RRFDC seeking funds to help fix readerboard


The Rainy River Future Development Corp. is asking the Town of Fort Frances and other partner communities to help pay for $4,298 in repairs that have been done to the electronic readerboard located on the mill’s lap building at the border crossing here.
The town’s share would be $614—an amount the RRFDC also is requesting from the City of Kenora, Naotkamegwanning and Onigmaing FN, Sioux Narrows/Nestor Falls, City of Dryden/Vermilion Bay area, and Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung.
The RRFDC also has pitched in $614.
“Since the beginning of the project in January, 2005, RRFDC has maintained and covered the cost of the monthly telephone line necessary to operate the electronic readerboard at the border,” RRFDC chair George Emes said in a letter to council.
“Recently, the readerboard became inoperable due to a failure with the circuit board and had to be replaced.
“This part was not covered under any warranty,” he noted. “RRFDC has since replaced the part and is asking our partners to assist in the repair cost.
“We appreciate any assistance you can offer.”
Council referred the financial request to the Administration and Finance executive committee for its recommendation.
Also at Monday night’s meeting, council:
•directed the treasurer to contact the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing on the amount that is to be credited in 2011 to Rainy River District municipalities as a result of the uploading of social assistance benefit program costs to Ontario rising from the Provincial Municipal Fiscal and Service Delivery Review;
•approved a contract with Nicholson’s Janitorial for $60,000 (plus taxes) to provide janitorial services at the Civic Centre (Tender No. 11-CS-01);
•approved a report regarding the existing playground equipment (climber) at the old Huffman School property, noting the equipment will be offered up for use by the various town divisions, and if declared surplus, disposed of according to town policy;
•denied a request from Travis and Shanna Weir to waive the installation cost of $5,065.53 for the replacement of the sanitary sewer service line in front of 1108 Victoria Ave. N.;
•approved a sponsorship request from the Fort Frances Curling Club re: the NOCA senior provincial playdowns in the amount of $104;
•agreed to appoint BDO Canada LLP for the 2011 and 2012 audit services, with an option to approve for an additional two years to coincide with mayor and council terms of office, and that an authorizing bylaw be prepared;
•received a Community Broadcasting Services advertising request with no further action to be taken;
•approved a report to enter into a contract with DataFix for purposes of utilizing Municipal Voter View software 2011-14 at a total cost of $4,200 (plus taxes);
•approved a travel and per diem claim in the amount of $188.35 for Mayor Roy Avis for attendance at the Rainy River District Municipal Association meeting on Jan. 29 in Stratton;
•approved a per diem claim in the amount of $150 each for Couns. John Albanese, Ken Perry, Paul Ryan, and Rick Wiedenhoeft for attendance at the RRDMA meeting Jan. 29 in Stratton;
•approved a per diem claim in the amount of $375 for Coun. Andrew Hallikas for attendance at the RRDMA meeting Jan. 29 and the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association meeting Jan. 11 in Thunder Bay;
•authorized the mayor and clerk to sign a renewal agreement with the OPP for the provision of 9-1-1 Central Emergency Reporting Bureau (CERB) service and directed the clerk to prepare the necessary bylaw; and
•authorized the mayor and clerk to sign a fire dispatch agreement with the Kenora Central Ambulance Communication Centre (CACC) and directed the clerk to prepare the necessary bylaw.