Council fielding financial requests

With the 2008 budget process well underway, town council will receive funding requests from both the Rainy River Valley Safety Coalition and the Lions Club of Fort Frances’ park committee at its regular meeting tonight.
The RRVSC is asking for funding in the amount of $.50 per capita for their 2007-08 safety programs. This rate is the same it asked for, and received, last year.
This money would be used “to help sustain the programming endeavours that help make our community become safer for all our citizens,” RRVSC co-chair Gerry Armstrong wrote in a letter to the council.
The RRVSC, he added, is “continually looking into new funding programs that arise in hopes that one of our community partners will be able to access it and make a successful program for our district.”
Programs supported by the safety coalition range from the Substance Abuse Prevention Team, D.A.R.E., “Grab A Cab,” child car seat safety, “RiskWatch,” and fire prevention to the School Violence Prevention Team, CN rail safety, bike helmet safety, crime prevention for seniors, the Hallowe’en “glow stick” program, and even the annual “Household Hazardous Waste Day.”
Armstrong, who also is Fort Frances’ fire chief, noted a full listing of RRVSC-affiliated programs, as well as others related to safety and injury prevention in general throughout the district, can be found at www.safetycoalition.com
That same site also provides links to various organizations throughout the region providing safety-related activities and promotions.
Also at tonight’s meeting, the Lions Club of Fort Frances’ park committee again will request town council consider helping it with the Millennium Park walkway.
The estimated cost for the walkway project is $50,000-$60,000, (including materials and labour), but the Lions are asking the Town of Fort Frances to donate in-kind services to help defray costs.
In late November, 2006, the Lions Club had requested the town consider having its workforce build the sidewalk at the park.
The Lions would contribute the granular material and concrete while the town would provide construction expertise and manpower to dig out the walkways, place the granular materials, and put in the concrete.
But after considering the request, the town’s Operations and Facilities executive committee recommended council not donate the labour in 2007 because the town already had a very busy construction year ahead of it and couldn’t spare the manpower.
The town, however, asked the Lions Club to consider re-submitting its request during the 2008 budget process.
The walkway will be roughly 287 metres in length. It will facilitate access between the handicapped glider swing and the fountain and washroom areas, and enable those who are wheelchair-bound and seniors to better enjoy the park amenities.
Tonight’s council meeting, being held a day late due to last night’s byelection, is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. It will be preceded by the committee of the whole at 5:30 p.m., which is expected to be in-camera until 6:35.
Other business at tonight’s meeting will include:
•a public meeting regarding an application for a tax adjustment at 8 Armstrong Pl.;
•a request from the City of Waterloo for support of a resolution it passed regarding infrastructure funding;
•a bylaw to provide for an interim tax levy in 2008;
•a bylaw to authorize temporary borrowing to meet current expenditures for the corporation in 2008;
•a bylaw to authorize the entering into of certain contracts with respect to provision of janitorial services;
•a bylaw to approve a licensing and software maintenance agreement for cemetery record purposes;
•a bylaw to approve an agreement with Paul Heayn with respect to services as a meeting investigator;
•a request from AbitibiBowater regarding forming a community environmental committee;
•an invitation to the Alzheimer Society’s “Chefs’ Charitable Dinner and Auction” on Sunday, Jan. 20 at the Adventure Inn; and
•an invitation to the “Community Chest” benefit dinner on Feb. 17 at La Place Rendez-Vous.