Moffat Fund divied up to recipients

A total of $50,000 was divided up among 12 local recipients last night as the town disbursed money from the Moffat Family Fund on behalf of the Winnipeg Foundation.
The recipient of the largest portion of this sum was the Fort Frances board of Crime Stoppers, which got $15,000 to be used for playground equipment at local parks.
Other recipients included:
•The Salvation Army—$10,000;
•Navy League (sponsor of the Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps)—$4,500;
•United Native Friendship Centre—$3,000;
•908 Rainy Lake Air Cadet Squadron—$2,500;
•Sister Kennedy Seniors’ Centre—$2,500;
•Eighth Street Trail Volunteers—$2,500;
•Bethel Baptist Church (Awana Kids” Club)—$2,500;
•Beta Sigma Phi (Alpha Upsilon chapter)—$2,500;
•J.W. Walker School Council—$2,000;
•Fort Frances Meals on Wheels—$1,500; and
•Rendezvous Yacht Club—$1,500.
Mayor Dan Onichuk and Linda Hamilton, chair of the local Moffat Family Fund committee, handed out the cheques to representatives from the recipient organizations.
Individuals and organizations were invited last summer to submit their requests, including a specific dollar amount and the rationale behind the request, to the local Moffat Family Fund committee.
The criteria to access the Moffat Family Fund is that the request must be to help financially support a project “to help local youth and families.”
A total of 32 local individuals and organizations filed their applications by September. Altogether, they requested a total of $361,019.84 in funding.
A dozen of those then were chosen by the local Moffat Family Fund committee in October and forwarded to the Winnipeg Foundation for final approval.
< *c>Skate park plans
Also last night, town council did not approve a recommendation from the Community Services executive committee to have a skate park built east of the Memorial Sports Centre where the tennis courts currently sit.
Instead, council referred the matter back to Community Services manager George Bell to have the site plans redrawn in order that at least one tennis court remain in addition to a skate park.
These revised plans then will come back to the Community Services executive committee, and then council for final approval at a future meeting.
Council also agreed a public meeting on the skate park should be scheduled in order to gather input, particularly with regards to the fate of the tennis courts.
But no date for such a meeting was set last night.
Also at last night’s meeting, council:
•had a very brief hearing regarding several tax cancellations and reductions for local properties (no one objected);
•referred the matter of appointing a representative to the management board for the regional value-added forestry initiative to the Economic Development Advisory Committee for a recommendation;
•deferred discussion of the proposal to eliminate executive committees to the March 28 council meeting;
•approved a recommendation from the Economic Development Advisory Committee that council advance the initiative of the relocation of the Tourist Information Centre here and seek the support of regional municipalities that could benefit from said relocation;
•approved a break-open ticket licence application from the Fort Frances Muskie Touchdown Booster Club at This ’N That from March 10, 2005 to Sept. 10, 2005;
•referred two zoning applications—for properties at 502 Front St. and 205 Third St. E.—to municipal planner Faye Flatt for processing;
•approved a request for financial support from the Fort Frances “Community Chest” committee regarding the annual benefit dinner coming up March 20 at La Place Rendez-Vous, and agreed to buy a table at the dinner at a cost of $250;
•passed a bylaw to approve an agreement with district municipalities for the provision of assistance during times of emergency, as per the Emergency Management Act; and
•passed a bylaw to approve an amendment to a services agreement with the Electrical Safety Authority.