DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
UXBRIDGE: With public voting for the new name for the Kennedy House recreation complex set to open on Monday, June 10, some councillors remained underwhelmed by the choices.
"I'm still really unhappy with these names," commented Ward 2 Councillor Pat Molloy. "I'd like to go back to the residents and ask for more names. They're not significant names and I don't think anyone is really happy with the proposed names."
When public voting opens on Monday, four names will by vying to become the new moniker at the recreation complex, located at the corner of Ball Rd. and Main St. North: Uxbridge Activity Park, The Fields of Uxbridge, Uxbridge Commons and Uxbridge Athletic and Recreation Common, also known as "The ARC."
The final name underwent a slight reworking at council's meeting on the morning of Monday, June 3, following a report from Township Manager of Recreation and Culture Amanda Ferraro.
In her report, Ms. Ferraro detailed the change from the original 'Uxbridge Activity and Recreation Common' to 'Uxbridge Athletic and Recreation Common.'
"The committee wanted activity, but after seeing that there was already another choice with activity in the name, it was decided to change it back to athletic as was originally submitted," explained Ms. Ferraro.
Ward 5 Councillor Gord Highet again defended the choices made by the re-naming committee as he did when the four names were originally presented.
"This committee was struck to create the formula and council has had many opportunities to revisit that process. But, let's move forward with the process we've started and not change course because some of us aren't satisfied with the names," said Councillor Highet.
However, Ward 4 Councillor Jacob Mantle argued that the process was already changed when the committee was directed to move away from potentially having a person's name attached to the facility.
"The process was changed halfway through and we should change it to no restrictions," added Councillor Mantle. "I think there are some names that would be before us if the process hadn't changed halfway through."
Later, after Councillor Molloy asked how he would go about blocking the names from going to the public, Deputy Mayor Bev Northeast weighed in on the matter.
"I don't think we should add more names. The original intent was to bring forward four names to the public," said Councillor Northeast.
Still, Councillor Mantle remained steadfast in his commitment to bring forward all possible choices for the complex.
"We are already in the process by saying that we can't include a person's name," commented Councillor Mantle. "Which is all the more reason to reconsider it. Ultimately, any name could be chosen by council, we never voted that we would accept the name voted by the public."
Despite the protests from Councillors Molloy and Mantle, the voting is still set to open next week.
"Let's put it to the public and see what happens," said Councillor Northeast.
Voting for the new name for the Kennedy House complex will take place on the townships web site, www.town.uxbridge.on.ca starting on Monday, June 10.
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