MEDIA RELEASE Town Council Adopts ‘Displaying Flags and Flag Protocol, and Public Proclamation Policy’ and Declares the North Fredericksburgh Lifestyle Centre the Location for the Town’s Community Flagpole

Posted on Tuesday June 16, 2020

(GREATER NAPANEE, ON) – Town Council adopted the ‘Displaying Flags and Flag Protocol, and Public Proclamations Policy’ at its electronic Special Meeting of Council held on Tuesday, June 9, 2020. In addition, Council has declared that the Town’s community flagpole shall be located at the North Fredericksburgh Lifestyle Centre, 1208 County Road 8, Napanee (formally known as the North Fredericksburgh Hall).

 

Information about the Community Flagpole Location:
The North Fredericksburgh Lifestyle Centre has been chosen based on the approach to bring the community together to one centralized location within Greater Napanee for lifestyle and recreational activities. The Community & Corporate Services department is utilizing the Centre for various community groups, allowing them a place to host meetings, activities and events. The site’s parking lot boasts ample on-site parking for flag raising ceremonies that could draw a large crowd. With the building available, flag raisings can also commence during winter months or during inclement weather, giving the public access to the hall to warm up, use the washrooms or host an indoor event. The flagpole that is currently located on this property is highly visible from County Road 8, which has a large amount of local commuter traffic.

 

Information on the Town’s ‘Displaying Flags and Flag Protocol, and Public Proclamation Policy’:
The purpose of the Town’s ‘Displaying Flags and Flag Protocol, and Public Proclamations Policy’ is “to establish guidelines for the flying of flags at municipally-owned facilities and standards for processing requests related to displaying flags and proclamations.” As per the policy, proclamations are a formal declaration, supported by Council and signed by the Mayor, intended to bring public awareness and education for:

  • Civic promotions;
  • Charitable fundraising campaigns;
  • Arts and cultural celebrations and awareness;
  • Multicultural awareness
  • Health and public service initiatives
  • Honours, remembrances or major celebrations
  • Special anniversaries for non-profit organizations that benefit the community

When there is no Community Flag on the pole, the Canadian Flag will be flown in its place.

 

COVID-19 Safety Protocols:
During the COVID-19 pandemic, as long as physical distancing is recommended by Public Health, flag raisings approved under this policy would only consist of Town staff raising the particular approved flag, and at no time would any event be held or a member of the public be invited to be present. If specifically requested by an organization, the Mayor may have a photo take by Town staff with the flag to be provided after the fact to the organization.

 

The policy is available for review on the Town’s website. Members of the public who wish to make a request to Council for a proclamation and/or flag raising ceremony must do so by filling out the ‘Request a Proclamation and/or Flag Raising Form’ available on the Town’s website, www.greaternapanee.com. Forms must be submitted no later than thirty (30) days prior to the desired date(s) of the proclamation and/or flag raising.

 

For more information on the Town’s ‘Displaying Flags and Flag Protocol, and Public Proclamations Policy,’ please contact Susan Beckel, Clerk, at sbeckel@greaternapanee.com or 613-354-3351 ext. 2014.

 

Media Contact:
Brianna Clement
Community Engagement Clerk

Town of Greater Napanee
12 Market Square, P.O. Box 97, Napanee, On K7R 3L4
T: 613-354-3351 ext. 2030
E: bclement@greaternapanee.com

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