Council to revise landfill fees, hours

Town council will consider making revisions to the tipping fees at the landfill site when the scale there is not in operation, and to slightly change its hours of operation, at tonight’s regular meeting at the Civic Centre.
In a report by Operations and Facilities manager Doug Brown, he said the previously-approved 2004 landfill tipping fees (for when the scale is not operational) seemed “a bit unfair,” and should be revised to more realistically reflect average loads the dump sees.
He recommended the rates—for when the scale is not in operation—be changed as follows:
•half-ton trucks—from $22 to $12;
•passenger vehicle or half-ton truck pulling a single axle trailer—from $22 and $33, respectively, to $18 for each;
•garbage trucks, containerized hauling units, and tankers—from $273 to $176;
•tandem trucks and trailers—from $228 to $147; and
•single-axle trucks—from $91 to $59.
These downward adjustments are based on data from earlier this year showing the average weights of loads recorded when the scale is operational.
The passenger vehicle rate when the scale is not operational will remain at $11—the rate previously approved by council with the rest of the tipping fee schedule.
Council also will consider changing the hours of operation at the landfill. In a report to council, Brown recommended that—during all weekdays—the landfill site will be open to the public from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. beginning Monday, June 21.
This is a change from the current hours, which are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Monday through Friday.
The revision to open the landfill earlier during weekdays was requested by two local contractors—Asselin Transportation and Buttner Enterprises.
The change in hours has no financial impact ot the town, noted Brown, as the number of hours the site is open, and thus has to be manned, remains the same.
The dump still will be open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturdays.
Tonight’s council meeting will start at 7 p.m. It will be preceded by the committee of the whole meeting, which starts at 5:30 p.m. It will be in-camera until 6:40 p.m.
Other business at tonight’s meeting will include:
•a challenge from the Fun in the Sun committee to face International Falls city council in a slo-pitch game as part of the Fun in the Sun celebrations;
•a bylaw to approve contracts awarded through the public tender process to JTJ Contracting (Emo) Ltd. for asphalt patching for three years (2004-06) and for the 2004 supply of granular materials;
•a bylaw to amend Bylaw 38/96 (the Traffic Control Bylaw), specifically, the elimination of two bicycle parking zones on Scott Street, the relocation of two handicapped parking spaces on Scott Street, and changes to calendar parking on Keating Avenue;
•a bylaw to amend Bylaw 48/97 (to prohibit unnecessary noise in the Town of Fort Frances). This is to provide a clause to exempt Town of Fort Frances employees, agents, and contractors from the provisions of the anti-noise bylaw;
•a bylaw to approve an agreement with the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corp. for financing upgrades to the municipal water treatment facility;
•a break-open ticket application from the Fort Frances Minor Hockey Association at Sparky’s Confectionery from June 16-Dec. 16, 2004;
•a request from Walker Avenue residents Sue and Mel Fletcher regarding compensation for residents affected by the August, 2001 effluent spill;
•a request from the Northwest Catholic District School Board regarding the establishment of a “school zone” with reduced speed limits in the area of St. Michael’s School;
•a request from Family and Children’s Services regarding the designation of three handicapped parking spots at their new location (260 First St. E.);
•a letter of concern from Michael Tullio regarding water from the Fort Frances Museum draining into his business (Nirvana) at 261 Scott St.;
•a request from Heikki Lampi for re-assignment of an agreement regarding Jim’s Construction at Kaitlyn Drive and Erin Crescent, registered May 1, 1995);
•a request from the Rainy River Watershed Program for an in-kind contribution regarding the use of the Townshend Theatre for the ManOMin Watershed Conference community presentation on March 30, 2005;
•a request from the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship regarding the confirmation that there is no scheduled budget funds for boat ramp repairs in 2004 (the FFCBC also is asking permission to install two new lights in the Sorting Gap Marina parking lot at no cost to the town); and
•a request for permission from the Mine Centre Mennonite Church to set up a tent at the southwest corner of the Legion Park to hold prayer services July 15-18.