‘Citizen of the Year’ nominations open


Mayor June Caul announced the nomination period is open for the 2020 “Citizen of the Year” award at last night’s council meeting.

Those who would like to nominate an individual for this award can pick up a nomination form from the information desk at the Civic Centre or print one off online at www.fortfrances.com

Completed nomination forms must be returned to the Civic Centre by 4 p.m. on Thursday Oct. 24.

“If you have anybody in mind please think about nominating somebody for ‘Citizen of the Year,'” Mayor Caul said.

She also noted the Dudley Hewitt Cup, which is the Junior ‘A’ hockey championship for the region, will be returning back to Fort Frances in 2020, having been held here prior in 2015.

It will run from April 28 to May 2, 2020 and be held at the Ice for Kids Arena.

“The committee has started getting together but they’re certainly looking for any volunteers who would be willing to help,” Mayor Caul said.

Those interested in volunteering can contact Milt Strachan at Public Works by email at mstrachan@fortfrances.ca or by phone at 274-9893 ext. 1312.

At last night’s meeting Mayor Caul said she hosted two Grade 5 classes in Council Chambers as well, with the help of town clerk Lisa Slomke and deputy clerk Kathy Lawson.

They met with each class who is currently studying municipal politics.

“Mrs. Slomke explained the inter-workings of town council, our municipal election process and all students had the opportunity to participate in a mock council meeting to better understand how a council meeting is held,” Mayor Caul recalled.

The mock-meeting featured delegations, agenda items, and the passage of resolutions and bylaws.

“It was a fun morning to host these two classes and some of the questions were quite interesting,” Mayor Caul remarked.

Meanwhile, Coun. Rick Wiedenhoeft commented on the Sunny Cove Advisory Committees work this year at last night’s meeting.

“It was a very successful season at the camp with very big numbers of campers,” he noted.

“After a tour of the facility it was observed that there are some necessary capital investments in the camp, especially in Russell Hall, which is the main structure at Sunny Cove,” added Coun. Wiedenhoeft.

As for the Second Street East reconstruction project, progress is being made and its final completion date is set for Oct. 27.

Also at last night’s meeting, council:

  • supported a resolution re: Northwestern Ontario Wound Care Centre of Excellence
  • approved a report re: amended automatic aid agreement;
  • approved a report re: Tour de Fort sponsorship request;
  • approved a report re: Royal Canadian Legion Manitoba/NW Ontario Command advertising;
  • approved a report re: online payment software for fines and offences–Provincial Offences office;
  • approved a proclamation request from the Fort Frances Royal Canadian Legion regarding “Poppy Week”;
  • approved a request for proposal for municipal insurance;
  • passed a bylaw to approve a service agreement with CIMCO Refrigeration for the Memorial Sports Centre;
  • passed a bylaw to approve an agreement for engineering services with JML Engineering Ltd. awarded through a request for proposal process; and
  • passed a bylaw to approve an agreement for engineering services with KGS Group awarded through a request for proposal process.