfills to recycling.
He said a local solution would be alleyside pickup once a week to all businesses located within the local BIA (100-300 blocks of Scott Street).
The BIA would do its part by purchasing recycling receptacles for the downtown area to encourage use, and provide all of its member businesses with recycling tips and a waste reduction plan to help the whole community.
Tonight’s council meeting is scheduled to start at 7:10 p.m. It will be preceded by the committee of the whole, which begins at 5:30 p.m., but that is expected to be in-camera until 6:30 p.m.
Other business at tonight’s meeting will include:
•a tender for the supply of a front-end loader for Public Works;
•travel expenses for Couns. Andrew Hallikas and Sharon Tibbs;
•an amended 2007 child care agreement;
•a taxation dispute at 1026 Scott St.;
•a report from the Police Services Board regarding surveillance cameras and skate board park issues;
•Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corp. applications;
•a Planning and Development Division report regarding the future youth justice facility site;
•a request from the Canadian Red Cross (Dryden and District Branch) to proclaim March as “Red Cross Month” in the Town of Fort Frances;
•a request from the Kidney Foundation of Canada to proclaim March as “Kidney Health Month” in the Town of Fort Frances;
•a resolution from the Police Services Board regarding bylaw enforcement and the OPP;
•a request from NOMA for support of its resolution regarding a Northwestern Ontario Immigration Portal application from the City of Thunder Bay;
•a request for financial support from the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame;
•a request for financial support from the Rainy River District Music Festival Association’s 68th Festival of the Performing Arts in April;
•a bylaw to authorize a lease financing agreement for a telephone system at Public Works and upgrades to the voicemail system at the Civic Centre;
•a bylaw to approve certain service maintenance agreements;
•a bylaw to authorize a merchant agreement for a Visa, Mastercard, and debit card payment system at various Fort Frances municipal service locations; and
•a bylaw to approve a contract with Lakeside Process Controls Ltd. for support services at the wastewater and water treatment plants.