King’s Highway project slated to wrap up shortly

Duane Hicks

The work on King’s Highway should be over early next month.
Bay City Contractors has completed the watermain on the south side of the highway and is in the process of flipping over to finish off the one in front of West End Motors, Operations and Facilities manager Doug Brown told town council last night.
“They want to get all of the watermain done because they have to do pressure tests, chlorinate, and then send samples to the lab,” he explained.
“Once they get all the watermain in, they do the ‘A’ gravel and ‘B’ gravel and the geo-grid will be down,” added Brown.
“The concrete crew is supposed to be in next week, and asphalt is tentatively scheduled for [Oct. 28-30].”
One layer of asphalt will be put down, with a second and final one to follow in the spring.
Meanwhile, the town is getting ready to start looking for a new Chief Administrative Officer.
With news last week that current CAO Mark McCaig is retiring as of Nov. 15, Mayor Roy Avis said yesterday that council will be conducting an internal and external search for his replacement.
“Mayor and council anticipates this position will be filled sometime in 2016,” the mayor noted.
“And in the interim, council is examining all options regarding the provisions of services related to that position.”
Council will have more details pinned down as to what avenues it will take within a month or so, Mayor Avis added.
Also at last night’s meeting (pushed back one day due to the Thanksgiving holiday), council:
•approved an agreement with the Fort Frances Curling Club to help it pay off tax arrears;
•referred a matter re: re-zoning at 1229 King’s Highway to the Planning and Development executive committee for its recommendation;
•agreed to purchase 10 tickets to the Friends of the Museum’s fall gala set for Nov. 5 at the Fort Frances Museum;
•proclaimed Nov. 5-11 as “Poppy Week” in the Town of Fort Frances;
•referred a financial request from the Boundary Waters Dragon Boat Club to the Administration and Finance executive committee for its recommendation;
•agreed that the request for $1,500 from the City of Thunder Bay—Tourism Division for the Heart of the Continent Partnership be received;
•agreed to award the request for proposal for municipal insurance (15-AF-18) to Frank Cowan Company as represented by Gillons’ Insurance Brokers Ltd.;
•approved a report to ensure the letter dated April 22, 2015 from Donna McKelvie was reviewed and that at this time no adjustment will be made to the existing on-street parking and traffic control devices near/or at the intersection of Portage Avenue and First Street East;
•approved the installation on a bench along the riverfront on the terms that T. Wihnan is advised that she would be required to pay for the select bench and plaque, as well as any shipping costs, while the town will supply labour and materials to construct the foundation and install the bench and plaque;
•agreed to adopt the revised technician fees to accommodate events of various lengths that are hosted at the Townshend Theatre;
•agreed to increase the compensation for non-staff fitness instructors from $20/hour to $22.50/hour, and include a three-month membership to the facility for the contract session;
•agreed to approve the travel claim in the amount of $100 for Fort Frances CAO Mark McCaig’s attendance at the NOMA regional conference held Sept. 23-25 in Thunder Bay;
•agreed to approve the travel and per diem claim, in the amount of $584.08, for Mayor Roy Avis’ attendance at the NOMA conference;
•agreed to approve travel and per diem claims for Couns. Paul Ryan ($631), Wendy Brunetta ($658.50), John Albanese ($664), and Ken Perry ($611) for attendance at the NOMA conference; and
•approved a recommendation from the Economic Development Advisory Committee that the town seeks membership, in the amount of $100, with the North Western Ontario Tourism Association (NWOTA).