Council to review Huffman lot sales

Duane Hicks

With only one lot having been sold at the new Huffman Court subdivision, town council may form a sub-committee to review the procedures for lot sales there.
Discussions regarding conditions of sale of lots, lot prices, and procedures to sell the lots at the then-future subdivision began in 2012, Chief Building Official Travis Rob noted in a written report to council.
Through 2013 and 2014, construction of Huffman Court was completed, including services, landscaping, and roadways.
But to date, only one lot there has been sold, with construction of a house pending.
Rob said the Planning and Development executive committee discussed the sale of lots at Huffman Court during its meeting June 15.
There was a discussion of the conditions associated with the sales, cost of the lots, and the procedure for purchasing and potential revisit of these items required, he noted.
The Planning and Development executive committee subsequently recommended council strike a sub-committee to review all aspects of the Huffman Court lot sales.
This item also was identified at the town’s recent strategic planning session.
Council will vote tonight to approve the recommendation to strike a sub-committee.
The committee of the whole meeting will start at 5:30 p.m., but will be in-camera for an indefinite amount of time to discuss two items before being opened to the public.
The regular meeting of council will follow.
Other business on tonight’s agenda includes:
•a presentation by Tannis Drysdale, consultant for the Rainy River Future Development Corp., re: RRFDC activities for the first quarter of 2015;
•a recommendation re: a request from a Colonization Road West resident to plant trees on the town’s right-of-way;
•a report re: the draft of updated smoking bylaw;
•a request from the Boundary Waters Dragon Boat Club to park its trailer at the Sorting Gap Marina until Sept. 7;
•a financial request from the Boundary Waters Dragon Boat Festival;
•a request to sponsor a town dragon boat team for the June 27 dragon boat races;
•multiple per diem and expense claims from several members of council;
•the awarding of Tender 15-OF-05 for the supply of a new front-end loader and Tender 15-OF-11 for the supply of loader-mounted snowblower attachments (airport operations);
•an amendment to the start time for the July 13 and Aug. 10 committee of the whole and council meetings;
•a verbal update on capital projects;
•a bylaw to designate Lot 30 Plan SM-29 for the property known as 324 Third St. W.;
•a Canada Day/Fun in the Sun Committee request for a fireworks grant equal to donations received from local businesses for the July 1 fireworks; and
•a request to proclaim Sept. 25 as Franco-Ontarian Day in the Town of Fort Frances and raise a flag at the Civic Centre.