Town support sought for ‘Gateway’

The Rainy River Future Development Corp. is hoping the town will pitch in $8,215 as a partner in a proposed “Gateway to Canada” project the RRFDC hopes to get off the ground this summer.
This proposal will come before council at its regular meeting tonight, which starts at 6:05 p.m.
at the Civic Centre. This will be preceded by the committee of the whole meeting at 5:30 p.m.
The goal of the project is to create an “attraction that will stimulate the interest of more Americans to visit Northern Ontario,” according to economic development officer Geoff Gillon of the RRFDC, Phase One includes the development of a “Welcome to Canada” signage system and electronic information display on the international bridge here.
“This display provides the opportunity for the various communities, attraction, and institutions in Northern Ontario to display their distinctive attributes and to promote the entire region,” Gillon noted in a letter to council.
“We believe that this is a matter that should be of considerable interest to everyone in Northern Ontario,” he added. “In fact, the idea is really based on a premise there is such a thing as a ‘Canadian experience,’ and that we all share a role in contributing to that experience.
Gillon said they have been visiting communities and institutions, and attending district association meetings, over the past month to promote the concept.
“In order to be in position to build the project in time for this summer’s tourist season, we will require your response no later than March 15,” Gillon noted.
Once Phase One is completed, Gillon said the next step will be to develop a plan for a Canada Discovery Centre and a new Ontario Tourist Centre here.
Other business at tonight’s council meeting will include:
•a presentation by Jeff Trudeau of American Water Services Canada Corp. regarding the 2003 annual report for the Fort Frances water treatment plant;
•a presentation from tax collector Ed Katona regarding an assessment appeal at 1220 Strachan Pl.;
•a verbal update from Coun. Struchan Gilson regarding the OPP’s R.I.D.E. program;
•a letter from Dr. Tom Cousineau regarding parking concerns;
•a request form the Canadian Red Cross to proclaim March as “Red Cross Month” in the Town of Fort Frances;
•a request from the Kidney Foundation of Canada to proclaim March as “Kidney Month” in the Town of Fort Frances;
•a request from the Economic Development Advisory Committee for support of its resolution regarding the Realty Tax Increment Equivalent Grant;
•a request for financial support from the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association for its annual general meeting April 28-May, 2004;
•a request from the Township of Alberton is support of its resolution regarding the construction of a federal standard abattoir in Rainy River District;
•a bylaw to approve an agreement with DataFix for web hosting services for the purposes of Municipal VoterView; and
•a bylaw to designate the head of the municipality for the purposes of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.