The Village of Merrickville Wolford welcomed residents to the Municipal Centre last Wednesday for their second annual Open House. Each municipal department had a booth, and the heads of the departments were on hand to answer any questions the public might have. The Merrickville Fire Department’s fleet was also on display, welcoming kids to take a peek inside the impressive vehicles. At the back of the hall, Lockwood Brothers had their wooden fire truck play structure, which they will be raffling off at the end of the year to support local fire department initiatives. Raffle tickets were being sold at the open house.
Other groups who work closely with the municipality, like the RVCA, MPAC, and Valley Heartland, also had booths, to inform the public about the role they play in the municipality. It was a beautiful evening and seniors, adults and kids were able to meander through the fire hall, looking at all the displays and enjoying free hot dogs and freezies, supplied by the municipality.
Mayor David Nash says he thinks it’s important for the municipality to hold an annual open house, because it gives residents the opportunity to meet municipal employees and see what they have to offer. “The staff thoroughly enjoy putting it on,” he says. “It’s an opportunity to show people what we do and get feedback.