Town gives go-ahead for Miracle League billboards, await final OK from county and ERCA

 

Three new Miracle League billboards have been approved by town council. Two need additional approvals from Essex County and ERCA.

Three new Miracle League billboards have been approved by town council. Two need additional approvals from Essex County and ERCA.

 

By Ron Giofu

 

Town council has granted its permission for three new billboards for the Miracle League of Amherstburg and now awaits final approval from the County of Essex and ERCA.

Two four-foot by eight-foot billboards are planned for the north and south entrances to town while a third, larger, billboard will be placed near the Libro Centre sign. All signs will champion the fact that Amherstburg has the first Miracle League diamond in Canada.

A second has been built near Ottawa.

Miracle League board president Chuck Bondy and fellow committee members Gaye McGee and Tim Hunt appeared at town council’s meeting Monday night with Bondy stating Miracle League has paid for the signs and simply wants the town to install them and take ownership of them

Bondy said the board is “incredibly proud of what this league has to offer the 140 players from Amherstburg, Windsor and Essex County and their families.” Bondy said there are 15 people on the board, with everyone giving selflessly of themselves.

“Everything is about the players and their families,” he said.

Councillor Diane Pouget praised the volunteers for being dedicated and instrumental in making the league a success, but wondered if the large sign was capable of being installed by the town’s public works department. After being assured it could be, she said she wanted a full report including whether Essex County and ERCA were on board with the project.

“When we don’t (get a report), it always comes back to bite us,” she said.

CAO John Miceli said administration has already contacted the county and ERCA and while there are issues, the issues aren’t insurmountable.

“There are concerns but it’s nothing we can’t work through,” he said.

Miceli added the town is exempt from its own sign bylaw so the town is free to put them wherever it chooses on town property.

Mayor Aldo DiCarlo was on hand for several hours Oct. 19 and also praised the work of Miracle League. He encouraged the community to attend Miracle League, adding that it meets and surpasses the glowing reviews people have of it.

“If I had my way, the town should pick up the costs of the signs so everyone feels a part of it,” added Councillor Joan Courtney. “What you are doing for kids is truly amazing. You are unsung heroes just like the kids are.”

Councillor Rick Fryer also suggested the blue signage at the town’s boundary lines also feature “Home of Miracle League.” He said he has brought his daughters to games and they were also amazed at what they saw, adding Amherstburg residents are fortunate to have Miracle League in its midst.

A report is expected to come before council in the near future detailing the county’s and ERCA’s position on the matter.

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