Town pledges $26,000 to CT Scanner

FORT FRANCES—Council voted in favour Friday of the Town of Fort Frances donating $26,000 over the next four years to the “Just Imagine” campaign.
Mayor Roy Avis brought the motion forward at a special noon-hour council meeting, noting he recently had gotten a call from “Just Imagine” campaign chair Deane Cunningham as to whether the town was going to join other district municipalities in contributing to the cause.
Back in January, town council had been asked to pledge $100,000 ($25,000 over four years) to the CT Scan drive.
But the town elected too hold off to see what other district municipalities were giving, and to continue working on the 2007 budget process to ascertain what kind of donation would be economically feasible.
In more recent talks, Cunningham then suggested a smaller pledge—closer to what the town could afford.
After looking at what other district municipalities were donating, Mayor Avis noted the figure of $26,000 ($6,500 each year for four years) looked reasonable.
“They’d like to know as soon as possible because they’re wanting to wind down their campaign,” Mayor Avis told council Friday regarding the urgency of the motion.
“I think we should move on this,” Coun. Andrew Hallikas said prior to voting. “It’s a modest request.”
Other municipalities and what they’ve pledged include:
•Alberton—$8,000 ($2,000 for four years);
•Emo—$10,000 ($2,500 for four years);
•La Vallee—$4,000 ($1,000 for four years);
•Lake of the Woods—council will decide at its March 6 meeting;
•Morley—$2,000; and
•Rainy River—$10,000 ($2,500 for four years).
Including the $26,000 pledge from Fort Frances, district municipalities have contributed $65,000 to the CT Scanner drive.