Gan­der to again sell memorial seats at Steele Com­mu­nity Cen­tre

The Beacon (Gander) - - News -

The Town of Gan­der will once again sell memorial seats at the Steele Com­mu­nity Cen­tre.

Coun­cil made the de­ci­sion to do so at Wed­nes­day’s meet­ing af­ter a cit­i­zen con­tacted sta­dium staff about pur­chas­ing a seat as a grad­u­a­tion present for their son, who had been in­volved with mi­nor hockey at the arena since he was a boy.

The pre­vi­ous seat pro­gram – which came with a memorial plaque, a pro­mo­tional wall clock and a two-week hold­ing sta­tus for up­com­ing event – had been pro­moted for some years.

The re­cre­ation depart­ment sug­gested a new pro­gram, where a memorial seat could be pur­chased for a min­i­mum do­na­tion of $100. It was felt this would be a great op­por­tu­nity for the high num­ber of chil­dren who have gone through or are cur­rently in­volved with mi­nor hockey and the Sil­ver Jets to have their names as­so­ci­ated with the fa­cil­ity where they spent so much time.

The cost would cove pur­chase and in­stal­la­tion of a plaque. The re­main­der would go into the com­mu­nity pro­gram­ming bud­get, which hosts events for chil­dren, se­niors and res­i­dents of the town.

Coun­cil­lor Pat Wood­ford kicked off a dis­cus­sion about the pur­chase price.

When put in place in 2005, he said, the cost of a chair was $240.

Wood­ford ques­tioned the pric­ing dif­fer­ence; how­ever, hav­ing pur­chased a seat in the past, he ex­cused him­self from the con­ver­sa­tion due to con­flict of in­ter­est. Mayor Percy Far­well also re­moved him­self from the pric­ing con­ver­sa­tion, as he had also pur­chased a memorial seat.

Af­ter a lengthy dis­cus­sion on the topic, coun­cil de­cided to move for­ward with the min­i­mum do­na­tion of $100 be­cause the new pro­gram only in­cludes the memorial plaque and noth­ing else.

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