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Choir, OFSAA curling supported


Council will make $500 donation to the Fort Frances Choraliers to help with the cost of renting the Townshend Theatre for their Christmas cantata this Sunday (Dec. 3).

Prior to last year, the Choraliers had performed at the New Beginnings Fellowship here, but an increase in the number of singers necessitated a venue change.

The group of 75 singers will be performing “O Little Town of Bethlehem” at 3 p.m.

Admission is free-will offering.

Also at Monday night's regular meeting, council agreed to be a “platinum” sponsor (in the amount of $3,000) for the OFSAA boys' and girls' curling championships being held at the Fort Frances Curling Club this coming March.

The decision to sponsor the event could not be delayed until the town's 2018 budget process, as the OFSAA planning committee is putting together the event programs early in the new year—months in advance of the town budget being finalized.

Meanwhile, council received an update on the ongoing asset management road map project Monday night.

Project co-ordinator Crystal Tan indicated the findings so far show that the stretch of Third Street East from Williams Avenue to Colonization Road East needs to have its sewer and water infrastructure replaced and a new road surface installed.

This item will be included in the 2018 budget.

Also at Monday night's meeting, council:

  • referred a letter from Police Services Board chair John McTaggart, re: Point Park camping concerns, to the Operations and Facilities executive committee for its recommendation, with input from the Administration and Finance executive committee;
  • agreed to a request from the local Alzheimer Society to proclaim January as “Alzheimer Awareness Month” in the Town of Fort Frances and schedule a flag-raising at the Civic Centre;
  • agreed the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce's request for a 2018 tourism advertising grant be provided at the same level as 2017 ($2,833) and be forwarded to the budget process;
  • referred a request from 93.1 The Border, re: a Christmas greeting advertising opportunity, to the Administration and Finance executive committee for its recommendation;
  • referred a letter from Dr. Kit Young-Hoon, medical office of health for the Northwestern Health Unit, re: the municipal alcohol policy to the Community Services executive committee for its recommendation; and
  • referred a letter from resident Carole Mackintosh, re: snow removal on Scott Street, to the Operations and Facilities executive committee for its recommendation.
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