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Council agrees to extend fitness memberships

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The fitness area in the Memorial Sports Centre will be temporarily shut down for maintenance this month, but the town is offering a way to make it up to members who won't be able to use the facilities during that time.

Council last night approved a recommendation to authorize an extension of memberships up to three weeks upon request for patrons who have concerns with the interruption of services during the three-week maintenance shutdown, which started this week.

The work will include the draining and drying of the pool, as well as the grouting and painting of change rooms, this week (June 11-15), followed by the painting of the pool bottom and walls and fitness lobby maintenance next week (June 18-22).

Maintenance and painting of the weight room will take place during the final week of the month (June 25-29).

In a report from Community Services manager Jason Kabel, he noted Memorial Sports Centre staff recently have been “inundated with many fitness members expressing concerns over the maintenance shutdown.”

While a disclaimer was inserted into “The Recreator" stating that, "Management reserves the right to interrupt service for improvements to the facility with no fee alterations to memberships,” Kabel received numerous verbal and written assertions that the town should consider extending memberships for the duration of the shutdown.

Also at last night's meeting, council:

  • authorized a new three-year agreement with Pepsico Beverages Canada at the Memorial Sports Centre;
  • renewed a private hangar lot lease at the airport with Shane Armstrong, at $1.80 per square metre, for the period of April 1, 2018-March 31, 2023;
  • approved a $250 donation to the local Legion Ladies' Auxiliary for the 2019 Biennial Provincial Convention to be held next June 14-17 at the Memorial Sports Centre;
  • approved the 2018 BIA budget, and passed a bylaw to authorize the levy and collection of taxes upon the BIA area;
  • awarded Tender 18-OF-07 to Ed Kaun and Sons for a total tender price of $633,984.85, including HST and $40,000 in contingency, for various facility renovations and an addition to the Fort Frances Cemetery garage (shortfalls in the budget will be funded from reserves);
  • referred a financial request from the Watten Fire Department for town council to donate the rental fee for Sunny Cove Camp, or make a monetary donation, towards its annual fish fry set for Aug. 24; and
  • passed bylaws to adopt an emergency management plan and program, to amend the bylaw re: fireworks in town limits, and to enter into a municipal funding agreement with the Association of Municipalities of Ontario under Ontario's Main Street Revitalization Initiative.
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