Fate of old Fort High to be discussed

Standing vacant since the spring of 1999, the old Fort Frances High School on First Street East will be the subject of some discussion during an in-camera report by Geoff Gillon, the town’s economic development officer, at today’s committee of the whole meeting at the Civic Centre.
“All I can tell you is there’s some private-sector interest in part of the building. Whether or not there’s any revenue-bearing possibilities for it is something we’ll discuss,” Mayor Glenn Witherspoon said this morning.
“We’ll also talk about what it would cost to demolish the building, and whether or not that’s a viable option,” he added. “But I do know something’s got to happen in 2002.
“It’s a matter of finding a use for it, or using the wrecking ball.”
Other business at tonight’s meeting (which is being held a week early due to the Christmas holidays) will include:
•a year-end financial report from BDO Dunwoody and town treasurer Diane Pearson;
•a report from the OPP showing estimated policing costs for 2002;
•a Ministry of Agriculture report regarding an animal shelter here;
•an item of business with the local “Friends of Animals;”
•a request for a financial contribution to the Couchiching hamper committee;
•mayor and council expenses for the period ending Nov. 30, 2001;
•an update on the status of the construction of the new Canada Customs and Immigration facility here;
•a bylaw approving the 2001 council minutes;
•a bylaw to authorize CIBC to guarantee certain debts of the Fort Frances Non-profit Innovative Homes Inc.; and
•a report on the supply of flowers for parks and cemeteries for 2002.
The committee of the whole meeting will start at 5:30 p.m. downstairs, with the council meeting set for 6:45 p.m. in the council chamber.