Toronto, Ont., August 20, 2002 – The Towns of Aurora and Newmarket have won a joint Peter J. Marshall Municipal Innovation Awards Plaque in recognition of its “Consolidation of Fire Services” initiative.
Aurora Mayor Tim Jones and Newmarket Mayor Tom Taylor accepted the award on behalf of the Town at the recent annual conference of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO).  Also in attendance was Larry Allison, CAO from Aurora, and John Molyneaux, Fire Chief from Central York Fire Services.

“The Marshall Awards are an excellent showcase for one of the long-standing traditions of municipal governments – learning from one another by building and expanding on ideas that will provide better service to our communities.” said Ann Mulvale, President of AMO.  “This year’s award recipients demonstrate leadership and creativity in the projects they have undertaken projects and their communities are already seeing real benefits.”

The “Consolidation of Fire Services” demonstrates what examining alternatives and working in collaboration can accomplish.  When Aurora’s Fire Chief retired, they decided to analyze their options and came together with the neighbouring Town of Newmarket.  Since January 2002, the citizens of Aurora and Newmarket are served by the new Central York Fire Services Department.  Aurora entered into a service agreement that allows their input through a Joint Council of fire services in Newmarket.

The Marshall Awards is an annual competitive process, with submissions by Ontario municipalities judged on their creativity and success in implementing new, innovative ways of serving the public.

Three municipalities were Plaque Recipients of the 2002 Marshall Awards. The Awards are sponsored by AMO, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, the Municipal Finance Officers Association, the Ontario Municipal Administrators Association, the Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario, and the Canada Council for Public-Private Partnerships. 

AMO is a non-profit organization with member municipalities representing 98 per cent of Ontario’s population.  The mandate of AMO is to promote, support and enhance strong and effective municipal government in Ontario. 

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