Biomass roadwork on target for Sept. 1 completion


Work continues on schedule for Phase II of the so-called biomass road project, which is expected to be wrapped up by Sept. 1.
Operations and Facilities manager Doug Brown told council last night that replacement of the sewer and water infrastructure is going to plan, with the most recent work being at the intersection of Portage Avenue and First Street East.
Starting Aug. 16, Bay City Contracting’s subcontractor, Coratina Construction Ltd., will start to install concrete curb and gutter along Portage Avenue from First Street to Sixth Street.
This work will take about 10 days, depending on the weather.
They will be followed by the asphalt crew, which should need only a few days to pave that same stretch of Portage Avenue.
“I think shooting for Sept. 1 is realistic to have everything done for this project,” Brown told council.
In related news, Public Works crews have done a number of repairs to the road bed along Fifth Street in anticipation of the resurfacing, which Brown said should get underway during the second week of August.
The resurfacing will not be for the entirety of Fifth Street, just from west of the Portage Avenue intersection to west of the Wright Avenue intersection, he noted.
Meanwhile, work continues on the Caul Bridge on McIrvine Road, which is on track to be completed Aug. 20.
As well, the tender closes Aug. 24 for upgrades to the recycling transfer facility.
This job will include a ramp and foundation for the four bins, which will be located at a turnoff at the Public Works building on Wright Avenue.
Once this upgrade is done, the public will be able to drop off “blue box” recycling and glass at the site 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The town received $74,379 from Waste Diversion Ontario at the beginning of the year to make these upgrades.
The total cost of the project is $157,250.
Also at last night’s meeting, council:
•referred a non-budgeted capital item (construction of additional beach volleyball courts) back to the Community Services executive committee for consideration in the 2011 budget process;
•referred a sponsorship/donation request from the Northwestern Ontario Water and Wastewater Conference to the Administration and Finance executive committee for its recommendation;
•referred a financial request from the Fort Frances Folk Festival to the Administration and Finance executive committee for its recommendation;
•received Minutes of Settlement re: 806 Portage Ave. (2010) and 1034 Victoria Ave. N. (2010);
•received Minutes of Settlement re: 1411 Colonization Rd. W. (2010);
•referred a request from the Canadian Union of Postal Workers for support of its resolution, re: Canadian Postal Service Charter and Cuts to Public Postal Service and Jobs, to the Administration and Finance executive committee for its recommendation;
•agreed to proclaim Oct. 27, 2010 as “Child Care Worker and Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day” in the Town of Fort Frances;
•passed a bylaw to authorize entering into a lease renewal agreement with Patrick Langevin at the Fort Frances Airport; and
•held a public meeting re: zoning amendments for a community garden to be located at Elizabeth Street West and Lillie Avenue, and for 990 Scott St. (Community Living Fort Frances and District).
Bylaws regarding these amendments will be voted on by council at its Aug. 9 meeting.