User fees to go up

Staff

User fees here will be at least a little higher in 2018.
Town council last night agreed to a recommendation from administration to direct all town division managers to affect a 1.5 percent increase to their respective 2018 user fee schedules.
This hike is reflective of the Ontario Consumer Price Index inflationary increase.
These schedules then will be reviewed by their respective executive committees the week of Nov. 6-10.
In other news, the majority of council voted in favour of taking no further action with a citizen’s request to change the name of Colonization Road in Fort Frances.
Mayor Roy Avis, along with Couns. John Albanese, June Caul, Ken Perry, and Paul Ryan, voted for the resolution.
Coun. Wendy Brunetta voted against it, citing she’d like to get more input from local residents before making any decision.
As previously reported, local resident Dawson Mihichuk submitted a request to council in June, along with an online petition bearing nearly 200 signatures.
Also at last night’s meeting, council:
•presented “Canada 150” pins to more than 70 local volunteers, including the Bear Clan Patrol Fort Frances, Voyageur Lions Club, and Fort Frances Lions Club, along with other individuals;
•received an update from the Ontario Clean Water Agency on the town’s wastewater treatment plant (it’s operating well);
•endorsed user fees of $20/session for fitness activities offered two days/week, and $10/session for fitness activities offered one day/week, at the Sister Kennedy Centre beginning with the winter session (this revenue partially will cover the instructor’s compensation and allow for a fourth day of exercise opportunities each week);
•agreed to contribute Town of Fort Frances promotional items for attendance draws at the CUPE Local #65 retirement dinner and dance to be held Nov. 18 at the Royal Canadian Legion Br. #29;
•received minutes of settlement for properties located at 412 Scott St., 509 Victoria Ave., 213 Second St. E., and 1014 Scott St. for the 2017 taxation year;
•agreed to support an advertisement request from the Royal Canadian Legion Manitoba/NW Ontario Command by placing a business card-size advertisement in the “Military Service Recognition Book”;
•agreed to proclaim Nov. 16 as “Louis Riel Day” in the Town of Fort Frances, and will raise a flag with Sunset Country Métis representatives that day;
•agreed to proclaim Nov. 4-11 as “Poppy Week” in the Town of Fort Frances;
•referred a letter from Aaron Petrin, new franchise owner H&R Block Fort Frances, re: a request for private parking space rental to the Planning and Development executive committee for recommendation;
•passed a bylaw to licence and regulate the keeping of animals, and the registration of dogs and cats, within the municipality (this bylaw is an updating of the previous outdated one); and
•received a letter from Robert Schulz, president of Friends of the Fort Frances Museum, inviting council to attend “Novemberfest” on Nov. 2 at the museum (council agreed to buy 10 tickets for the fundraiser gala at a cost of $300).