Library board to reveal strategic plan

Head librarian Margaret Sedgwick will give town council a glimpse of what the library board has planned for the future of the Fort Frances Public Library during Monday night’s regular meeting.
“I’ll be presenting our strategic plan,” Sedgwick said Monday morning.
“We made up our last one in 1994 and managed to accomplish just about everything on it,” noted Sedgwick, adding the plan is an initiative of the board, not mandated by the town.
Library board members, some of whom will accompany Sedgwick at the Civic Centre tonight, spent about two months devising the plan.
“I think council will find it interesting. I hope so, anyway,” Sedgwick remarked. “The big thrust is looking for more space for us.”
The last five-year plan included objectives such as providing more computer services, establishing security and automatic ordering systems, and renovations, such as the new circulation desk and furniture in the adult reading area.
Other business at Monday night’s council meeting includes:
•controlled crossing requests from St. Michael’s and Robert Moore schools;
•a letter of concern regarding traffic safety at J.W. Walker and Alexander MacKenzie schools;
•a request from the Business Improvement Area for closure of the 200 and 300 block of Scott Street on June 27 for “Mall Day”;
•a hanger lot lease request from Canadian Wilderness Outpost;
•a delegation by tax collector Ed Katona regarding tax write-offs as per Section 442/443 of the Municipal Act;
•a request for parking relief on Scott Street for June 5 during the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s “Big Bike Ride 2002”;
•a report on the economic development financial incentive program;
•the town’s outstanding invoice for share of the construction costs of the Townshend Theatre;
•a handi-van transit contract with Rainycrest;
•a report on the future of recycling in Fort Frances from Pat Hickerson, manager of facilities and operations;
•information from Jennifer McKibbon of the Northwestern Health Unit regarding the dangers of tobacco smoke;
•a verbal update from CAO Bill Naturkach regarding the Fort Frances Community Foundation;
•on-street parking restriction changes in the vicinity of the old high school;
•a report from Mayor Glenn Witherspoon regarding the 2002 World Health Organization conference held here earlier this month;
•a letter of concern from Abitibi-Consolidated regarding a safety issue on Front Street;
•an assessment of Fort St. Pierre and the Lookout Tower;
•a request for town assistance for the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce’s town beautification project; and
•a bylaw to amend town Bylaw No. 05/01 (the taxi bylaw).
Tonight’s meeting gets underway at 7 p.m. in council chambers. The committee of the whole meets first downstairs at 5 p.m.