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New fire truck expected soon


The town is set to receive a new pumper fire truck in early 2020.

A report to council from Fort Frances fire chief Tyler Moffitt said the chassis of the new pumper truck has arrived in Winnipeg and a final inspection of the truck will tentatively take place at the end of January or shortly thereafter.

The $600,000 pumper truck is set to replace one that's been in operation for over 25 years.

Meanwhile, the 2020 Citizen of the Year, Joy Lockman, is set to receive an award from council for 7 p.m. at tonight's meeting.

Council will also receive a letter from Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce (FFCC) president Catherine Emes regarding the organization's safety and budget concerns in Fort Frances.

One of the concerns raised in the letter is the potential for a train derailment to take place when transporting petroleum or other volatile chemicals across the district.

The Chamber would like to know how well trained and equipped emergency management services are to ensure there would be an appropriate response and prevent the loss of life.

Many of the FFCC membership also have businesses in the industrial park and are concerned with the frequency of railway traffic blocking the crossing.

“When these situations happen simultaneously all businesses and residents on the north side of the rail line are cut off from services that are vital to their safety," Emes wrote. "Ambulance, police and fire services become impossible.”

The Chamber recommends that an overpass be constructed to solve the issues faced by businesses and residents living and working in the north end of town.

The FFCC is also looking for direction from the town on if they should apply for a new five-year permit pertaining to sign renewal.

Tonight's regular council meeting will follow the committee of the whole meeting, which gets underway at 4 p.m.

The public portion of the meeting will follow multiple in-camera items, including matters regarding the two-chain settlement and Point Park.

Other business on the agenda tonight includes:

  • a recommendation to support the Fort Frances Curling Club's bid proposal to host the men's and women's provincial combined event on Jan. 25-31, 2021, as well as a recommendation to explore offering some level of funding for this curling championship;
  • a recommendation to approve entering into an agreement with the Kenora Central Ambulance Communications Centre-Lake of The Woods District Hospital for the provision of communication services to the Town of Fort Frances;
  • a recommendation to authorize that the request letter from Mr. Socholotuk be accepted as information and forwarded to the strategic plan for further review and consideration;
  • a recommendation to award Tender 19-OF-09 combination high pressure/vacuum truck to Joe Johnson Equipment;
  • a recommendation to endorse in principle the attached 2020 user fee schedule as presented with a 1.7 percent increase over the 2019 user fees, along with the elimination of the non-resident user fees on a trial basis period of one year; and
  • a bylaw to enter into an agreement with Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada for funding of a feasibility study respecting the Shevlin wood yard and the nursing station (former Resolute property).
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