Rec board seeking incentive for survey

The town’s recreation advisory committee is asking council for financial support—in the form of a prize—to encourage local residents to fill out a programs and facilities questionnaire survey.
As directed by council, the rec committee has developed a questionnaire survey to go out to every household in the community.
A request on tonight’s agenda sees the committee wanting council to approve granting tax credits for the 2005 tax year as draw prizes, for which those households that fill out the surveys will be eligible to win.
Suggested amounts include a first prize of $500, with two lesser prizes of $250 tax credits.
In a letter to council from the Fort Frances Recreation Advisory Committee, chairman Jim Cumming noted “the survey focuses on programs and facilities currently available in the community, and asks householders to indicate whether or not they have participated in the activities or used the facilities in the past year.”
The survey also will ask residents to recommend the development of other programs or facilities they feel would enhance the quality of life and health in Fort Frances.
Cumming noted the survey is ready to go, but the rec committee is waiting to hear back from council regarding the request for the incentive before distributing it to the public.
Tonight’s council meeting is slated to start at 6:10 p.m. and run until about 6:50. It will be preceded by the committee of the whole meeting at 5:30.
Other business at tonight’s council meeting will include:
•an informal introduction to Rod Otterness, new CAO for the City of International Falls;
•a police services activity report from OPP S/Sgt. Hugh Dennis, as well as a Community Services program presentation;
•a bylaw to approve a contract with the Rainy River District Social Services Administration Board for provision of child care services by the Town of Fort Frances;
•oral reports on division activities by the chairperson of the various executive committees;
•a bylaw to regulate the discharge of paintball guns within the boundaries of the Town of Fort Frances;
•a request from the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce for a town representative on its board of directors;
•a request for financial support from Northwestern Ontario Crime Stoppers regarding playground equipment replacement at various town parks;
•a request from the Valley Adult Learning Association for use of Pither’s Point Park for a five-km fundraising run/walk and barbecue on Sept. 25; and
•a request from the Township of North Frontenac for support of its resolution regarding concerns about the future of rural Ontario.