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Sunny Cove seeks new owner

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Following an increased strain to the town's budget, the future of Sunny Cove Camp is in murky waters.

At last night's council meeting, Fort Frances Mayor June Caul announced that the town has decided to step away from owning and operating the camp beginning in 2021.

“The Town of Fort Frances in partnership with the Kiwanis Club are looking for a new non-profit organization to operate the Kiwanis Sunny Cove Camp,” Mayor Caul read at the meeting.

“The Town will continue to honour the bookings that have been made for the 2020 season, but will no longer be taking any bookings for 2021 and beyond.”

The town has been operating the camp for the past 11 years after the property was handed over to them by the Kiwanis club. While no reason beyond “the current financial picture” was given during last night's meeting, Mayor Caul noted that both the Town and Kiwanis club are working to find a new operator to ensure that there is as minimal a disruption as possible.

“The Town and Kiwanis are committed to finding a new non-profit organization to take over the camp,” she read.

“And it is our hope that the new party will continue to operate it as it was initially intended. The Town would like to thank the Kiwanis Club for entrusting us with this asset and we look forward to working with them to move forward.”

The mayor said that any person or organization who sees themselves as a good fit for taking on the ownership of Sunny Cove Camp can call Aaron Bisson, the town's Recreation and Culture Manager at 274-4561 to get an electronic copy of the terms of reference for submitting a proposal.

Mayor Caul also congratulated the organizers of the SnOasis festival that took place this past weekend.

“Councillor Hallikas and I attended SnOasis that happened at the Rainy Lake Square on Saturday, a beautiful day out there,” she said.

“Lots of good activities, the Fun in the Sun Committee chair was there with a type of logrolling activity for the children to do which was a lot of fun. There were a lot of other games and so on, so it was a fantastic afternoon spent in the warmth and the sunshine. If you didn't get there, you missed a really interesting and good afternoon.”

Meanwhile, council voted to approve a report from the Operations and Facilities Executive Committee regarding the Fort Frances Community Garden's request for water that was presented to council at the Feb. 24 meeting.

With the approval of the report, the Community Garden will now be provided with a water source from the hydrant on the corner of Fifth St. and Lillie Ave. in the town's north end. The materials for the hookup will be secured by the Town at the garden's expense, and the garden will also need to cover the cost of the annual certification of the backflow device, but in return the report recommended the fees associated with the consumption of water be waived for the project.

In other news, council also voted to proclaim May 2020 as Community Living Month in the Town of Fort Frances.

Also at last night's meeting, council:

  • approved a report recommending the former daycare building be declared surplus and to begin the process of selling the property;
  • approved a report from the Operations and Facilities Executive Committee re: damage at the Memorial Sports Centre;
  • approved a report re: Northern Ontario Internship Program agreement with the NOHFC;
  • received with thanks a letter of resignation from D.Cuthbertson re: Downtown BIA;
  • referred a letter from the Rainy Lake Gymnastics Academy re: Sole Use of the Memorial Sports Centre Auditorium from Sept. 2020 through April 2021 to a town committee for recommendation;
  • approved a by-law to amend a zoning by-law re: Second Dwelling units;
  • approved a by-law to amend a zoning by-law re: Brewery Definitions and Zoning Provision;
  • approved two by-laws to authorize the entering into of a renewal lease agreement with Bearskin Lake Air Service LP and Enterprise Rent-A-Car Canada Limited at the Fort Frances Municipal Airport, and;
  • approved a by-law to authorize the execution of an agreement with 1876118 Ontario Limited o/a Makkinga Contractors for 2020-2021 Roadway Reconstruction of Scott Street, awarded through the public tender process.
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