WINGHAM – The Festival of Lanterns will have a little extra safety and space at this year’s event in downtown Wingham with council approving a request from the Wingham BIA to host the occasion on the front lawn of the town hall.
Denise Lockie, North Huron’s recreation clerical and marketing assistant, recommended that council support the event and authorize the public works department to provide the requested items and allow the use of the front lawn of town hall for this event.
The Wingham BIA also requested the closure of the thruway on either side of the town hall for the evening event.
Among the requests was the addition of more garbage cans to keep the area clean and safe.
Council voted unanimously to provide barricades and pylons from the public works department to block off the two laneways on either side of the town hall, plus the on-street parking spaces, and allow outdoor electrical outlets for the use of the festival.
Additionally, the report said, “the in-kind support requested by the Wingham BIA for the Festival of Lanterns complies with the North Huron Donation and Fee Waiving Policy.
“Staff will track North Huron staff time and materials and post to the economic development budget for Council’s information.”
The Festival of Lanterns will take place on Friday, Oct. 29.
Cory Bilyea, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Wingham Advance Times