Geologist to address council

Mineral exploration, its benefits, and the regulations surrounding mining activities will be the topic of one of the speakers scheduled to address town council at its regular meeting tonight.
“The Mineral Exploration Process from Prospecting to Advanced Exploration” is the title of the presentation to be made by Peter Hinz, regional land use geologist with the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines.
In correspondence with the town, Hinz said his presentation will be “a free-ranging discussion on mineral exploration activities, economic benefits of mineral exploration, permitting, and public consultation requirements related to advanced exploration projects.”
Hinz noted that usually during and after his presentations, he entertains questions related to mining from council and the public.
Tonight’s council meeting is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. It will be preceded by the committee of the whole, which meets at 5:3, but is expected to be in-camera until 6.
Just prior to this evening’s council meeting is a public meeting, slated for 6:45 p.m., regarding a zoning amendment at 801 Scott St. (the Fort Frances Bingo Hall property).
This amendment would allow that property to be potentially used by the Rainy River District Social Services Administration Board as a new ambulance station.
Other business at tonight’s council meeting will include:
•a presentation from Jon Evans of BDO Dunwoody regarding the town’s 2005 consolidated financial statements and management letter;
•a bylaw to approve an amending agreement with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing to provide funding for upgrades at the water treatment facility;
•a request from the Ontario Municipal Water Association for support of its resolution regarding control of municipal water assets; and
•a request from Sunset Country Métis Health Services regarding establishing a community garden here.

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