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‘Dial-a-Ride’ agreement questioned

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Town council is holding off on renewing an agreement to provide “Dial-a-Ride” services within the Town of Fort Frances.

Council last night was poised to sanction a revised agreement renewal with 539989 Ont. Ltd. (North Air Services) to provide “Dial-a-Ride” services for seniors, the physically or developmentally challenged, or low-income residents for the next three years.

This would be with a zero percent increase to the existing fee structure.

But Coun. Ken Perry questioned whether the town was following proper procedure and should the contract go to tender instead of automatically being offered to the current provider?

“Are we doing it legally? Is it in our procurement policy for this type of a tender to just be thrown back to the person that did it two or three or four or five years ago?” he asked.

“I don’t know,” Coun. Perry added. “But I just want to know that we’re doing it right according to the procurement policy.”

The issue was referred back to the Community Services executive committee for further review.

Also at last night’s meeting, council:

  • appointed Robin Dennis and Nicke Paddock to the Sunny Cove Camp Advisory Committee for a term ending Nov. 30, 2018;
  • appointed James Cumming to the Economic Development Advisory Committee for a term ending Nov. 30, 2018;
  • appointed Debbie McTaggart to the Fort Frances Municipal Non-Profit Housing Corp. board for a term ending Nov. 30, 2018;
  • appointed Mary Hickling, Robert Schulz, Caren Fagerdahl, and Debbie Ballard to the Museum Advisory Committee for a term ending Nov. 30, 2018;
  • appointed Caren Fagerdahl to the Townshend Theatre Advisory Committee for a term ending Nov. 30, 2018;
  • appointed Irene Laing, Ed Haglund, John Reader, Diane Maxey, and Dalton Taylor to the Sister Kennedy Centre Board of Management for a term ending Nov. 30, 2018;
  • received, with appreciation, a letter of resignation from Irene Laing from the Committee of Adjustment;
  • approved the adjustment of 2016 taxes, under Section 357/358 of the Municipal Act, for property located at 327 Nelson St. (the Nelson Street parking lot);
  • approved a recommendation from the Committee of Adjustment that part of 200 McIrvine Rd. be rezoned from “Open Space” to “Institutional” for further development;
  • agreed to reimburse Murray Cawston for $250 (two hours of equipment time at $125 per hour, plus HST) as compensation for a delay in the installation of the water and sewer services at 832 Huffman Court;
  • agreed to authorize increasing the Reserve for Working Capital to a maximum of $1 million for Dec. 31, 2016 by way of using the prior year’s surplus of $117,932.01 and current year surplus of $146,162.94;
  • agreed to prepare and then pass a new agreement and authorizing bylaw with the Kenora Central Ambulance Communications Centre; and
  • agreed to support the updating of the town’s existing Asset Management Plan beginning in January.
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