Friday, October 31, 2014

Re-zoning bylaw up for vote by council

Town council will vote tonight on whether to proceed with the proposed re-zoning of the former Huffman School property on Williams Avenue into a residential subdivision.
If Zoning By-Law 8/98 is amended with respect to lands municipally described as part of Block C Plan SM-112, this effectively will change the zoning and permitted uses on the property from institutional to residential (R2).

As previously reported, the town plans to create a 16-lot residential subdivision, with six fronting Williams Avenue and an additional 10 on a proposed cul-de-sac.
At a public meeting held Nov. 26, local resident Bob Armit and Robert Schulz, representing both himself as chair of Seniors and Law Enforcement Together (S.A.L.T.) and Erma Armit, chair of the Assisted Living Action Group (A.L.A.G.), asked council to hold off on the re-zoning decision until the location for an assisted living facility in Rainy River District is determined.
Also tonight, council will be treated to presentations by the two winners of its Local Government Week essay contest.
Jenna Mose and Destiny Morrisseau, Grade 5 students at Robert Moore School, will read out their essays before council.
Local Government Week was Oct. 14-20.
The committee of the whole portion of tonight’s meeting is scheduled to start at 6:05 p.m.
The regular meeting of council will follow at 6:20.
Other business on the agenda includes:
•janitorial tenders for 2013;
•a report re: the future of the town’s annual appreciation dinner;
•a strategic plan activities update;
•a report re: financing of the Honeywell energy retrofit project;
•appointment of deputy mayor and councillors to sit on boards and committees;
•a request from Safe Communities Rainy River District re: 2012/13 per capita funding;
•a report from T. Drysdale re: the Fort Frances Community Foundation;
•a request from Emerald Ash Borer Task Force—Northwestern Ontario re: erecting of signage on municipally-owned property;
•a request from the Alzheimer Society Kenora/Rainy River Districts re: proclaiming January, 2013 as “National Alzheimer Awareness Month” in the Town of Fort Frances;
•a request from the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame re: its 2013 annual membership and fundraising campaign;
•a bylaw to authorize interim borrowing in 2013.
•notice of the Rainy River District Municipal Association’s (RRDMA) annual general meeting Jan. 26 in Barwick;
•an invitation from the RRDMA for names to be put forward for the election of the president and vice-president, and membership appointments; and
•an invitation from the RRDMA to attend the 2nd Local Government Networking Session on Jan. 16 in Devlin.

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