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Speed signs being mulled

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The town may consider permanent electronic speed signs to remind motorists just how fast they’re going.

The local Police Services Board has suggested to council that funds be set aside in its budget annually to purchase permanent speed signs for areas in town with “chronic speeders.”

These include Colonization Road West and the “four-laner” from Central Avenue to Keating Avenue.

This topic has been an ongoing issue with both the PSB and OPP, board chair Rick Wiedenhoeft noted in a letter to council.

Council is expected to refer the PSB’s request to the Operations and Facilities executive committee for its recommendation, with input from the Administration and Finance executive committee, during its regular meeting this evening.

Tonight’s meeting also will include public hearings to consider two applications for tax adjustments for 2015 at local properties, including 501 Sixth St. W. and 118 Third St. W.

The committee of the whole meeting starts at 4:30 p.m., but will be in-camera for an unspecified period of time.

Other business on the agenda includes:

  • the status of federal funding for the demolition and redevelopment of the Rainy Lake Hotel property;
  • a report re: conditions of sale for the Huffman Court subdivision lots;
  • numerous Minutes of Settlement for local properties for the 2015 tax year;
  • an advertising sponsorship request from the Fort Frances Aquanauts;
  • a request to waive the per person surcharge tax for the African Children’s Choir concert at the Townshend Theatre on Sept. 2;
  • an agreement for the purposes of providing canteen services in the Memorial Sports Centre from Sept. 1, 2015-June 30, 2017;
  • a five-year agreement for the purpose of providing photocopiers and service for the Memorial Sports Centre and the Fort Frances Children’s Complex;
  • a donation request from the Northern Ontario School of Medicine Student Society;
  • per diem claims for Mayor Roy Avis, and Couns. June Caul and Ken Perry;
  • a request for financial support from Tourism Thunder Bay and “Heart of the Continent”;
  • a sponsorship request from the Fort Frances Girls’ Hockey Association;
  • a bylaw to authorize the execution of a funding agreement with the minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, under the Building Canada Fund, for reconstruction of Colonization Road East;
  • a bylaw to approve a construction agreement with Ed Kaun & Sons Ltd. (Tender 15-PD-14) to construct an animal shelter and other renovations to town facilities; and
  • a bylaw regulating, governing, and prohibiting the operation of off-road and all-terrain vehicles.
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