Thursday, July 31, 2014

Town asked for data

The Town of Fort Frances is expected to enter into an agreement with Replan, a housing consultant for New Gold, to provide its geospatial data for a housing development strategy.
In his report, Operations and Facilities manager Doug Brown said the data will be used to develop a housing plan should a mining site be developed west of Fort Frances in the near future.

This would be to accommodate both construction and mining workers.
Since the request “has the potential to be a very positive economic impact for the community,” the Operations and Facilities executive committee has recommended that fees for the geospatial data be waived.
It also urged the town fund the request from its economic development budget.
If council agrees to this, the cost for waiving the fee would be $4,359.82 plus HST, as per the town’s 2014 user fee schedule.
Tonight’s council meeting is scheduled to start at 6 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 5:40.
Other business on the agenda includes:
•a report re: the designation of a handicap parking zone at J.W. Walker School;
•a report re: the Sister Kennedy Centre’s annual budget and special grant;
•a report re: the Children’s Complex funding;
•a recommendation re: a request from R. Mason for an adjustment to a January-February, 2014 water and sanitary sewer invoice (237 Church St.);
•a recommendation re: a La Verendrye General Hospital Auxiliary donation request;
•a recommendation re: the FFHS Chem-Free Grad Party donation request;
•a bylaw to submit a question to the electors of the Town of Fort Frances in the 2014 municipal election (the question will be whether Fort Frances should be considered a future site for a casino);
•a request from Stan Hoard re: cemetery maintenance;
•a request from the Fort Frances Fire and Rescue Service re: proclaiming May 4-10 as “Emergency Preparedness Week” in the Town of Fort Frances;
•a request from the District 1A Senior Games—Fort Frances Committee re: suspension of calendar parking from June 24-26 on Nelson Street in the area of the Sister Kennedy Centre to accommodate parking;
•a request from the Rainy River District Stewardship to plant trees on Town of Fort Frances property in 2014 and 2015;
•an invitation from the Northwestern Health Unit to attend the “Do One Thing” conference May 27-28 in Kenora; and
•an invitation from Fort Frances Museum curator S. George to attend the official opening/wine-and-cheese reception for the new “Celebrating Over 100 Years of Papermaking and Wood Harvesting” exhibit on May 14.

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