Council to weigh business licensing bylaw

Town council will consider a new bylaw to licence and regulate businesses, taxis, and trades carried on within the municipality at tonight’s regular meeting—and the public is encouraged to attend and learn more about the proposal.
“The new bylaw has some pretty substantial changes,” noted clerk Glenn Treftlin. “What’s been happening is we’ve been evolving over the last number of years.
“And now the town is getting to the point where we can take a hard and fast look at licensing in town, and what direction we want to go in,” he added. “This is the first step in this process.
“This bylaw pretty much covers everything we have now and some additional stuff,” Treftlin said. “Before, we had three separate bylaws—for the electricians, taxis, and pretty much everything else.
“Now it’s all under one bylaw, so it cleans up that part of it, too.”
The new bylaw to provide for the licensing and regulation of businesses will be introduced tonight and read a first time only.
“By giving the bylaw a first reading tonight, it can be released to the public, so they’ll have something to look at and prepare some comments and input,” explained Treftlin.
Another public meeting will be held in the new year where council considers the new bylaw for a final reading, he added.
Council also will vote on a bylaw to extend the current provisions for licensing, regulating, governing, and classifying of businesses in Fort Frances into the new year.
Other business at tonight’s meeting will include:
•a request for financial support from the Alzheimer Society for its “Chef’s Charitable Dinner and Auction” coming up Jan. 22;
•a request from the Rainy River District Municipal Association regarding sponsorship of the 15th-annual general meeting slated for Jan. 22;
•a request from the Crescive Corp. regarding partnership in an employer apprenticeship forum;
•a bylaw to authorize the entering into of certain contracts with respect to the provision of janitorial services (Tender No. 05-CS-13);
•a bylaw to authorize a Community Services student wage schedule;
•a bylaw for the purpose of approving the minutes of the current council; and
•an item from the Township of Atikokan regarding an operational agreement with Northwest Mobility.
Tonight’s council meeting, being held one week early due to the Christmas holidays, is scheduled to start at 6:10 p.m.
It will be preceded by the committee of the whole, which will meet at downstairs 4 p.m. to continue its review of the 2006 preliminary capital budget.
The committee will go in-camera (behind closed doors) from roughly 5:30-5:40, before resuming in Council Chambers at 5:50.