Chatham-Kent working on naming strategy for municipal properties

Chatham-Kent’s administration is preparing a report for council on a naming rights strategy for municipal properties.

Maple City Slo-Pitch League president Bob Weedon was inducted into the Chatham Sports Hall of Fame in 2012. Mark Malone/Postmedia Network jpg, CA

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Chatham-Kent’s administration is preparing a report for council on a naming rights strategy for municipal properties.

The strategy will include a recommendation that no properties be named for individuals.

Council should receive the report in the next two or three months, said Cathy Hoffman, general manager of corporate services and chief human resources officer, at Monday’s council meeting.

The report came up because an application was submitted to rename St. Clair College’s Chatham Campus ball diamonds to Bob Weedon Field.

Weedon served as the Maple City Slo-Pitch League president for more than 40 years before stepping down in 2019.

Councillors voted to defer renaming the field until after making a decision on the naming rights strategy.

They were told in an overview provided by corporate services the strategy, if approved, would include an inventory of “municipal properties, buildings and features suitable to attract sponsorships or naming rights sold as part of a naming partnership.”

The application to rename the ball diamonds Bob Weedon Field included 191 public comments, 174 of which were positive.

Weedon has been inducted into the Chatham Sports Hall of Fame, Softball Ontario Hall of Fame and Slo-Pitch Ontario Association Hall of Fame.

He won a Syl Apps Volunteer Achievement Award from the Province of Ontario for his more than 50 years of service to local sports.

He has served on provincial slo-pitch executives, was a voting delegate for Softball Canada and umpired at the Special Olympics World Summer Games.

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