At their meeting last night Council agreed to transfer funds from their operating budget to the Flin Flon Community Development Corporation to facilitate the purchase of housing when and if necessary to increase housing availability for RCMP members. Mayor George Fontaine explained it is difficult to get RCMP members to come here as it is elsewhere in the country. He noted as well the departure of Hudbay concerns people when it comes to making a commitment to purchasing a home so they are working on a series of policies including housing in conjunction with the RCMP to attract and retain members here.
Mayor Fontaine also noted they are working on attracting industry here and are meeting with provincial ministers regarding land. He said there are large areas within the city that belong to the province and the problem is when people show interest in these properties the city has to run to the province and by the time that process takes place they have gone somewhere else so the city needs a blanket policy to change parcels of land from the province to the city to be able to answer the call for land when it comes and bring industry here. There are 116 properties in the city’s jurisdiction that belong to the province.