The volunteers responsible for organizing the Kraft Hockeyville initiative were recognized by council Monday night.
Evelyn Bish, director of community development, said the event brought great national recognition to Chatham-Kent.
“Hockey is a part of our cultural identity and our own community spirit,” she said.
Bish said the group did an amazing job rallying the community and pulling together the “Bash At The Barn” event when the final announcement was made.
Mayor Randy Hope said he was especially impressed with the hard work and dedication by Chatham Maroons “Superfan” Chad Peterson during the process.
“When Chad first came and met with me about this, I said it has to be driven by the community and support or it won’t be successful,” Hope said. “Chad did his homework and made it work.”
Bish said a number of community suggestions for how to spend the $100,000 in upgrades to Memorial Arena will be forwarded to council to consider at a future date.
Notices of motion
A number of notices of motion were brought forward at Monday’s council meeting.
Mayor Randy Hope is looking at hiring a consultant to look into council compensation.
He said it has been a number of years since it has been reviewed.
Chatham Coun. Brock McGregor is looking for staff to investigate a social media strategy for Chatham-Kent, along with looking into other options to improve the communication strategy overall.
West Kent Coun. Mark Authier is bringing forward a motion for staff to investigate increasing the fine for garbage dumping.
South Kent Coun. Trevor Thompson is looking to bring forward a motion to investigate efficient methods to run the municipality.
Senior of the year nominee
Dixie Peters has been nominated as the 2014 Chatham-Kent senior of the year.
South Kent Coun. Karen Herman entered a successful motion to give Peters the honour.
Peters’ name will now be submitted to the Minister responsible for Seniors Affairs to be nominated as the 2015 senior of the year across the province.