Tori Sutton, Stratford Gazette
Heritage Stratford has been given the green light to investigate a new plaque program to recognize notable individuals who have lived in the community. The proposed program would see plaques installed on buildings associated with prominent individuals.
If approved, one of the first plaques the committee would like to install would honour Thomas Edison, who was trained in telegraphy at 46 Ontario St., the current home of Sputnik Espresso Bar.
City staff have expressed general support for the initiative, but determined there must be some guidance around the selection and installation of the plaques.
“It is one more way to celebrate our special history and the notable people who have come from, come to, or have resided or worked in this community,” states background information provided in last week’s council package.
Heritage Stratford has proposed installing two or three plaques per year, which would be about 10 inches in diameter and would be displayed at eye level. The cost would be covered under the Heritage Stratford budget.
Staff are expected to report back to the planning and heritage committee with recommendation once its investigation is complete.