Town council passes hikes to user fees

Town council passed its 2007 user fee schedule at last night’s meeting.
As reported in yesterday’s Daily Bulletin, the cost of bag tags will jump from $1 to $1.50 starting April 1.
Meanwhile, the minimum tipping fee at the landfill will go up from $12 to $14 while the rate per tonne will jump from $46.41 to $50.
Aside from the waste management costs, most other user fees will go up an average of two percent, primarily to keep pace with inflation. This has been the trend for the past two years.
Some of the fees will go into effect immediately while others (such as airport fees, ice surface rentals, and day care rates) won’t kick in until May or June.
For specifics, the public can view a copy of the user fee schedule at the information desk at the Civic Centre.
Also at last night’s meeting, council:
•referred a request from the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship for financial and in-kind support for the 2007 bass tourney to the Administration and Finance executive committee for its recommendation, with input from all other executive committees;
•referred a letter from Allan G. Robertson regarding a laneway in the vicinity of 211 Third St. W. to the Operations and Facilities executive committee for its recommendation;
•referred a request from Gerald and Dorothy Hinrichs for permission to build a backyard fence eight feet in height to the Planning and Development executive committee for its recommendation (this height exceeds the town’s fence height restriction);
•agreed to support a request from the Ontario Forestry Coalition regarding proposed “Species at Risk” legislation;
•passed a bylaw to amend Bylaw 10/03 (traffic control bylaw) to provide for a prohibited parking space on the north side of the 900 block of First St. E.;
•passed a bylaw to amend Bylaw 16/06 (water system management bylaw) in order to change the town’s policy regarding shutting of water valves to vacant properties;
•passed a bylaw to authorize the entering into of a collective agreement with the Fort Frances Professional Firefighters Association; and
•passed a bylaw to approve a fire management agreement with the Ministry of Natural Resources.