Honour for former Ancaster mayor could happen soon
Renaming part of the Ancaster Old Town Hall after a former mayor could happen within a month, say Hamilton officials.
The city’s facility naming subcommittee agreed Feb. 2 to rename the Ancaster Old Town Hall’s forecourt after former mayor Ann Sloat. Politicians could approve the recommendation at their Feb. 8 council meeting.
Ancaster Coun. Lloyd Ferguson is urging city officials to install the sign as quickly as possible so he can hold a ceremony recognizing Sloat and her contributions to the community. She had more than a 40-year career in municipal and provincial politics.
Ian Kerr-Wilson, manager of museums and heritage preservation, told committee members the sign can be easily created and installed within a month or so.
Ferguson said the forecourt at the Old Town Hall is well used by the community and it is fitting the area is renamed after Sloat.
The 88-year-old Sloat in an interview said she was “surprised” and “thrilled” about the honour. Still living in Ancaster, Sloat said she has had some health issues, but is “feeling fine.”
The proposed sign will identify the outside of the Ancaster Old Town Hall the Ann Sloat Forecourt.
It will be installed in the ground in front of the structure. The sign will blend in with other signs that identify nearby buildings and historical structures.
Total cost of the renaming process was set at $3,500.
Sloat served as Ancaster’s mayor from 1973 to 1984 and was deputy mayor of the town at the time of amalgamation in 2001. She was also a Progressive Conservative MPP from 1984 to 1985 representing Wentworth North.
Sloat served on the Ancaster Hydro Commission for 11 years and was an Ancaster school trustee.