Town renovations come in over-budget


A tender for various capital facility renovations and an addition to the Fort Frances Cemetery garage has come in $115,844 over-budget.
The tender closed on June 5 and saw only one bid submitted by local contractor Ed Kaun and Sons totalling $633,984.85, including HST and $40,000 in contingency.
This is more than town council budgeted for in its 2018 budget.
Council tonight will see a recommendation from administration to award the tender, with the shortfall to be funded at least partially through reserves and some possibly through a year-end surplus.
The work slated includes an addition to the cemetery garage, window and door replacement, and removing shingles from the garage roof to replace them with metal cladding.
Some of the other upgrades include new flooring for the auditorium, fitness lobby, and ladies’ change room at Memorial Sports Centre, renovations for the water treatment plant office, shingle removal and replacement at the Point Park garage, a makeup air unit, and cabinets and a countertop for the Children’s Complex.
New flooring and some new windows for the “Hallett” also are included.
Tonight’s council meeting will follow the committee of the whole meeting, which starts at 5:30 p.m. but will begin with an in-camera discussion of two items, including a potential acquisition of land on Scott Street and solicitor advice re: a servicing agreement.
Other items on the agenda include:
•a proposed draft emergency management plan and program bylaws;
•a three-year contract with Pepsico Beverages Canada for the Memorial Sports Centre;
•the renewal of a private hangar lot lease agreement with Shane Armstrong at the Fort Frances Airport from April 1, 2018-March 31, 2023;
•a municipal funding agreement with the Association of Municipalities of Ontario under Ontario’s Main Street Revitalization Initiative;
•the 2018 BIA budget;
•a recommendation re: a donation request from the Fort Frances Legion Br. #29 Ladies Auxiliary;
•a recommendation for council to form a remuneration and benefits review committee;
•a verbal update on capital projects;
•a strategic plan progress report; and
•a financial request from the Watten Fire Department re: its annual fish fry set for Aug. 24 at Sunny Cove Camp.