This is our new animatronic Christmas tree:
YouTube vid of one of these trees:
He cost 25 K and there seems to be a bit of an uproar over it. Check out this article in The Coast where Councillor Johns talks about the whole thing:
So, what do you all think?
I have read a lot of comments today, mostly negative, from the usual “hate everything/tax watcher”crowd.
So much money is blown around here (Looking at you, Nova Centre and Bluenose II money pits) that 25 K is basically peanuts. I think there is an opportunity for this to benefit the community and I’ll explain below. Some valid concerns are brought up but it’s mostly just predictable noise.
I did see a question about why it’s in Councillor Craig’s district if it was bought with Councillor John’s discretionary spending money – that’s a valid concern for the people in Brad’s district and should be brought up, IMO.
Here’s something to think about:
What if this thing draws people in and toys and food are donated to the needy? What if it pulled in 5 K worth over 5 years? Is it still a waste of money?
What if people pop down from outside Sackville with the kiddos to have a visit and grab lunch at a local restaurant? Hmmm…
Maybe I’m nuts.
I agree, on the surface this looks like a lot of loot to spend on a ,um, robot tree but it think, as a community, we can easily have this thing pay for itself many times over.
See you all down there with a toy and food donation. Send me pics!
Note: I also think it should be available to rent for dances and parties and it should be able to swear while there. Hehe