Town willing to help out skate park

While it’s not known yet if the Kiwanis skate park committee will get everything it asked for from the town, a report approved by council Monday night shows the Civic Centre certainly is willing to help out.
In the report, the Administration and Finance executive committee made three recommendations in response to the skate park committee’s request for a capital contribution of $75,000 and bridge financing of $50,000 repayable over five years at zero percent interest.
“Firstly, the previous council had budgeted a $25,000 donation to the skate park, so we thought we would honour that,” Coun. Roy Avis, who chairs the Administration and Finance executive committee, said in an interview yesterday afternoon.
“The second part of it is we want to sit down with the committee and review what has gone on so far, all of the process, and come up with an amicable solution to the problem,” he added.
No decision on whether the committee will get bridge financing has been made, stressed Coun. Avis.
“For me to comment further than that right now, I can’t because we want to meet with them and find out more information,” he noted.
Coun. Avis said the executive committee also recommended the town, pending further consultation, would be willing to assist the skate park committee with landscaping.
Skate park chair Rob Tovey reported two weeks ago that the committee still needed to raise about $110,000 by this spring to pay off the park.
Tovey could not be reached for comment prior to press time today.
The 9,500 sq. ft. skate park, located directly north of the Memorial Sports Centre, officially opened in October. And before the snow flew, it saw very frequent use by local youths.
Also at Monday night’s meeting, council:
•approved a report to permit Fire Chief Steve Richardson to take a fire service vehicle home on-call when there is only one person on shift, or the need for an officer to be on-call;
•authorized the purchase of four tickets for the local Alzheimer Society’s “Chef’s Charitable Dinner and Auction” on Sunday, Jan. 22 at the Adventure Inn (this is at a cost of $200);
•directed the clerk to reschedule four council meetings in 2006, including May 22 to May 23 (due to Victoria Day), Oct. 9 to Oct. 10 (Thanksgiving Day), Nov. 13 to Nov. 6 (municipal election), and Dec. 25 to Dec. 18 (Christmas);
•approved the purchase card expenses of Mayor Dan Onichuk for November, 2005 totalling $329.13;
•approved a report to ensure the parking restriction for the front entrance of the Rainy Lake Hotel be re-designated to allow parking there (this was at the request of the local Business Improvement Association);
•received a letter from Jim Kibiuk, president and CEO of the Fort Frances Power Corp., in response to request from the town that the FFPC purchase a mobile back-up power generator to supply power in emergency situations to an evacuation centre at the Memorial Sports Centre (the FFPC will further investigate the request); and
•received a letter from Jim Kibiuk, CEO of Fort Frances Network Services, informing council the company is forecasting to be in a financial position to provide a $100,000 dividend to the Town of Fort Frances in 2006.