Subcommittee to eye property standards


Following through on another initiative set out in its 2011 strategic plan, town council has struck a subcommittee to monitor property standards.
The new subcommittee of the Planning and Development executive committee will “provide oversight, identify, and refer property standard concerns noted to the bylaw enforcement department for their attention,” Planning and Development superintendent Rick Hallam noted in a report approved by council at its regular meeting Monday night.
The subcommittee’s members will be all the members of the Planning and Development executive committee, as appointed by the mayor.
Issues of concern from the subcommittee will be directed to the bylaw enforcement department through the office of the Planning and Development superintendent.
In other news, the town’s 2012 user fee schedule will be reviewed and discussed at a committee of the whole meeting scheduled for Monday, Dec. 5 at 4 p.m.
The Administration and Finance executive committee has recommended an increase reflective of the current Consumer Price Index, with the exception of a few areas that require more evaluation.
Also at Monday night’s meeting, council:
•appointed Aaron Beckett to the Economic Development Advisory Committee for a term ending Nov. 30, 2012;
•authorized the mayor and clerk to execute an Ontario Power Authority grant application on behalf of the town (if successful, this grant would be used for energy auditing work);
•approved a report which will ensure Jennifer Kivimaki and Jordan Fournier, of 819 Church St. E., will be credited or reimbursed for 100 percent of the water portion of their water and sanitary sewer service costs from November, 2010-November, 2011 in the total amount of $424.24, and that going forward they will not charged for the water portion of said services until the new looping watermain is installed and fully operational in the Shevlin wood yard (this work is to be completed by no later than mid-June, 2012);
•approved a report to ensure the mayor and clerk execute agreements with CN to move forward with the Portage Avenue underpass storm sewer pumping system, with the town being responsible for all costs to the abutting property of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Colfer, including the installation of a new fence along the rear property line and restoration of all damaged grass and trees (Hatch Engineering will be instructed to complete tender documents in order to call for a tender in February, with construction starting around May);
•denied a request from E. Haglund to construct a building on a town-owned right of way at the rear of 409 Colonization Rd. E., and furthermore directed all private users of the right of way be advised they must maintain the area in a clean and tidy fashion with no accumulation of trash, that items used for gardening be stored, and that the practice of leaning items against the existing fence cease;
•approved a report to agree to the use of photo identification cards for taxi driver licensing and identification purposes (as opposed to metal badges), and directed that the licensing bylaw and schedule of fees be amended as necessary;
•agreed to a recommendation of the Administration and Finance executive committee to recognize the worthiness of the annual community Christmas dinner, receive the donation request from the Fort Frances Volunteer Bureau, and take no further action;
•agreed to a recommendation of the Administration and Finance executive committee, with input of the Community Services executive committee, to deny the donation request from the “Uniquely Me” program;
•received minutes of settlement for property located at 800 Scott St.;
•approved a rent increase of 3.17 percent in 2012 for the residential property located at 501 Sixth St. W., and further that a lease agreement with Jane Peterson for the period of March 1, 2012-Feb. 28, 2013 be prepared along with an authorizing bylaw;
•approved per diem and travel claims for Mayor Roy Avis in the total amount of $1,255.89 for his attendance at the Rainy River District Municipal Association general meeting held in Emo on Sept. 29, the Ontario Association of Police Services Boards zone meeting held in Thunder Bay on Oct. 19-21, and the Red Lake Airport grand opening on Oct. 27;
•approved per diem and travels claims for Coun. Ken Perry in the amount of $102 to the attend the Regional Economic Development Commission meeting held in Emo on Oct. 27;
•approved a per diem claim for Coun. Sharon Tibbs in the amount of $75 for attendance at the RRDMA meeting held in Alberton on Oct. 27; and
•endorsed consultations with the Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs with regards to the Mitaanjigamiing (Stanjikoming) First Nation’s treaty land entitlement claim and its impact on the Town of Fort Frances.