Minto assists Legion with expansion of banner program honouring veterans

Minto council has approved purchase and installation of banner arms to facilitate the expansion of the Harriston Legion’s veterans commemorative banner program.

The program, which began in 2014, honours past and present Canadian Forces members with personalized commemorative banners hung on light standards on the town’s main street during the period around Remembrance Day.

In 2016 the Legion proposes 15 new banners to be installed on Elora  Street, north of the Arthur Street intersection. Eventually the program is to be extended down Arthur Street to Mill Street (Veteran’s Way) and back to Elora Street, notes a report from CAO Bill White.

“Some of the poles in these areas are under the care and control of Westario. Their policies require engineered design to confirm the banner attachment will not impact on the pole or power supply. Triton Engineering arranged for each pole to be assessed and developed an acceptable design,” the report explains.

The estimated cost of each arm is $100 to $150. The proposal called for the town to buy the arms and allow the program to be continued as need and budget allow.

“This also broadens the area where town banners can be placed in the future,” White pointed out.

“The Town strongly supports this program to celebrate and honour local veterans. Council can expect a similar program initiated through the Palmerston Legion,” the report states.