Timmins council is returning to the table tonight for its first meeting of September.
Here are some items to keep an eye on:
• Staff is recommending having the city take on necessary interim work at the McIntyre Headframe. A tender for work at the landmark was issued earlier this year. One bid was received from Niagara North for $311,400 plus HST, which is much higher than the $178,000 the consultuant estimated for the work. The city's budget for this portion of the project is $250,000. The report suggests having staff secure loose cladding on the outside of the structure, which is expected to cost about $15,000, then seeking funding in 2020 for all of the remedial work, which could cost upwards of $500,000. You can read the full report here.
• The King Street Park could be getting a new name. Tonight's agenda includes a bylaw to rename the park Fernand Tremblay Park to honour the last reeve of the Township of Mountjoy. According to the agenda, along with his involvement in local politics, Tremblay is the founder of the Joseph Fortin Foundation, member of numerous service clubs and committees, and received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
• The speed limit could be going up on a section of Highway 101 east of Timmins. If council approves it, the city will be sending a letter to the Ministry of Transportation supporting an increase of the speed limit to 80 km/hr from Hallnor Road to the Pamour overpass.
• Kamiskotia Snow Resort is slated to give a delegation. In the presentation, it is asking the city for a $160,000 grant to pay back outstanding tax arrears. It suggests that it could be spread out over five years, or given a one-time lump sum. Over the past two years, the presentation says the resort has paid back two of the four years of tax arrears owed. It says the city grant would also allow the resort to reinvest proficts into the aged infrastructure and much-needed upgrades at the hill. You can read the full report here.
The meeting is at 6 p.m. in council chambers. The full agenda is available here.