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Council bullets

Town council referred a written request for a refund for charges for unplugging the sewer and performing a TV camera inspection at 1600 Colonization Rd. W. to the Operations and Facilities executive committee for its recommendation.

Also at Monday night’s meeting, council:

Switch to TOU rates held off

Due to unforeseen technical issues, the Fort Frances Power Corp. won’t be making the transition to time-of-use (TOU) rates until further notice.

“There will be a delay with our time-of-use roll-out,” said FFPC president and CEO Joerg Ruppenstein, explaining there are information technology-related “system integration issues.”

Seeing the way ahead

Ever since the end of the Second World War, strip malls have been the commercial-retail centre of suburbia.

We in North America drove to these strip malls that were placed along a main road, just outside of city centres.

People flocked to these malls for grocery shopping, perhaps to leave clothes to be dry cleaned, or to go to barber shops or movie theatres.

Higher prices in store

No one is laughing when they do grocery shopping as prices have climbed by a whopping 10 percent in recent months.

Companies are passing on the higher costs of inputs, such as corn-based products, which have risen by more than 30 percent in the past year.

There have been other comparable upswings in prices.

Town waiting for study before deciding on plastic bag ban

The Town of Fort Frances is waiting on funding before making any decisions on the banning of plastic bags here.

The decision bye council was reiterated at Monday evening’s town council meeting in response to a proposed by-law submitted by the Township of Emo for review and recommendations, that would see single-use plastic shopping bags banned.