PORT HARDY—Councillors discussed and passed an amendment to the policy on liability insurance for Special Events Licenced events.
The matter had been brought to council’s attention at the previous meeting through a recommendation from the Community Consultative Committee that the required coverage be extended to $5 million from $3 million.
Director of Corporate Services Jeff Long presented a staff report which looked at other municipalities and the effect the change would have on pricing.
Council heard that the expansion in coverage would bring the District in line with other municipalities and represented an approximately 25 per cent increase in cost in premiums — about a $280 increase in the case of the annual Filomi Days event.
Coun. Rick Marcotte spoke against the proposal, concerned that the increase would be prohibitive to organizers but the vote passed.
In another item carried forward from a committee recommendation, Long presented a draft policy for the hanging of banners on the District’s Douglas Street property.
“It gives some control, especially if there’s any conflicts, such as the desire to put multiple banners up at the same time,” Long told the council. “It’s good protocol to have this policy in place.”
Coun. Janet Dorward questioned the provision for fee collection in the policy but Long explained that it was a proactive measure against any future council’s decisions but that he expected the service to be free.
Coun. John Tidbury objected to the policy, describing it as “just more red tape,” but the motion to adopt passed.