Public invited to discuss name change

Before a stretch of road here is renamed La Verendrye Parkway, town council is asking for public input Tuesday on the proposed change.
At around 7 p.m., residents are invited to comment on, or question, the move to rename Front Street from Victoria Avenue South to Elizabeth Avenue East, along Rainy River, to La Verendrye Parkway and Front Street, in front of the mill, to Central Avenue.
“Given the historical significance of the name ‘La Verendrye,’ it is anticipated that the name will assist in obtaining government attention and assistance for the needed funding,” CAO Bill Naturkach wrote in a report to council.
“In addition, current and future marketing of the waterfront will be enhanced with the significance of the name ‘La Verendrye,’” he noted.
Council also will receive several delegates during Tuesday night’s meeting, which was delayed one day due to the Thanksgiving Day holiday.
A joint committee of the Business Improvement Area and Rainy River Business Women’s Network will present a plan, “Re-Inventing Fort Frances,” to revitalize the entrance into Canada.
Meanwhile, Ministry of Northern Development and Mines rep Aime Dimatteo will make a presentation to council regarding the Northern Services Implementation Project.
Finally, Fort Frances OPP S/Sgt. Hugh Dennis will give council a verbal activity report.
During the meeting of the committee of the whole, councillors once again will discuss the final due dates for 2001 property tax and BIA tax due dates.
The committee also will consider the status of the River Walk condominium project and on-going construction of the new Canada Customs and Immigration facility here.