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Building set to be demolished

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A building on the 300 block of Scott Street will be demolished in the near future.

At its meeting Monday night, town council approved a recommendation by the Planning and Development executive committee to enter into a site plan control agreement with Good Day Wholesalers (Crozier) Ltd. to have the building it owns at 335 Scott St. demolished and re-purpose the land into a parking lot for the Sleepy Owl Motel, which the company also owns.

The properties will be deemed as a single property once demolition is complete.

The Planning and Development department has been working with the Operations and Facilities division to determine the groundwater flow design and demolition plans with Wade Friesen.

The site plan control agreement has specific conditions of paving timelines, storm water flows, and demolition completion.

Friesen has completed the submission for a demolition plan, storm water flow plan, and paving plan.

The demolition of the building is scheduled to begin before the end of this year, with completion of the paving set for Nov. 1, 2019 at the latest.

Also at Monday night's meeting, council:

  • referred the Fort Frances “Meals on Wheels” funding request of $22,000 to the 2019 budget process;
  • agreed to purchase 26 15-second “Holiday Greetings” to be aired on 93.1 The Border from Dec. 19-31 at a cost of $249 plus HST;
  • agreed to provide a letter of support to the Rainy River District Women's Shelter of Hope for a possible location here, and advised the group that a charity rebate of 40 percent is available for organizations that are taxable and charitable;
  • endorsed, in principle, all divisions' 2019 user fee schedules, which show an overall 2.6 percent increase with some exceptions; and
  • agreed to approve a nine-foot over-height fence in the rear yard only on local resident T. Ross' property.
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