Water, sewer rate hike set to be approved

A public meeting regarding a two percent increase to sewer and water rates is on the agenda for tonight’s town council meeting.
Fort Frances CAO Mark McCaig said this meeting is a formality prior to council voting on a bylaw to set the new rates.
“We have the public meeting to see if there’s any concerns,” he noted. “People are welcome to out if they have any commentary or want to ask questions.
“I expect there to be some discussion about it at the council table because there’s some differing philosophies about how we move with regards to charging sewer and water,” added McCaig.
If the bylaw is passed, the increase will take effect immediately for both residential and commercial customers.
Last year, residential and commercial customers saw a 10 percent increase in their sewer and water rates.
Also tonight, McCaig said he will be giving an update on the Fort Frances Community Clinic and its board’s application to establish a Family Health Team here.
Other business at tonight’s council meeting will include:
•a quarterly police activities report from OPP detachment commander Insp. Dave Lucas;
•a 2006 per capita funding notice, and a copy of the 2006-09 strategic plan from the Rainy River Future Development Corp.;
•a bylaw to approve an agreement with the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corp. for the financing of a heritage tourism project under the Infrastructure and Community Development Program;
•a bylaw to declare certain lands in the Town of Fort Frances to be a public lane; and
•a bylaw to authorize the entering into of lease agreements at the Fort Frances Municipal Airport.
The council meeting is scheduled to start at 6:25 p.m. at the Civic Centre. It will be preceded by the committee of the whole, which will meet in-camera from 5:30-6:10 p.m.