Fort Frances Town Council week in review

By Merna Emara
Staff Writer
memara@fortfrances.com

The Fort Frances council had their last meeting of May on Monday. During the meeting, different bylaws were passed, from the final vote to rename Colonization Roads, authorizing the levying and collection of a special charge of taxes upon the Business Improvement Area. Taxes will be paid through the Town of Fort Frances Civic Centre, telebanking, preauthorized payment plan, mail services via Canada Post or night depository.

Fuelling station

After concerns regarding the town terminating the sale of fuel at the Sorting Gap Marina, Fort Frances Mayor June Caul said she met with managers and discussed the matter.

“Administration is working through the specifics of hiring staff and setting the service hours for this and we’ll be reading a report to the Community Service Executive Committee on [June 7],” Caul said.

Colonization Road

The final step to changing the name of Colonization Road became forthwith as council made their final vote to pass the bylaw. The new name for Colonization Road West is Sunset Drive, and Colonization Road East will be Agamiing Drive.

The vote was 5 to 2, with councillors John McTaggart and Wendy Brunetta voting against the bylaw.

The new names will be in place on Jan. 1, 2022.

New Zamboni

The Town of Fort Frances will be purchasing a new Zamboni after council approved the report with the recommendation of the Operations and Facilities Executive Committee.

The new Zamboni will be purchased through LAS Group Purchasing program for a total price of $100,168.30, including $8,000 trade-in value for the town’s 2002 Zamboni plus applicable taxes.

New CAO

The Town of Fort Frances will see a new chief administrative officer after Doug Brown officially retires on May 31.

“Council will be meeting with our consultants later this week to continue our search for a new CAO,” Mayor June Caul said. “This search has attracted a good number of possible candidates so far. We hope to begin interviews in the near future.”

Temporary sign request

Council approved a request submitted by the Kenora Rainy River District Child and Family Services to place temporary signs along the waterfront on town property until June 14, 2021, as part of “Mental Health Week” campaign to address the current child and youth mental health crisis in the community.

The next council meeting will be held on June 14, 2021. Town council meetings are open to the public through the Microsoft Teams platform or phone-in options. To access a council meeting follow the instructions at the top of the agenda you would like to attend. You can find the agendas posted at www.fortfrances.ca or call 807-274-5323 for assistance.