Council moved to approve an honorary street naming after the request of students from the Forestburg School at the Aug. 11 regular council meeting.
In 2021 council received several letters from Grade 3 – 4 students inquiring if it would be possible to rename a street in the village.
According to the letters, several students mentioned how they have been studying the history of Alberta and learned that Forestburg was formerly named Duxbury and wanted to reflect that piece of history in the village.
“We thought it would be a cool idea to recognize Forestburg’s earliest municipal history,” wrote one student in a letter.
Council had instructed administration earlier to research options for honorary street naming and after discussing the findings council had passed the Honorary Street Naming Policy on Feb. 3, 2022.
Council reviewed the letters from the students and decided to keep in order with the provisions of the policy to name the portion of 46 Ave. in front of Forestburg school; Duxbury Avenue.
Funding for the project will come from the operating budget for public works to install signage toppers for the relevant intersections.
After informal discussions regarding the Kirschman Bursary program at the July 14 council meeting, council has decided to make an initial and ongoing contribution to the program.
The Village of Forestburg Jack and Lily Kirschman Bursary Program was established in October 2021.
The program will support students from Grades one to 12 in their post-secondary endeavours by awarding $1,000 per year of study for a maximum of $12,000 upon graduation.
Council instructed the village administration to review the current in-year financial situation to see if it would be possible to contribute in 2022.
After reviewing information and recent financial developments for the village, council decided that they can make an initial contribution for 2022 and direct planned contributions for 2023 and beyond.
Council will make an initial contribution of $25,000 to the Bursary Program and have plans to make $10,000 contributions per year beginning in 2023.
According to the program, further details will be announced as they are developed and formalized.