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Seniors' apartments being discussed

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Mayor June Caul is hopeful more housing for local seniors could be on the horizon.

The mayor reported Monday night that she's met with members from the local Age Friendly Community committee, the Flinders Place board, and Rainy River District Social Services Administration Board to strategize a plan to build “an appropriate and much-needed seniors' apartment complex” here in Fort Frances.

“I was approached, and am in discussions with, a fellow from a Winnipeg company who is very interested in working with us to design and build a seniors' apartment with affordable financial options,” she revealed.

“I am more hopeful about this happening than ever before and hopefully this build will finally happen,” Mayor Caul added.

Also at Monday night's meeting, council:

  • heard a verbal report from Coun. Rick Wiedenhoeft re: the Fort Frances Volunteer Bureau, noting it has open office space at the old CN station that is available for rent at a very reasonable price (anyone interested can contact Judy Koski at 274-9555);
  • referred a report re: the 2019 water and sewer rates back to the Operations and Facilities executive committee for further review;
  • referred the annual per capita contribution request from the Rainy River Future Development Corp. to the Administration and Finance executive committee for its recommendation;
  • agreed to the recommendation of the Administration and Finance executive committee to approve the Safe Communities Rainy River District its $.50 per capital financial request in the amount of $3,977.50 for 2019;
  • agreed with the recommendations of the Planning and Development executive committee to authorize the preparation of an authorizing proposed draft fence bylaw;
  • agreed with the recommendation of the Operations and Facilities executive committee to renew the airport lease with CBRE at $107.65 per day for the five-month term commencing Nov. 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020, and that mayor and clerk be authorized to execute the land lease agreement and authorizing bylaw on behalf of the corporation;
  • agreed with the recommendation of the Operations and Facilities executive committee to grant permission to “Relay for Life” to hold its 2019 event at the Point Park provided they furnish suitable proof of insurance, organizers contact the Operations and Facilities division to provide for the use of barricades and other items as required in advance of the event, and that organizers are responsible for the collection and disposal of all waste from the event;
  • agreed to the recommendation of the Planning and Development executive committee to accept the site plan control agreement for the new OPP detachment at 901 Colonization Rd. W., allowing the developer to review and sign, and further that the mayor and clerk will execute the signed site plan control agreement allowing a building permit application to be started for the development;
  • referred a request from the Age Friendly Committee for two drop-off areas for older adults in the downtown area to the Planning and Development executive committee to have the bylaw department do additional research; and
  • approved per diem claims for Couns. Michael Behan, Andrew Hallikas, Douglas Judson, and Rick Wiedenhoeft—each in the amount of $160—for their attendance at the Rainy River District Municipal Association's annual general meeting held Jan. 19 in Stratton.
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