While the list of candidates seeking municipal
office in New Tecumseth has grown cold this month, a pending decision
to deal with the proposed fluoride plebiscite asking residents whether
they favour adding the chemical to the municipal water system in
Alliston, Beeton, and Tottenham, faces two deadlines in April.
The first comes April 17, which is the "Last day for notice of intent
to pass a by-law to submit question to electors, ... (Note: at least
one public meeting to be held prior to passage)." The other is April
30th, "Last day to pass or amend a by-law to submit question to
Last fall, New Tecumseth councillors voted 7-3 to end fluoridation of
the water system in Tottenham. The 40-year-old practice, which started
following a ballot question in 1973 supported by about 83 per cent of
voters, ceased officially Oct. 15th, 2013. In companion to that,
councillors agreed to the idea of putting the fluoride question on the
ballot asking voters if they favoured expanding fluoride treatment to
the entire urban municipal water system.
New Tecumseth council, which doesn't meet again until March 3, has
three general government and three council meetings to the end of April.
Other deadlines associated with the Oct. 27th municipal and school
board elections, include, March 31, when ward/poll data (defining
voting subdivisions) is to be submitted to MPAC; April 3rd is the
deadline for school boards to provide school board election clerks with
a copy of the Report on Determination and Distribution of Trustees; and
Municipal Enumeration Notices to be mailed by MPAC (mid April to
mid-May estimated time frame), as well, consider complementary
messaging reminding electors the accuracy of the voters list and
therefore their ease in obtaining a ballot may be affected by accuracy
of enumeration process.