Northeast Council recognizes efforts of Gary Polano to extend Manitoulin telecommunications infrastructure

NetCentral board member Ken Ferguson and board chair Jim Gordon present their case for honouring the late Gary Polano before the Northeast Town council.

LITTLE CURRENT—The Northeast Town council carried a motion recognizing the efforts of the late Gary Polano in extending telecommunications infrastructure and services on Manitoulin Island and throughout the North.

Council was visited by NetCentral Community Communications Network General Manager Morry Brown, founding NetCentral board member Ken Ferguson and board chair Jim Gordon. The trio presented council with the motion requesting that council recognize the efforts of Mr. Polano who was the founding volunteer secretary-treasurer of NetCentral as well as a former director of NetCentral and retired CAO of Sudbury.

Mr. Polano, “assisted in securing private sector, provincial and federal funding totaling $37 million to expand telecommunication services throughout Northeastern Ontario including the extension of fiberoptic cable to Little Current, six active cell towers on Manitoulin Island and the scheduled deployment of four additional cellular towers in central and Western Manitoulin,” explains a portion of the presented motion.

“Gary was a hard worker—a sharp fellow who shined while he was here and it is only fitting that he should be recognized for all his work,” Mr. Ferguson said to council.

“Be it resolved that the council of the Northeast Town extends sincere thanks on behalf of citizens to Judy Polano and daughters Christina and Kathleen for the leadership provided by Gary Polano to bring advanced telecommunications and connectivity for residents, students, businesses and tourists on Manitoulin Island and in Northern Ontario,” concludes of the motion.

Council carried a motion, moved by Councillor Paul Skippen and seconded by Councillor Orr, to recognize the efforts of the late Mr. Polano.

“Thank you for honouring Gary,” said Mr. Gordon.