Identify, Protect and Promote.
That is the mandate of Heritage Meaford, a group that is calling for further preservation of heritage buildings, monuments and landscapes in the municipality.
Denise Whaley of Heritage Meaford made a presentation to council recently -- offering to provide input on how to better protect their rich history.
Whaley says they want to get a Municipal Heritage Committee in place, to help designate and protect more significant buildings under the Ontario Heritage Act.
She notes a Municipal Heritage Committee could exist in an advisory role for council, focusing on background work such as evaluating and categorizing properties.
She notes council is also considering forming a Heritage Conservation District for the downtown core, and they'd like to help with that as well.
But Whaley notes they want to focus on more than just buildings as they'd like to get heritage designations for the numerous pioneer cemeteries around Meaford, as well as other archeological resources.
Whaley adds Heritage Meaford was formed in 2000 after members of the group started seeing too many historical buildings being demolished.