Top citizen to be revealed tonight


Mayor Roy Avis will announce the next “Citizen of the Year” at tonight’s council meeting.
A total of 23 applications, including some for the same nominees, were submitted by the Oct. 30 deadline.
The selection committee, consisting of Bill Gushulak (“Citizen of the Year 2000”), Mark Kowalchuk (“Citizen of the Year 1994”), Mayor Avis, and deputy mayor Sharon Tibbs, then met last week to choose the one they feel is most deserving.
Their recommendation is up for final approval by council at tonight’s meeting.
The recipient will be honoured officially at the town’s annual appreciation banquet on Friday, Nov. 20.
After that, the recipient likely will appear in the upcoming “Parade of Lights” on Nov. 28 and next year’s Canada Day parade.
The identities of the nominees will not be revealed. Only the winner will be publicly announced.
Last year’s honouree was Linda Hamilton.
Deer proliferation
Meanwhile, with residents expressing concern over the increased number of deer coming into town and causing damage, the Ministry of Natural Resources is hosting a public information and awareness session during tonight’s council meeting.
According to the agenda, this should take place around 7:30 p.m.
Residents will be able to ask questions at the end of the formal presentation.
Council’s regular meeting is scheduled to begin at 6:52 p.m.
The committee of the whole will meet first at 5:30 p.m.
Other business at tonight’s council meeting will include:
•a report on the Sunny Cove Camp advisory committee;
•a report on a swimming pool dive tower replacement;
•a request for an extension of a structure on town property (1007 Patcin Ave.);
•a request for a loading zone at the United Native Friendship Centre;
•a request from R. Campbell to leave driveway lights on at 8 Armstrong Pl.;
•purchase card expenses for CAO Mark McCaig, Mayor Roy Avis, and Coun. Rick Wiedenhoeft;
•verbal updates from Community Services manager George Bell and Operations and Facilities manager Doug Brown on local projects;
•a verbal update from McCaig on parking issues;
•a public meeting on applications for tax adjustments at 1135 River Rd. W., 1147 Portage Ave. N., 336 Scott St., 702 Crowe Ave., and 1329 Sixth St. E.;
•a planner’s memo re: a request for refund of fee (minor variance at 511 Keating Ave.);
•a letter from the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce re: a funding request in the 2010 budget;
•a bylaw to approve a contract awarded to Venshore Mechanical Ltd. to replace the grit removal system at the sewage treatment plant;
•a bylaw to approve an agreement with Asselin Transportation and Storage Ltd. for the collection of garbage and recyclables in the Town of Fort Frances;
•a bylaw to approve a contract with SMS Engineering Ltd. for the preparation of a condition and maintenance report on the mechanical systems at the Civic Centre;
•a letter from T. Fleury re: traffic concerns at the corner of Scott Street and Central Avenue;
•a request from the Royal Canadian Legion Br. #29 to proclaim Nov. 5-11 at “Poppy Week” in the Town of Fort Frances; and
•a request from the Salvation Army for council participation in its 2009 Christmas kettle campaign.