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More sidewalks set to be replaced


The reconstruction of the sidewalks on the 300 block of Scott Street will take place later this year.

Town council last night awarded the tender to Makkinga Contracting and Equipment Rentals for a total price of $408,434, plus applicable taxes and including a $15,000 contingency.

The job will be exactly the same as that done on the 200 block last summer, Operations and Facilities manager Travis Rob told the Times.

This includes replacing the interlocking bricks currently in place with the grey and black paving stones seen on the 200 block, as well as the removal of trees which Rob noted have been even more of a concern on the 300 block than the 200 block.

Rob said he's not yet sure exactly when the sidewalk replacement will take place but it would be this year.

Makkinga Contracting and Equipment Rentals currently is working on the Mill Road overpass project here.

Also at last night's meeting, council:

  • passed a bylaw to approve an automatic aid agreement with the Townships of Chapple, Emo, and La Vallee to provide and/or receive fire protection services;
  • agreed to allow the developer at 201 Minnie Ave. to be issued building permits for a three- and four-unit residential development and to enter into a site plan agreement with the Town of Fort Frances, and further that the mayor and clerk be authorized to execute said agreement and authorizing bylaw;
  • referred a request from the Sunset Country Travel Association, re: the town's annual per capita marketing contribution, to the Administration and Finance executive committee for its recommendation;
  • referred a request from the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, re: bylaw amendments respecting animals left in hot vehicles, to the Planning and Development executive committee for its recommendation;
  • agreed to authorize submission of the 2018 Community Museum Operating Grant application to the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, with appropriate execution of the document;
  • agreed to sanction increasing the wage rate of a student employee when they reach the age of 18 to $14/hour to align with the Employment Standards Act;
  • agreed to endorse and adopt the Municipal Alcohol Policy as presented;
  • awarded RFP 18-OF-06, for the operations and maintenance of the town's wastewater treatment facility, to the Ontario Clean Water Agency for a five-year term commencing in January, 2019; and
  • agreed to enter into a geospatial data license agreement with the OPP, that the mayor and clerk be authorized to execute the agreement and authorizing bylaw on behalf of the corporation, and further that the fees associated be waived.
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