When Rotary first installed the information boards that current welcome visitors to Sooke (pictured) in 1999, the original deal was that the District was to maintain them. The land hosting the information signs (at the corner of Sooke Road and Phillips) belongs to the Ministry of Transportation.
At the November 13 Regular Council meeting, a Kiosk update was presented by John Topolniski (see Rotary Request).
The frame of the information board is sound. Those cedar posts have been in the ground for 20 years, and they are still in excellent shape. It is the panels need repair. They also need to be updated, content-wise. The panels display the service clubs, churches and schools in Sooke, and much of that information is now out of date. Rotary wants to have the panels removed and put into storage until they can be updated.
Rotary will create a committee that will look at re-designing and revitalize the information boards. Topolniski noted that power is available to the site, so there is a possibility of going high tech. He also recalled that the Lions Club did a plan with the District a few years ago, but it was never acted upon. The Rotary would like to revive that plan.
The District has agreed to store the panels outside in the Kaltasin yard. The removal of the panels will be carried out by District staff.
All present: Mayor Maja Tait and Councillors Tony St. Pierre, Brenda Parkinson, Megan McMath, Ebony Logins, Al Beddows, Jeff Bateman.