Town to sell off surplus properties

Town council agreed Monday night to declare two properties surplus and put them up for public sale.
The property at 821 Sixth St. W.—formerly Buttner Enterprises—will be put to public tender, with a reserve bid in the amount of $75,000.
The other property—319 Third St. W.—was purchased a few years ago when the town was widening the road at the old cemetery.
That residential property will be listed with a local real estate agent.
Also at Monday night’s meeting, council approved a motion to allow parking on both sides of First Street East between Mowat Avenue and Portage Avenue during the construction on Central Avenue.
This suggestion came from a public meeting held last Wednesday (June 6) regarding the Central Avenue reconstruction project.
This section of First Street East currently is designated as a calendar parking zone.
The motion called for vehicles to be allowed to park on both sides of the street “for the period when the U.S.A. traffic is re-routed down First Street, Mowat Avenue, and Church Street instead of normally down Central Avenue.
“The approximate dates are July 16 to Oct. 19, 2007.”
Council approved the motion, but will have to pass a bylaw amending the Traffic Control Bylaw at its next meeting to finalize the decision.
Other business Monday night included:
•designating lots 8 and 9, Plan SM-41 (1221 Second St. E.) not to be lots on a Plan of Subdivision;
•denied a request by a resident at 509 Victoria Ave. for a reimbursement of the costs for services to unplug a private sanitary sewer line;
•voted to inspect the private sewer line servicing 509 and 511 Victoria Ave. in the near future to determine if any defectives or deficiencies exist within the section of line located on the town’s ROW;
•voted to develop a standard operating procedure (SOP) to provide services to unplug blockages within communal private sanitary sewer lines which service more than one property;
•awarded the tender for asphalt patching work to JTJ Contracting Ltd.;
•renewed its associate membership with the North Western Ontario Tourism Association (NWOTA) for 2007 in the amount of $70;
•approved $71 in travel and purchase card expenses for CAO Mark McCaig;
•approved $663.66 in purchase card expenses for Mayor Roy Avis; and
•approved an amended Airport Operations Manual, as required by Transport Canada.