Cenotaph being upgraded by town

Town council got an update Monday night on upgrades being done to the war veterans’ cenotaph site in the Fort Frances Cemetery.
The upgrades began last month after parks and cemetery staff met with members of the local Royal Canadian Legion to ensure the proposed upgrades were agreeable to all parties.
Since then, crews have installed a new concrete sidewalk around the cenotaph and landscaped the area, including relocating several flower beds.
The town also retained an electrician to complete the installation of a permanent electrical outlet for the sound system to be used during the Remembrance Day ceremony each Nov. 11.
Floodlights also will be installed later this month to illuminate the Canadian flag there and the cenotaph itself.
As well, the cenotaph will be cleaned and repainted sometime this month.
The upgrades to the cenotaph stem back to last December when the local Legion contacted the town regarding the condition and ownership of the cenotaph, Operations and Facilities manager Doug Brown said in a report submitted to council Monday night.
The town completed research into the matter and found it owns the cenotaph—and is responsible for any improvements made to it. Town staff then met with Legion reps in August to discuss the upgrades.
Also at Monday night’s meeting, council:
•directed Clerk Glenn Treftlin to amend a bylaw to provide for four-year terms for appointments to advisory committees (this change is to coincide with the new term limits for mayor and council);
•approved a report denying a request from Brenda Tullio for a private on-street parking stall in front of The Ear Clinic (261 Scott St.);
•agreed to pay $250 for a membership in the Business, Economic, Security, Trade and Tourism (BESTT) Coalition;
•agreed to a recommendation to purchase four tickets to the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame 25th-annual induction dinner being held Sept. 30 in Thunder Bay (Fort Frances native Keith “Huffer” Christiansen is being inducted that night);
•approved purchase card expenses for CAO Mark McCaig in the amount of $56.94;
•approved a report to hire Hilderman, Thomas, Frank and Cram to provide architectural and consulting services for Phase Two of the Heritage Tourism Plan (a necessary bylaw will be prepared for approval at a future council meeting);
•approved a policy for working in the vicinity of overhead energized electrical lines; and
•approved a report to authorize the town to enter into an agreement with Cornell Farms for a 10-year term to maintain the hay fields on the airport property (this agreement includes an option for early termination at the town’s discretion).

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