Chamber requests break on arena rent


Town council referred a request from the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce for a reduction in arena rental fees to the Community Services executive committee for its recommendation at Monday night’s meeting.
Chamber manager Anthony Mason wrote that the Chamber has an outstanding account with the town in the amount of $787.14 for the rental of the arena for “Quest for the Best,” which was held June 30.
He explained the event had been held in conjunction with the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship in past years, but this summer it was held separate from it—and attendance was lower than projected.
It did not make a profit.
“The Fort Frances Chamber has and will continue to support the businesses, organizations, and the citizens of this great town so we can move towards a stronger future,” Mason wrote.
“With this support from the town, we will be able to reduce the financial strain on the Chamber that we are experiencing at the present time,” he added.
Also at Monday night’s meeting, council:
•agreed to extend the cleaning contracts with their current providers for 2010, and direct the contract for the new public library and technology centre be tendered;
•approved a request for a refund for a minor variance at 511 Keating Ave. in the amount of $457.80;
•referred a proposal from iCompass Technologies Inc. for Civic Web Tools to the 2010 budget process;
•directed the clerk to bring forward a bylaw to provide for a vote-by-mail method of voting, supported by vote tabulating equipment, in the 2010 municipal election;
•approved a rent increase of 2.1 percent for 2010 for residential property at 501 Sixth St. W., and further that a lease agreement for the period of March 1, 2010-Feb. 28, 2011 and authorizing bylaw be prepared;
•agreed to renew a CIBC fixed rate loan in the amount of $951,649.75 for the remaining four-year term;
•approved a per diem claim for Coun. Sharon Tibbs in the amount of $60 (this is for attendance at a Rainy River District Municipal Association meeting in Devlin on Nov. 4);
•referred RFP 09-CS-17 (skate sharpening at Memorial Sports Centre) to the Community Services executive committee for its recommendation; and
•agreed to nominate Mayor Roy Avis to the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association board of directors (this was in response to a request for nominations from the Rainy River District Municipal Association).