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Town amending wedding fees

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The town has been offering civil marriage services at locations outside the boundaries of Fort Frances since July, 2010.

But it now is revising its rates to reflect attendance at wedding rehearsals, renewal of wedding vows, and charge for travel time and distance to and from marriage venues outside the town’s boundaries.

Council approved a recommendation from the Administration and Finance executive committee Monday night and directed clerk Glenn Treftlin to implement fees for the above.

In a report from Treftlin, he noted that if an officiant has to travel out-of-town to perform a civil marriage, an additional fee should be charged as per the town’s travel policy (i.e., the town should charge the applicants or the officiant’s travel time at the town’s hourly rate and distance charges based on the town’s kilometre rate).

As well, now that services have been performed outside of town, experience shows that in most instances, a wedding rehearsal is included in the service and that requires the officiant to attend the wedding venue on at least two occasions, Treftlin noted.

The clerk’s offices in Dryden and Kenora both have an additional charge for attendance of an officiant at a rehearsal, although in their case, the fees are paid directly to the officiant and negotiated between the officiating commissioner and parties directly.

The fee for having an officiant attend a rehearsal here will be $50 for residents and $62.50 for non-residents, plus, where applicable, travel time and distance charges as per the town’s travel policy.

Treftlin also noted that in Dryden and Kenora, they’ve had requests for services at which applicants wish only to renew their wedding vows.

This involves all elements of a marriage service except their is no requirement for a licence nor registration paperwork following it.

While the town hasn’t yet had such a request, Treftlin felt the fee schedule should provide for this.

Both Dryden and Kenora currently charge $300 plus HST for renewal of vows. Here, the cost will be the same as for a civil marriage service, less $50.

(A marriage service costs $300-350 for residents and $375-437.50 for non-residents, depending on whether it’s during business hours at the Civic Centre, after hours at the Civic Centre, or on weekends other than at the Civic Centre).

Since 2007, deputy clerk Kathy Lawson has performed 44 civil marriage services, 11 of which have been outside the boundaries of Fort Frances.

So far in 2011, she’s performed 15, five of which were out-of-town.

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