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Council to vote on new business fees


Having passed a new business licensing bylaw at its April 10 meeting, town council now will vote to adopt a fee schedule to go along with them at its regular meeting tonight.

Clerk Glenn Treftlin said Friday afternoon that the amended fee schedule reflects changes made in the licensing bylaw, which saw either the addition of new business categories or the recategorization of previously existing ones.

Treftlin added the amendment to the fee schedule doesn’t necessarily translate into business licence fee increases for all classes.

“We’re trying to stick with the pre-existing rates,” said Treftlin. “Say if an average licence was $36, we’re not going to deviate from that unless the new category also has a non-resident component.”

He noted non-resident licensing fees are higher than resident ones, mainly due to the fact they take more time to process and can be much more involved (possibly including police checks, for instance).

Copies of the proposed amended licensing fee schedule are at the information counter at the Civic Centre. The public also is welcome to attend tonight’s meeting, which is scheduled to start at 7:15 p.m.

It will be preceded by the committee of the whole at 5:30, but this meeting is expected to be in-camera until 6:40.

Other business at tonight’s council meeting will include:

•a bylaw to amend the Northwest Mobility agreement with the City of Thunder Bay and the Township of Atikokan for the provision of cellular phone service;

•a bylaw to amend Bylaw 11/04 (to impose certain user fees);

•a bylaw to appoint an auditor for the town;

•a bylaw to establish tax ratios for prescribed property classes;

•a bylaw to authorize the levy and collection of taxes for all municipal purposes in the Town of Fort Frances for the year 2006;

•a bylaw to authorize increasing the cap to taxes for commercial, industrial, and multi-residential properties and to establish a minimum threshold for certain eligible properties;

•a break-open ticket licence application from the Fort Frances Aquanauts Swim Club from April 25-Oct. 16, 2006 at Rainy Lake Sports and Tackle;

•a break-open ticket licence application from the Fort Frances Volunteer Bureau from Feb. 1-Oct. 1, 2006 at the Makabi Inn;

•a request from the Ministry Responsible for Seniors to proclaim June 15 as “World Elder Abuse Awareness Day” in the Town of Fort Frances;

•a request from J.W. Walker School regarding curbside recycling pickup;

•a request from the Fort High “chem-free” grad committee to waive auditorium rental fees for the 2006 party on June 22; and

•a request from tour de Fort regarding displays and overall maintenance of the Townshend Theatre.

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