Missed dead­line for Coul­ter Par­kette ren­o­va­tions

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“Site con­di­tions and fall weather” re­sulted in a missed dead­line for the re-open­ing of a ren­o­vated coul­ter Par­kette in down­town Port El­gin, forc­ing of­fi­cials to move the nov. 16 christ­mas tree light­ing fes­tiv­i­ties to a new lo­ca­tion, one bock north on mill St., which will be closed be­tween Water­loo and goderich Streets.

in an email, amanda Froese, the town’s di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Works, said the planned nov. 15 re-open­ing of coul­ter Par­kette was moved to nov. 17. a shade struc­ture/gazebo will be com­pleted in the fu­ture.

“these two days en­abled the con­trac­tor to ac­com­mo­date in­fra­struc­ture im­prove­ments by telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions com­pa­nies and a neigh­bour­ing busi­ness to take place,” Froese said, adding the con­trac­tor has worked dili­gently to com­ple­tion the project as fast as pos­si­ble.

or­ga­nized by the Saugeen Shores cham­ber of com­merce, the an­nual kick off to christ­mas in­cludes the tree light­ing and Shop­pers night with spe­cial sales by down­town mer­chants to en­cour­age peo­ple to shop lo­cally.

cham­ber spokesper­son Jenny Posthu­mus said coul­ter Par­kette not be­ing ready was “dis­ap­point­ing and un­for­tu­nate” but wanted to fo­cus on “next year [when] we’re go­ing to have a per­ma­nent tree in coul­ter Par­kette, and the ex­pe­ri­ence is go­ing to be that much bet­ter,” Posthu­mus said in a nov. 9 tele­phone in­ter­view.

She said the town takes care of the tree, the Busi­ness im­prove­ment area (Bia) han­dles the light­ing cer­e­mony and the cham­ber of com­merce or­ga­nizes the nov. 16 Shop­pers night.

Posthu­mus is busy lin­ing up floats and marchers for the Santa claus pa­rades in Port El­gin nov. 25 and Southamp­ton dec. 1. thew 20 en­tered to date in­clude both the owen Sound com­mu­nity Band and a pipe band, at a cost of $1,600 with most cov­ered by a do­na­tion from on­tario Power gen­er­a­tion (oPg).

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