Gander to again sell memorial seats at Steele Community Centre
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.