Town does away with two stop signs

Town council agreed Monday night to do away with the two stops signs at the intersection of Third Street West and Lillie Avenue, and have the traffic bylaw amended to reflect this change.
“The stop signs at this intersection served as a controlled crossing for young students when Alexander MacKenzie School was being used,” Transportation superintendent Milt Strachan noted in a written report to council.
“Now that the school has been demolished, the pedestrian traffic is very low at the intersection,” he added.
“There is a stop sign on Lillie Avenue before entering Third Street West that will allow vehicle traffic to flow through this intersection without the necessary stops,” Strachan said.
Given this reasoning, the town’s Traffic Safety Committee recommended to council that the two stop signs on Third Street West at Lillie Avenue be removed immediately, to which council agreed.
Also at Monday night’s meeting, council:
•referred a request from Sunset Country Métis Health Services to help establish a community garden here to the Planning and Development executive committee for its recommendation;
•passed a bylaw to approve a zoning amendment at 801 Scott St. (the Fort Frances Bingo Hall property) at the request of the Rainy River District Social Services Administration Board, which is eyeing using the property as a new ambulance station in 2007;
•passed a bylaw to approve an amending agreement with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing to provide funding for upgrades at the water treatment facility;
•referred a request from the Ontario Municipal Water Association for support of its resolution regarding control of municipal water assets to the Operations and Facilities executive committee for its recommendation.
•approved a request from Bonnie Allan and Barry Plourde to plant six cedar trees on town-owned property adjacent to their residence at 1113 Colonization Rd. W.;
•approved a report to ensure the land lease agreement for a hangar lot with #1206968 Ontario Inc. (Dr. Tom Cousineau) be terminated;
•approved a 2006 associate membership in the North Western Ontario Tourism Association (NWOTA) in the amount of $500;
•approved a report ensuring a letter be written to Dan Cousineau outlining all the steps the town, OPP, and J.W. Walker School have taken over the last 10 months to improve safety for students crossing at the intersection of Keating Avenue and King’s Highway (Cousineau had written a letter to the town expressing concern for crossing safety there);
•heard a presentation from Jon Evans of BDO Dunwoody regarding the town’s 2005 consolidated financial statements and management letter;
•authorized the mayor and clerk to sign the museum operating grant application to the Ministry of Culture and forward it for approval; and
•adopted the position of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario to support Premier Dalton McGuinty’s fiscal imbalance efforts.