The 2014 folk festival proposed for Victoria Park moved a step closer at Charlottetown City Council Monday.
Mayor Clifford Lee broke a tie vote to send the issue to negotiations with the promoter, Malpeque Folk Festival Inc.
Lee emphasized that the festival is not being approved but conditions can now be negotiated so council can vote at some later date either to approve or reject the event with all its details.
Lee said after the meeting that such things as how many participants would be allowed, where the fencing would be located and even the date of the event are concerns.
"The first presentation was to have it during Old Home Week but I have concerns about that," said Lee.
The festival motion came to the council meeting from Coun. Stu MacFadyen as chair of the city's economic, development and culture committee.
No sooner had Roy Main, chief administrative officer, read the resolution than MacFadyen called question, a process of meetings inviting the end to debate. Lee accepted and the resolution went to a vote with not one word of open discussion on the issue.
Lee said after the meeting that no one on council indicated any desire to speak to the motion, but Coun. Mitchell Tweel showed frustration at the meeting for not having time to request questions.
"That was nothing but a railroad job," said an angry Tweel after the meeting. "There was more than one councillor surprised at the complete lack of debate here tonight."
Voting against the motion to proceed with negotiations were coucillors Jason Coady, Rob Lantz, Mithchell Tweel, Danny Redmond and Edward Rice.
Supporting the motion were councillors Cecil Villard, Melissa Hilton, Stu MacFadyen, Terry Bernard and David MacDonald.
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