Town to fund recruitment speaker

Town council agreed Monday night to cover the travel, meal, and lodging expenses for a doctor recruitment consultant to come here Feb. 28.
Fort Frances CAO Mark McCaig noted in report to council that at a Feb. 9 meeting, the Administration and Finance executive committee supported a request from the local doctor recruitment committee that the town cover the expenses of Jim Neufeld.
He is a clinic administrator in Winkler, Man. who is expected to come here and meet with the doctor recruitment committee as well as make a brief presentation to council at its Feb. 28 meeting.
McCaig noted the costs would be for just one-and-a-half a days, adding he is waiting for word from Dr. Diane Haak if there will be any additional fees or a per diem required.
Also Monday, council agreed to a request from the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship to declared this year’s FFCBC as a “significant community festival and event” and declare the week starting July 17 as “Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship Week” in Fort Frances.
It also agreed to designate Mayor Dan Onichuk, or an alternate, as a honourary host of the 2005 FFCBC.
In other business Monday night, council:
•passed Bylaw 11/05 (a new contract with town employees which are members of CUPE Local 65);
•agreed to renew the town’s annual membership with the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce, at a cost of $195 plus GST;
•approved a revision to the water and sewer collection policy, whereby the if a billing is not paid in full within 30 days after the water supply is shut off at a property, the amount due shall be added to the property owner’s tax roll;
•agreed to purchase eight tickets, for a total of $200, to the Riverside Foundation for Health Care’s “casino night” on March 5;
•agreed to contribute $500 from the council public relations account to the Northern Ontario Medical Education Award Fund;
•agreed to contribute $400 from the council public relations account to the 43rd-annual Ontario Association of Police Services Boards, which takes place in Thunder Bay on May 5-7; and
•agreed to have the utilities at 319 Third St. W. put into the town’s name and further that the issue be turned over to the Planning and Development executive committee for a recommendation on the future use of the property (this town-owned property is to be vacated by the end of February).