Council approves church request for street light


Morrison Crescent will be a brighter and safer place now that council has given the go-ahead to install a street light there as requested by Bethel Baptist Church.
The Fort Frances Power Corp. will install one street light pole, complete with fixture, bulb, and arm, at an estimated cost of $1,803.31 (taxes included).
The town will use a $1,000 donation from Bethel Baptist Church and surrounding property owners to help pay for this right now.
It also has asked the church to make a sincere effort to try to raise an additional $803.31 in donations over the next couple of years to pay for the balance of the cost.
The town will be responsible for the ongoing hydro costs, which are estimated at $132.72 (plus taxes) per year.
Also last night, council received a framed pictorial history of the Fort Frances namesake warship, HMCS Fort Frances, from Lt. Cmdr. Les Newman, executive officer of the HMCS Griffon, and Lt. Terry Newman, Royal Canadian Sea Corps Fort Frances.
This will be on display at the Civic Centre.
Council also heard a presentation by Carly Pruys, a Grade 10 student at Fort Frances High School, who read her winning essay from the contest held in conjunction with Local Government Week (Oct. 18-24).
In other news, council:
•appointed John McTaggart to the Economic Development Advisory Board for a term ending Nov. 30, 2010, and Robin Dennis and Kathy Cuthbertson to the Sunny Cove Camp Advisory Committee for a term ending Nov. 30,2010;
•referred a financial request from the Fort Frances Lakers to the Administration and Finance executive committee for its recommendation (the town is considering giving the Lakers the same breaks as those provided to the Jr. Sabres, including the resident youth ice rental rate, pool/fitness centre student membership rates less 20 percent, ice painting at no charge, and advertising on the north wall of the arena at no charge);
•approved a report to award RFP-09-CS-16 (library shelving) to Carr McLean in the amount of $107.640.29 plus tax;
•approved a report to not award a contract for RFP-09-CS-17 (skate sharpening at the Memorial Sports Centre) to Paul Cousineau;
•denied a request from the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce re: reduction of arena fees for this past summer’s “Quest for the Best”;
•authorized the use of $25,000 allocated for communication equipment in the 2009 capital budget to instead be used for upgrades to breathing apparatus for the Fort Frances Fire and Rescue Service;
•agreed to execute a geospatial data licence agreement with KGS Group for an infiltration/inflow investigation study; and
•approved the October, 2009 drinking water systems monthly summary report.