Council to hear update on proposed helipad

FORT FRANCES—A landing pad for helicopters to transport people for emergency purposes will be the topic of one of the presentations on the agenda at Monday night’s town council meeting.
Dan McCormick, health services manager with the Rainy River District Social Services Administration Board, will give an update on the proposed helipad, which was first talked about back in 2002.
Similar helipads already exist in Rainy River, Emo, Lake of the Woods, Township, Lac La Croix, and Atikokan.
The benefits to using helicopters as ambulances include rapid transportation to trauma centres and their ability to land in places where a plane or land ambulance can’t reach.
Other business at Monday night’s meeting included:
•a quarterly police services report from OPP detachment commander Insp. Dave Lucas;
•an application for tax adjustment at 1000 Colonization Rd. W.;
•reports from the Operations and Facilities and Planning and Development executive committee chairpersons;
•a break-open ticket licence application from Friends of Little League at Sparky’s Confectionery from Sept. 12, 2006 to March 12, 2007;
•a request from the Recycling Council of Ontario to proclaim Oct. 16-22 as “Waste Reduction Week” in the Town of Fort Frances;
•a request from Robert Moore School for assistance with the installation of new playground equipment;
•requests from the Royal Canadian Legion Br. #29 to proclaim Sept. 17-23 as “Legion Week” and Nov. 5-11 as “Poppy Week” in the Town of Fort Frances;
•a joint request from Canadian Union of Public Employees (Ontario Division) and the Ontario Coalition for better Child Care to proclaim Oct. 25 as “Child Care Worker and Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day” in the Town of Fort Frances; and
•a bylaw to approve contracts for supply and delivery of certain granular materials to Tom Veert Contracting Ltd. in 2006, 2007, and 2008 and George Armstrong Co. Ltd. in 2006.
Tonight’s council meeting is scheduled to start at 6:55 p.m.
It will be preceded by the committee of the whole, which will meet at 5:30 but is expected to be in-camera (behind closed doors) until 6:25.
(Fort Frances Daily Bulletin)