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A public meeting was held prior to Tuesday night’s regular council meeting regarding a zoning bylaw amendment for property at 1345 Emo Rd.

The proposed amendment is to rezone the land from “institutional” to “multi-residential,” as Dave Petsnick wants to build a three-unit dwelling there.

Several local residents opposed the proposed rezoning, voicing concerns about the increased traffic and the possibility of subsidized housing in their neighbourhood (although Petsnick noted his housing is aimed at seniors or professionals with a regular turnover, like OPP officers).

The input for and against the rezoning will be considered further by the Committee of Adjustment, acting in an advisory capacity.

A recommendation from that committee then would go to the Planning and Development executive committee for its consideration.

Also at Tuesday night’s meeting (held one day later due to the Thanksgiving holiday), council:

•received a presentation from Jason Kabel to initiate local improvements on Sixth Street East from Shevlin Avenue to Minnie Avenue, and referred it to the Administration and Finance executive committee for its recommendation (with input from the Planning and Development and Operations and Facilities executive committees);

•received a final report the Business Retention and Expansion Project from economic development officer Geoff Gillon, and were invited to an unveiling of the survey results and action plan next Tuesday (Oct. 21) from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Fort Frances Museum (the presentation itself will begin at noon);

•appointed Coun. Paul Ryan to the Northwestern Health Unit board of health;

•appointed Mayor Roy Avis, Couns. Ken Perry, Andrew Hallikas, and Sharon Tibbs, along with administrative staff Mark McCaig, Rick Hallam, Doug Brown, George Bell, and Laurie Witherspoon, to the Sunny Cove Camp committee (this is for a term of office ending Nov. 30, 2010);

•directed the Traffic Control Bylaw be amended to allow for the creation of a “church loading zone” immediately adjacent to the Salvation Army Citadel;

•approved the purchase of one 2009 Sterling Model LT8500 tandem truck complete wothh a heated 16 cubic yard grave box be purchased from Boyer Truck Sales at a total net cost of $122,995.04;

•accepted a proposal from AON Reed Stenhouse Inc. in the amount of $175,757.04 for municipal insurance for the term of Nov. 1, 2008-Oct. 31, 2009 with the option to renew for three additional years (only Coun. John Albanaese voted against the proposal, noting the town instead should choose a local insurance broker);

•approved per diem claims for Mayor Roy Avis, Coun. John Albanese, Coun. Ken Perry, Coun. Paul Ryan, and Coun. Rick Wiedenhoeft;

•approved a break-open licence ticket application from Rainycrest Auxiliary from Nov.1, 2008-April 30, 2009 at the 364 Store;

•approved a break-open licence ticket application from Riverside Foundation for Health Care from Oct. 15, 2008-April 14, 2009 in the lobby of La Verendrye Hospital;

•passed a bylaw to approve an agreement with Stewardship Ontario for shared responsibility for Municipal Hazardous or Special Waste Management;

•passed a bylaw to approved a revised form of agreement and execution of same for providers of private home day care; and

•passed a bylaw to appoint Patrick Briere as interim bylaw enforcement officer for the Town of Fort Frances.

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