Chatham-Kent hosting Ukrainian mayors

Chatham-Kent Civic Centre, July 23, 2015. (Photo by Mike Vlasveld)

Mayors from overseas are preparing to get a taste of what Chatham-Kent has to offer.

A total of 13 mayors from Ukraine will be in the municipality on Thursday and Friday this week as part of an international study tour.

During their visit, the mayors are scheduled to tour the area and discuss municipal amalgamation, government operations, and economic issues.

“Getting perspective on how mayors in other nations perform their duties will be helpful,” said Mayor Darrin Canniff in a release.

The mayors are in Canada as part of their participation in the third Ukraine Reform Conference in Toronto.

The meeting is prompting the mayor’s office to proclaim July 4 as Ukraine Day in Chatham-Kent with a ceremony and raising of the Ukrainian flag at the Civic Centre at 11:45 a.m.

At 6:30 p.m. that day, the mayors will also attend the ribbon cutting at a business accelerator facility on King Street in Chatham.