Thursday, October 30, 2014

Town to use vote-by-mail

Local voters will once again be able to vote by mail in this fall’s municipal election.
Council passed a bylaw Monday evening which will provide for the vote-by-mail system to used in the Oct. 27 election.

In a written report received by council, town clerk Glenn Treftlin noted that vote-by-mail has been used in Fort Frances since the 2000 election, and participation has been consistently higher because of it.
Voter kits will be sent out several weeks prior to election day.
Completed ballots can be mailed in or returned in person in a secrecy envelope with a signed voter declaration form in a pre-addressed return envelope anytime prior to the polls closing on election day.
This will be supported by use of vote-tabulating equipment which was used in the 2006 and 2010 elections, allowing for election results to be finalized a mere eight minutes after voting closed on election day.
Before the vote-tabulating equipment, when manual counting was used, election results often were not known until after midnight.
DataFix and Dominion Voting Systems once again will be retained for web hosting/vote by mail services and vote tabulating equipment respectively.
Also at Monday evening’s meeting, council:
•agreed to proclaim April, 2014 as “Daffodil Month” in the Town of Fort Frances;
•referred a sponsorship request from La Verendrye General Hospital Auxiliary re: “Rock’N For A Reason” 2014 on May 16-17, 2014 to the Administration and Finance executive committee for recommendation;
•proclaimed June, 2014 as “Seniors Month” in the Town of Fort Frances;
•proclaimed April 28-May 4, 2014 as “Canada’s Public Rail Safety Week” in the Town of Fort Frances;
•authorized an agreement with the City of Dryden for 2014 internal auditing services of drinking water quality management systems be executed and the appropriate bylaw prepared and passed;
•passed a revised bylaw to prohibit the sale and regulate the use of fireworks within town limits;
•awarded tenders for the supply of three pickup trucks for the town. One tender was awarded to Dryden Chevrolet Buick GMC for a half-ton at a cost of $27,937.99. The other two were awarded to Jim MacDonald Motors Ltd. for $31,906.68 and $39,795.21 respectively;
•approved a report noting that one reimbursement request from M. Fontana for thawing a sanitary sewer service line at 1226 Third St. East be denied, and that a second request related to the same incident be split 50/50 with the town at a cost of $762.75 for each party;
•renewed a private hangar lot lease with William Pruys at a rate of $1.70 per sq. metre for a five-year term commencing Jan. 1, 2014;
•agreed to transfer a $400,000 surplus from the 2013 budget to the corporate contingency reserve fund for the fiscal year end of Dec. 31, 2013;
•authorized a donation of $200 to the Fort Frances Museum for the wine and cheese evening on May 14 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the local mill and in support of the forestry-themed float being to be entered in the July 1 parade;
•authorized a donation of $500 to the Salvation Army 100th year anniversary celebration which took place April 5;
•received a report re: a property acquisition proposal on Fourth Street West, and will take no further action; and
•agreed to write a letter of support to keep the Emo ag research station from closing.

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