QC’s tent policy questioned

  • Mar. 19, 2010 7:00 p.m.

Queen Charlotte’s new policy regarding community use of several village-owned outdoor tents has already come into question, Heather Ramsay writes. The policy, adopted February 1, states that tents “may be loaned to community groups, other government agencies and not for profit or charitable organizations for use at events held within the Village of Queen Charlotte.” At the March 15 council meeting, Queen Charlotte resident Lonnie Larson came to request use of the tents at the Edge of the World Festival in Tlell. In his written submission, he said the festival is undergoing a change this year and therefore may need extra tents. He asked the village for some flexibility in its policy. Councillors discussed the question and with Administrator Bill Beamish’s direction, resolved to allow for this variance. Councillors Gladys Noddin and Greg Martin spoke in favour of allowing the use of the tents at the Edge of the World Festival, both stating it is an excellent island-wide event. “This situation hadn’t occurred to me when putting together the policy,” said Mr. Martin. The policy was drafted after a request came from a member of the public who wanted to rent the tents for a private function in the summer. Council decided the tents, purchased with grant money for a community project, should be available for other community projects, not for private use. Nor did they want to be in competition with private businesses that might offer such equipment. Mayor Carol Kulesha said that Mr. Larson should submit a written request for the use of one or more of the tents and they would accept his offer to take personal responsibility of care and control, pickup and delivery, and damage deposit for the use of them.