Council set to discuss clinic issue

With the future of the Fort Frances Clinic emerging as one of the most important issues facing the town, council is expected to discuss the current situation—and where to go from here—at its regular meeting tonight.
“We’ll be having a serious discussion about the long-term future and the whole make-up of the clinic. Where it is, and do we need a new building?” Mayor Dan Onichuk said this morning, adding the town doesn’t have a specific proposal at this time from Group Health Association to discuss.
“I think it makes sense we look at a long-term plan because, in my view, a new clinic is what is in order,” added the mayor. “It’s just a matter of the doctors being able to dispose of their building effectively.
“The building needs a lot of work, and it’s certainly not worth $750,000,” he remarked.
Mayor Onichuk said he felt a “resolution to move down a specific path or direction given to administration will certainly happen tonight.”
The mayor also noted council will be a receiving a copy of a letter sent by the doctors to local businessman Kim Metke, who has proposed to buy the clinic, as well as a subsequent one from Metke to the doctors, at tonight’s meeting.
Also tonight, Trish Law, Geographic Imaging System (GIS) and computer preventative maintenance expert, will make a presentation to council on the GIS work done to date in the Town of Fort Frances.
And Mark Brooker of Atlis Geomatics will make a presentation regarding the proposed GIS mapping services project being considered for the town’s 2006 budget.
There also will be a public meeting tonight, from 6:45-7 p.m., regarding an amendment to Zoning Bylaw 8/98-BB (1235 Idylwild Dr.)
The purpose of the zoning bylaw amendment is to permit a second primary dwelling on that property, which is owned by Alan Werenko.
Tonight’s council meeting is expected to start around 7 p.m. It will be preceded by the committee of the whole, which will meet at 5:30 p.m., but is expected to be in-camera until 6:10.
Other business at tonight’s meeting will include:
•a request from Larry Syrovy (777604 Limited o/a Rainy Lake Hotel) regarding repealing Bylaw 56/90—Ontario Heritage Act designation;
•a request from the local Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Day Committee to proclaim Nov. 16, 2005 as “GIS Day” in Fort Frances;
•a request from local artist Eric Keast for financial support of an art project he is creating that will be displayed in Minneapolis next spring; and
•an invitation to the Chamber of Commerce 10th-annual business awards coming up this Saturday night.