Council reduces board terms


Those thinking of applying to sit on town boards and committees this fall, but daunted by the idea of a four-year commitment, may be relieved to know that’s no longer the case.
Town council passed a bylaw Monday night to reduce the term of appointments to advisory committees from four years to two.
As well, council passed a bylaw to change the maximum tenure of office of appointments by council to advisory boards and committees from nine-consecutive years to eight-consecutive years.
The issues of maximum tenure and shortened terms had been discussed by council back in January and February, at which time council agreed the lesser commitment of two-year terms might get more people to participate on town boards and committees.
Advertising for the town’s numerous boards and committees is expected to begin in the near future.
Also at Monday night’s meeting, council:
•approved a report to retain Engineering Northwest Ltd. for an additional two years (August, 2010-12);
•approved a report to direct the preparation of a temporary use bylaw for a community garden;
•approved a report to direct the preparation of a bylaw to change the zoning for 990 Scott St. (Community Living Fort Frances and District) from “institutional” to “Residential Type 3” to permit the property to be used for semi-detached residential use;
•agreed to support resolutions of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers;
•approved a purchase card expense for Mayor Roy Avis in the amount of $365.20 (this was for Canadian flags and Freezies given out during the Canada Day parade);
•approved a report on the sign bylaw, directing that the bylaw be amended to allow for a 180-day limit for temporary mobile signs (this amended bylaw, which also includes several other changes to signage regulations, will be prepared for approval at the next council meeting Aug. 23);
•heard an activities update from transportation superintendent Milt Strachan; and
•held a public hearing to consider applications for tax adjustment at 533 Scott St., 439 Third St. E., and 907 Crowe Ave.