Town to keep eye on demo

Duane Hicks

With the demolition of the vacant Rainy Lake Hotel to go ahead this fall, the town has vowed to make sure the work stays on schedule and does not interfere with the Christmas shopping season.
At its regular meeting Monday evening, council approved awarding the tender to JMX Contracting Inc. of Gormley, Ont. for $597,432.96.
Coun. Doug Kitowski recalled a meeting with Scott Street property owners and tenants earlier this summer, during which they expressed concerns about the demolition interfering with retail business.
As such, he wants to make sure the street is fully open by the last week of November.
“They were extremely adamant about that,” Coun. Kitowski remarked.
“We should try to maybe ensure that that happens,” he added.
Fort Frances CAO Mark McCaig said administration is aware of the business owners’ concerns and noted those timelines have been addressed in the tender.
“There is an expectation that that firm gets going on a certain day and they wrap it up for the very reasons we discussed, the Christmas season coming up and whatnot,” he remarked.
“We are going to be on them for that, for sure,” McCaig pledged.
Also at Monday night’s meeting, council voted to approve a recommendation to engage Pinchin Environmental to complete quality assurance and air quality monitoring during the demolition.
The cost is pegged at $5,135.
The next step will be for the town to get a work schedule from JMX Contracting Inc., as well as schedule pre-construction meetings with Scott Street property owners and other pertinent parties.
The demolition job will get rolling as soon as possible.
The plan is to have the 200 block of Scott Street fully open by Nov. 15, with final completion of the demolition by Dec. 1.