DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
UXBRIDGE: The public has spoken, and council has approved a new name for the former Kennedy House/St. John’s complex.
Throughout the summer, the township held a public vote through their web site to determine a new name for the complex, which is home to Uxbridge’s soccer fields and skate park.
With 62.5 per cent of the vote, The Fields of Uxbridge prevailed over the other three names in the contest: Uxbridge Activity Park, Uxbridge Commons and Uxbridge Athletic and Recreation Commons.
With only 160 votes cast through the on-line poll, some councillors were left wondering if the re-naming should go ahead in spite of the low turnout.
"Part of the problem from the beginning has been a lack of input," commented Ward 2 Councillor Pat Molloy. "I wouldn’t vote for that name, and I won’t be voting for any of them."
As well, Ward 4 Councillor Jacob Mantle questioned whether or not 160 total votes was enough of an audience to rename the facility.
Township Manager of Recreation, Culture and Tourism Amanda Ferraro responded with her own disappointment in the low turnout.
"It is disappointing that only that many people voted. I would’ve thought we would’ve had more people interested, and I did get a few e-mails saying that they didn’t like the four chosen names," Ms. Ferraro added.
However, with council having debated the issue for close to a year, Mayor Gerri Lynn O’Connor offered the opinion that enough time had been devoted to the renaming project.
"I think we’ve dealt with this long enough, and I too am disappointed that there wasn’t more interest," opined Mayor O’Connor. "But, we have to recognize that in Uxbridge, there are a number of people - mostly seniors - that don’t have access to the internet."
Council ultimately decided to endorse Ms. Ferraro’s recommendation that the former Kennedy House/St. John’s Training School property on Main St. North be renamed The Fields of Uxbridge. A by-law will be brought forward in the near future to finalize the decision.
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