Thursday, July 30, 2015

Committee seeking council’s help

The Mill 100th Anniversary Committee is asking town council for a hand with a celebration in May.
May 14, 2014 marks 100 years since the first roll of paper was produced at the local mill.

This May through August, there will be an exhibit at the Fort Frances Museum paying tribute to the many people who made a living at the mill over the years, as well as the benefits seen by the town and surrounding area.
The group of volunteers is planning a wine-and-cheese celebration for the public on the evening of Wednesday, May 14 at the museum to mark the occasion.
They are asking council to declare the event a “significant event” in order to get a liquor licence.
The committee also is asking for a $200 donation towards the cost of the event, and furthermore would like the town to consider having a forestry theme for the annual Canada Day parade.
The group is looking at having a special float in the parade.
“Despite the mill’s recent idling, the Mill 100th Anniversary Committee feels that due to the significant contributions that paper-making and logging has made to our community, we cannot fail to recognize this milestone,” museum curator Sherry George wrote in a letter on behalf of the committee.
She added the committee understands a monetary donation is a significant amount in these economic times, but would be appreciated.
A similar to request to Resolute has gone unanswered.
The council portion of tonight’s meeting is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.
The committee of the whole will meet first starting at 5:30 p.m., but will be in-camera (behind closed doors) until 6:20.
Other business on the agenda includes:
•a presentation from Jamie McPherson, Ontario Clean Water Agency operations manager for Northwestern Ontario, re: the sewage treatment plant 2013 annual report;
•a recommendation re: a banner advertising request from the Fort Frances Aquanauts Swim Team;
•a recommendation re: a letter from Iroquois Falls Mayor Gilles Forget to Premier Kathleen Wynne in opposition to Bill 83;
•a report re: 2013 capital financing;
•an out-of-town meeting travel claim for Fort Frances CAO Mark McCaig;
•a report re: 2013 water and sewer year-end surplus;
•a report re: 2013 general operating surplus;
•a report re: updating the town’s fireworks bylaw;
•a break-open ticket licence application from Rainycrest Auxiliary for the period of April 1-Sept. 30;
•a letter from the City of Thunder Bay re: Special Purpose Business Property Assessment Review and Recommendations (SPBPAR Report);
•a letter from M. Fontana re: sewer repair issues at 1226 Third St. E.;
•a request from E. Haglund re: permission to tap local maple trees on town-owned property; and
•a bylaw to approve an amendment to an agreement for financing under the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF) to upgrade the Memorial Sports Centre.

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