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Town to apply for arena upgrade funds

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The town is hoping to secure funds from the government to assist in capital upgrades at the Memorial Sports Centre.

In August, the province announced a new funding program aimed at recreational and cultural facilities within municipalities. The total eligible costs within the grant application can be a maximum of $5 million, with the project to be completed no later than March 31, 2027.

At tonight's meeting, council is set to endorse an application to the funding program that will be sent prior to the Nov. 12 deadline.

Also on the agenda tonight is a recommendation for a 1.7 percent increase for 2020 planning and development user fees and charges.

The increase comes with a few exceptions, such as general building permit fees and planning fees staying the same as they were in 2019 as a result of these fees being highest among larger communities in Northwestern Ontario.

The town's animal control impound fee will also remain the same as in 2019, due to enforcement officers requiring exact change to deal with customers at the animal shelter.

Meanwhile, Friends of the Library is looking for an endorsement from council to proceed with a request for proposal process for the construction of a storage shed.

For a few years, the library's CEO and board have been discussing options for many of the library items that are stored outside the library. Currently, many items are stored at Friends of the Library members' homes and garages.

The Friends of the Library have offered to pay for the proposed shed that will be located on the grounds of the library.

After the group receives endorsement to proceed with the request for approval process they will determine the final details and specifications of the shed which will be brought forward to council.

Also at tonight's meeting, council will receive a letter from a town resident regarding pedestrian safety and issues at Legion Park (south end Lillie Avenue) as Catholic school students move to St. Mary's in the new year.

A number of the students who attend will walk from south of Hwy. 11/71 to and from the school and students using Keating Ave. and/or First St. West need sidewalks, the letter states.

The letter asks the town to budget for and install sidewalks along the west side of Keating Avenu—from J.W. Walker School north to Second Ave. West—as well as requests that in the interim, a sidewalk plow keeps open a safe passageway off the west side of Keating Avenue during the winter months.

The letter also raises concerns around vehicles using the south-end of Legion Park as a turnaround, which it says is destroying grass, leaving deep muddy ruts, and hyper-stressing the young, shallow-rooted red pine trees in the area.

Tonight's regular council meeting will follow the committee of the whole meeting, which gets underway at 4 p.m.

The public portion of the meeting will follow multiple in-camera items.

These items include a proposed or pending acquisition or disposition of land by the municipality or local board at Victoria Avenue and McIrvine Road and the industrial park, and personal matters about an identifiable individual, including municipal or local board employees, including a recommendation re: the town's 32nd annual “Citizen of the Year.”

Other business on the agenda tonight includes:

  • a presentation from the Ontario Clean Water Agency who will give a wastewater facilities overview and update;
  • a recommendation to appoint Cody Vangel as chief building official and re-appoint of Travis Rob as deputy chief building official;
  • a recommendation re: a geospatial data share agreement with Telecon;
  • a recommendation re: a geospatial data share agreement with Fire Underwriters;
  • a bylaw to approve an automatic aid agreement with Township of Alberton, Township of Chapple, Township of Emo and Township of La Vallee to provide and/or receive fire protection services;
  • a bylaw to approve an agreement with Asselin Transportation and Storage Ltd. for the collection of garbage and recyclables in the Town of Fort Frances pursuant to a public tender process; and
  • a bylaw to approve a service agreement with Royal Bank of Canada for the provision of Paytickets Services.
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