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City apologizes to McIntyre family

Police Services building was previously dedicated to Judge Vannini
The committee charged with honouring former Mayor Jim McIntyre didn't know there was already a plaque dedicating the Police Services Building to someone else.

Sault Ste. Marie Police Services Building won't be named after former Mayor Jim McIntyre after all.

It turns out that the building was previously dedicated to Judge I.A. Vannini, who retired in December, 1990.

It turns out that almost no one remembered the previous dedication and City Clerk Malcolm White apologized at tonight's City Council meeting to both the McIntyre and Vannini families for the mix-up.

The following memo was sent to Mayor Christian Provenzano and city councillors:


Dear Council,

This is to advise you that this item will be tabled.

We were advised Friday that the Police Services building is, in fact, already named after the late Honourable I.A. Vannini.

This fact is not listed on our records at City Hall, and as such, the listing of potential naming opportunities provided to the committee included the Police Services Building.

Unfortunately, the omission was not flagged when the Police Services Board considered the request and was not raised when the option was reported in coverage of a committee meeting last year.

The only reference seems to be a dedication plaque inside the building.

Obviously we will not be proceeding with renaming this facility. The committee will reconvene to identify another suitable recognition opportunity.

On behalf of the committee and the corporation as a whole I would like to apologize to the McIntyre and Vannini families for this unfortunate situation.

Malcolm White,

Deputy CAO/city clerk