How best to memorialize someone who has made a significant contribution to Maple Creek? A street name? A bench? A plaque?
It was a question that exercised the minds of Mayor and Town Council when they considered a letter about honouring Garry Germann.
The letter had come from Della Germann-Walter on behalf of the estate of Garry Germann.
“I am writing to see how we can go about having a street in Maple Creek named after our father Garry Germann,” the letter started.
“We believe he was a very important influence in the development of Maple Creek in the 1970s thru 1990s.
“Just a few of his accomplishments were the building of the Town Hall, the swimming pool, the vet clinic and numerous homes. And with him getting his fireworks operator certificate so that the Town could have the fireworks on the 1st of July on many occasions, and with him donating forwards the fireworks and numerous activities and events (eg: donating to golfing and curling tournaments).”
The letter said that Garry Germann and his wife, Joyce, helped many people who were stranded and let them stay for free at the Willowbend Campgrounds until they were able to get back on their feet.
“We feel that he played an intricate part in the development of Maple Creek.
“Please let us know as to how we can start the process.”
Speaking at the August 23 Town Council meeting, Councillor Al Fournier said he was sure Garry Germann had many accomplishments to his name, but he wondered about the process for street-naming.
Councillor Betty Abbott said she had sat on the Heritage Advisory Committee, which had established criteria for recognizing citizens.
“We had some really good discussion on it,” she said.
Abbott questioned whether a street name was the best way to acknowledge Germann.
How long would it take before a street became available, she wondered.
Fournier agreed that other possibilities should be considered.
Council decided to table the issue for further review until the November 9 regular meeting of Council.