On the agenda

The Western Star - - FRONT PAGE - BY DIANE CROCKER dcrocker@thewest­ern­star.com Twit­ter: WS_DianeCrocker

The idea of a Corner Brook Come Home Year in 2019 is set to be dis­cussed at the next city coun­cil meet­ing.

The Corner Brook Come Home Year 2019 com­mit­tee is hope­ful it will have some good news to share af­ter next Mon­day’s coun­cil meet­ing.

Gla­dys Bat­ten is co-chair­ing the steer­ing com­mit­tee set up to or­ga­nize the cel­e­bra­tion.

She’s the one who ini­tially launched the idea by set­ting up a Face­book group to gauge in­ter­est.

The group has 7,255 mem­bers and up to just over a week ago had been known as the Pro­posed Corner Brook Come Home Year.

The pro­posed got dropped amid hints of some news com­ing around Nov. 21.

Bat­ten didn’t want to do an in­ter­view on what might be com­ing, but in a Face­book mes­sage she said the topic is up for vote by coun­cil on Nov. 20. And in the mean­time the com­mit­tee is get­ting it­self in or­der.

Mayor Jim Par­sons said the group has asked the city for its gen­eral sup­port for the cel­e­bra­tion.

He said it’s about mak­ing sure the city is OK with what they’re do­ing, and about go­ing ahead in co-or­di­na­tion with the city.

He said the group has not asked for any fund­ing at this point, but once things are set he ex­pects it will look for spon­sor­ships.

Par­sons didn’t say what type of fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance the city would or could pro­vide.

“For sure I think when you have grass­roots efforts like these we should find ways to sup­port them.”

“This is more than a year and half away, so that’s a way’s away, and by then my sin­cere hope is that the city it­self has some broader tourism strat­egy im­ple­mented.”

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