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Town hoping to get aqua spin bikes

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The town is hoping to offer aqua spin classes at the pool here this fall.

Council last night endorsed a grant application submission to the Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund (OSRCF) in hopes the town can land nearly $34,000 to acquire “aqua spin bikes,” which essentially are exercise bikes meant to be used underwater.

In a report to council, Community Services manager Jason Kabel explained the OSRCF was established to support a vision of getting—and keeping—Ontarians active in community sport, recreation, and physical activity.

This is accomplished through support of short-term projects that have the potential for long-term sustainability and deliver quality experiences to individuals at every phase of life.

The OSRCF is targeted for groups that lack equitable access to participate and/or have been historically less physically active.

“With the OSRCF opportunity, the Community Services Division is looking to make an application to OSRCF to furnish aqua spin bikes in the pool to assist patrons of all ages, but primarily seniors, to get and stay active through moderate to high intensity fitness in the pool that is low impact to the body,” said Kabel.

The town's in-kind contribution would be the use of the pool throughout the training portion of the program roll-out for Memorial Sports Centre staff, the program director's time to implement the programs for patrons, and advertising costs in the existing “Recreator” quarterly publication.

Kabel anticipated full programming in water spin classes will be implemented for the fitness session this fall.

In other business last night, council approved changing to a new building permit software program called “The Works,” replacing DirectIT, which was implemented in the early 2000s.

“The Works” start-up cost for training and implementation for data is $7,000 plus HST.

After that, the much-improved program will cost the town $1,900 annually.

This is $2,350 per year less than it currently pays, which means the start-up cost will be recouped within three years.

Also last night, council:

  • agreed to deem lots in the north end of town owned by Tom Veert Contracting;
  • agreed that the 2018 Fort Frances “Meals on Wheels” request for $22,000 in funding ($3,000 more than last year) be referred to the 2018 budget process;
  • approved the Provincial Offences Division 2018-20 business plan;
  • received Minutes of Settlement for 210 Nelson St. (2017);
  • agreed to permit the 116th Independent Field Battery of the Royal Canadian Artillery to have fires for recreational purposes during training exercises on the municipal property north of the Fort Frances Curling Club during the weekend of Jan. 26-28;
  • agreed to renew the 9-1-1 Central Emergency Reporting Bureau services agreement with the OPP, and bring forward a corresponding bylaw; and
  • approved per diem claims, in the amount of $240 each, for Couns. Wendy Brunetta and Ken Perry for their attendance at the Northern Ontario Municipal Association meeting held Nov. 28-29 in Thunder Bay.
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