Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Casino question to be on ballot

The question as to whether Fort Frances should be considered as a possible site for a casino will be included on the ballot in the municipal election this fall.
A public meeting was held during yesterday’s regular council meeting at which time none spoke against the inclusion of the question on the ballot.

Council will pass a bylaw to formally add the question to the ballot at its April 28 meeting.
As previously reported, 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.
New brand
Council also adopted a new brand for the town at yesterday evening’s meeting—Fort Frances Boundless.
Fort Frances Boundless is not just a logo and slogan but a state of mind to strengthen the town’s position as industrial capital of Northwestern Ontario, explained Chris Fields, senior brand strategist with Twist Marketing, who presented “the brand’s story” to council and the public during yesterday evening’s council meeting.
The Fort Frances Boundless logo and identity will be used on all town marketing materials going ahead.
For much more information on the new brand, check out tomorrow’s Times.
Also at Monday evening’s meeting, council:
•approved a per diem claim from Coun. Andrew Hallikas in the amount of $150 for attendance at a NOMA board meeting held in Thunder Bay on March 26;
•proclaimed Oct. 12-18 as “English as a Second Language Week” in the Town of Fort Frances;
•referred a request from Rainy River District School Board re: addition of one designated accessible parking space at J.W. Walker (475 Keating Ave.) to the Planning and Development executive committee for recommendation;
•referred 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 FFHS Chem Free Grad Party on June 19 to the Administration and Finance executive committee for recommendation;
•referred a request received from R. Mason of Mason Rentals re: adjustment to water bill at 237B Church St. to the Operations and Facilities executive committee for recommendation;;
•agreed to proclaim April, 2014 as “Daffodil Month” in the Town of Fort Frances;
•referred a sponsorship request from La Verendrye General Hospital Auxiliary re: “Rock’N For A Reason” 2014 on May 16-17, 2014 to the Administration and Finance executive committee for recommendation;;
•proclaimed June, 2014 as “Seniors Month” in the Town of Fort Frances; and
•proclaimed April 28-May 4, 2014 as “Canada’s Public Rail Safety Week” in the Town of Fort Frances.

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