Strategic planning session set to go


Fort Frances town council and administration will map out a strategic plan covering the remainder of its term during a session tomorrow at Sunny Cove Camp.
Slated to run from 9 a.m.-9 p.m., they will meet to discuss issues and set objectives.
Some of this discussion will be based on input provided by local stakeholders, which the town had put out a call for last month.
Deputy clerk Kathy Lawson said Monday that in addition to a number of recommendations from the town’s Economic Development Advisory Committee, administration received eight or nine written submissions from the Active Transportation Committee, private sector, and residents, which will be covered at the strategic planning session.
As reported last week, the local Seniors and Law Enforcement Together (S.A.L.T.) group spoke to council June 6 about the needs of the local seniors’ population, including assisted living.
It also asked that during the strategic planning process, council give “consideration to these needs and engage seniors in a part of the process in order to promote a senior-friendly community and to decrease the out-migration of seniors.”
Council agreed to include seniors’ needs in their strategic plan discussion.
As well, in the past few months council has referred several issues, ranging from potential development of more residential lots to the fate of the old Rainy Lake Hotel, to this year’s strategic planning process.
The public is welcome to attend tomorrow’s session, although they should keep in mind that council will not be hearing oral presentations—those were heard at the June 6 meeting.
Members of council previously have stated the importance of the strategic planning session, noting any input they received would be considered during the process.
At the May 9 council meeting, Coun. Rick Wiedenhoeft stressed the strategic plan “is not a document that’s going to sit on the shelf.”
“It is a living document, and I would encourage the public to make suggestions because this will not sit on the shelf, this will actually come to fruition, as did the last one,” he added.
“We do work with it, it is our guide,” echoed Coun. Ken Perry at that meeting.
“We’ve got three-and-a-half years plus left in our term and we will make it work,” he had pledged.