Avon Township Supervisor Sam Yingling says extraordinary commitment by everyday residents shouldn't always go unnoticed.
Following a presentation by Yingling, the township board Monday night voted 5-0 to create a special recognition for worthy residents. It would be called the Avon Township Medal of Distinguished Service.
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Under Yingling's proposal, the medal would underscore the idea that one person can make a positive difference in Avon Township. He said one example of a potential recipient could be someone shoveling snow to help a senior citizen.
"I think that it's important for the township, for government, to recognize citizens who have done outstanding work to help the community, Yingling said. "I believe the creation of the Avon Township Medal of Distinguished Service is a small gesture, but one way that the township can touch lives and honor extraordinary service.
Yingling asked Trustee Marc Feldstein to work with him to clarify criteria for the honor and its possible frequency. Feldstein said it might be best to limit the number of times the medal would be awarded "so it means something.
Board members will review the criteria before any medals are granted.
Board members could identify potential recipients and review nominations submitted by residents, according to Yingling's proposal.
"I think it might be better if it came from residents, Feldstein said.
Yingling said he's contacted some local award companies to seek prices and a design for the medal. In addition to the medal, the honoree would receive an official declaration from the Avon Township board.
Avon Township encompasses all or part of Grayslake, Hainesville, Round Lake, Round Lake Beach, Round Lake Park, Round Lake Heights, Third Lake and unincorporated Lake County.