North Bay City Council wants to thank former Councillor George Maroosis.

A motion was passed on Tuesday to unveil a piece art in recognition of the contribution Maroosis, known in council circles as ‘The Wrench’, has made to North Bay.

Councillor Tanya Vrebosch says he’s served the city in a number of ways over three decades.

“Being a founding member of the District of Nipissing Social Services Administration Board. He was on the District of Nipissing Social Services Administration Board before it was called that. He was a founding member of The Crisis Centre. He’s been on the L.I.P.I. board. What he’s done for the community and the knowledge he’s brought to council have been very important contributions,” she says.

The city is in the process of designating pieces of public art and Vrebosch says the first piece will honour the former councillor next year.

Councillor Mark King says Maroosis has taught him that it’s okay to change your mind if there’s new information on an issue.

“If there’s added information sometimes he would change his mind. There’s nothing wrong with that if you feel there’s a valid reason for it,” he says.


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