The Rainy River District Women’s Shelter of Hope is hoping to have a permanent presence in Fort Frances, and has asked town council for its support for the initiative.
In a letter from Donna Kroocmo, executive director of the Shelter of Hope, she indicated the agency is applying for a grant from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp.
But it needs a letter indicating the municipality supports the initiative and is prepared to show that support in some way, such as reducing or eliminating property taxes since it is a registered charity, providing reduced fees on the water bill, or otherwise showing that council is “more than verbally supportive” of the endeavour.
“We have to create a minimum of five new beds and we may be looking at a women’s resource centre, combined with some transitional housing apartment units, and a few emergency shelter beds for abused women,” noted Kroocmo.
“The exact plan has not been created as we haven’t found the building yet, and aren’t sure how it can be best utilized,” she added.
Council referred the letter to the Administration and Finance executive committee for its recommendation.
Also at last night meeting (held a day later due to the Remembrance Day observance), council:
•proclaimed Oct. 29-Nov. 11 as “Poppy Week” in the Town of Fort Frances;
•proclaimed Friday, Nov. 16 as “Louis Riel Day” in the Town of Fort Frances;
•referred a letter from resident Terry Ross, re: fencing issues, to the Planning and Development executive committee for its recommendation;
•referred a letter from the Community Living Fort Frances and District board, re: a new accessibility ramp, to the Operations and Facilities executive committee for its recommendation;
•referred a request from J. Stephenson of FORM Architecture requesting an amendment to a site plan control agreement re: the DSSAB eight-plex apartment building; and
•agreed to bring forward the resolution to advertise a request for tender for a triple-combination pumper fire truck.