The members of the Manitou Town Council met on the evening of September first to discuss a variety of community issues and most importantly the upcoming projects listing for the town. The next project was slated to be the inventory of existing utility services on the continent including wind power, transmission of electricity pathways and accessibility of emergency services.
Council decided instead that the next project must be the renumeration of street addresses in the municipality. "We developed our community in sections with little regard to the consistency of structure addressing" said Imman Erdly of the Manitou Clerks' Office. The town originally included a meta-national park, shopping district, four residential districts and a memorial park compacted into three regions. Manitou has expanded to six regions with a population of approximately twenty residents and forty-five merchants.
The community is described as "The Regional Municipality of Manitou, founded in 1801, is a six region community with a well balanced mix of residential dwellings and a commercial district. The community features several public greenspaces, a modern harbour and several historical sites. The town is owned by Manitou Tourism, a division of Silversmith Estates, and the CAO is Winter Silversmith. "
"We need to bring harmony and consistency to our community through the unification of neighbourhoods. This harmony can be achieved when the addressing system makes sense" said Manitou Tourism CAO Winter Silversmith. "We will be naming streets in the continent and then re-numbering the houses and businesses starting around October first" he said. The project will take approximately a week to complete. "It is no small task," said Imman, "we've never considered it before last month when it was realized that the community has grown about as much as it is going to."
Street names will be chosen based on historical landmarks and founding residents of the community. Addresses and numbering will be determined after the street names have been clearly identified and passed by town council. Economic Planning will oversee the project and has included a budget for signage of historical landmarks and public spaces. "We have a lot of history in our community and we need to present it to our residents and visitors in a reader friendly manner" said Mylo Veofbuck of the Manitou Economic Planning Department. "With the restoration of the Manitou Farm we were able to complete the boardwalk for visitors to view the marshlands from a non-invasive viewpoint". The Corran Journal reported on May twenty-ninth the discovery of a rare plant species, the Aliendonia Flexibolus, in the marshland, by the Northgate Conservation Group.
When asked if this identification of streets would lead to development of motorized vehicle roadways and highways Winter Silversmith had this to say, "No, we are a pedestrian oriented community and we will remain that way. We allow small vehicles such as motorcycles and bicycles and we feel that is sufficient enough means for residents and visitors to explore our town."
Not everyone was satisfied with the change of projects for the community, Red E'Lite, Fire Chief for Manitou Emergency Services, voiced his opposition during the public feedback portion of the meeting. "We have a serious deficiency of fire hydrants and fire suppression utilities in our town and the inventory would provide council with the data needed to increase our budget in these areas" he said. The community installed several fire hydrants following the devastating fire that destroyed the historic Silversmith Farm RP area in spring of this year. "It's not enough, we still lack sufficient services to protect the residents from fires. The community has increased greenspaces by over fifty percent in the last month, this means more trees and more flammable materials" he expressed to council members. In spite of this passionate opposition council voted unanimously to postpone the inventory until November after the renumeration assessment.
Manitou Tourism office will be closed from September sixth to twentieth for vacation, the renumeration is expected to commence before the end of the month.
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