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Priorizing for the future

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When a batter connects with the ball in a game, the outfielder glances at where it is going and then turns his back to the ball and begins running to a point in the field where he turns to face the ball and make the catch.

It is an instant reaction but in his mind, he makes a plan and then carries it out. The outfielder’s job is to be where the ball will be in two seconds.

Years pass that fast for a community.

Fort Frances council’s job is to make the town ready to create jobs in one year, three years, and five years. It requires planning and vision. It asks council to examine the community’s future needs—what will it take to attract new people, new business, and new industries to the community in 2006?

Fort Frances council already is into the municipal budget process and many capital proposals will be presented to it for the year 2002. Requests will come for town signage at the international bridge, waterfront construction from Victoria Avenue to the Sorting Gap Marina, industrial park expansion at Seventh Street, redevelopment of the old high school, and broad-band technology service.

All will be valid requests by the groups making the presentations. However, council must priorize its decisions. It is time for council to sit down and make decisions about what it sees as being most necessary for Fort Frances to prosper in 2006.

It requires this council to plan for the future. It requires this council to take some educated risks.

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