North end re-zoning on agenda for council


A public meeting to receive comments on a proposed zoning bylaw amendment needed to build a 10-unit residential complex in the north end of town is on the agenda for tonight’s regular council meeting.
The Fort Frances Native Urban Wahkaihganun Corp. has applied to amend the zoning for lands proposed to be severed from 1038 and 1040 York Ave. N. and fronting Eighth Street West.
The request is to re-zone the lands from Residential Type Two (R2) to Residential Type Four (R4) to accommodate the construction of a 10-unit residential complex and permit the use of the property for multi-residential use.
York Avenue North resident Herman Pruys is on the agenda to speak in opposition to the proposed re-zoning.
As first reported in Friday’s Daily Bulletin, town council also will be reconsidering a decision previously made regarding its remuneration at tonight’s meeting.
Back in April, council had agreed to freeze its remuneration at its current level for another two years, in light of a call from the province for the public sector to do so.
However, at a special meeting last Thursday, council decided to take another vote tonight as to whether to maintain the pay freeze or not.
This change of opinion was brought on by the fact the provincial government now does not seem to be expecting everyone in the pubic sector to follow the wage freeze.
The public portion of tonight’s meeting is scheduled to start at 6:20 p.m.
The committee of the whole will meet in-camera first starting at 5:30.
Other business at this evening’s meeting, which is being held a day later due to the Thanksgiving holiday, will include:
•Fort Frances Fire and Rescue Joint Emergency Preparedness Program (JEPP) applications;
•Pepsi Cola contract renewal at the Memorial Sports Centre;
•community garden indemnification;
•an adjustment to aviation fuel pump prices at the Fort Frances Airport;
•a report regarding Provincial Offences Act technology migration;
•a report regarding 2011 Vacation Guide Maps;
•minutes of settlement for Island G669 PCL 22649 (2010);
•travel expenses for CAO Mark McCaig for attendance at a Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association (NOMA) meeting last month;
•travel expense and per diem claims for Mayor Roy Avis, and Couns. John Albanese, Paul Ryan, and Rick Wiedenhoeft, for attendance at the NOMA meeting;
•a verbal update on Operations and Facilities division activities;
•a public meeting re: 357/358 applications for tax adjustment at 535 Lillie Ave. and 322 Third St. W.;
•a bylaw to approve an amendment to an agreement with the minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs for financing of a Heritage Tourism Project Phase 2 under the Rural Economic Development Program;
•a bylaw to approve an agreement with BMA Management Consulting Inc. for development of an asset management plan;
•a bylaw to approve a memorandum of understanding with the Fort Frances Public Library Board with respect to 601 Reid Ave.; and
•a request from Coun. Ken Perry for special recognition of J.W. Walker School.