Council to get playground report back

Playground equipment will be ordered for installation at three local parks immediately if council votes tonight to accept a report it had sent back to the Operations and Facilities executive committee at its last meeting.
At that July 11 meeting, council agreed to send the report regarding the playground projects back for review because while it detailed the installation of equipment at the Phair Avenue, Lillie Avenue, and Front Street parks, it did not mention Pither’s Point Park.
Operations and Facilities manager Doug Brown, who was on holiday at the time of the July 11 meeting, said this morning that the report being sent back to council tonight is basically the same as the one council saw two weeks ago.
“The reason why we’re not doing anything at the Point is because the town doesn’t own the park,” noted Brown. “The town only has to keep it in a reasonable state of repair.
“But all capital expenditures there are to be deferred.”
He mentioned the fact council did not accept the report on July 11, and thus give him the go-ahead to order equipment for the three other parks, has meant a two-week delay.
“We haven’t ordered anything yet. Basically, we’ll try to get everything done as soon as we can,” said Brown, though adding this could take four-six weeks.
Brown noted $75,000 has been earmarked for equipment and inspection services at the parks on Front Street, Lillie Avenue, and Phair Avenue.
Some $40,000 of this money is from Crime Stoppers, which was raised by the group over the past year, with the remaining $35,000 coming from the town’s capital budget.
According to the work plan, Front Street will see a new composite play structure, four swings, and two picnic tables while Lillie Avenue will see a play structure, a see-saw, and two picnic tables.
And new equipment at Phair Avenue will consist of a play structure, a see-saw, four swings, and two picnic tables.
The parks at Phair and Lillie Avenue, Front Street, and Pither’s Point Park had most or all of their equipment removed last summer after an audit done by certified playground inspector Paul LaFreniere determined it did not meet current safety standards.
Other business at tonight’s council meeting will include:
•a request from the Township of King for support of its resolution regarding budget cuts to Ontario Library Services;
•a request from the City of Clarence-Rockland for support of its resolution regarding calculating debt capacity;
•a bylaw to amend Bylaw 10/03 (Traffic Control Bylaw);
•a bylaw to approve a contract for the supply and delivery of granular materials with George Armstrong Co. Ltd.;
•a bylaw to approve an agreement with Rainy River District Social Services Administration Board for child care services;
•a bylaw to authorize entering into a lease agreement with P. Langevin at the Fort Frances Municipal Airport;
•a bylaw to approve a contract with Select Construction for the design and construction of a new sand storage shed at the municipal airport;
•a bylaw to authorize the sale of certain land to Arthur E. Hammond;
•a bylaw to authorize entering into of an agreement with Performance Leasing with respect to leasing a treadmill at the Memorial Sports Centre; and
•a bylaw to approve two agreements with the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corp. for financing of GIS staffing costs under the Northern Ontario Youth Internship Program.
Tonight’s council meeting gets underway at 7:05 p.m. at the Civic Centre. The committee of the whole will meet first starting at 5:30.

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