Council to start process to fill vacancy

Town council is expected soon to begin the process to replace Coun. Struchan Gilson, who passed away suddenly Aug. 18.
Following a special committee of the whole meeting Friday afternoon, Coun. Tannis Drysdale noted council will officially declare a vacancy at his evening’s council meeting, after which council will have 60 days to fill the position.
In that period of time, council will have to decide which mechanism will be used to determine who the new councillor will be, she added.
Council has several means to determine this, including declaring a by-election or appointing a member of the public upon whom council can agree. This possibly could be a candidate who ran for a seat in the 2003 election.
Tonight’s council meeting will start at 7:20 p.m. The committee of the whole will meet first at 5:30 p.m., but will be in-camera until 6:45 p.m.
Other business at tonight’s meeting will include:
•a financial request from the Fort Frances Muskies regarding 2006 OFSAA hockey championships;
•a request from North Air Services regarding an increase in taxi cab rates;
•a request from the Fort Frances Lions Club regarding the waiver of auditorium rental fees for a charity event;
•an application for a zoning bylaw amendment for Tracy Petsnick (515 First St. East);
•an application for a zoning bylaw amendment for the Roman Catholic Bishop of Thunder Bay—St. Mary’s Church (201-209 Victoria Ave.);
•a report from municipal planner Faye Flatt regarding a request to purchase town property (Lot 17, Plan SM-69-Crowe Avenue);
•a request from Ed Katona for the provision of 13 Terry Fox coins to present to the mayor and council of Thunder Bay when he bikes there Sept. 18 as a participant in the annual Marathon of Hope; and
•a bylaw to approve an addendum to an agreement with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs through its Ontario Small Town and Rural Development (OSTAR) infrastructure initiative for upgrades at the water treatment facility.