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Council to get BR&E, clinic updates

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As the country votes to elect its federal leaders today, Fort Frances council will continue to focus on local issues during its regular meeting tonight at the Civic Centre.

The Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce will present council with a copy of the final report on its Business Retention and Expansion project.

During the course of the project, which has been well over a year in the making, 86 businesses were surveyed. From that survey, several key issues were identified by the BR&E task force as being most likely to impact the local business community.

These issues then were incorporated into an action plan intended to make the business community stronger and more competitive.

The survey results and action plan officially will be unveiled next Tuesday (Oct. 21) from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Fort Frances Museum. The presentation will start at noon.

Also on council’s agenda tonight is John McTaggart, chair of the Fort Frances Community Clinic, who will provide a 2007-08 annual report on clinic activities.

Tonight’s council meeting is scheduled to start at 7;15 p.m. It immediately will be preceded by a public meeting regarding a proposed zoning bylaw amendment (to permit multi-residential use) at 1345 Emo Road at 7 p.m.

The committee of the whole will meet first downstairs at 5:30 p.m., but is expected to be in-camera until 6.

Other business at tonight’s council meeting will include:

•an update on activities for Local Government Week (Oct. 19-25);

•an update of current construction activities within Fort Frances;

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

•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;

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

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

•a resolution from the Economic Development Advisory Committee regarding the Ontario Tourist Information Centre in Fort Frances.

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