Sidewalk needed near Wal-Mart: mayor

As part of its five-year forecast for sidewalk repairs and construction, the town needs to look into putting a sidewalk in front of Wal-Mart, Mayor Dan Onichuk said at Monday night’s council meeting.
The mayor noted he’s “received a lot of phone calls and a lot of comments from people regarding sidewalks in the west end,” particularly the lack of one leading up to Wal-Mart.
“There’s some problems there when we see bicycles and people pushing baby carriages along the roadway. It’s something we have to take a look at,” he added.
Mayor Onichuk said that while it previously made no sense for the town to think of having “a chunk of sidewalk just in front of Wal-Mart,” he’s since learned from Chief Building Official Rick Hallam that the site plan for the new Canadian Tire includes a sidewalk in front of that store.
As such, it is conceivable to simply extend that sidewalk further west.
The mayor said the Planning and Development division should look into including this construction into its five-year forecast for sidewalk work, as well as other concerns he’s heard about a lack of sidewalks leading up to some local schools.
Also Monday night, council agreed to revisions to the tipping fees at the landfill site when the scale there is not in operation.
These new fees are less than those previously agreed upon by the town back in April as part of the new waste management bylaw.
Council also agreed to change the hours of operation at the landfill on weekdays to 9 a.m.-5 p.m. instead of 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
In other business at last night’s meeting, council:
•accepted a request from the Fun in the Sun committee to challenge International Falls city council to a slo-pitch game as part of the Fun in the Sun celebrations (the Falls currently has the trophy in its possession);
•passed a bylaw to approve contracts awarded through the public tender process to JTJ Contracting (Emo) Ltd. for asphalt patching for three years (2004-06) and for the 2004 supply of granular materials;
•passed a bylaw to amend Bylaw 38/96 (the Traffic Control Bylaw), specifically, the elimination of two bicycle parking zones on Scott Street, the relocation of two handicapped parking spaces on Scott Street, and changes to calendar parking on Keating Avenue;
•passed a bylaw to amend Bylaw 48/97 (this is to provide a clause to exempt Town of Fort Frances employees, agents, and contractors from the provisions of the anti-noise bylaw);
•passed a bylaw to approve an agreement with the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corp. for financing upgrades to the municipal water treatment facility;
•approved a break-open ticket application from the Fort Frances Minor Hockey Association at Sparky’s Confectionery from June 16-Dec. 16, 2004 (the licence now will be processed in conformance to provincial regulation and rules);
•referred a request from Walker Avenue residents Sue and Mel Fletcher regarding compensation for residents affected by the August, 2001 effluent spill to the Administration and Finance executive committee for a recommendation;
•referred a request from the Northwest Catholic District School Board regarding the establishment of a “school zone” with reduced speed limits in the area of St. Michael’s School to the Traffic Safety and Planning and Development executive committees for a recommendation;
•referred a request from Family and Children’s Services regarding the designation of three handicapped parking spots at their new location (260 First St. E.) to the Planning and Development executive committee for a recommendation;
•referred a letter of concern from Michael Tullio regarding water from the Fort Frances Museum draining into his business (Nirvana) at 261 Scott St. to the Operations and Facilities executive committee for a recommendation;
•referred a request from Heikki Lampi for re-assignment of an agreement regarding Jim’s Construction at Kaitlyn Drive and Erin Crescent (registered May 1, 1995) to the Planning and Development executive committee for a recommendation (this is a formality in Lampi entering into an agreement with Jim Strachan to purchase a lot);
•referred a request from the Rainy River Watershed Program for an in-kind contribution regarding the use of the Townshend Theatre for the ManOMin Watershed Conference community presentation on March 30, 2005 to the Community Services executive committee for a recommendation;
•referred a request from the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship regarding a confirmation that there is no scheduled budget funds for boat ramp repairs in 2004 to Community Services manager George Bell for a response as to budget allocation.
•referred a request from the FFCBC seeking permission to install two new lights in the Sorting Gap Marina parking lot, at no cost to the town, to the Community Services executive committee for a recommendation; and
•referred a request for permission from the Mine Centre Mennonite Church to set up a tent at the southwest corner of the Legion Park to hold prayer services July 15-18 to the Operations and Facilities executive committee for a recommendation.