Town to discuss Customs traffic flow

What to do about reported traffic flow problems at the new Canada Customs and Immigration facility here will be discussed at Monday’s committee of the whole of council meeting.
The report is to be made by Pat Hickerson, the town’s manager of Operations & Facilities, after council directed that department’s executive committee to look into the matter last month.
“We’ve discussed this and can now indicate as to where we must go with it, as to whether a study is needed as well as any interim measures,” Hickerson said Monday morning.
“There’s a definite need for a study, and there’s support for a study from the committee,” he added.
Hickerson noted while the town has “no real control” over internal traffic flow (i.e., traffic on the bridge coming into Customs, or at the checkpoints), the town has to address any traffic problems which result after vehicles leave Customs, such as when a tourist towing a boat turns onto Mowat Avenue and then faces problems turning at Scott Street.
“And we have to get something figured out as soon as possible,” Hickerson remarked.
Details such as to who would pay for the study have yet to be determined.
The committee of the whole will meet at 5 p.m., with the regular council meeting starting at 7.
Other business on the agenda today includes:
•a request from the residents of McIrvine and Frog Creek roads to receive power from the Fort Frances Power Corp. instead of Ontario Hydro;
•a presentation on the proposed twinning project with Winchester/Paris, Tenn.;
•an update on the WHO conference cleanup advertisement;
•a report on the operation of the Sorting Gap Marina for the upcoming season;
•an update on renovations at the Memorial Sports Centre;
•a request for financial assistance from the Municipality of Grey Highlands;
•an update on the installation of the town’s new computer system;
•a request for a break open ticket licence for the Rainycrest auxiliary at the 364 Food Store;
•a report on changes to Bearskin Airlines flight schedule;
•a report on 2002 reconciled policing costs contract with the OPP;
•a request from the local Salvation Army to proclaim May as Red Shield Appeal Month in Fort Frances;
•a request from the Ministry of the Solicitor General to proclaim May as 6-12 as Emergency Preparedness Week; and
•the building permit report for March, 2002.