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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Goderich Council Approves 3 Year Lease For Sunday Market

Goderich | by Peter Jackson  

After some confusion, vote for approve multi-year lease is approved by councillors.

For Goderich Council, it was one of those "you had to be there" moments.

After lengthy and sometimes heated debate and then two votes on the same by-law, Council Monday voted to issue a three-year lease for the Courthouse Square Open-Air Sunday Market.

The usual length of a lease between the municipality and those doing business on town property is one year.

One exception is Beach Street Station by the lakeshore, which entered into a 15-year lease with the town.

Co-owner of Pat and Kevin's On The Square, Kevin Morrison admits he was confused by the recorded vote which was held, after the vote which allowed the three-year lease.

The recorded vote ended in a tie, which killed the motion -- at least temporarily.

The town solicitor cut through the confusion, saying that the first vote which carried the motion should stand.

Morrison and his partner Patrick Foster launched the Open-Air Sunday Market two weeks ago, to positive reviews.

Councillor Trevor Bazinet supports the three-year lease, while Councillor Stephen Tamming cautions that such a move could set a precedent that other businesses might use in the future.

During the debate, Bazinet told Council that the confusion was "embarrassing" and "a gong show".

Viewers watching the live stream of the proceeding could see but not hear what was going on, because of a technical issue.

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