Town offers olive branch

Duane Hicks

Following a decision in its favour in the “Point two-chain” case, the Town of Fort Frances is hoping it can come to an agreement with the other parties to resolve related litigation.
“The town sincerely hopes that the judge’s findings can be utilized as a mechanism to initiate a process of consultation with the First Nations and all other parties with a view to settling all outstanding issues so that further costs and delays can be avoided,” the town said in a press release.
“In consideration of the interests of all communities, the town would like to meet with the Agency 1 First Nations at the first opportunity,” said Mayor Roy Avis.
“It is time to come together and work collectively to address the many challenges that face all communities in our area,” he stressed.
The town issued the release after discussing the matter in-camera (behind closed doors) before last night’s council meeting.
Also last night, council:
•heard a report from Mayor Avis on how meetings went with provincial ministers last week at the annual OGRA/ROMA conference in Toronto;
•passed a bylaw to approve an employment contract for the town’s new human resources manager, Aaron Petrin (Petrin, who was born and raised in Fort Frances, most recently had been working in Winnipeg);
•agreed to proclaim March as “Red Cross Month” in the Town of Fort Frances;
•agreed to proclaim May 10 as “World Lupus Day” and October as “Lupus Awareness Month” in the Town of Fort Frances;
•executed an amendment to a contribution agreement under the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF) program re: energy and facility upgrades to the Memorial Sports Centre;
•approved a recommendation that the town receive a request to advertise in the Ontario Filmmaker Directory and take no further action;
•approved a financial request from Safe Communities Rainy River District for 50 cents per capita funding for 2013-14 (based on the town’s population of 7,955, the per capita funding amount is $3,977.50);
•approved a recommendation from the Community Services executive committee to deny a request from the Ward family to waive Townshend Theatre rental fees for a benefit concert they would like to put on this spring, with proceeds designated for the Fort Frances Community Chest (the committee further suggested that the Ward family consider charging admission and paying the theatre rental fees, or to partner with the Fort Frances Community Chest to host the community event); and
•authorized Community Services manager Jason Kabel to pursue FedNor funding for the replacement of the museum roof membrane that will eliminate future water infiltration and protect the assets within the facility.