NEW WEL­COME SIGNS FOR RUS­SELL

Le Reflet (The News) - - SALE - GREGG CHAMBERLAIN gregg.chamberlain@eap.on.ca

Wel­come to Rus­sell Town­ship, one of the best places to live. That’s going to be the theme for some new wel­come si­gn ad­di­tions to the mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty.

The Rus­sell KinC­lub un­vei­led the ser­vice club’s new com­mu­ni­ty pro­ject pro­po­sal to Rus­sell Town­ship coun­cil du­ring its Au­gust 13 ses­sion. The KinC­lub is fun­drai­sing now for erec­tion of a new se­ries of Wel­come to Rus­sell signs at the east and west en­trances to the Vil­lage of Rus­sell, with spe­cial fea­tures that will help high­light the mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty to vi­si­tors, pros­pec­tive new fa­mi­lies, and bu­si­ness in­ter­ests.

“I am ex­tre­me­ly proud that the Kin Club has ta­ken up the chal­lenge of fun­drai­sing for new Rus­sell Vil­lage signs,” sta­ted Mayor Pierre Le­roux. “Their willin­gness to work with the town­ship for the bet­terment of the com­mu­ni­ty so soon after the success of the Sports Dome is a tes­tament to their mem­bers.”

For now town­ship coun­cil can of­fer mo­ral sup­port for the KinC­lub pro­ject, but no pro­mise of fi­nan­cial aid be­cause coun­cil is now in the “lame duck” per­iod prior to the Oc­to­ber ci­vic elec­tion. The “lame duck” re­gu­la­tions for­bid the present coun­cil to make any ma­jor fi­nan­cial spen­ding de­ci­sions which would then be­come the bud­get res­pon­si­bi­li­ty of the new coun­cil after the elec­tion.

The KinC­lub pro­ject an­noun­ce­ment fol­lows soon after the la­test on­line Mo­ney Sense report which ranks the best places to live in Ca­na­da ba­sed on a va­rie­ty of fac­tors, in­clu­ding em­ploy­ment fi­gures, ave­rage in­come, com­mu­ni­ty ser­vices avai­lable, and other points. The KinC­lub pre­sen­ta­tion no­ted that Rus­sell Town­ship now ranks third out of 415 com­mu­ni­ties in the Mo­ney Sense list of “Best Places to Live in Ca­na­da” and the club will make note of that in its si­gnage pro­ject.

Coun­cil will al­so take steps to make sure both re­si­dents of the mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty and new­co­mers to the area, in­clu­ding po­ten­tial bu­si­ness in­ves­tors, are aware of Rus­sell Town­ship’s new Mo­ney Sense ran­king. Town­ship coun­cil ac­cep­ted a report from ad­mi­nis­tra­tion, which in­cludes a re­com­men­da­tion for ins­tal­la­tion of six pro­mo­tio­nal signs at the main en­trances to the town­ship, which would pro­claim Rus­sell Town­ship as the third-best place to live in Ca­na­da. The town­ship could al­so do on­line pro­mo­tio­nal posts through its so­cial me­dia links.

Cost of the phy­si­cal pro­mo­tio­nal si­gnage would be about $1800 and would fall un­der the exis­ting bud­get al­lo­wance for pro­mo­tio­nal ma­te­rials. Coun­cil re­cei­ved the report for fur­ther stu­dy and a de­ci­sion at a fu­ture ses­sion. Some coun­cil mem­bers in­di­ca­ted they would like a se­venth pro­mo­tio­nal si­gn set up out­side of the mu­ni­ci­pal of­fice, and al­so, that the pro­mo­tio­nal signs should bear the names of all four vil­lages in the town­ship.

—pho­to ar­chives

L’hô­tel de ville de la Mu­ni­ci­pa­li­té de Rus­sell au­ra peut-être un nou­veau pan­neau sur sa pe­louse avant avec les mots « Bien­ve­nue dans le can­ton de Rus­sell: l’un des meilleurs en­droits où vivre au Ca­na­da ». L’ad­mi­nis­tra­tion de la mu­ni­ci­pa­li­té a re­com­man­dé de ti­rer par­ti des ré­sul­tats d’un sondage Mo­ney Sense, qui a clas­sé la mu­ni­ci­pa­li­té par­mi l’une des trois meilleures com­mu­nau­tés où vivre au Ca­na­da.

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