With 1998 being an uncertain year for Fort Frances, with the provincial government dictating changes in education and health care, not to mention the impact of the local mill strike, Mayor Glenn Witherspoon is looking forward to 1999 as being one where things can only get better.
“We’re coming out of the learning curve,” he said. “I want to make sure Fort Frances is on the leading edge in the district, and in all Northwestern Ontario for that matter.”
Mayor Witherspoon said the town will move into the next millennium trying to save its reserve funds while still maintaining the quality of service residents here have come to expect.
“We’re not going to neglect the roads, which is something both residents and tourists notice when they come into [Fort Frances],” he stressed, noting the town plans to spend close to $1 million on road repairs this year.
He also said residents can look forward to new jobs and security.
“Things are looking up. The mill signed a six-year labour contract, NorFab landed a $3-million contract . . . .” he reflected.
Mayor Witherspoon said the town would be looking at the “Y2K” problem seriously, too. “We’re prepared to work closely with all the people who can help to take care of the glitches,” he assured.