‘Re-Inventing’ items back before council

The Administration and Finance executive committee will come back to council this evening with recommendations as to the direction the town will take with the “Re-Inventing Fort Frances” final report.
While council approved the report in principle at its April 14 meeting, it did not want to commit to forming a new town-sponsored committee to oversee implementing the study, hiring a project coordinator, or contributing $230,000 towards a “gateway” at the international bridge here before Administration and Finance took another look at the recommendations.
While Fort Frances CAO Bill Naturkach couldn’t reveal what the executive committee’s recommendations were prior to tonight’s council meeting, he did say any recommendations would “contribute towards the process” in utilizing the report.
A related item on this evening’s agenda is a request by the local Business Improvement Area to make a brief presentation before council regarding the “Re- Inventing” report’s recommendation to make a “gateway” at the bridge, which would consist of a mural on the lap building, signage, and some “greenspace.”^A letter from BIA chair Russ Ling reads: “At the May 12 meeting, the BIA intends to inform council that it is prepared to make a substantial contribution towards re-development of the gateway area consistent with the concept presented in the final report and recommendation formally presented to council Feb. 24, 2003 by the town-sponsored committee for ‘Re- Inventing Fort Frances.’” The BIA wants to follow-up tonight’s presentation with a special meeting on Tuesday, May 20 for the purpose of receiving and discussing the BIA offer, including scope, terms, and conditions.
Other business at tonight’s council meeting will include:
•a presentation, in conjunction with the town’s centennial celebration, by the Grade 1-3 classes at Alexander MacKenzie School;
•a verbal update by Naturkach and Mayor Glenn Witherspoon regarding the town’s future with Paris, Tenn., and the recent visit here by Paris Mayor Larry Crawford and city manager Carl Holden;
•a complaint from Jeanne Kaun, manager of Skyview Apartments on First Street East, regarding excessive noise from Warp 9;
•a request from Riverside Health Care Facilities to proclaim May 12- 18 as National Nursing Week;
•an invitation from the Ministry of Finance for participation in the Ontario Municipal Economic Infrastructure Financing Authority program;
•a bylaw to approve a contract of employment as treasury assistant with Laurie Witherspoon for the Town of Fort Frances;
•a bylaw to appoint certain officers of the Corporation of the Town of Fort Frances; and
•a bylaw to approve a schedule of remuneration structure for management and non-union staff.