Tender awarded for next road project


Town council has awarded Phase II of Tender 12-OF-12 (Second Street East and Mowat Avenue roadway reconstruction) to Makkinga Contracting at a cost of $1.28 million.
The work will include upgrades to 277 metres of roadway infrastructure on Second Street East (between Mowat Avenue and Central Avenue) and Mowat Avenue (between Second Street East and Third Street East).
It also will include replacement and upgrades to 158 metres of the storm sewer system, as well as the replacement of 293 metres of watermains and other pertinent water infrastructure and 285 metres of sanitary sewer lines and other pertinent sewer system infrastructure.
An open house will be held in April to ensure all property owners abutting the construction project get first-hand knowledge of the project and have the chance to ask questions.
The town is hoping to get funding from the Municipal Infrastructure Investment Initiative (MIII) capital program to pay for one-third the cost of the project.
The rest will be covered through sewer reserves and user fees, water user fees, and federal gas tax revenues.
The project won’t affect taxation.
In other news, combined efforts to bring an assisted living facility to Rainy River District continue, with council agreeing at Tuesday night’s meeting to provide a letter of support to accompany a funding proposal being prepared for the North West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN).
In a letter from Lori Maki, executive vice-president of Riverside Health Care Facilities, Inc. and a member of the Assisted Living Action Group (A.L.A.G.) core planning team, she explained that Riverside, in partnership with A.L.A.G., will be submitting a Health System Improvement Pre-Proposal to the North West LHIN in the near future.
The proposal is for one-time funding to hire a consultant to conduct a needs analysis and feasibility study “as a necessary first step to moving forward,” Maki wrote.
She added such a letter from council, along with similar letters from other stakeholders and community partners, will accompany the proposal, and will show “support and commitment in our efforts to meet the growing needs of older adults in the district.”
Council agreed to provide a letter of support in principle as requested, issued on the mayor’s letterhead.
Also Tuesday night, council turned down a request from the Sunset Country Métis (SCM) regarding its outstanding property tax proposal.
Council instead approved a recommendation from the Administration and Finance executive committee indicating a letter be sent to SCM requesting a payment plan be entered into with the town no later than March 31 to satisfy the three-plus years in arrears for properties at 426 Victoria Ave. and 714 Armit Ave.
The letter also will explain multi-year supplemental tax billing and clarify the Municipal Property Assessment Corp.’s role when properties change ownership.
The current total principal tax owing on the properties is $79,335.79.
At its Feb. 11 meeting, council had received a letter from SCM president Clint Calder proposing to settle the bill with a payment in the amount of $70,000.
Also at Tuesday’s meeting (held one day later due to the Family Day holiday), council:
approved the day care job title change from private home day care/Best Start Hub co-ordinator to assistant superintendent/Best Start Hub co-ordinator (there will be no monetary implications); and
•agreed to proclaim March, 2013 as “Red Cross Month” in the Town of Fort Frances.