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User fees could see inflationary increase

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Town residents could see a small inflationary increase to user fees next year.

Council will vote this evening on a recommendation to increase 2019 user fees by 1.7 percent, which is reflective of inflation as per the Ontario Consumer Price Index.

Council will also vote to approve the 2020 budget timetable to begin early preparation and planning of next year's budget.

Meanwhile, the municipality's existing garbage collection contract is set to expire at the end of the month.

A new five-year garbage collection contract tender was advertised since September.

Asselin Transportation was the only firm to submit a bid, with total tender price for five-year garbage and recycle collection being slightly over $1.5 million, which is a sharp price increase, according to manager of Operations and Facilities Travis Rob's report.

The higher cost is primarily related to the market increase in wages—particularly with truck drivers—brought about by the New Gold mine.

Asselin's said they are willing to reduce the total five-year tender price for garbage and recycle collection by $20,000—or $4,000 a year—to ease the impact on town residents.

Council will vote on a recommendation to approve the tender for five-year garbage and recycle collection to Asselin Transportation during tonight's meeting.

The regular council meeting will follow the committee of the whole meeting, which gets underway at 5:30 p.m.

There is one in-camera item regarding personnel matters about an identifiable individual, including municipal or local board employees.

Other business on the agenda tonight includes:

  • a recommendation to purchase 10 tickets in the total amount of $300 for the fall soirée and fundraising gala at the Fort Frances Museum on Thursday, Nov. 7;
  • a request from J. Loerzel, Riverside Community Counselling Services re: request for a flag raising to mark the “Shine the Light” campaign;
  • a bylaw to authorize the execution of an agreement with Pioneer Construction Inc. for asphalt patching of various locations within the Town of Fort Frances; and
  • a bylaw to authorize renewal of a joint-use agreement with the Rainy River District School Board, Confederation College of Applied Arts and Technology and the town for the operation and maintenance of an auditorium facility (Townshend Theatre) as part of a multi-use facility.
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