Council to talk about fill guidelines

A topic of some discussion at the Sept. 23 council meeting, the guidelines for developmental fill will be discussed by councillors Monday.
“The town has projects that require excavation and the disposal of dirt, and if someone is building a new business, for instance, they can take advantage of getting that fill at a set cost,” town clerk Glenn Treftlin said Monday morning.
The policy, which was drawn up by economic development officer Geoff Gillon, outlines the process of how a person can get the fill.
But Coun. Dave Bourgeault noted this process was not common knowledge at the previous meeting, and suggested it should be advertised more.
Coun. Bourgeault said Monday morning he would have some questions regarding the guidelines at today’s committee of the whole meeting, which gets underway with an in-camera session at 5:30 p.m. downstairs at the Civic Centre.
The meeting will open to the public at 6:30, with the regular council meeting starting at 7:15 on the main floor.
Other business at Monday night’s council meeting includes:
•a report from Operations and Facilities manager Pat Hickerson regarding all the construction projects the town currently is undertaking;
•a request from the Police Services Board for support of a “found property” policy, whereby found property possessed by the police and unclaimed within 60 days by its rightful owner become property of the OPP and auctioned off during its annual auction;
•an invitation from the Township of Chapple to attend meetings regarding the recycling of waste oil;
•an investigation into traffic signal requirements at the intersection of King’s Highway and Webster Avenue;
•a request for an ATM at the Memorial Sports Centre;
•a break-open ticket licence application from the Fort Frances Minor Hockey Association;
•a request from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities to support its resolution to “Contribute to Clean Air for Healthy Communities”;
•a bylaw to approve a contract for reconstruction of Scott Street;
•a bylaw to amend the Traffic Control Bylaw to introduce changes to parking restrictions and traffic control in the interest of safety of students at St. Francis School;
•a request from the local Salvation Army for permission to have the 2002 Christmas Kettle Appeal;
•an invitation to attend the “Friends of the Library” dinner/dance on Oct. 25;
•an invitation to attend the Northwestern Ontario Development Network’s second-annual “Great Rendezvous” conference;
•a letter of support from the Northwestern Ontario Development Network regarding the tax incentive zone pilot project proposal;
•a request for a financial contribution from the Fort Frances Visserettes & Boys Gymnastics Club; and
•a tender for a new van for town administrative staff.