Called Curly Q’s and added to light poles downtown, these lights have been a feature of downtown for the last few years in Cobourg. At the budget sessions for this year, Councillors removed their support for them but at last night’s Council meeting, Councillor Adam Bureau asked for them to be re-instated. He said that the Ad Hoc Christmas lights committee and the DBIA both liked the idea. Adam’s motion said: “since it gets dark earlier in the winter season the Curly Q’s add more light to our beautiful Downtown and will add additional safety and a better atmosphere for Tourism, but most of all for our residents”. The DBIA also said they will contribute $9,000 towards the cost of renting the lights for the season but wanted the Town to pay the remaining $16,000.
But the move to do this was late so needed some unusual actions. Adam said that to meet timeframes, the whole issue needed to be decided at the same meeting but the Agenda item was simply to place a Notice of Motion. This would normally mean that the next Committee of the Whole Meeting (in this case on October 15) would consider the motion. But Adam [file photo above-right] is getting more savvy and asked for a suspension of rules so that his motion could be considered straight away. This required a two-thirds majority and with Brian Darling absent, that meant 4 votes.
The motion to suspend did pass so it was debated immediately. Deputy Mayor Suzanne Séguin did not agree with the idea of going around the budget decision so voted against the change. Councillor Emily Chorley asked where would the money come from? Adam suggested the Holdco reserve but Emily wanted to use funds that were allocated to something else but were unused. After some debate and input from Interim CAO/Treasurer Ian Davey, it was decided to take $10k from the now available CIP funds and $6k from money allocated to a fence at Donegan park that no longer needs that amount. In the end, the motion to spend the $16K passed so Cobourg will have its Curly Q’s this Christmas.