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Just who is responsible for trees in the downtown area?

The Town of Fort Frances and BIA aims to sort this out by developing a tree maintenance agreement.

The issue came to light after a recent request by the BIA that the town remove a tree from in front of 318 Scott St.

The trees in the downtown core were planted on the town’s right-of-way by the BIA and thus don’t belong to the town.

But an agreement never was struck between the town and BIA outlining responsibilities for maintenance.

Council agreed Monday night to strike a maintenance agreement with BIA, and that the trees in the boulevard in the downtown core be removed during the rehabilitation of the sidewalks as it occurs.

Also at Monday night’s meeting, council:

  • agreed to accept the 2016 MOECC Inspection Report for Kiwanis Sunny Cove Camp and further that the two minor non-compliance issues be addressed;
  • approved a service agreement with Frank Wepruk, doing business as Wepruk Enterprises, for the provision of information technology services;
  • authorized an agreement with Diamond Software Inc. for the purpose of granting use of software applications programs;
  • authorized the execution of a wage enhancement agreement with Rainy River District Social Services Administration Board for the 2016 provincial portion allotted for child care;
  • approved an employment agreement with Tyson Dennis for his appointment as Chief Building Official and municipal planner for the Town of Fort Frances;
  • passed bylaws for two new hanger lot agreements at the Fort Frances Airport with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry and E. Mose;
  • received the Minutes of Settlement for property located at 24 Armstrong Pl. in Fort Frances for the 2016 taxation year;
  • referred a letter from G. Cariou, executive director of the Sunset Country Travel Association, re: annual per capita marketing contribution, to the Administration and Finance executive committee for its recommendation;
  • referred a letter from W. Krag (800 Scott St.), re: invoice in dispute, to the Administration and Finance executive committee for its recommendation, with input from the Operations and Facilities executive committee;
  • received an invitation to the Riverside Foundation for Health Care’s “Mobsters & Dames” fundraising gala on Saturday, Sept. 24 at the Fort Frances Curling Club; and
  • received an invitation from the Sister Kennedy Centre re: the Seniors Information and Active Living Fair set for Tuesday, Oct. 4.
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