Point Park litigation could end soon


After 20-plus years of litigation over the Point Park lands, the town and Agency One bands are hoping to end their court battle and work together going forward.
At last night’s council meeting, Mayor June Caul said the town will soon be signing a “Declaration of Intent and Friendship” with the Agency One bands to strengthen their relationship and layout their plans for Point Park.
Next Wednesday (May 1), representatives from Couchiching, Mitaanjigamiing, Naicatchewenin, and Nigigoonsiminkaaning as well as the Town of Fort Frances will meet at Point Park for a BBQ and to sign the document.
The public is encouraged to attend.
Caul said the town is looking forward to a stronger relationship with local First Nations.
Also at last night’s meeting, council:
•approved a recommendation re: Ducks Unlimited Canada request with no further action to be taken;
•approved a recommendation re: FFHS Chem Free Grad party donation request;
•approved a recommendation re: P.O.A. audited financial statements for the year ending Dec. 31, 2018;
•approved a recommendation re: annual review of the municipal health and safety policy;
•approved recommendation re: “Relay For Life” request for use of the East End Hall;
•approved a recommendation re: Fort Frances Museum special exhibit admission fees;
•approved recommendation re: proposed draft of smoking bylaw;
•approved a recommendation re: 2019 update to the Town of Fort Frances’ drinking water quality management system operational plan;
•approved a recommendation re: capital replacement of the town’s sand truck first purchased in 2000;
•approved a recommendation re: 2019 purchase of another columbarium at Riverview Cemetery;
•approved a recommendation re: Memorial Sports Centre canteen agreement;
•referred a request from Steve Both re: former Alexander McKenzie School property to the Planning and Development executive committee for recommendation, with input from the municipal planner;
•approved a recommendation re: letter from R. Van Drunen re: noise bylaw with no further action to be taken;
•referred a request from W. Dirk re: issues with driveway at 315 Butler Ave. to the Operations and Facilities executive committee for recommendation; and
•referred a request from Bill Michl, recycling chair of the Fort Frances Voyageur Lions Club, re: placement of a recycle bin in a location near the marina on La Verendrye Parkway to the Operations and Facilities executive committee for recommendation.