Qualicum Beach Seedy Saturday Association has an engraved rock that it hoped could be place permanently in the garden area of the town’s Civic Centre.
The group made this request to Qualicum Beach council.
QBSSA chair Sue Putz, in her letter to council, stated that the association chose the Civic Centre because it is the site of their yearly Seedy Saturday event and has been for 16 years.
The engraved rock was presented to the group by a participant at Seedy Saturday. It was also used on the front cover of the booklet that was assembled for the community’s celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday last year.
“It is striking and good advertising,” Putz wrote. “It is however, a good size and time-consuming to transport.”
Staff reviewed the group’s request and recommended to council, at its regular meeting on March 19, not to grant the request.
Councillor Barry Avis found the request fitting because the association is the largest of its kind on the Island and holds a big event each year.
But Daniel Sailland, chief administrative officer, explained to council the town has a policy of not allowing any external advertising around the Civic Centre. And as an alternative, the town offered to place the engraved rock in one of the community gardens, which council endorsed.
Staff was directed to inform the association of its decision and recommendation.