By Sarah Seeley
The city of Charlottetown awarded a $35,000 contract to DRA/Red Oak Landscaping for the construction of a pavilion at Victoria Park during the monthly council meeting Monday night.
The council voted 9-0 in favour of the contract. Coun. Edward Rice was not present for the votes.
The pavilion will be located on the south end of the park near the cannons and a gateway to the park would also be constructed.
Funds for the contract will be drawn from the 2014 parks and recreation capital budget.
Red Oak Landscaping is expected to draft designs for the two projects before moving on to the public consultation phase.
The company has designed and built award-winning landscapes across the province.
Coun. Melissa Hilton is overseeing the project and she will keep track of the progress.
“I look forward to updating everybody on the progress of this important project.”
Coun. Mitch Tweel asked if Victoria Park would be hosting the folk music festival in the new pavilion. He said people would get the idea that events would be held there.
“It sends the signal out that we will be hosting events in Victoria Park.”
There is a bylaw in place preventing major events being held at Victoria Park. Hilton said the pavilion would be used for minor events like outdoor musicals and busking.
The council denied Tweel’s suggestion to move the pavilion to east Grafton Street.
Coun. Rob Lantz said the pavilion would not be used for big concerts.
“I do not envision this as a bandstand.”
The council also voted 9-0 on an application for an 1864 sculptural installation on 145 Richmond St. in front of the Confederation Centre of the Arts.
The city may get its first medical marijuana facility. Council voted 9-0 in favour of a public consultation for the amendment to Charlottetown’s zoning and development bylaw to add a definition for a medical marijuana production facility.
The facility could only be built in a heavy industrial zone such as the West Royalty business park.
Lantz said it will be a secure facility of an industrial nature and it will not infringe on residential neighbourhoods.
“It is a legal land use for federal legislation. We’re trying to be proactive to define that as the land use in our law.”
Council also voted unanimously to arrange a meeting with Egmont MP Gail Shea and Veterans Affairs minister Julian Fantino to discuss the Veterans Affairs cuts and the closure of Charlottetown’s district office.
Coun. Cecil Villard said he wrote letters and called Fantino, but didn’t receive a response.
“It is somewhat disheartening when one level of government doesn’t want to respond to another level of government.”
Tweel was also surprised the council was getting a cold shoulder from Fantino.
“I am bewildered at this turn of events.”
Villard emphasized the negative impacts the cuts will have on veterans and the economy.
“All federal departments are being impacted, not only the city of Charlottetown, but across the whole province.”