Hon­our for for­mer An­caster mayor could hap­pen soon

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL - KEVIN WERNER

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.

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