The Fort Frances Police Services Board has recommended that town council adopt an official parade route within Fort Frances.
In a letter to council, PSB chair John McTaggart said the board has had in-depth discussions regarding parade routes within town limits and the use of limited police resources to manage the parades as they proceed through town.
He noted several options were considered, with the intention being to limit interference with motor vehicles at intersections and thus limit the need for extra police officers to control those intersections.
McTaggart said council also may wish to designate certain parades as “town-sanctioned parades” that would be a priority for police (i.e., the Canada Day parade, “Parade of Lights,” or Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship parade).
The PSB is recommending the following as possible marshalling areas for parades:
•the arena parking lot;
•the library parking lot;
•the Shevlin wood yard (with an agreement from the mill); or
•along Minnie Avenue or Williams Avenue.
The two possible routes recommended are:
•from the marshalling area to Scott Street, proceeding west no further than Mowat Avenue, where the parade can disperse; or
•from the marshalling area to Front Street, proceeding west no further than Mowat Avenue (via Victoria Avenue, and then either Church Street or Scott Street), where the parade can disperse.
There is nothing to prevent the parade from doubling back to the starting point provided it does not proceed west of Mowat Avenue and stays south of Second Street East, added McTaggart.
Parade organizers would, as before, need to provide qualified persons to man any barricades at intersections to allow for the passage of emergency vehicles should the need arise.
“We feel this recommendation is a very good solution for security at future parades within the Town of Fort Frances,” said McTaggart.
“Should you [council] have any questions regarding this issue, we would be more than pleased to discuss them with you.”
Council referred the request to the Administration and Finance executive committee for its recommendation, with input from the other three executive committees.