Team seeking break on sign bylaw


In its final regular meeting of 2010, town council will receive a request from the Fort Frances Lakers’ fan club regarding signage.
“The Fort Frances Lakers Fan Club, a part of the Fort Frances Lakers, a not-for-profit corporation, is asking the town to waive the signage bylaw as it applies to the Fort Frances Lakers signs located at [Canadian Tire] and the White Pine Inn,” read a letter from volunteer Larry Patrick.
“The property owners have no problem with the signs located at their respective businesses,” he added.
“The Lakers are operating on a tight budget with high operating costs and marginal revenues,” wrote Patrick, adding the town clearly benefits from the Fort Frances Lakers.
“Hence, the Fort Frances Lakers Fan Club, who is responsible for the signs located at said properties, would greatly appreciate some leniency with the signage bylaw.”
The public portion of tonight’s meeting is scheduled to start at 6:05 p.m. It will be preceded by the committee of the whole, which will meet in-camera beginning at 4:30 p.m.
Other business on the agenda includes:
•a “Dial-a-Ride” letter of understanding;
•a request to purchase town-owned property from Walter Cunningham;

•Fort Frances Native Urban Wahkaihganun Corp. Zoning Amendment (File No. 08/98-QQ);
•Fort Frances Native Urban Wahkaihganun Corp. condition re: consent file B2/2010;
•extension of existing maintenance services agreements;
•a request from Anthony Kadikoff re: revisions to collection of residential waste and recycling and waste management system improvements;
•a 2010 capital budget item (an additional computer server);
•2009 Municipal Performance Measurement Program results;
•an update to the town’s procurement policy;
•capital long-term debt financing report;
•2011 temporary borrowing to meet current expenditures;
•Ontario Regulation 284/09 (budget matters);
•travel expenses for CAO Mark McCaig;
•travel and per diem claims for Mayor Roy Avis;
•approval of the Residential Blue Box Waste Recycling Strategy;
•a resolution re: OPP contract policing costs (see last week’s Times for details);
•a financial request from Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame re: annual membership and fundraising campaign;
•a bylaw to designate the head of the municipality for purposes of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act;
•a bylaw to authorize temporary borrowing to meet current expenditures of the corporation for the year 2011;
•a bylaw to authorize an agreement for purposes of geospatial data exchange with the Ministry of Natural Resources; and
•a list of conferences mayor and council may attend in 2011.
Items on the committee of the whole’s in-camera agenda include:
•an item regarding protection of property;
•OPP contract negotiations;
•a fire arbitration update;
•the potential condominium development; and
•appointments to boards and committees for 2010-12 (Economic Development Advisory Committee and BIA board of management).