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Tax deal reached for curling club


Town council will enter into an agreement with the Fort Frances Curling Club to help it pay off tax arrears.

As per the agreement, the club must pay the town $5,000 by the end of October.

Then starting Nov. 30, it must follow a payment schedule by which the club will pay the remaining outstanding tax amount of $15,243.51 in equal payments over 18 months.

The town also will give the club a council public relations grant in lieu of the penalty and interest related to its outstanding taxes.

The expectation going forward is that all taxes, as well as all penalties and interest incurred, will be kept current.

The town also invited the curling club to submit an application for a charity rebate, as per the Municipal Act. Like other charity entities that make application to the town, this means the club is eligible for a rebate which is equal to 40 percent of the taxes for that year.

In a report from town treasurer Laurie Witherspoon, she noted the curling club has “made a concerted effort to raise funds by way of conducting membership drives and club promotion, raised prices and dues, and are utilizing volunteers which has decreased costs substantially.”

Council is expected to authorize staff to proceed with the necessary steps to enact the agreed provisions with the curling club at tonight’s meeting.

The committee of the whole will meet first starting at 5:30 p.m., but will be in-camera for an unspecified period of time.

Other business at tonight’s meeting, being held a day later due to the Thanksgiving holiday, will include:

  • a report re: City of Thunder Bay—Tourism Division’s Heart of the Continent Partnership financial request;
  • a report re: review of alleged hazardous driving conditions at the intersection of Portage Avenue and First Street East;
  • a recommendation re: a request from T. Wihnan to have a bench installed along the waterfront;
  • a report re: the Townshend Theatre technician fee;
  • a fitness instructor wage proposal;
  • NOMA regional conference travel and per diem claims for CAO Mark McCaig, Mayor Roy Avis, and Couns. John Albanese, Wendy Brunetta, Ken Perry, and Paul Ryan;
  • a verbal update on capital projects;
  • a recommendation from Economic Development Advisory Committee re: North Western Ontario Tourism Association (NWOTA) membership;
  • an RFP for municipal insurance;
  • a financial request from the Boundary Waters Dragon Boat Club; and
  • a proclamation request from the Royal Canadian Legion Br. #29.
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