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Dutka Signs picked to design signage

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Town council has awarded the contract for the design, fabrication, and installation of signage and interpretive panels for Phase II of the Heritage Tourism Project to Dutka Signs of Atikokan.

The proposal came in at an estimate of $251,600.08—which was below the current sign budget of $278,297.

Dutka Signs comes to the town “with a great deal of experience and first-hand knowledge of the project since they were the provider of the signage and interpretive panels for Phase II of the La Verendrye Parkway Project,” noted a report received by council Monday night.

During Monday’s committee of the whole meeting, Coun. Sharon Tibbs pointed out the contract has a proviso stating it could be modified or even cancelled in the future, depending on the costs of the tenders that come in for other aspects of the Heritage Tourism Project, like the relocation of the Hallett.

The Heritage Tourism Project steering committee also has gone through a public process to solicit artists and so far has received five proposals for the provision of artwork for banners that will be part of the initiative.

They will pay $500 per art depiction and need two per theme. They need 12 depictions for a total allowance of $6,000, noted the same report.

Phase II of the Heritage Tourism Project will see signs, banners, and panels installed from the border through the downtown area, and along the waterfront this summer.

Also Monday night, council referred a request from local resident Nadia Hedman to establish a bylaw prohibiting animals travelling in the backs of trucks to the Planning and Development executive committee for its recommendation.

In a written plea to council (which also appeared as a letter to the editor last Wednesday), Hedman said the practice of dogs riding in the back of pickup trucks is not only potentially harmful to the animals, but to others if the animal were to fly out of the truck into the path of motorists, causing them to either hit the animals or veer and drive into a ditch, telephone pole, rocks, or bush.

She noted there currently are bylaws against this elsewhere, such as in Calgary, and felt having a similar one here is “common sense” on the part of council.

“Surely asking for a bylaw prohibiting this dangerous act of transporting pets in the backs of trucks, because of possible injury to people and certain injury and/or death of the animal, is not unreasonable,” wrote Hedman.

Also at Monday night’s meeting, council:

•denied an application for a municipal license from Richard William Bangs;

•agreed to renew a lease agreement with CN for land to be used as a parking lot for Public Works staff (this will be at a cost of $550/year plus GST for a five-year term commencing Jan. 1, 2009);

•approved a report to ensure the lease agreements for terminal space, parking lots services, and hangar lots at the airport are accepted (these agreements are with North Air Services, Ivey Aviation Ltd., Bearskin Airlines, and Enterprise Remt-A-Car);

•passed a bylaw to adopt amended Economic Development Financial Incentive Programs for the designated Community Improvement Areas;

•passed a bylaw to authorize the sale of Part 15 Plan 48R-1731 adjacent to 1222 Fifth St. E.;

•passed a bylaw to authorize a lease with respect to certain municipal property at 501 Fifth St. W.;

•passed a bylaw to approve an agreement with the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corp. for financing of the Fort Frances Technology Centre; and

•passed a bylaw to approve an agreement the Township of La Vallee for the provision of fire chief services (in addition to his duties in Fort Frances, Fire Chief Gerry Armstrong will be providing administrative duties for, and ensure currency in fire education and training within, the La Vallee Fire Department).

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