Coming up on council tonight

By Merna Emara
Staff Writer
memara@fortfrances.com

The Fort Frances council will have its final meeting of the month tonight. During the meeting, council will decide on whether to approve the tenting bylaw. The report of the amendments to the tenting bylaw were approved during the last council meeting.

If council approves the bylaw, it will be in effect starting in May when tents could be erected on residential properties in Fort Frances. Under the approved report, if a resident wishes to have more than one tent on their property from May until September, they should file an application to the municipal planner.

Council will also look at a request submitted from Energy Fitness to waive $1,060 in property tax late fees. In her letter, Jackie Lampi-Hughes, owner of Energy Fitness says she has paid $304,000 in taxes since opening her business, but is not sure her business will survive the pandemic because of ongoing closures and the limited number of individuals allowed indoors.

On the agenda are also two letters submitted from Roy Avis and Gay Ryan on the renaming of Colonization Road. Both letters will be referred to the Planning & Development Executive Committee for inclusion in the collection of comments on renaming Colonization Road.

The initial consultation period ends on March 10. During the consultation phase, the Town of Fort Frances will work toward compiling information and considerations that will result from this change. The town is looking for input from members of the public regarding any unforeseen costs that may arise for property owners. Some of those unforeseen costs may include potential address changes that may be required on documents in addition to those outlined in the attached pamphlet and any other concerning impacts not related to address changes.

Input on the matter can be emailed to cvangel@fortfrances.ca

On the council agenda is also a request to approve the extension of the license agreement with the Minister of Government and Consumer Services for the purpose of storing space at the airport garage.