Cobourg’s Rotary Club has been providing volunteers to the Vaccination Clinic at the Cobourg Community Centre but they are also keen on encouraging people to get their shots. Their idea is that everyone who has had a shot should advertise this fact with a lawn sign and simultaneously thank the volunteers who have been helping. They don’t spell it out but there are a number of
covidiots people who don’t want to be vaccinated either because they don’t understand the benefit or have unfathomable reasons and perhaps the signs will be moral persuasion for them to get with the program. Rotary says it more diplomatically: that the signs will “create heightened awareness for the need to get vaccinated and foster community awareness and support”.
The signs are the same size as election lawn signs and will be sold by Rotary for $10. (See image). They are intended to be placed on lawns once a person in the house is vaccinated and stay there until the crisis is over – expected by the end of September. Since Town By-Laws allow signs to remain for only 14 days, at the Committee of the Whole meeting on May 31, Rotary are asking for an exemption. It’s likely that this will be approved and then ratified at the regular Council meeting on June 7. They will be allowed only on private property. There are currently 2000 signs on order and Rotary expects to start selling soon after June 7.
Town Staff are recommending the following motion:
THAT Council receive this Report for information purposes; and,
FURTHER THAT Council approve the Rotary Club of Cobourg’s request for an exemption to Sign By-law 96-2012 as amended to allow Cobourg residents to place 16″ X 24″ Rotary Club COVID-19 vaccination lawn signs on their private property to show the community that they have received their vaccination, with an expiry date of October 1, 2021; and,
FURTHER THAT Council’s exemption approval is conditional on the Rotary Club of Cobourg ensuring that the lawn signs are removed from private properties in the Town of Cobourg following the aforementioned expiry date.
Watch for an addendum to this post after May 31 with an update if motion is modified or not passed.
Update – 31 May 2021
At tonight’s Council Committee of the Whole meeting, the above was approved 3 – 0 with no discussion. Councillor Beatty was absent and Mayor Henderson, Deputy Mayor Seguin and Councillor Burchat all declared a conflict since they are Rotary members so abstained. The Motion will need to be ratified at the Regular meeting on June 7.
Signs now available – 6 June 2021
You can pickup signs at the YMCA per the times below. Just come, pay your $10 and get a sign.
7 June – 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
12 June – 9:00 am to 12:00 pm