Maple leaves to grace sidewalk


Part of downtown Fort Frances will look extra-patriotic in the near future.
Town council has granted permission to The Shops on Scott (BIA) to paint maple leaves on the old sidewalk along the 200 block of Scott Street as part of this year’s Canada Day celebrations.
The town received a letter from The Shops on Scott last month asking if volunteers could paint large maple leaves on the sidewalk, with the idea being that the sidewalk would be removed shortly after the July 1 activities are completed, Operations and Facilities manager Travis Rob noted in a written report to council.
The leaves would be stenciled onto the sidewalk to ensure uniformity and a professional finish, he added, noting the painting would be done by volunteers at no cost to the town.
The request also mentioned painting leaves on the 100 and 300 blocks, Rob wrote, but these sections of sidewalk are not scheduled to be replaced this year.
After reviewing the request, the Operations and Facilities executive committee recommended council grant the request to paint the sidewalk on the 200 block, but not the 100 or 300 blocks.
The Shops on Scott also must meet with Rob prior to painting to ensure it won’t interfere with any work taking place at the new Rainy Lake Square currently under construction.
In related news, town council also agreed to take part in “Mall Day” on June 29, as per a written request from The Shops on Scott.
While council members won’t have an information booth set up, as suggested by The Shops on Scott, those who available that day will attend the event, meet the public, hand out pins, and answer any questions.
“My feeling is we make our presence known if we can possibly be down there,” said Coun. June Caul.
“We can speak to people at will and whenever they have questions for us,” she added.
“I don’t think we need to set up a tent and try to man it for an entire day.”
“Mall Day” will run from 10 a.m. until the end of the business day.