Housing board needs members

The Fort Frances Municipal Non-Profit Housing Corp. needs a few more board members, town CAO Mark McCaig noted at last night’s council meeting.
The board, which currently consists of McCaig, Coun. Roy Avis, Nick Wihnan, municipal planner Faye Flatt, as well as several reps from the Rainy River District Social Services Administrative Board, basically looks after the low-income housing on Victoria Avenue between Third and Fourth Street East.
McCaig noted it only meets four times a year, and usually has fairly short meetings.
He encouraged anyone interested to contact him at the Civic Centre (274-5323 ext. 233).
In other business at last night’s meeting, which was postponed one day due to the Thanksgiving holiday, council:
•swore in John Albanese, who was appointed last month to replace the late Coun. Struchan Gilson (Coun. Albanese also was appointed to all the boards and committee formerly sat on by Coun. Gilson);
•referred a letter from resident David Lovisa regarding a previous decision by council regarding the development of lands adjacent to Minnie Avenue North to the Planning and Development executive committee for a recommendation;
•approved a site plan agreement for the Fort Frances Bingo Hall to be built on McIrvine Road, and directed an authorizing bylaw be prepared for a site plan control agreement as a condition of the development of the property;
•approved a break-open ticket licence application from the Fort Frances Aquanauts Swim Team at Rainy Lake Sports and Tackle from Oct. 17, 2005 to April 16, 2006;
•referred a request from Christina Belluz to purchase property municipally known as 446 Third St. E. to the Planning and Development executive committee for a recommendation;
•referred a letter of concern from the J.W. Walker School Council regarding traffic lights at the intersection of Keating Avenue and King’s Highway to the Operations and Facilities executive committee for a recommendation;
•received, with appreciation for service, a letter of resignation from David Kozar from the Museum and Cultural Centre Advisory Committee;
•agreed to a request from Sunset Country Toastmasters Club to proclaim October as “Toastmasters International Month” in the Town of Fort Frances;
•agreed a request from the Canadian Diabetes Association to proclaim November as “Diabetes Month” in the Town of Fort Frances;
•passed a bylaw to appoint Ernst and Young as town auditors for the period Jan. 1, 2006 through Dec. 31, 2006;
•passed three bylaws to de-register a total of seven lots in Fort Frances; and
•referred a request from the Town of Tecumseh for support of its resolution regarding Community Emergency Response Volunteers (CERV) funding to the Community Services executive committee for a recommendation.