Fourth Street to get $2 million face-lift in 2015

By Ken Johnston

On Monday Rainy River Town Council approved the minutes of a special meeting, held last week, that will see the down town core get a major overhaul.
Signing authority was granted at the meeting to allow the town to access about $2 million in funding from the Small, Rural and Northern Infrastructure Fund Capital Program.
The money will be used to basically rebuild Fourth Street in Rainy River; something that has not been done for decades. While the street was ripped up and paved and curbed in the 1970s, Town Clerk Vel Vogan said some of the water and sewer has not been touched for about a century.
The $2 million will see the street completely redone from the water and sewer lines up. Vogan said, "That includes water, sewer, storm sewers, paving and hopefully sidewalks. We may have to access other monies for things such as (new) street lighting, etc."
Planning will now begin and construction will hopefully take place in 2015.
Town Plan
Council received a delegation, Mr. Bob Miller, who has been consulting on the required update to the Town's Official Plan.
He told council that everything appears to be in line and that the next phase involves publicizing the new Zoning By-law, holding a public meeting and hopefully approving the updated version.
Other business
•The town agreed to a five year lease at $51.67/month for a Pitney Bowes postage machine.
•The library will be easier to find as council approved the erection of two metal street signs for the facility.
•Sponsorship of the annual Relay for Life in Rainy River was approved with council waiving the tent building permit fees, allowing usage of the portable washrooms and closure of Little St. South on June 6-7, 2014.
•A $100 donation was made to Rainy River High School's Chem Free Grad party.