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FFPC to buy new back-up generator

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Giving the town a helping hand with one of the 2009 budget items, the Fort Frances Power Corp. has agreed to buy a new back-up generator for the Civic Centre.

Mayor Roy Avis, who also sits on the FFPC’s board of directors, said last night he brought the item forward to the FFPC board, which unanimously agreed to donate a back-up generator to the Civic Centre, which also serves as the town’s emergency command centre.

The back-up generator had been a $60,000 line item on the 2009 capital budget.

The mayor also noted if the town gets Joint Emergency Preparedness Project funding, which would have been used to help pay for a new generator if the FFPC hadn’t stepped up, that money now could be used to pay for retrofitting the Civic Centre’s electrical panel.

“The installation of the emergency back-up generator will significantly benefit the well-being of the all citizens within the Town of Fort Frances, as it will greatly enhance the ability of the fire hall, OPP, administration, and [FFPC] to function in the event of a community emergency,” FFPC president and CEO Joerg Ruppenstein noted in a letter to council.

The FFPC also will be replacing or repairing overhead light poles in various parts of town, in particular the Lyndy Place subdivision.

Council will send the FFPC a letter of appreciation for its help.

Also at last night’s meeting, council:

•referred a request from Joelle Blanc to attend the “Community Chest” benefit dinner on Sunday, March 1 at La Place Rendez-Vous to the Administration and Finance executive committee for its recommendation;

•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;

•passed a bylaw to authorize entering into certain janitorial service contracts at the Public Works offices, Children’s Complex, Civic Centre, museum, library, and OPP offices; and

•passed a bylaw to approve an agreement the Township of La Vallee for the provision of fire chief services.

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