Anyone want an old scoreboard?
Town council agreed last night to declare the old ’52 Canadians Arena scoreboard that no longer is in use as surplus and endorsed the procedure for its removal and disposal.
In a written report from Community Services manager Jason Kabel, he noted the Community Services division had been approached by a local citizen with interest in removing the old score clock at the south end of the rink.
The clock hasn’t been in operation for nearly two decades.
As per the town’s procedure, the scoreboard will be advertised in the Fort Frances Times in the near future and posted on the town’s website for the public to view.
Interested parties also can visit the Memorial Sports Centre to get a closer inspection of the item.
Individuals can submit bids by the deadline to be determined in February. Forms will be available at the Civic Centre and the Memorial Sports Centre in advance of the sale.
The bids will be opened publicly in the committee room at the Civic Centre.
Payment will be due prior to removing the item from the town’s property.
Successful bidders will have to strictly observe the town’s health and safety procedures with the removal of the scoreboard that will be done completely at their own cost.
The bidder also must leave the premises “aesthetically pleasing to the satisfaction of management,” noted Kabel.
This may include painting and/or some other coverage of the location on the wall.
In other news from its regular meeting last night, council passed a resolution allowing for cannabis retail stores to operate in the Town of Fort Frances.
Administration was directed to provide written notice to the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, notifying it of the municipality’s decision to opt-in to allow retail cannabis stores by the Jan. 22 deadline, as per the Cannabis Licence Act, 2018.
Council also deferred the development of a municipal retail sales policy for recreational cannabis to a later date.
Also at last night’s meeting, council:
•referred an e-mail from resident Rebecca Van Drunen, expressing concerns about Bylaw No. 48/97 (the Anti-Noise Bylaw), to the Planning and Development executive committee for its recommendation;
•referred a request from Randy Thoms, re: re-opening the north-end rink that was shut down last winter, to the 2019 budget process for review (Thoms also would like to know if re-opening can be done with volunteers overseeing the site without overstepping the bounds of town employees);
•referred a letter from the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation, re: a financial donation to support cardiovascular surgery, to the Administration and Finance executive committee for its recommendation;
•referred an e-mail from K. Rogoza re: a sewer invoice to the Operations and Facilities executive committee for its recommendation; and
•referred a request from G. Knowles, co-chair of Heart of the Continent Partnership, re: annual dues to the Administration and Finance executive committee for its recommendation.