Parking spaces on agenda for council meeting

Town council will consider two separate items regarding eliminating or re-designating parking spaces at tonight’s regular meeting.
First, council will receive a formal request from Brenda Tullio for approval of a private parking space fronting 261 Scott. St., where she opened an audiology clinic earlier this month.
“The Ear Clinic provides audiological and hearing aid services to residents of the municipality of Fort Frances and surrounding communities,” Tullio wrote in her request to council.
“As a large number of my prospective clients are elderly, it is imperative that parking is available to them within close proximity of the business, particularly during the winter months,” she stressed.
Town council also will vote on a bylaw to amend Traffic Control Bylaw 10/03-G—to remove a handicap parking space from the 400 block of Scott St.
At its July 24 meeting, council received a recommendation from its Planning and Development executive committee to remove the parking spot, which is located along the north side of Scott Street, some 48 feet west of the intersection of Scott Street and Armit Avenue.
The executive committee made the recommendation after reviewing the parking spot, noting there also is a handicap parking spot about 75 feet further west down Scott Street (adjacent to the former Family and Children’s Services building).
As such, the executive committee deemed the spot “superfluous” and with “no compelling reason for its continued existence,” read a report from Rick Hallam, superintendent of the Planning and Development division.
Other business at tonight’s meeting, which is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. at the Civic Centre, will include:
•a report from treasurer Laurie Witherspoon regarding a request for reconsideration of assessment and adjustment of taxes for the period of June 23-Dec. 31, 2006 for property located at 280 Biddeson Ave. (the reason for the request is a building there was demolished);
•a bylaw to approve an agreement and agency appointment with Local Authorities Services Ltd. and ECNG Limited Partnership for purposes of a natural gas procurement program;
•Water System Management Bylaw 16/06;
•a bylaw to adopt a revised procurement of goods and services policy;
•a bylaw to approve an agreement with the Rainy River District Social Services Administration Board for child care services under “Best Start” by the Fort Frances Children’s Complex; and
•a request from the 9-1-1 Ontario Advisory Board for financial assistance from municipal governments in order to continue as the technical and information authority regarding the implementation and operation of 9-1-1 emergency number systems in Ontario.
The meeting will be preceded by the committee of the whole, which is expected to be in-camera from 5:30-5:45 p.m., after which time it will be open to the public.