No one slated to speak on budget

FORT FRANCES—As town council, administration, and management kick off the 2007 budget process, a public meeting slated for Monday night at the Civic Centre looked like it would be a quiet affair.
As of the Sept. 21 deadline, no individual or group had contacted Clerk Glenn Treftlin to get on the agenda and speak on what municipal services and projects they want to see in the 2007 budget.
But Treftlin said Monday morning that if any individual or group shows up this evening to present council with their suggestions and comments, they will be given—with the permission of the chair—a maximum of 10 minutes to speak.
“It’s always nice, though, if they have some lengthy or in-depth proposal that we get a copy beforehand, so council can get a chance to look at it and maybe ask some meaningful questions during the exchange,” he noted.
The town had advertised the meeting, and those wishing to make a presentation were requested to contact Treftlin prior to noon on Sept. 21.
An article regarding the meeting also appeared in the Sept. 13 edition of the Times.
According to the timetable passed at council’s Sept. 11 meeting, the next step in the budget process will be for the four executive committees to take any information received tonight and review it at various meetings during the week of Oct. 2-6.
The executive committees then will review their respective division budgets and recommendations from management in a series of meetings Nov. 13-17.
By Nov. 27, administration will present documents to Treasurer Laurie Witherspoon, who then will make a draft budget, which will be reviewed by the committee of the whole at a series of meetings from December through early February.
According to the timetable, the 2007 municipal budget should come before council for ratification at its Feb. 26 meeting.
A public meeting then is slated for March 12, at which time council is expected to explain the budget and subsequently pass it as a bylaw at its March 26 meeting.
Monday night’s council meeting was scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m., with the public budget meeting being the second item on the agenda.
The first is an application for reconsideration of assessment and adjustment of taxes for the period of Jan. 5, 2006-Dec. 31, 2006 for property located at 315 Minnie Ave.
The committee of the whole was to meet first from 5:30-5:36 p.m. in-camera, then open up to the public around 5:41.
Other business at Monday night’s council meeting included:
•a municipal resolution and funding agreement regarding Rainycrest and Riverside Health Care Services, Inc.;
•division activity reports from chairpersons of the Administration and Finance and Community Services executive committees;
•a letter from John Myers of McDonald’s Restaurant regarding a plugged sewer call-out to McDonald’s Restaurant;
•a request from the District of Kenora Home for the Aged and Kenora-Rainy River District Palliative Care Volunteer Program to proclaim Oct. 7, 2006 as “World Hospice Day” and Oct. 7-14, 2006 as “Hospice Awareness Week” in the Town of Fort Frances;
•a bylaw to amend Bylaw 21/94—a bylaw to establish specific boards and committees of council (this is to extend the term of appointments to the advisory committees to four years);
•a bylaw to approve an agreement with Boise Cascade L.L.C. to provide for non-disclosure of proprietary information pertaining to the privately-owned international bridge spanning the Rainy River between Fort Frances and International Falls; and
•a bylaw to approve a contract with Atlis Geomatics Inc. for aerial mapping services.
(Fort Frances Daily Bulletin)