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Town's future being charted

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Council has been working on its future vision for Fort Frances.

They began last Monday drafting their strategic plan which will guide the town's course over the next several years.

“It was a very productive meeting . . . the main objectives were for the mill and all mill properties and the future to be determined,” said Mayor June Caul during Tuesday evening's council meeting.

“Our First Nation partnerships were at the top of the list as well and improving those,” she added.

“Part of that was an improvement of the Point Park which we are working on together as we speak.”

Another priority for the town, through its strategic plan, is to make Fort Frances into a destination for tourists.

“Most of the time tourists tend to just come across the border or drive through town,” Mayor Caul remarked.

“We want to make it a place where we can convince people to stop at and take in all the various activities and sights that we do have around Fort Frances.”

Senior centre

Also at Tuesday evening's council meeting, Mayor Caul spoke about the open house held at the newly-vacant daycare centre on behalf of Coun. Wendy Brunetta who was unable to attend.

“It was a large turnout of seniors to the daycare facility and the board was pleased with many of the comments people made as they were going through,” she said.

“People will have one more opportunity to provide their input and their are sheets available at the seniors' centre where you can put your feedback.”

The sheets requesting senior centre user feedback will remain at the senior centre until Oct. 31.

Mayor Caul also recognized BDO Canada LLP for their annual food drive that was held earlier this month.

“Thanks everybody at BDO every year for doing that and anybody else who was involved collecting food at any time of the year,” Mayor Caul lauded.

“We certainly appreciate you caring about the people who are less fortunate. They matter just as the rest of us do, so thanks for doing that.”

Community reminders

Meanwhile, the federal election is slated for this coming Monday (Oct. 21) and Mayor Caul urged everyone to go out and vote.

And Coun. Michael Behan extended an invitation to local residents for a party being held in celebration of Ontario Public Library Week.

The event is being held next Tuesday (Oct. 22) from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the local library.

“It will be an excellent opportunity to meet the new staff at the library, including new CEO Joan MacLean, as well as tour the facility and see all the changes that were made there.”

Town residents are also asked to submit a nomination for the 2019 Citizen of the Year Award with the deadline being next Thursday (Oct. 24) at 4 p.m.

Application packages are available through the town's website: www.fortfrances.ca or at the Civic Centre (320 Portage Ave.).

“Please take the time to nominate someone so we can salute those who go above and beyond to make our community a great place to live,” Coun. Behan remarked.

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