Thursday, April 24, 2014

Council to get more budget input

Town council will receive a few more requests concerning the 2013 budget during its regular meeting tonight.
Local resident Merv Ahrens is asking council to consider budgeting to ensure trees that have been removed in various parts of town will be replaced.

In a letter to council, Ahrens noted that in the last eight years, he has witnessed the removal and non-replacement of at least a half-dozen significant shade trees in the Fort Frances Cemetery, Legion Park, and adjacent West End Sportsfield.
Council also will receive a budget-related request from resident Jack Steinke, who is asking that council make allowance in the budget for an assessment of the storm sewer catch basins.
In a letter to council, Steinke said currently they are ineffective in draining the water off streets at Minnie Avenue, the 1100 block of Nelson Street, and the 1100 block of Front Street.
Steinke noted town staff have erected danger barricades on Minnie Avenue to alert the public of the holes and dips resulting from the damage caused by the ineffective drainage.
“It is almost a year and the situation will only get worse if its remains unattended,” he warned.
Tonight’s meeting is scheduled to start at 6:25 p.m. It will be preceded by the committee of the whole, the public portion of which will begin at 6.
Other business on the agenda includes:
•a Trillium Foundation community grant application for Sunny Cove Camp;
•an amendment to an agreement for Municipal Hazardous or Special Waste Services (MHSW) with Stewardship Ontario;
•a report re: underground petroleum fuel storage tanks;
•a request for the reconsideration of Minutes of Settlement for 400 Scott St. (2012);
•a recommendation re: OPP North West Region Youth Summer Camp financial request;
•a report re: Memorandum of Understanding with the Fort Frances Public Library board;
•travel and per diem claims for Mayor Roy Avis, and Couns. John Albanese, Andrew Hallikas, Paul Ryan, and Rick Wiedenhoeft;
•per diem claims for Couns. Sharon Tibbs and Rick Wiedenhoeft;
•a submission of an expression of interest for funding to prepare an asset management plan;
•a report re: 2013 parks and cemetery flowers;
•an invitation to council from D. Hicks, president of Friends of the Fort Frances Museum, to attend the group’s fall soirée and fundraiser gala at the museum on Thursday, Nov. 1;
•a break-open ticket licence for the La Verendrye General Hospital Auxiliary at Sunset Schmiddy’s for the period of Nov. 2, 2012-April 30, 2013;
•a request from residents of Green Manor re: reserved parking spaces;
•a request from the Royal Canadian Legion to proclaim Nov. 5-11 as “Poppy Week” in the Town of Fort Frances;
•a bylaw to approve a renewal agreement, as amended with Stewardship Ontario, for shared responsibility for Municipal Hazardous or Special Waste Management; and
•a bylaw to approve an agreement with Mark Nagant for operation of concessions at the Memorial Sports Centre.

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