School asks for signage changes

Duane Hicks

Town council will receive a request tonight from Robert Moore School to make certain changes to traffic signage during the school year.
The school is asking that signage on the 700 bock of Crowe Avenue, as well as at the intersection of the 200 block of Fourth Street East and Armit Avenue, be changed “to assist in developing a safer environment for student arrival and dismissal during the school year.”
The signage requests include:
•having “No Stopping” signs on the east side of the 700 block of Crowe Avenue between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday to Friday;
•having “10 Minute Stopping” signs on the west side of the 700 block of Crowe Avenue between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday to Friday;
•having “No Bus Access” signs on the 700 block of Crowe Avenue;
•having “Stop” signs at the intersection of Crowe Avenue and Third Street East; and
•having additional “Stop” signs at the northwest and southeast corners of Armit Avenue and Fourth Street East to create a four-way stop.
Robert Moore and the local public school board also are looking at a number of measures to assist pedestrian safety and student pick-up and drop-off traffic.
These include the installation of hard surface walkways leading from the school to Second Street East, parent pull-in bays on the west side of Crowe Avenue between Second and Fourth Street East, and the separation of bus traffic from pedestrian and caregiver traffic.
Tonight’s council meeting is scheduled to start at 6:25 p.m. The public portion of the committee of whole meeting should start at 6:05.
Other items on the agenda include:
•a presentation from Ontario Clean Water Agency re: the annual report for 2011;
•the March, 2012 Drinking Water Systems Monthly Summary Report;
•a report re: 2011 Strategic Plan Item No. 29—Parks Operational Review;
•a report re: RFP No. 11-OF-05 (energy work for 13 town-owned facilities and buildings);
•a request for a return of fees re: Zoning By-Law 08/98-VV;
•a report re: the Fort Frances High School “chem-free” grad financial request;
•a report re: the Rainy River District Social Services Administration Board special fund;
•a request from the Salvation Army re: proclaiming May, 2012 as “Red Shield Month” in the Town of Fort Frances;
•a request from S. Armstrong, of George Armstrong Co. Ltd., re: a proposal to purchase a portion of Pit Road #2 and Emo Road;
•a financial request from the “It’s Eh Celebration” planning committee re: Canada Day events (June 29-July 1);
•a bylaw to amend By-Law 21/94 (this is formalize the disbanding of the Recreation Advisory Committee and Children’s Complex Advisory Committee as reported in the Times two weeks ago); and
•a joint invitation from the Koochiching County Historical Society and Rainy River First Nations regarding An International Conference of Understanding on the Rainy River Mound-Builders (May 17-18).