Square work still chugging along

Duane Hicks

The Rainy Lake Square continues to be a beehive of construction activity as its Oct. 5 grand-opening date draws near.
Several steel structures, including the stage superstructure, are being installed this week, Operations and Facilities manager Travis Rob told town council at its regular meeting last night.
Paving stones are being installed, with the front half of the site nearly complete.
Trees and shrubs are being dug at the nursery this week and anticipated to be on-site by the end of this week.
Final curb work and planting bases will be completed this week, as well.
The electrical services also have been installed from the pole to the stage, including a conduit for fibre for the provision of public Wi-Fi.
Meanwhile, all of the in-ground work has been completed on the 200 block of Second Street East, and the granular material for the road base and sidewalk has been installed and compacted.
The concrete subcontractor will be on-site the week of Oct. 2 for the installation of the curb/gutter and sidewalks.
Once that work is done, the paving subcontractor will be able to install a lift of asphalt both on Second Street East and over on a portion of Nelson Street, which saw a similar infrastructure overhaul this summer.
In other news, another round of “Canada 150” pins and certificates were handed out to 19 citizens of all ages during last night’s meeting.
Prior to that, 15 pins were presented to youths at the Kids’ Garden Club season wind-up at the Fort Frances Community Garden in the north end.
“Canada 150” pins will continue to be given out through the end of the year.
Also last night, council:
•referred safety and maintenance concerns for the alley beside the Legion building to the Operations and Facilities executive committee for its recommendation;
•referred a request for upgrades to the existing crosswalk in front of the Legion to the Operations and Facilities executive committee, with input from the Traffic Safety Committee;
•agreed to proclaim Sept. 17-23 as “National Legion Week” in the Town of Fort Frances;
•referred a letter from L. Tennant, re: the need for more multi-residential lots in Fort Frances, to the Planning and Development executive committee for its recommendation;
•agreed to proclaim Oct. 25 as “17th-Annual Child Care Worker and Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day” in the Town of Fort Frances; and
•referred a request from Tom Veert Contracting Ltd., for the supply and installation of street lighting on Eighth Street, to the Operations and Facilities executive committee for its recommendation.