Council to hear asset management plan


Asset management will be a topic of focus for town council at tonight’s meeting.

Public Sector Digest (PSD) will be delivering a presentation on the 2018 Town of Fort Frances asset management plan and council has a recommendation to adopt it.

During the presentation, PSD will give an overview of the progress achieved through Fort Frances’ asset management program development and provide a high-level overview of the town’s state of infrastructure and financial capacity.

This includes providing figures on the current condition of paved roads and five-year projections as well as statistics on the town’s infrastructure pertaining to social housing, fleet, machinery and equipment, bridges, storm sewer systems, water systems, and the sanitary sewer network.

Council will also hear a proposal for OPP special constables to provide court security services in town.

The proposal demonstrates the need for two special OPP constables to replace regular uniform OPP constables for court security services which is common practice for most communities in Ontario.

According to cost estimates the town could see a net savings of $113,835 per year if the proposal goes through.

Meanwhile, a public meeting for Zoning Amendment and Official Plan Amendment will take place during council’s meeting to provide the public with information on proposed amendments to the Official Plan and Zoning Bylaw following an application from the United Native Friendship Centre (UNFC).

The application looks to change the designation of 821 McIrvine Road from an “employment area” to “living area” as well as change the land use from “light industrial” to “institutional” to permit a day nursery to be located on the property.

Tonight’s council meeting will follow the committee of the whole meeting, which gets underway at 5:30 p.m.

One in-camera item (a personnel matter) is on the agenda first.

Other business on the agenda tonight includes:

  • a verbal update on capital projects;
  • a recommendation re: Rendez-Vous water and sewer charges;
  • a recommendation re: emergency capital replacement of roof membrane over Ice for Kids ice plant; and
  • a request from TBT Engineering to utilize the railing from the old Rainy Lake Hotel.