Seniors’ groups ask for help on survey


Seniors and Law Enforcement Together (S.A.L.T.) and the Assisted Living Action Group (A.L.A.G.) have asked town council to partner in conducting a seniors’ assessment survey.
“It is believed that the development of assisted living accommodations and services for seniors and their families in our community would decrease the out-migration and health cost, as well as increase healthy lifestyles, employment opportunities, and family tourism,” S.A.L.T. chair Robert Schulz and A.L.A.G. chair Erma Armit wrote in a joint letter received by council at last night’s regular meeting.
“Everyone could win,” they stressed.
“In order to move forward to accomplish our goals, our [A.L.A.G.] needs data,” the letter added. “We are asking to partner with the town council as part of a needs assessment strategy to determine the needs of seniors and their families in our community.
“A fact-finding mission would also benefit town council’s strategic planning process,” they reasoned.
The two groups requested that mayor and council assist with:
•assigning a council member or designate to work with our committee to design a survey in order to assess the needs of seniors and their families; and
•assisting the two groups by covering the cost of implementing the survey.
Council referred the request to the Administration and Finance executive committee for its recommendation.
In other news, the Fort Frances Lakers Hockey Association has applied for the tender to run the Ice For Kids upstairs canteen for the 2012-13 hockey season.
In a letter from fundraising chair Bev Kotnik and president Milt Strachan, they noted the Lakers have “huge operating expenses and an opportunity to operate the Ice For Kids upstairs canteen would be an additional revenue source.”
“The Lakers’ fundraising team would bring the same level of volunteerism and ‘excellent of execution’ to the canteen venue as it has done, and continues to do, with every fundraising event it is involved in,” the letter pledged.
“Please consider our request with the same ‘due diligence’ you do with all requests of this nature.”
Council referred the request to the Community Services executive committee for its recommendation.
Also at last night’s meeting, council:
•heard a presentation from regional economic developer Geoff Gillon re: Rainy River Future Development Corp. activities from July 1-Sept. 30, 2011;
•heard a presentation from IT consultant Darryl Allan re: the new Town of Fort Frances website;
•heard a presentation from Clerk Glenn Treftlin re: iCompass Meeting Management Solution CivicWeb services;
•received, with appreciation for service, a notice of resignation from Tannis Drysdale from the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre board; and
•referred a request from the Fort Frances Police Services Board, re: designation of an official parade route, to the Administration and Finance executive committee for its recommendation, with input from the other three executive committees.