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Town of Orangeville receives indemnity agreement and insurance for piano on Broadway

Jul 26, 2017 | Council | General

Seeking permission to occupy or place items on public property is commonplace.

Such has been the case with the placement of a piano on the municipal boulevard outside the Altered Native at 218 Broadway. The piano was donated to the business and displays a sign “play me” to encourage anyone to strike a tune.

Initially placed without any official permission, the piano contravened municipal by-laws. Orangeville Council voted at its June 26 meeting to allow the piano to remain on the boulevard on Broadway if the owner signed an indemnity agreement and provided insurance coverage.

At its July 17 meeting, Council was informed that the insurance information had been provided but no indemnity agreement was provided. As a result, no further motion was passed at that meeting.

The Town’s solicitor has confirmed that since the required documents were not provided to Council, the piano was not permitted to remain.  By-law enforcement officers acted as directed by Council, the Chief Administrative Officer, and the Clerk/Director of By-law and requested that the piano be removed from the public right-of-way. 

The indemnity agreement was belatedly provided to the Town on July 24.  Now that the appropriate documents have been provided, Council will be asked to consider the matter at its next meeting.