Council to weigh fees for docking

FORT FRANCES—Town council received a letter from Mark Fontana of Rainy Lake Sports and Tackle at its regular meeting Monday evening requesting the town consider dockage fees for riverfront docks.
In his written request to council, Fontana thanked the town for creating “a wonderful area along the river which is second to none in the area.”
“In addition to this, many young people are using the docks outside the marina to swim off of, as the La Verendrye walkway is becoming a more used area for socializing,” he added.
“One of the busiest docks is the one in front of Rainy Lake Sports,” Fontana noted. “It has become very popular with the swimmers, boaters and airplanes.
“In the summer, there are hundreds of people that receive Customs clearance as a result of this area being a designated Customs point-of-entry,” continued Fontana.
“Commercial outfitters have increasingly used this dock for pick-up and departure of their guests.”
Fontana noted council should look at a dockage fee for these businesses as they contribute to the wear of the docks.
The fees collected could be used for dock maintenance or, if pooled with federal dollars, earmarked for further waterfront development—including possibly more dockage, he suggested.
Council referred the request to the Community Services executive committee for its recommendation, with input from the Administration and Finance executive committee.
Also at Mondy night’s meeting, council:
•referred a request from Glenn Witherspoon regarding the waiving of certain landfill site fees to the Administration and Finance executive committee for its recommendation, with input from the Operations and Facilities executive committee;
•passed a bylaw to approve a contract with Ed Kaun and Sons Ltd. for construction of an addition and renovations at the Fort Frances Museum;
•passed a bylaw to authorize the entering into of lease agreements with Eldon Mose and Garth Donald at the Fort Frances Municipal Airport;
•passed a bylaw to appoint BDO Dunwoody as auditor for the town for a one-year term commencing Jan. 1, 2006 through Dec. 31, 2006;
•passed a bylaw to approve an agreement with the Rainy River District Social Services Administration Board for child care services;
•passed a bylaw to amend Traffic Control Bylaw No. 10/03 (to remove the two stop signs at Third Street West and Lillie Avenue); and
•referred a deeming application from Charles Turgeon re Lots 95-97 on Plan M-94-611 and 613 First St. E. to the Planning and Development executive committee for its recommendation.
(Fort Frances Daily Bulletin)