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An item to be decided at Monday’s Council meeting is a request from Cobourg Rotary to add a flagpole in Rotary Park – that’s the one with the rink/fountain.  They are presumably offering to pay for it since they say it would be “a contribution to Canada's 150th Anniversary Celebrations“. To avoid a conflict with the tents of the Waterfront Festival, Rotary propose that the flagpole be “located just east of the north/south walkway beside the Millstone Bakery”.

victoria hallThe Rotary request states that “We feel that having the Canadian flag proudly flying would also compliment the ambiance of the new town square.”  That’s perhaps not a good argument since the “new town square” is on hold pending finding a source of funding.  However, many would agree that it would be a good central place to fly our flag.  Currently we see the flag in summer in front of Victoria Hall (photo right) and at the cenotaph on Nov 11.  Another location would be good - especially if it's year round.

Rotary asks that Council “consider this matter and request that the Parks and Planning Departments assist us in sourcing quotes for the purchase and installation of a flagpole.”

Not addressed is the question of maintenance – who would raise and lower the flag daily? or would it be left flying continuously? As flags seem to only last a year or less before needing replacement, who would supply new flags? The Town maintains the park so would probably be expected to supply replacement flags - but I'd guess most citizens would support this.

Addendum - March 14 2017

At the council meeting, Rotary confirmed that the flag would be flying continuously and that they would pay for replacements as well as all costs of installation.  They also said that it must be in Rotary Park and not across Albert Street in Victoria Square.  It is hoped it would be installed in time for July 1 but Dean Hiustwick wanted consultation with the Victoria Square committee.  They are still working on completeing the design even though there is no funding currently available.  Their design includes three flagpoles so there is a potential conflict.


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