Town trying new way to keep track of voters

In anticipation of the municipal election in November, the town is looking to use some up-to-date technology to keep track of just who is eligible to vote.
That is, if council passes a bylaw at its regular meeting tonight to approve a memorandum of understanding with the company Datafix for Web hosting services for the use of “Municipal VoterView.”^“Basically, it’s a way to keep our voters’ list updated,” said Darryl Allan, the town’s manager of Information Technology.
“With the election coming up in November, our clerk’s office is already getting busy with this sort of stuff,” he added. “This is simply a more time-efficient way of dealing with these things.”^Allan noted the town will be able to access the Municipal VoterView database through a secured Web site. This program also is compatible with the Canada Post vote-bymail system the town once again will be using for the upcoming election.
Also tonight, there will be a presentation of a book created by Grade 1-2 students from Sixth Street School called “The Best Things in Fort Frances,” and a demonstration by Grade 3 students of their “Generations Can Connect” Web site.
These are in response to the town centennial committee’s invitation for local schools to participate in 2003 centennial activities.
Other business on the agenda includes:
•an oral report on division activities from Coun. Sharon Tibbs, chairperson of the Planning and Development executive committee;
•a letter from Brad Hogan regarding the Business Improvement Area’s failure to have banners and flags in place prior to the Victoria Day and Memorial Day long weekends;
•a request from the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship for financial support in the form of an interest-free loan payable over a five-year period to accommodate the purchase of tables, chairs, and storage trailer;
•a request from the Ministry of Transportation via NOMA for a review of proposed regulations regarding increasing highway access for off-road vehicles;
•a request from NDP leader and local MPP Howard Hampton, on behalf of a committee of residents from Green Manor, to have a screened gazebo built for the provision of environmental protection; and
•a request from the County of Grey for support of its resolution regarding the need for senior levels of government to take immediate action to mitigate the negative effects of “mad cow” disease.
The meeting begins downstairs at the Civic Centre at 5:30 p.m., with the committee of the whole going in-camera until 6:10. Council then will meet in Chambers starting at 6:35 p.m.