Town taking precautions at crosswalk

With children back in classes yesterday, the Town of Fort Frances is taking special precautions to ensure those attending schools in the west end are safe while during the construction on King’s Highway.
Manager of Operations and Facilities Doug Brown noted there are wooden planks on the gravel for students to walk on at Keating Avenue, and lines designating a crosswalk have been painted on the ground there.
Additionally, there will be OPP officers there from 8-9 a.m. every weekday morning, and 3-4 p.m. every weekday afternoon, to ensure children can cross the highway safely.
And west-bound bus traffic has been ordered to avoid the highway if at all possible, and instead use alternate routes, such as Fourth Street, to shuttle students to St. Francis and J.W. Walker.
The highway construction is not expected to be complete until the end of October.
Motorists also are to be aware that the town has established school zones around local schools, meaning all traffic near those schools must obey the new speed limit of 40 km/h.
Also at Monday night’s meeting, council:
•agreed to give the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce a $6,000 fee-for-service for providing tourism marketing services. This amount was determined during the 2005 budget process. The Chamber had requested $7,500, $2,500 more than in 2004;
•approved a report recommending the Fort Frances Gymnastics Club not have their water bill adjusted downward in the amount of $1,276.54, as the building’s water meter was not found to be at fault for the unusually high water bill. (This report was approved by a vote of 5-1, with all councillors voting in favour, and Mayor Dan Onichuk voting against it);
•approved a request from Ed Katona for the provision of 13 Terry Fox coins to present to the mayor and council of Thunder Bay when he bikes there Sept. 18 as a participant in the annual Marathon of Hope;
•referred a report regarding non-resident contractors annual business licence fees back to Planning and Development executive committee for further discussion;
•referred a report from municipal planner Faye Flatt regarding a request to purchase town property (Lot 17, Plan SM-69-Crowe Avenue) to the Planning and Development executive committee for processing;
•approved a report from Brown to ensure the town not enter into an agreement with Tetranet (Municipal Property Assessment Corp.) regarding Ontario Parcel Master Agreement (OPMA) assessment mapping data products as outlined in a June 29, 2005 letter;
•accepted the June and July 2005 drinking water systems monthly summary reports;
•agreed to the recommendation of the Administration and Finance executive committee to authorize payment of the expenses incurred while the mayor entertained a Dutch delegation her back in June. This was in the amount of $50.76;
•received a letter from Riverside Foundation for Health Care regarding a donation to Phase IV renovations at La Verendrye Hospital, and will send a letter of reply;
•received correspondence from Sudbury Regional Hospital regarding the Northern Ontario School of Medicine bursary fund. (The town already has donated to the Northwestern Ontario Medical Education Award Fund through its affiliation with NOMA.); and
•passed a bylaw to approve an addendum to an agreement with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs through its Ontario Small Town and Rural Development (OSTAR) infrastructure initiative for upgrades at the water treatment facility.

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