Town to apply to tree planting program for park


More foliage could be coming to a park near you.

At tonight’s meeting, council will receive a recommendation to endorse the application of CN EcoConnexions or New Gold Community Investment Program for a large-scale tree planting program at the Phair Avenue and Lillie Avenue Park in 2020.

Approval of the application will allow for a tree planting program in a local park to provide greater shelter from sun and/or wind to better the experience of its users.

Council will also receive a recommendation to approve a report regarding financial support for the Dudley Hewitt Cup Junior ‘A’ Championship where they provide a donation of close to $4,800 for ice time.

Although, if the Dudley Hewitt Cup Committee/Fort Frances Lakers realize a profit greater than $20,000 by hosting the tournament the committee will be required to donate $4,000 back to the town to help with the costs of keeping the ice in for additional time required to host the championship.

The town also asks that the Lakers assist with other revenue generation ideas during the weeks leading up to the Dudley Hewitt Cup.

The Fort Frances Airport, meanwhile, must have a Safety Management System (SMS) as a Transport Canada Registered Airport.

Under the SMS program, there must be an internal quality insurance audit of its SMS activities once every three years.

The town had to seek a firm this year to have the audit completed.

At tonight’s meeting, council will also receive a recommendation to award the tender to Winnipeg Airport Services Corp. at a cost of $4,985 plus taxes, as they came in at the lowest cost and scored 100/100 based on the criteria set out for the tender.

Tonight’s council meeting will follow the committee of the whole meeting, which gets underway at 5:30 p.m.

According to the agenda, there will be no in-camera items to be discussed at the meeting.

Other business on the agenda tonight includes:

  • a recommendation to award a three-year asphalt patching tender to Pioneer Construction at a revised value of $487,517.03;
  • a bylaw to approve an amending agreement with Stewardship Ontario for shared responsibility for Municipal Hazardous or Special Waste Management;
  • a bylaw to authorize a data sharing agreement for purposes of utilization of the town’s geospatial data with Infratech Sewer and Water Services Inc.; and
  • a verbal update on capital projects around town, including Second Street construction