‘Snowbirds’ may return here


The Royal Canadian Air Force’s “Snowbirds” demonstration team could take to the skies above the Fort Frances Airport next year.
Town council this evening will receive a financial request from Bruce Caldwell, who is in the process of asking the “Snowbirds” to return here in June.
Caldwell estimated it will take about $8,000 to cover all costs and expenses, but is hoping ticket sales will cover this.
However, in advance of the event, Caldwell is asking the town for $1,500-$2,000 to be used to pay for tickets and advertising.
He also will be asking for help from the Rainy River Future Development Corp., and would like four or five volunteers to help him with the event.
“We will not know for certain if we are able to have the ‘Snowbirds’ until next February or early March, but we would like to be ready if it comes to pass,” Caldwell reasoned.
The “Snowbirds” are comprised of serving men and women of the Canadian Forces who work as a team to bring thrilling aerial performances to the public.
Tonight’s council meeting is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m.
It will be preceded by the committee of the whole meeting at 5:30.
Other business on the agenda includes:
•a public hearing re: applications for tax adjustment at 786 King’s Highway and 213 Sixth St. W.;
•a letter from Ted Moroz, president of The Beer Store, re: deregulation of the alcohol retail system;
•a request from the Royal Canadian Legion Br. #29 to proclaim Nov. 5-11 as “Poppy Week” in the Town of Fort Frances;
•a letter from the Friends of the Fort Frances Museum requesting council attend its third-annual fundraiser gala, this year entitled “An Evening at the Officers’ Club,” on Nov. 6;
•a request from the Canadian Diabetes Association to proclaim November as “Diabetes Awareness Month,” and Nov. 14 as “World Diabetes Day,” in the Town of Fort Frances;
•a request from Shelly Armstrong of Gillons’ Insurance Brokers Ltd. to access public records of the town’s infrastructure upgrading;
•a response from Doug Brown, manager of Operations and Facilities, re: a presentation on the sanitary sewer system in the Church Street sewage pumping station catchment area;
•a tender re: supply and installation of an electronic runway condition reporting system at the airport;
•a report re: a request for private parking spaces on Scott Street;
•a report re: the 2015 Dudley Hewitt Cup request;
•a report re: the Townshend Theatre joint-use agreement;
•a report re: the Fort Frances Tribal Area Health Services Inc.’s request for a letter of support for a detox centre here;
•a report re: the town advertising request for the 2015 Vacation Guide Map to Northwestern Ontario.
•a report re: the “double hatter” firefighter issue in the media;
•a report re: renewal of municipal insurance 2014-15;
•expense claims for Mayor Roy Avis, and Couns. John Albanese, Andrew Hallikas, Ken Perry, Paul Ryan, and Rick Wiedenhoeft;
•a report re: travel policy; and
•an update on capital projects.