DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
UXBRIDGE: More work will need to be done before a township-owned mobile information kiosk is ready to roll.
At a recent council meeting, Township Manager of Recreation, Culture and Tourism Amanda Ferraro issued a report detailing a request for the municipality to purchase a six-foot by ten-foot concession trailer that would be used at events to better promote tourism within the township.
While the majority of councillors expressed enthusiasm for the project, there is additional work needed before a purchase can be made, as suggested by Mayor Gerri Lynn O’Connor.
"I think we’re putting the cart before the horse," the mayor commented. "There are a few policies still to be worked out, such as, insurance, maintenance and who’s going to move it from point A to point B. I’m totally supportive of the idea, but think we need to iron out some of these issues first."
The mobile kiosk carries a price tag of approximately $4,000, and would feature the logos of the township, BIA and business ambassador program.
Ms. Ferraro responded that it will take close to 30 days to draft a policy that would govern use of the kiosk, and a further month for the unit to be ordered and delivered to the municipality.
Councillors also suggested that with the Santa Claus Parade being the last upcoming major event of the year in the township, that delaying the kiosk until the spring may be in order.
As well, should township staff be responsible for moving the kiosk, Mayor O’Connor suggested that the item be forwarded to 2014 municipal budget discussions.
At the conclusion of the discussion, councillors opted to table the item until Ms. Ferraro’s latest report is returned to council for further debate.
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