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Town to sell surplus items

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The town has done its annual stock-taking and will be selling off surplus materials, equipment, and vehicles.

All town departments recently were contacted to provide a list of redundant items to be included in the sale, resulting in various items being identified as surplus.

These assets range from two handivan buses, three office desks, 15 aluminum air cylinders from the fire department, a “Foam Boss” wash kit with pump and tank, and 10 pieces of exercise equipment from the Memorial Sports Centre.

Town council will be asked tonight to officially declare the items surplus, after which time the process will be initiated to dispose of them.

This process will include advertising them in the Fort Frances Times, as well as being posted on the town's website.

Individuals can submit bids on any or all items prior to a specific date. Forms will be available at the Civic Centre and Memorial Sports Centre in advance of the sale.

The bids then will be publicly opened in the committee room.

Payment will be due prior to removing any items from the town's property.

Successful bidders will have two weeks to pick up their items.

Where no bids are received for a certain item, these will be recycled if possible. If not recyclable, they will be disposed at the landfill site.

Tonight's council meeting will follow the committee of the whole meeting, which starts at 5 p.m.

There are four in-camera items on the agenda, including an update on the pay equity process with CUPE Local #65, one personnel matter, and two property matters.

Other business on tonight's agenda includes:

  • an update on capital projects;
  • a recommendation re: the annual per capita marketing contribution to the Sunset Country Travel Association;
  • a report re: volunteer firefighter recruitment and retention;
  • a policy update re: emergency procedures during a thunder/lightning storm;
  • a recommendation of the Administration and Finance executive committee to establish a compliance audit committee for the 2018 municipal election;
  • a Rainy Lake Square parking meter point of sale (POS) agreement (this relates to the new parking meters which will be located behind the square);
  • an amended property assessment notice re: 1120 Church St. (2018);
  • Minutes of Settlement for 302 Kerr Pl. (2018) and Pit Road No. 2;
  • a recommendation re: an emergency unbudgeted repair to the airport tractor;
  • temporary land use agreements in relation to the Mill Road overpass reconstruction project (these are to provide emergency access to residents on Eighth Street East and Minnie Avenue North);
  • a recommendation to replace the fire alarm panel at the Memorial Sports Centre;
  • a request to declare the Fort Frances Museum and Cultural Centre's 40th-anniversary exhibit opening on Sept. 19 as a “significant community event”;
  • a recommendation to renew the airport maintenance garage bay lease with the MNRF at a rate of $104.90 per day for the next five months;
  • a sponsorship opportunity from Riverside Foundation for Health Care re: the annual fall gala on Oct. 20;
  • a joint proclamation request from CUPE Ontario Division and the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care re: the 18th-annual Child Care Worker and Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day on Oct. 16;
  • a request from T. Ross for exemption from the fencing bylaw to build a 10-foot fence at 1115 Second St. E.; and
  • a financial partnership opportunity with the Royal Canadian Legion Br. #29.
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