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Council to hear input on budget tonight

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Town council will be all ears for suggestions and comments from residents as to what they feel are the most important municipal services and projects—and thus should be considered during the 2008 budget process—at a public meeting tonight at 6:20 p.m. at the Civic Centre.

As of Friday, Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce president Christine Denby was the only person scheduled to speak to council regarding the budget.

The Business Improvement Association board also has submitted a written list of requests.

While there was a deadline for interested individuals to contact the town and get on the agenda for tonight’s public budget meeting, administrative assistant Kathy Lawson noted Friday that citizens with something to say will be given their chance as council wants to hear as many opinions as possible during this budget process.

Other business at tonight’s council meeting will include:

•a request from the Fort Frances Jr. Sabres hockey team for residential ice rental fees;

•a request for proposals to select a wastewater engineering firm to complete a sewage treatment plant optimization study;

•an advertising request from a business/trade magazine;

•a presentation from Dave Murray, regional manager for Abitibi-Consolidated Inc.. regarding the “Boreal Campaign”;

•a request from the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration to proclaim Oct. 15-21, 2007 as “Citizenship Week” in the Town of Fort Frances; and

•a bylaw to appoint an auditor for the Town of Fort Frances.

The committee of the whole will meet first at 5 p.m., but that is expected to be in-camera until 6.

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