Tenders in for ‘Re-Inventing’ study

The “Re-Inventing Fort Frances” committee will be busy over the next week deciding who to choose as a consultant to carry out a feasibility study after tenders for the job closed Tuesday.
“Tenders were officially received at 2 p.m. at the Civic Centre,” said committee chair Janis Lesko.
“There was a good response. We received five,” she added, noting Tuesday’s meeting did not include any discussion of the tenders.
“There’s a process to this. The committee will meet to discuss this next Wednesday after we’ve had to time to look things over,” Lesko explained.
“We’re very excited we’re at this stage. We want to move ahead,” she enthused.
Advertising for the tenders was carried out locally, as well as throughout the area in newspapers from Thunder Bay to Winnipeg.
The “Re-Inventing” committee previously mentioned the consulting fee could be in the $150,000 range.
In related news, the Chamber of Commerce reaffirmed its support of the “Re-Inventing” project yesterday afternoon.
“When the committee first got together, we wrote them a letter of support and pledged $1,000 in-kind services,” Chamber co-ordinator Dawn Booth said.
“Now that they’re entering the next phase, we discussed it at our meeting and decided to donate $2,000 to them,” she added.
Other local and district partners that have rallied behind the committee include the Business Improvement Area, the local Business Women’s Network, and the Rainy River Future Development Corp.
And the committee still is waiting for word on provincial and federal funding. “We’re hoping to hear something in the next two weeks. It would work out well when we decide on a consultant,” said Lesko.
Aspects of the “Re-Inventing Fort Frances” plan include altering traffic flow to promote local businesses, turning the old Fort Frances High School into a market area with a park and amphitheatre, erecting a large Mountie statue, creating a “fort-like” gateway at the border, and much more.
The committee still is looking for public input to help in discussions with the consultant once one is retained. People can drop off suggestions in the box located at the Rainy Lake Hotel.