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Mayor to speak on OTIC closures

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Mayor Roy Avis will make a presentation regarding the Ontario government’s decision to close Ontario Travel Information Centres (OTIC) in Sunset Country at tonight’s regular council meeting.

The closures of seven centres—in Fort Frances, Rainy River, Kenora, Fort Erie, Hill Island, Prescott, and Cornwall—were announced in the 2012 budget.

They are to take effect April 30.

The province claims traffic at the centres has dropped by 50 percent or more in the last decade, and is shifting its tourism services to focus more on online travel marketing.

Tonight council meeting is scheduled to start at 6:25 p.m.

It will be preceded by the committee of the whole, which will meet at 5 p.m. but is expected to remain in-camera until 6:05.

Other business on tonight’s agenda includes:

  • a report re: Children’s Complex/Recreation Advisory Committee statuses;
  • a report re: adjustment to aviation fuel pump prices at the Fort Frances Airport;
  • a report re: provincial uploading of court security and prisoner transportation costs;
  • Minutes of Settlement—requests for reconsideration re: 840 Fifth St. W. (2009, 2010, and 2011);
  • a report re: 2011 water and sewer year-end surplus;
  • a report re: Ontario Regulation 284/09 and budget matters;
  • a Parks Department operational review;
  • a report regarding a resolution re: heads & beds provincial payment in lieu of taxes;
  • a donation request from the Fort Frances High School “chem-free” grad committee re: the 2012 “chem-free” grad party on June 21;
  • a letter of resignation from P. Loyie from the Fort Frances Public Library board, effective immediately;
  • a request from Rainy River District Victim Services Program re: proclaiming April 22-28 as “National Victims of Crime Awareness Week” in the Town of Fort Frances;
  • a bylaw to approve a funding agreement with the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services for Ontario under the Court Security Prisoner Transportation Program;
  • a bylaw to authorize capping parameters for commercial, industrial, and multi-residential capped property classes and to establish a minimum tax level for certain eligible properties; and
  • an invitation from the local Salvation Army to attend its annual volunteer appreciation dinner April 27.
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