Church buys Bingo hall

Staff

The Bingo hall on McIrvine Road has a new owner.
The Evangelical Fellowship Church, currently located at 560 Webster Ave., has been working with 1921495 Ontario Ltd. to purchase 605 McIrvine Rd. site, which has been vacant for more than a dozen years.
The church accepted an offer to purchase the building in January on the condition of obtaining an official plan amendment and zoning bylaw amendment to reflect the proposed use as a place of worship.
Council agreed Monday night to amend the official plan to allow 605 McIrvine Rd. to be used as a place of worship, in addition to other employment-generating uses, and amend the zoning bylaw to change the site’s zoning from “Enterprise” to “Institutional.”
The church has said the new site means better accessibility and safety for its members, more parking, and having more space for its growing congregation.
Also at Monday night’s meeting, council:
•agreed to approve the adjustment of 2017 taxes for property at 902 Crowe Ave. resulting from the demolition of a garage there;
•referred a per capita funding request from the Sunset Country Travel Association to the Administration and Finance executive committee for its recommendation;
•agreed to proclaim Sept. 25 as “Franco-Ontarian Day” in the Town of Fort Frances and co-ordinate a flag-raising at the Civic Centre that day;
•referred a letter from the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, re: a sponsorship opportunity in its souvenir program, to the Administration and Finance executive committee for its recommendation;
•referred a letter from Douglas Judson, re: his advice regarding a Colonization Road name change, to the Planning and Development executive committee for its recommendation, with input from the Operations and Facilities executive committee;
•referred a letter from the Fort Frances Girls & Women’s Hockey Association, re: a sponsorship opportunity for an upcoming event, to the Administration and Finance executive committee for its recommendation;
•referred a letter from various residents, re: zoning bylaw restrictions, to the Planning and Development executive committee for its recommendation;
•received, with appreciation for service, a letter of resignation from Jennifer Horton from the Committee of Adjustment;
•agreed to proclaim September as “Prostate Cancer Awareness Month” in the Town of Fort Frances; and
•passed a bylaw to approve a contract with Intelivote Systems Inc. for utilization of application software to provide electronic voting though telephone and Internet connections for the 2018 municipal and school board elections.

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