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Lions seeking help to extend walkway

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With the aim to have all work completed at Lions Park by 2014, the Fort Frances Lions Club is asking town council for assistance extending the walkway there.

In a letter to be presented to council at its regular meeting tonight, Lion Luke Schill said the club had planned this year to install 96 feet of sidewalk going from the fountain to the kiosk at the park.

The Lions have a firm willing to donate concrete and another willing to donate crushed rock, but bids for the rest of the project were extremely high and there is no way the local club could afford to carry out its plan.

“We fear that if the project is not done this year, we will lose the donation offers,” Schill wrote.

The Lions are asking if council would be able to do the installation, he noted, adding the club may be able to make a donation towards the project cost and that it is open to suggestions.

Last year, the Lions had an accessible walkway all the way from the handicapped swing to the public washrooms.

This was made possible thanks to a combination of dollars from the club’s brick sale fundraiser, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, and Moffat Fund.

The public portion of tonight’s meeting is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. The committee of the whole will meet in-camera first at 5:30.

Other business on the agenda includes:

•a light replacement at the Townshend Theatre;

•Sunny Cove Camp renovations;

•a zoning bylaw amendment for 420 Mowat Ave.;

•a report re: a sign on town property (Northern Nutrition);

•a request for proposals re: selection of a firm to complete a “blue box” recycling strategy for the Town of Fort Frances and Town of Atikokan;

•a verbal update on Operations and Facilities division activities;

•a verbal update from Mayor Roy Avis re: the 2010 Association of the Municipalities of Ontario conference held Aug. 15-18 in Windsor;

•a bylaw to regulate the erection of signs and other advertising devices in Fort Frances;

•a bylaw to approve an agreement with the Rainy River District Social Services Administration Board for child care services;

•a bylaw to amend Zoning Bylaw 08/98 (990 Scott St.);

•a bylaw to amend Zoning Bylaw 08/98 (community garden on town lands fronting Lillie Avenue at Elizabeth Street West);

•a bylaw to amend Bylaw 21/94 (to establish specific boards and committees of council); and

•a request for support from Shaw Communications re: the acquisition of CanWest.

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