Hotel’s heritage status repealed

Town council passed a bylaw Monday night to repeal the Rainy Lake Hotel’s designation as a “heritage building.”
Council had decided last month to move ahead with the process of repealing the bylaw and a request for objections was advertised to the public, clerk Glenn Treftlin noted at Monday night’s meeting.
After no objections to the repeal came forward within the one-month time period, council now was in a position where it had to pass the bylaw, as per the Heritage Act.
Treftlin added removing the designation now meant the building could be sold, and renovated or demolished.
The request to repeal the bylaw was made in writing Oct. 7 by former Rainy Lake owner Larry Syrovy.
The hotel had been designated as a “heritage building” back in 1990.
Syrovy had requested the designation be removed because the building is in the process of being offered for sale—and the possibility exists it may be demolished, read a Nov. 4 report from the town’s Planning Advisory Committee.
The advisory committee recommended the designation be removed and bylaw repealed on the basis:
•the building is in dire need of repair (repairing the building to a safe operational condition would be very cost prohibitive);
•the property is for sale and the designation is viewed by the owner to be a hindrance and restrictive to potential purchasers; and
•the reasons the property was designated no longer are of significant rationale to the sustain the “heritage designation” of the building.
Also at Monday night’s meeting, council:
•gave first reading to a new bylaw to license and regulate businesses, taxis, and trades carried on within the municipality (a full copy of this bylaw is available on the town’s website at www.fort-frances.com);
•passed a bylaw to extend the current provisions for licensing, regulating, governing, and classifying of businesses in Fort Frances into the New Year;
•referred a request for financial support from the Alzheimer Society for its “Chef’s Charitable Dinner and Auction” coming up Jan. 22 to the Administration and Finance executive committee for a recommendation;
•referred a request from the Rainy River District Municipal Association regarding sponsorship of the 15th-annual general meeting slated for Jan. 22 to the Administration and Finance executive committee for a recommendation;
•referred a request from the Crescive Corp. regarding partnership in an employer apprenticeship forum to the Administration and Finance executive committee for a recommendation;
•passed a bylaw to authorize the entering into of certain contracts with respect to the provision of janitorial services (Tender No. 05-CS-13);
•passed a bylaw to authorize a new Community Services student wage schedule;
•passed a bylaw for the purpose of approving the minutes of the current council; and
•received an item from the Township of Atikokan regarding an operational agreement with Northwest Mobility.

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