Gas tax funds to help transit


The town once again will get funds to help run its handi-van and “Dial-A-Ride” programs.
In a written report from Community Services manager Jason Kabel, he indicated Fort Frances has benefitted from the Ministry of Transportation’s (MTO) Dedicated Gas Tax Funds Program by receiving annual funding to subsidize public transportation for the past several years.
This funding is used to operate handi-van and “Dial-A-Ride” services.
Kabel noted the town is eligible to receive an allocation of $71,727 for this year, which is slightly more than 2018 ($71,621) and 2017 ($70,709).
Council will be asked tonight to authorize the execution of a letter of agreement with the MTO for submission by Jan. 31 and further endorse a supporting municipal bylaw.
For those who may not know, the handi-van service is open to any registered users in Fort Frances with mobility challenges. The dispatching and administrative services are provided by Rainycrest Long-Term Care.
“Dial-A-Ride,” meanwhile, is patterned after a transit system that runs from one end of town to the other every hour so it is downtown about every 30 minutes.
It is intended to be a low-cost solution for transportation.
Tonight’s council meeting will follow the committee of the whole meeting, which gets underway at 5:30 p.m.
Two in-camera item are on the agenda (appointments to two separate boards/committees).
The committee of the whole meeting will be preceded by a special committee of the whole meeting regarding Agency One matters. This in-camera meeting starts at 3 p.m.
Other business on the agenda tonight includes:
•a recommendation re: a financial request from the Heart of the Continent Partnership;
•a recommendation re: a financial request from the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation;
•a recommendation re: POA write-off request;
•a recommendation re: an invoice for the cost of a call-out for a plugged sewer at 279 Scott St.;
•a recommendation re: the purchase of a pull-behind sidewalk sanding trailer and sweeper attachment for the town’s trackless sidewalk machine;
•an annual per capita request from Safe Communities Rainy River District;
•a request from the Fort Frances Homeless Committee re: use of the East End Hall;
•a request from the Relay for Life 2019 committee re: use of the Point Park; and
•a request from the Age-Friendly Committee re: designated drop-off spots for older adults on Scott Street.