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Council looks to amend traffic bylaw

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Council will be voting tonight to amend the town’s traffic control bylaw in anticipation of two major road projects residents will see get underway in coming weeks.

With the reconstruction of the Portage Avenue underpass to take place between May 22 and Oct. 31, the town will be reducing traffic to one lane between Third Street East and Fifth Street East.

The speed limit through the construction zone will be reduced to 20 km/h starting May 15. As well, access to Portage Avenue from Third and Fifth will be prohibited during this time.

An open house regarding the underpass project will be held at the Civic Centre tomorrow at 7 p.m. The public is encouraged to drop by to learn more information and have their questions answered.

Another large project motorists will encounter here next month is road reconstruction along Central Avenue between Church Street and First Street East, as well as the 100 block of Scott Street.

In advance of this work, council will be changing parking on certain streets.

Because Central Avenue will be closed between Church and First, bridge-bound traffic coming from the west will have to go down the 100 block of First Street East and then turn onto Mowat.

This means there will be no parking on the south side of First Street East from Central to Mowat, and no parking on the west side of Mowat from First to Church.

There also will be no parking on the north side of Church Street from Mowat to Central.

All of these temporary traffic control measures are included in a bylaw amendment council will vote on this evening.

Tonight’s council meeting is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. It will be preceded by the committee of the whole, which meets at 5 p.m. but is expected to be in-camera until about 6:45.

Other business at tonight’s meeting will include:

•a public hearing regarding an application for tax adjustment at 1108 Victoria Ave. N.;

•a bylaw to approve an amendment to a development agreement with Steve Both, Charles Morken, and Russell Pollard regarding the development at 260 First St. E. (the old Fort Frances High School property);

•a bylaw to authorize the entering into of certain contracts with respect to the provision of janitorial services;

•a bylaw to approve an agreement with Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corp. (NOHFC) for financing of a post-secondary co-op placement under the Northern Ontario Youth Co-Op Program;

•a bylaw to designate Lots 164 and 165 Plan SM-50 (1113 Third St. E.); and

•a bylaw to approve a lightning sensor host location agreement with Pelmorex Media Inc.

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