Friday, August 1, 2014

Casino question, brand on agenda

A public meeting will be held this evening to consider a bylaw that, if approved, will see council include a question on the municipal election ballot this fall asking whether Fort Frances should be considered a future site for a casino.
The meeting is part of the process to include the question on a ballot.

As reported last month, if the question is included, the result of the referendum is binding if at least 50 percent of eligible voters vote on the question—and if more than 50 percent of those vote “yes.”
Furthermore, if the majority of voters do vote “yes,” it does not necessarily mean Fort Frances will get a casino.
It simply means the town will advise the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. that the public has been consulted and is interested in being considered as a site.
Tonight’s council meeting also will include a presentation from Twist Marketing regarding the new brand for Fort Frances.
Chris Fields will present to council—for its approval—the brand essence and new logo.
The public meeting is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.
It will be preceded by the committee of the whole, which will meet at 5:30 p.m. but is anticipated to be in-camera (behind closed doors) until 6:20.
Other business on the agenda includes:
•a tender for the supply of three pickup trucks for the town;
•a recommendation re: a reimbursement request from M. Fontana (1226 Third St. E.);
•the renewal of a private hangar lot lease rate with William Pruys for a five-year term commencing Jan. 1, 2014;
•a report re: 2013 general operating surplus consideration;
•recommendations re: support for the mill 100th anniversary celebration and the local Salvation Army’s 100th anniversary celebration;
•a report re: the Special Purpose Business Property Assessment Review and Recommendations Report;
•a report re: a property acquisition proposal on Fourth Street West;
•a per diem claim from Coun. Andrew Hallikas (for attendance at a NOMA board meeting);
•a report re: alternative voting methods for the 2014 municipal election;
•a request from Teachers of English as a Second Language Association of Ontario re: proclaiming Oct. 12-18 as “English as a Second Language Week” in the Town of Fort Frances;
•a request from the Rainy River District School Board re: addition of one designated accessible parking space at J.W. Walker School;
•a request from the Fort Frances High School “Chem-Free” Grad committee for a donation equivalent to the cost of the rental fees for the arena and auditorium for the annual party on June 19;
•a request received from R. Mason, of Mason Rentals, re: adjustment to water bill at 237B Church St.;
•a request from the Canadian Cancer Society (Thunder Bay Community Office) re: proclaiming April as “Daffodil Month” in the Town of Fort Frances;
•a sponsorship request from the La Verendrye General Hospital Auxiliary re: “Rock’n for a Reason” on May 16-17;
•a request from Mario Sergio, the minister responsible for seniors affairs, to proclaim June as “Seniors Month” in the Town of Fort Frances; and
•a request to proclaim April 28-May 4 as “Canada’s Public Rail Safety Week” in the Town of Fort Frances.

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