Mayor to report on conference


Mayor Roy Avis will give a report tonight on how meetings went with provincial ministers last week at the annual OGRA/ROMA conference in Toronto.
Mayor Avis and Coun. Ken Perry attended meetings with Transportation and Infrastructure minister Glen Murray, Natural Resources minister David Orazietti, Steven Del Duca, parliamentary assistant to Finance minister Charles Sousa, and Northern Development and Mines minister Michael Gravelle.
They spoke on issues ranging from road repair funding to forest tenure reform.
They also discussed the
recent property tax reassessments at the Resolute Forest Products mill here, and whether anything could be done by the province to help the town cope.
Also tonight, council also will vote on a bylaw to pass the new sewer and water rates.
As reported last month, these include a 1.76 percent increase for residential customers.
Overall, this means residents will go from paying $845.53 in 2013 to $860.53 in 2014—a difference of $15, or $1.25 per month.
The council portion of tonight’s meeting is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m.
The committee of the whole will meet first starting at 5:30 p.m., but will be in-camera (behind closed doors) until 6:55.
Other business on the agenda includes:
•a bylaw to approve an employment contract for the town’s new human resources manager;
•a request from the Canadian Red Cross-Ontario Zone to proclaim March as “Red Cross Month” in the Town of Fort Frances;
•a request from the Lupus Foundation of Ontario to proclaim May 10 as “World Lupus Day” and October as “Lupus Awareness Month” in the Town of Fort Frances;
•an amendment to a contribution agreement under the CIIF Program re: energy and facility upgrades to the Memorial Sports Centre;
•a report re: town advertising in the Ontario Filmmaker Directory;
•a report re: a 2013/2014 financial request from Safe Communities Rainy River District;
•a report re: the Ward family benefit concert request; and
•a FedNor funding application to fix the museum roof.