Council to get update on web presence

Staff

The Town of Fort Frances recently improved its Internet accessibility, and council will get to hear all about it during two presentations at tonight’s regular meeting.
First, Internet technology consultant Darryl Allan will speak about the town’s revamped website at www.fort-frances.com
The site, which was launched in its new form Nov. 10, was redesigned by the Times Web Design team not only to be more user-friendly, but to tie in with current branding the town has adopted in recent years.
Clerk Glenn Treftlin, meanwhile, will speak about the how the implementation of a web-based service called iCompass Meeting Management Solution has been proceeding.
In simplest terms, this service allows for the electronic preparation and distribution of agendas and similar materials both for council and administrative use, as well as for public access.
For example, when Treftlin and administrative staff are preparing a council agenda on the Thursday before a Monday meeting, the agenda is published on a FilePro site on the Internet.
By accessing the town’s website, users can click on the “Council Business” button on the front page, and find themselves linked to a separate page containing council agendas and meeting minutes from 2010 and 2011.
Treftlin said administration has been working on getting the service up and running for the past couple of years, but it only has been in service for the past three meetings or so.
Tonight’s meeting is scheduled to start at 6:07 p.m. The committee of the whole will meet first starting at 5:30 p.m.
Other business on tonight’s agenda includes:
•a presentation from regional economic developer Geoff Gillon re: Rainy River Future Development Corp. activities from July 1-Sept. 30, 2011;
•a request from the Fort Frances Lakers re: tender for the Ice For Kids Arena canteen;
•a memo from Margaret Sedgwick, CEO of the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre, re: notice of resignation from the library board from T. Drysdale;
•a request from the Fort Frances Police Services Board re: designation of an official parade route;
•a bylaw to deem Lots 70 and 71 on Plan SM-48 (1020 First St. E.);
•a bylaw to amend the business licensing bylaw to replace the requirement for badges for taxi cab operators within the Town of Fort Frances with the requirement for I.D. cards;
•a bylaw to approve a standard pipe agreement respecting the installation of a storm sewer force main on CNR property in Fort Frances;
•a joint request from Seniors and Law Enforcement Together (S.A.L.T.) and the Assisted Living Action Group (A.L.A.G.) re: a seniors’ assessment strategy;
•a notice from the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce re: its annual general meeting on Thursday, Dec. 1;
•a nomination request for a representative on the Ontario Good Roads Association board of directors; and
•a nomination request for a representative on the Rainy River District Municipal Association board of directors.