Coun. Mitch Tweel speaks during Monday nights council meeting at City Hall. Guardian photo by Mitch MacDonald
A Charlottetown city councillor says he’s worried city taxpayers may be saddled with the financial risk when it comes to the Jack Frost Children’s Festival.
Discover Charlottetown is asking the city to assume control over the festival’s assets and branding.
“For the city to do that the question becomes what is the financial obligation?’’ says Mitch Tweel.
“My question is why isn’t Discover Charlottetown doing that? That’s the mandate of Discover Charlottetown.’’
Deputy Mayor Stu MacFadyen, chairman of economic development and culture, told council recently the city wants the Jack Frost festival back but doesn’t want to own it. The festival was cancelled this past February when no organization came forward to take over ownership of the event.
While it seems from MacFadyen’s comments the city doesn’t want to be saddled with the financial risk that comes with the winter event, Tweel said more answers are needed.
“For the city to even entertain the thought we need to have an open public meeting for all members of city council with the media present.’’
The festival normally ran on a $500,000 budget. Mild weather tended to play havoc with things, driving the bill up even further.
“Yes, it’s a great event but why would be take that on?’’