DSSAB defers decision on new location

The Rainy River District Social Services Administration Board has deferred a decision on what to do regarding its lack of office space until next month.
“We did a cost analysis,” noted CAO Donna Dittaro. “We looked at a whole range of options, from purchase to lease, to lease to purchase, short-term, long-term, all of those things.
“We had an analysis done by a third party and then we did our own analysis, as well,” she added.
“Because that’s new information, they’d like to take it back to their councils,” Dittaro said.
The DSSAB—located at 206 Scott St.—currently is leasing office space in another building on Scott Street, and is storing files in other locations due to a lack of space at the main office.
With new programs such as “Best Start” also being administered by the DSSAB, the need for space is increasing.
The board is considering all options, including building a new office, purchasing an existing building, or leasing.
Atikokan Mayor Dennis Brown, who sits on the board, said his council is opposed to purchasing or building, and would like to see some of the jobs in Fort Frances transferred to Atikokan.
The board is expected to make a decision at its next meeting Jan. 19.