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Town help requested for downtown

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The Shops on Scott (BIA) is asking the town for a hand in making a few improvements on Scott Street.

Council will receive a few written requests from the downtown business group at its regular meeting tonight.

The first is for Public Works to remove a number of trees that have died so the group can replace them with new ones.

The sooner the trees are replaced, the better chance they stand of establishing themselves before winter.

The group also is asking that Public Works fix a number of sidewalk bricks that have heaved due to frost and are now a safety issue.

As well, it is asking that Public Works relocate the mural attached to the west side of Guy Donaldson’s building (next to the museum) to the west side of Murray and Shelley Wepruk’s building (335 Scott St.), as per the wishes of both owners.

Tonight’s meeting also will include a quarterly activity report from the Rainy River Future Development Corp., as well as the 2014 annual report and biannual report for the first half of 2015 from the Fort Frances Fire and Rescue Service.

The committee of the whole meeting starts at 5 p.m., but will be in-camera for an unspecified period of time.

Other business on tonight’s agenda includes:

  • a request for reconsideration of Minutes of Settlement for property at 128 Third St. W. (2015);
  • an advertising request from the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame and Museum;
  • a letter from resident Joy Lockman re: parking concerns;
  • a tax rebate request from the Fort Frances Curling Club;
  • a recommendation re: the Fort Frances Girls’ Hockey Association sponsorship request;
  • a report re: the 2016 budget timetable;
  • a report re: photocopier

replacement for town administration;

  • a verbal update on capital projects;
  • a request to waive calendar parking on Nelson Street on Friday, Sept. 18;
  • a sponsorship request from the Riverside Foundation for Health Care re: its annual fall dinner;
  • a bylaw to authorize an agreement with Paul Heayn for his services as meeting investigator;
  • a bylaw to approve a haulage agreement with Emterra Environmental for transportation of recyclable materials;
  • a bylaw to approve a processing agreement with Emterra Environmental for processing services for non-hazardous solid waste/recyclables;
  • a bylaw to approve an agreement with JMX Contracting Inc. for the demolition of the Rainy Lake Hotel; and
  • a bylaw to execute a wage enhancement agreement with the Rainy River District Social Services Administration Board (2015 Provincial Child Care one-time funding program).
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