Clearview council considers yanking Wakestock event application 0
Competition during the 2011 Wakestock event held in Collingwood.
CLEARVIEW TWP. — Wakestock fans may need to find somewhere else to lay their head.
On Monday night, Clearview Township council were scheduled to deliberate on a recommendation to revoke Wakestock organizer SBC Media’s application for a special event licence for the Great Northern Exhibition fairgrounds.
The result of the decision was not known prior to the E-B’s deadline.
Clearview Township CEO Sue McKenzie told the E-B on Monday morning she was not aware whether an application had been made since the council agenda had been published.
Last year, SBC Media booked the fairgrounds for a campsite and ‘after party’ for Wakestock attendees; the move to the fairgrounds just outside of Collingwood was credited as minimizing some of the after-event vandalism and other issues that took place in town on the Saturday of the 2010 event.
In the report to Clearview council, township bylaw enforcement officer Phil Snape indicated SBC did not have not made any progress on their special event application — and in fact have not responded to numerous efforts by township staff to resolve the issue.
Snape’s report indicated organizers were “very tardy” in completing their application for 2011, and the township was unable to issue a licence until 17 days prior to the event.
Following that issue, council amended the special event bylaw to require applications be completed, in full, at least 30 days prior to the event.
The 2012 edition of Wakestock is scheduled to be held in Collingwood Harbour on Aug. 10, 11 and 12 — in 17 days.
However, Collingwood’s support is contigent on organizers securing the fairgrounds for camping and post-event activities; that was a requirement of the Collingwood OPP giving its thumbs-up.
Staff Sgt. Colin Groskopf of the Collingwood OPP acknowledged that securing the fairgrounds as a campground area was part of the criteria for Collingwood’s approval of the event.
Other municipal departments, such as the fire department, have signed off on their approval.