Library to see expansion study

Whether the Fort Frances Public Library can be expanded, or whether a new library should be built here, is the topic of a study council gave the go-ahead to at Monday night’s regular meeting.
Head librarian Margaret Sedgwick said the study, which will begin very shortly, is much-needed. “It’s a study to look at our space requirements for the next 20 years,” she noted.
“Our circulation area has become quite crowded with the addition of computers, CDs, software, and movies over the past 20 years. Our offices are really small,” added Sedgwick.
“We’ve already added on to this building. We want to see if can do it again.”
The study, which will be carried out by Kuch, Stephenson, Gibson, and Malo, should be completed by the end of the year.
While the consultation will cost $16,490 plus GST and disbursements of $4,550, a telephone survey conducted last summer by the library board found a majority of people approved of the expenditure.
Sedgwick noted Kuch, Stephenson, Gibson, and Malo is conducting a similar survey at the Waverly branch of the Thunder Bay Public Library.
The library building here was built in 1898, with the expansion completed in 1967.
In other business at Monday night’s meeting, council:
•denied a request by the cross-country ski club to use town equipment to work on ski trails (this was based on the grounds of liability and opening the door for similar requests from other clubs);
•extended the town’s agreement with Asselin Transportation to continue with the “blue box” pickup until further notice, and extend the schedule to a minimum of eight hours a day/four days a week;
•authorized the purchase of a 1997 Ford Windstar from Sunset Country Ford for $15,040.85, plus an extended three-year warranty for $1,950, for the “Early Challenge” project;
 •received a report from the Planning and Development executive committee on alternatives to using parking meters to regulate downtown parking (see full story in Tuesday’s Daily Bulletin);
•declined a request from the Rainy River District Critical Incident Stress Management Team for a financial request towards operating expenses and training (this was on the basis the group falls outside of the municipal mandate);
•agreed to send a letter of support of the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship’s request to have calcuttas become a permissible fundraising activity to the appropriate provincial government agencies and ministries;
•declined a request from the City of Peterborough for a financial contribution towards their flood relief; and
•corrected the date of the 2002 annual appreciation/long-term service/retirement banquet as Nov. 29. It previously had been reported as being scheduled for Nov. 22.