DiPasquale appointed to naming committee

 

By Karen Fallon

Councillor Bart DiPasquale was named as the town’s representative on the newly formed commemorative naming committee at the meeting held Sept. 24.

According to a report by Dean Collver, director of recreation and culture, earlier this year administration was directed to peruse other communities’ policies dealing with commemoration and the naming of municipal assets.

The new committee will include a citizen representative from each of the following committees: heritage, parks and recreation and culture. Along with one representative from: administrative, recreation and culture, planning, public works and one councillor.

The committee will meet to construct a policy containing the criteria for assessment of commemorative naming submissions.

According to Collver, there are ample examples provided by existing policies in other communities to aid this process.

However, notes Collver: “It is recommended that the committee engage in this process for local buy-in, the addition of a local perspective and to create transparency from the beginning of the process.”

Councillor Diane Pouget asked whether the decisions of the new committee will be brought back to council for its approval.

Collver says that a policy containing the criteria for assessment will be

constructed which would likely contain a caveat to refer decisions to council.

“Council would of course look at that as being a recommendation,” said Mayor Wayne Hurst.

The committee is to meet twice a year to receive applications for the commemorative naming of town assets.

A commemoration seeks to recognize the contributions of an individual or group and their impact on a community; a sponsorship seeks to promote an individual, group or business and support the community in the process.

The intention of a naming policy will not be to add costs, notes Collver in his report. However, it is recommended that an assessment of costs is added to the selection criteria for naming to ensure, on a case-by-case basis, so that any potential for cost is observed and made part of the consideration of each application.

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