A request to contribute to insurance costs for this year’s Waubaushene Santa Claus Parade on private property was approved during a recent meeting of Tay regular council.
CAO Lindsay Barron spoke to the request from the parade committee for the support of up to $300 from the Mayor’s expense account.
“The committee chair is looking at an appropriate place to have that event this year, especially given the current provincial announcement that indicates that the government is intending to allow greater capacities for these types of outdoor events, particularly for Santa Claus parades,” said Barron.
Barron stated that the township insures, supports, and is a financial contributor to the Santa Claus parade, adding that, “an additional rider to their insurance policy would be needed as the township would no longer be in a position to insure that event, as it would not be on our property.”
Deputy Mayor Gerard LaChapelle said he would support the request up to $300, given the nature of the event.
“I know over the past few years, it’s been very well-received and accepted by the municipality and the community,” said LaChapelle. “If that’s what they’re asking for, I think it’s a very good investment to see something worthwhile like this. I know that the kids enjoy it, and I know there’s a lot of effort within (committee chair Michele Gouett)’s group to do this.”
Mayor Ted Walker read aloud the motion, receiving laughter when he reached the portion that the contribution be funded by the Mayor’s expense account; council voted unanimously in approval.
“How come the ‘yes’es went up so quickly?” Walker jovially responded.
On behalf of the committee, Gouett urges all participants and spectators to adhere to provincial COVID-19 guidelines, and to wear a mask when social distancing is not available.
"Thanks to the township of Tay and a few local donors, we had the funding in place for the parade," said Gouett in conversation with MidlandToday.
"Unfortunately due to COVID, we will be unable to host our annual community gathering, but are hopeful that next year things will be back to normal. At this point in time we are looking for parade participants and hoping that people are marking the date of the parade in the calendar and planning on attending."
The Waubaushene Santa Claus Parade will be held on November 28 starting at 1:00 p.m.. The route will run along Pine Street, from Hazel Street to Coldwater Road.
Links to telephone and email for the Waubaushene Santa Claus Parade can be found on their Facebook page, and at the Santa Claus Parade page on the Tay township website.
Tay council meets for regular council meetings every fourth Wednesday of the month. Further information including council’s agenda can be found on the Tay township website.
Derek Howard, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, MidlandToday.ca