Town on board to promote centennial

Efforts to promote Fort Frances’ centennial next year soon will be going full steam ahead after council gave the nod to a list of ideas at Monday night’s regular meeting here.
Among the promotional materials will be a pair of signs—one at the international bridge and the other at the St. Francis Sportsfield—to be erected April 11 to “kick off the 52 weeks left” before the centennial next year, museum curator Pam Hawley, who also sits on the centennial committee, said yesterday.
Two rink board signs also will be installed at the Memorial Sports Centre, along with two regular signs in the Sportsplex lobby and at the Townshend Theatre.
The committee also will be ordering 25,000 postcards and 50 decals, which will adorn town vehicle windows and municipal building doors.
“The postcards will be available at various locations around town,” said Hawley. “These will promote the event, and hopefully, people will pick them up and send them off to friends and relatives, welcoming to come back here for the centennial.”
Last but not least, the town is endorsing a garden on the front lawn of Civic Centre in the shape and colours of the centennial logo.
“I think [the parks board] will be able to do a really good job. It might be hard to do, because the logos a little complicated, but hopefully we can at least get the colours right,” noted Hawley.
The garden will be created this summer to allow for enhancements prior to 2003.
“I think people will enjoy it. A lot of people like gardens,” she added.
The total cost of the promotions, as proposed to council by the committee in a letter, is estimated at $3,600.
In other business at Monday night’s regular meeting, council:
•approved the final draft of an agreement to form a multi-workplace joint health and safety committee;
•agreed to hire Kuch Stephenson Architects to complete tender documents for the renovations at the ’52 Canadians Arena;
•approved an amendment to the Children’s Complex fee structure, waiving the $4 per day minimum fee for clients subsidized 100 percent by the Rainy River District Social Services Administrative Board;
•approved a tender for an engineering study by Engineering Northwest Ltd. for phase two of the “La Verendrye Parkway” waterfront development project (cost is $194,053 plus GST);
•agreed to be a “gold table” sponsor at the Riverside Foundation for Health Care’s fundraiser dinner this Saturday at La Place Rendez-Vous;
•approved a break open ticket licence application from the Muskie Blue Line Club;
•authorized the award of a tender to grind 19,000 tonnes of recycled asphalt to Superior 3-R Inc. in the amount of $71,615.10 (including taxes);
•referred a request from Robert Moore School regarding moving of the school bus loading zone from the north side of Second Street East to the west side of Crowe Avenue to the planning and development division and the traffic safety committee;
•authorized the tender award for two half-ton trucks and three-quarter ton truck to Sunset Country Ford in the amount of $69,205.85;
•approved a request from the Easter Seal Society to proclaim March as Easter Seal Month for the Town of Fort Frances (council also agreed to a request from the Kidney Foundation of Canada to proclaim March as Kidney Foundation Month);
•referred a request from Janice Gustafson requesting that the town permit the planting of memorial flowers and trees at the cemetery to the operations and facilities executive committee for review;
•authorized the tender award of supplying a new riding tractor to DeGagne Equipment in the amount of $17,825 (including taxes and trade in); and
•passed a bylaw authorizing the leasing of several lots in the industrial park to Normiska Corp.