Town donates use of theatre for concert

Town council agreed at its regular meeting Monday night to donate the fee for the rental of the Townshend Theatre for a tsunami fundraiser concert being staged tomorrow evening (Jan. 27) by the Fort Frances Ministerial Association.
This fee will come out of the town’s public relations budget, and is considered the town’s donation to assist the victims of the Boxing Day tsunami in Southeast Asia.
The concert, which takes place tomorrow at 7 p.m., will see a variety of district talent singing. Admission is a collection to raise money for the tsunami relief effort.
Also at Monday night’s meeting, council approved a contract with the Rainy River Future Development Corp. for 2005-06 in the amount of $58,205.
Any future economic development projects will be considered into the 2005 budget process.
As well, council approved a report from Operations and Facilities manager Doug Brown regarding a dispute over the cost of a service connection at 815 Williams Ave.
As a result, property owner Keith Knapp will be informed and the amount of his bill for the hook-up reduced from $10,570.11 to $8,500 (this adjustment was deemed necessary due to an error made in estimating costs to the property owner).
Also Monday night, council:
•approved the purchase of a Bell calling card for CAO Mark McCaig;
•heard a second report from Coun. Struchan Gilson regarding the fine shape the Eighth Street trails are in, during which he noted he forgot to give credit to Leon Wells when he applauded the volunteers who groom the trails at the Jan. 10 council meeting;
•approved the 2005 accessibility plan from Community Services manager George Bell (this plan is required from municipalities on an annual basis as per the Ontarians With Disabilities Act);
•approved a report from Community Services manager George Bell in favour of supporting CUPE’s position on the development of a comprehensive child care system in Ontario as part of a national child care program; and
•approved a report from Rick Hallam, Planning and Development superintendent, declaring a piece of property on Eighth Street and Christie Avenue North as surplus, with the direction to have the property appraised and then put up for sale.