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Open house slated on new official plan

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Town council will hold a public meeting to consider the proposed official plan on Tuesday, Nov. 1 at the Civic Centre.

At last night’s regular council meeting, held a day later due to the Thanksgiving holiday, Mayor Roy Avis said the public is encouraged to attend and “review what has been done in the past year or so before council accepts the plan.”

The purpose of the official plan is to act as the town’s long-term land use plan, setting out what lands can be used for, how they can be developed, and how they are connected and interact.

There will be a formal presentation of the plan, after which the public will be invited to submit their comments.

A consultant and town staff will be on hand to provide information and receive comments.

The proposed plan then will be considered for adoption by council at a future meeting. If adopted, it then will be submitted to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing for final approval.

After that final approval, the new official plan will repeal and replace the existing one and all amendments for the planning area of the town.

The meeting on Nov. 1 will start at 6:45 p.m.

Also at last night’s meeting, council:

•authorized the transfer of the library’s van to the Community Services Division for $1,500;

•authorized a Joint Emergency Preparedness Program application to replace a highway rescue vehicle for $89,097;

•authorized a letter of support for a Fort Frances Aquanaut Swim Team Trillium application for equipment;

•approved an adjustment to aviation fuel pump prices at the Fort Frances Airport (the new pump prices, effective Oct. 12, are set at $2.13 per litre for 100LL while Jet A-1 will be $1.80/litre, incl. HST, which reflect a 33 percent and a 32 percent mark-up above the town’s cost, respectively, for the next quarter);

•authorized administration to purchase 4,449 dozen flowers from Lowey’s Greenhouse & Market Gardens at a cost of $10,388 (taxes extra) for the 2012 Parks and Cemetery flowers;

•referred a request for financial support for “Meals on Wheels,” in the amount of $18,000, to the 2012 operating budget process;

•received Minutes of Settlement for 858 Sixth St. W.;

•awarded the Request for Proposal (RFP) for municipal insurance to BFL Canada, as represented by Gillons’ Insurance Brokers Ltd.;

•approved several travel and per diem claims for Mayor Roy Avis and Couns. John Albanese, Andrew Hallikas, Ken Perry, Paul Ryan, and Rick Wiedenhoeft for attendance at various conferences/meetings;

•approved the adjustment of 2011 taxes at the following properties: 1107 Second St. E., 238 First St. E., and 1233 Idylwild Dr.

•referred a request from Parks Canada–Northern Ontario, re: Fort St. Pierre National Historic Site Plaque, to the Operations and Facilities executive committee for its recommendation (Parks Canada is attempting to put in place agreements for all the existing plaques it manages across Northern Ontario);

•passed a bylaw to approve a five-year lease renewal agreement with Melaire Ltd. at the Fort Frances Airport; and

•supported a request from the City of Kenora for support of its resolution re: communication from the IJC and retention of Lake of the Woods co-ordinator position (MoE).

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