Hallowe’en curfew pushed to council

Staff

How late is too late for little ghosts and ghouls to be out trick-or-treating on Hallowe’en?
Local resident Jackie Lampi-Hughes has asked town council to look at a curfew for all Hallowe’en activity on Oct. 31 each year.
In a letter received at last night’s meeting, Lampi-Hughes said she’d like council to consider implementing a Hallowe’en curfew from 6-8 p.m.
Lampi-Hughes noted she has been living in Fort Frances for seven years after moving back from Dryden, where she and her family lived for five years.
She and her family enjoy Hallowe’en, next only to Christmas.
“Every Hallowe’en, we go buy our Hallowe’en candy, we sit at our door, and we see our friends bring their kids over and it’s a wonderful night,” she wrote.
“However, I have really noticed a change from having Hallowe’en in Dryden.”
Lampi-Hughes explained that each Oct. 31, Dryden has a town siren that goes off at 6 p.m. to start the event, and again at 8 p.m. to end it.
“It’s safe for the community, it’s safe for the kids,” she noted. “You tend not to get the teenage kids—15, 16, 17—out, maybe with no costumes, ringing your doorbell at 10 p.m.
“It was a wonderful event, and you really look forward to it,” Lampi-Hughes added. “You can sit down, you could have your family meal at four or five o’clock.
“[Then at] six o’clock your kids were ready, one parent is taking the kids trick-or-treating, the other one was handing out the treats at home.
“It was just a wonderful event.
“And now being back in Fort Frances, I find you start trick-or-treating at 4 p.m. and the trick-or-treaters come until about 10 p.m.,” Lampi-Hughes noted.
“It tends not to be such an enjoyable event.”
Lampi-Hughes said Dryden has had its Hallowe’en curfew established as a bylaw for about 20 years, and encouraged town council to consider it here.
Her request was referred to the Community Services executive committee for its recommendation, with input from the local Police Services Board.
Also at last night’s meeting, council:
•approved applications for tax adjustment at 555 Scott St. (2011) and 1210 Olde Shambles Rd. (2011);
•heard a presentation from Barb Kircher re: the proposed sidewalk removal at 216 Armit Ave.;
•received a report from the Economic Development Advisory Committee re: pricing and sales policy at the industrial park;
•received a request from the Salvation Army (Rainy River District) to participate in the 2011 Christmas Kettle campaign, and agreed to have mayor and council participate (the kettle kick-off will be held Thursday, Dec. 1 at 11 a.m. at Wal-Mart run until Dec. 24);
•referred a request from J. Dakin, re: water service invoice at 1107 Second St. E,, to the Operations and Facilities executive committee for its recommendation;
•agreed to a request from Sunset Country Métis to proclaim this Wednesday (Nov. 16) as “Louis Riel Day” in the Town of Fort Frances, and raise the Métis flag at the Civic Centre (the Métis also will be holding a gathering that evening at the Métis Hall);
•passed a bylaw to adopt the new official plan for the Town of Fort Frances and to repeal Bylaw 07/98 (as well, an application has been made to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing for final approval of the official plan);
•agreed to have Coun. Andrew Hallikas attend a meeting called “Community Leaders Working Together to Create a Connected Community,” here Nov. 23; and
•received a request to attend the Fort Frances Power Corp. annual general meeting on Nov. 30.