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Public invited to condo meeting


The Town of Fort Frances will hold a meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 24 to gauge interest from potential property developers and unit buyers to see if building another condominium here is a feasible venture down the road.

The meeting is slated for 7 p.m. at the Civic Centre, local economic development officer Geoff Gillon told council Monday night.

The meeting is a follow-up from last year, when the town requested expressions of interest in developing the Front Street property located east of the Riverwalk Condominiums.

While two parties expressed interest in the property at that time, neither wanted to pursue a condominium-type development, Gillon had said previously.

As such, he was directed by council to hold an information and investigation meeting to find out who in the community is interested, on some level, in a condominium development. He added the town needs a better sense of the market—what people want and what they’re prepared to pay.

Gillon also said if any condo development was to take place, it likely would be on the lot of land just east of the Riverwalk Condominiums.

Coun. Ken Perry said Monday night that he’d love to see council chambers full of people on Sept. 24.

“I’d like to see as many people out as possible to entertain the idea of another condo project, and get some rundown on what we plan on doing and what we plan on not doing,” he remarked.

“We really need the public to come out and support this,” Coun. Perry added.

OPP bylaws

Also Monday night, council received a memo from the OPP identifying bylaws to be enforced by police in the Town of Fort Frances.

Based mainly on the criteria that the police should handle bylaw enforcement where public safety is at stake, the bylaws include: firearms, oversized/overweight loads, moving permits, noise, off-road vehicles, motorized snow vehicles, alcohol prohibition, traffic bylaws, heavy traffic, and vicious dogs.

Bylaw enforcement priorities identified by the OPP include:

•any bylaws related to the border traffic lineup;

•parking infractions on Scott Street in front of the MNR buildling;

•prohibited U-turns on King’s Highway from the intersection of Church Street to Oakwood Road;

•no left-hand turns from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. from May 15-Oct. 15 for westbound traffic at Scott Street/Central Avenue, First Street/Central Avenue, and Second Street/Central Avenue;

•no parking in front of Tim Hortons/no stoppage zone on King’ Highway in front of Tim Hortons to provide for the safe entry and exit of vehicles;

•calendar parking related to snow removal; and

•any call for service that requires the police to prevent a breach of the peace.

These bylaw priorities were mutually agreed upon by the OPP and town.

Other news

Also at Monday night’s meeting, council:

•agreed to advertise for an interim bylaw enforcement officer;

•agreed to buy an ad congratulating Neil Cooper, who will be inducted into the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame on Sept. 27 at the Valhalla Inn in Thunder Bay;

•accepted the July, 2008 drinking water system monthly summary report;

•agreed to share GIS data with Union Gas, which will use the data to develop an action plan to replace 43 km of steel natural gas lines within the community over the next couple years;

•approved a report to close the retail space at the Memorial Sports Centre identified for a sport shop/skate sharpening facility (this is due to a lack of interest by operators, who’ve indicated the space is not profitable);

•approved a travel expense claim for CAO Mark McCaig in the amount of $280 for attendance at the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) annual conference held in Ottawa on Aug. 24-27;

•approved a travel expense claim and council honorarium claim for Coun. Ken Perry in the amount of $1,740.19 for attendance at the AMO conference;

•approved a travel expense claim and council honorarium claim for Coun. Rick Wiedenhoeft in the amount of $1,756.99 for attendance at the AMO conference;

•approved a travel expense claim and council honorarium claim for Mayor Roy Avis in the amount of $1,896.06 for attendance at the AMO conference; and

•approved a travel expense claim and council honorarium claim for Coun. Sharon Tibbs in the amount of $75.30 for attendance at a Rainy River District Municipal Association meeting held Aug. 20 in Devlin.

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