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Town applies for trail system study

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The idea of a community trail system took a step closer to becoming reality Monday night after town council approved the submission of an application for funding for a study.

Community Services manager George Bell brought forth an application to the Ministry of Health Promotion under the “Communities in Action” program for funding to “complete a study for an active transportation network for the Town of Fort Frances.”

“The study will include a parks inventory, trail design, and public consultation process to guarantee public and stakeholder input,” noted Bell.

The application is for $20,000, of which 80 percent is eligible for provincial funding. The remaining municipal share of $4,000 would be funded from the Community Development reserve that has a balance of $58,000.

The trail steering committee consists of Coun. Tannis Drysdale (chair), Coun. Rick Wiedenhoeft, Rec Advisory Committee chair Jim Cumming (who spearheaded a survey from which the need for the trails was identified), municipal planner Faye Flatt, Airport and Parks Superintendent Bill Caul, and Bell.

Also at Monday night’s meeting, council:

•received a request from the family of the late Lyle Armstrong to terminate a hangar agreement at the Fort Frances Airport;

•approved a report to ensure the Operations and Facilities division communicates with J.W. Walker School regarding two options available for the curbside collection of recyclables;

•directed correspondence be sent to the Ministry of Environment stating the town’s support of an application by A1 Oil Services Inc. to operate an industrial and commercial waste site at 940 Fifth St. W.;

•denied a request from Mike Belluz to place a portable sign on town-owned property, specifically the boulevard between Stewart Street and King’s Highway, and directed staff to review the signage bylaw or possible amendment;

•received minutes of settlement for 1013 Frenette Ave.;

•approved a request from the Adventure Inn to erect a fence constructed of either wood or wrought iron as an alternative to the existing requirements of the bylaw, which state it must be chain link (this is to establish an outdoor licensed patio area); and

•approved a financial contribution request from the Fort Frances High School “chem-free” grad committee in the amount of $790.

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