‘I really think it’s inappropriate for the city to offer special treatment for people who can afford a big donation,’ says Coun. Clare Riepma
For a council-approved project, Barrie’s landmark heart sign continues to get plenty of pushback from city councillors.
Coun. Mike McCann, who must raise all of the sign’s $200,000 cost by Oct. 10, asked councillors Monday night that a platinum level of sponsorship for the sign be established, with as many as four contributors of $25,000 or more being able to request involvement on the sign’s working group.
A majority of councillors said no.
“Seats on boards and committees of the city are a key way that we engage the public in local democracy,” said Coun. Keenan Aylwin. “I think this could be seen as selling access to a committee and it’s not a precedent I think we should set.”
“I really think it’s inappropriate for the city to offer special treatment for people who can afford a big donation,” Coun. Clare Riepma said. “I think it kind of splits the city in two, rich versus not rich.”
“I’m only allowing four donors at $25,000, to create the sense of urgency,” McCann said. “I have a marketing plan that’s going to launch on July 1. It’s going to be ‘McCann Wow’ and the whole city’s going to get involved and I’m looking forward to the splash.”
But his motion for the platinum level of sponsorship lost by a 5-4 vote.
McCann also asked Monday that any money raised on…