Fort Frances Town Council week in review

By Merna Emara
Staff Writer

The Fort Frances council had their last February meeting on Monday. During the council meeting, some bylaws were passed and other items were referred to the Planning & Development Executive Committee for consideration.

Tenting Bylaw

Fort Frances council passed recommended amendments to the tenting bylaw. This was the last step before the law is immediately enacted. According to the amended bylaw, from May until September, one tent and one inhabited motor home, truck camper or camper trailer is allowed on a single-family detached dwelling, semi-detached dwelling or a townhouse dwelling. Campers and motor homes can’t be unused for more than 30 days inside the May to September window. Up to three uninhabited motor homes can be stored on residential property. Dining tents and event tents are not covered in the bylaw. Residents who wish to erect more than one tent should file an application with Cody Vangel, chief building official and municipal planner. Up to four are allowed with town approval. There will be no fees for applications submitted in the summer of 2021 to give the town the opportunity to calculate the costs associated with processing applications. Residents wishing to erect more than one tent will pay application fees in 2022.


Coun. Wendy Brunetta said the the province updated the screening tools for students going to school. If a students has any symptoms on the list they have to self-isolate along with everyone in their household until a COVID-19 test comes back negative.

Brunetta also said the said the Northwestern Health Unit (NWHU) clarified some misunderstandings about Section 22. Dr. Kit Young Hoon, medical officer of health at NWHU, said once the health unit is aware of an individual who is not self-isolating when they need to, they will contact them and provide them with the education about the rules they have to follow.

“If they continue to ignore the order to isolate, that’s when a ticket would be issued,” Brunetta said. “It’s important to know that this is primarily for education and enforcement will only happen when necessary.”

Survey Available

Coun. Andrew Hallikas said the Rainy River District Social Services Administration Board (RRDSSAB) is seeking input from the public to include in its community safety and well-being plan.

Hallikas said they were supposed to have public consultations with focus groups, but they had to move to a paper survey because of COVID-19.

“Paper surveys will be distributed to each of the seniors’ manors in the district with a dropbox in their own building,” Hallikas said. “As well, service providers in the district will be encouraging their clients to complete the surveys so I urge everybody to complete a survey it will really help future planning for our district.”

Public consultations will take place between Feb. 16 and March 16.

The next council meeting will be on March 8, 2021. Meetings are open to the public through online and phone-in options. To access a council meeting, follow the instructions at the top of the Agenda posted at