Bench request sparks new policy
Pembroke councillors have given permission for the Pembroke Horticultural Society to install a granite bench and tree at the east end of the marina.
This is done on the condition the society pays for and maintains it at its own expense, and that staff work out a policy on the placing of similar monuments in the future.
At a recent recreation, culture and tourism committee meeting, Ron Conroy, department manager, said the department is busy with a number of ongoing items.
He said the horticultural society is seeking permission to install a granite bench as well as a tree to commemorate Canada 150 for 2017. The bench and tree would be placed at the east end of the Marina parking lot in the grassed area along the Muskrat Lake.
Conroy said the exact location would be determined with staff prior to commencing any work.
“The area in question is mostly grassed with an arch donated by the Rotary Club many years ago,” he said, pointing out the horticultural society donates many volunteer hours to beautify city parks as well as supplies all the necessary plants.
Conroy said currently the city does not have a policy regarding this type of installation and more of these requests are being made. He suggested perhaps the committee could consider this request in principle and allow staff to research what policies other communities have with respect to this, then report back with a draft policy for committee to consider.
He said the horticultural society will be fully responsible for the purchasing and installation of both the bench and tree.
Deputy Mayor Ron Gervais said he was in favour of creating a policy to deal with such requests. He said while he wasn’t against the idea of the group installing the bench and tree, it shouldn’t be the responsibility of city ratepayers to pay for its upkeep or replacement in case it is damaged.
Coun. Les Scott agreed, adding the stipulation of this should be written out so all parties agree to the terms.