Town committees still looking to fill vacancies

With the deadline for applications coming up next Wednesday, five town committees continue to have vacancies, including the 2003 centennial committee.
“It says in the ad [in yesterday’s Times] that we need so many members, but really, we can never have too many,” committee member and town CAO Bill Naturkach said Thursday.
Hot on the heels of a centennial committee meeting Tuesday, Naturkach noted there seems to be more events in the works every time the committee meets.
“It’s pretty exciting stuff. We now have our four sub-committees: promotion, finance, fundraising, and events,” he said. “And we have a bunch of items that are scheduled and going to go ahead.”
Some of the events include a canoe trip from Thunder Bay to Fort Frances, a world record-setting softball game, a grand ball, birthday parties, tours of old homes, and others to tie-in with “Fun in the Sun.”
A book about the history of Fort Frances by Neil McQuarrie, and a 2003 souvenir calendar produced by the Fort Frances Public Library, top off the centennial excitement so far.
“Like the mayor has said, ‘If we make 70 percent of this happen, it will be a phenomenal success,’” Naturkach added.
Meanwhile, the recreation advisory, traffic safety, and planning advisory committees each are one member short, while the Business Improvement Area board of management needs two more members. “I have two applications for the recreation advisory board right here in front of me. And I know that one person has expressed interest in the planning advisory committee, but until it’s submitted . . .,” said Clerk Glenn Treftlin.
All terms end Nov. 30, 2003 except for the planning advisory committee, which ends Nov. 30, 2004.
Applicants must remember that terms of office limit them to a maximum of nine consecutive years on any board during a 10-year period.
Applicants will be considered eligible and not in conflict with the limitation if the 10-year maximum is reached after completion of the first year of a multi-year term.
Applicants must be residents of Fort Frances.
To qualify for the BIA board, a person must be assessed with respect to taxable property in the area that is in a prescribed business property class; or a tenant of such property who, under lease, is required to pay all or part of the taxes on the property; or a nominee of such person.
Applications received will be considered by the respective executive committee for recommendation to council.
Applications must be submitted on the forms now available at the information desk at the Civic Centre. They must be turned in to Treftlin by 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 21.
For more information, contact Treftlin at 274-5323 ext. 236.