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At Monday night’s regular meeting, Fort Frances council:

  • recognized the passing of former town councillor Bill Martin, who died Saturday (council agreed a representative would attend his funeral this coming Saturday);
  • referred a financial request from the Rainy River District OPP—re: Sunny Cove Camp rental fees—to the Administration and Finance executive committee for its recommendation;
  • appointed John Beaton to the Kiwanis Sunny Cove Camp Advisory Committee (he is replacing Sam Arbuckle for the remainder of a term ending Nov. 30);
  • authorized the submission of two separate applications to Human Resources and Skills Development Canada for the East End Hall accessibility project and the Fort Frances Children’s Complex washroom accessibility project;
  • approved an addendum to the joint-use agreement for the St. Francis Sports Fields, stating that both parties shall be responsible for their respective negligence and release each other from all liability for any loss, damage, or injury to any person or property there;
  • ensured that a request from Ontario Region North Lands, Economic Development Aboriginal Affairs, and Northern Development Canada be addressed (the request is for a letter outlining the wildlife situation at the Fort Frances Airport, including pertinent information in regards to wildlife interference and operational practices to reduce hazards to aircraft movements);
  • approved construction of a fence up to 10 feet in height at 833 Portage Ave. N., exempting it from height restrictions in sections 18 and 19 of Fence Bylaw No. 75/09 (this is property abutting work done on the underpass);
  • approved an entertainment expense claim for Coun. Andrew Hallikas in the amount of $67.63 (this was for an Aug. 30 luncheon with the visiting medical students from the Northern Ontario School of Medicine); and
  • approved a $150 per diem claim for Coun. Sharon Tibbs for attending the aboriginal cultural awareness workshop here Sept. 10.
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