Hamilton Township students attend council, open house
Grade 5 students from Baltimore Public School were among those looking at Hamilton Township's road and fire service equipment during the township's first Local Government event on Tuesday. VALERIE MACDONALD/Northumberland Today
There was excitement in the air, inside and outside, as Grade 5 students from Baltimore and Camborne public schools participated in Hamilton Township’s first Local Government Week celebration Tuesday with special demonstrations and a council session at the Baltimore Recreation Centre.
The large equipment display in the parking lot was a big hit as well as the multitude of interactive displays about township services, and even draws for prizes, throughout the inside of the building. Township staff and councillors seemed as enthused as their young guests.
Student Emma Jackson from Baltimore Public School, sitting to one side of Mayor Mark Lovshin, officially opened the meeting.
Her counterpart from Camborne school, Justin Robinson, sitting on the mayor’s other side, officially closed the session while fellow students and residents watched from chairs set up for the makeshift council chamber.
After reading a proclamation of Local Government Week for the township, and a letter from Northumberland-Quinte West MPP Lou Rinaldi on the undertaking, certificates were presented by Mayor Lovshin to both schools for their participation.
Among the council business the students watched, (they are studying civics this year which includes local government) was the passing of a resolution supporting Community Power Northumberland’s application to the ISO to install solar panels on the roof of buildings at 8783 Dale Rd.
Asked when such a project might go ahead if approved under the FIT program, administrator Arthur Anderson said this is just part of the application process. After the meeting Rich Tyssen said with that with full approval, construction would not begin until 2018.