The Stony Plain Road Business Association wanted to give some local artisans a chance to sell their stuff. These artisans could likely wrap their crafts with spools and spools of red tape, because of the demands put on these individuals by City Hall.
“They needed their insurance. They needed a vendor’s permit. They needed a business licence,” said Diane Kereluk. One after another said ‘no thanks’ once they heard what they were up against. “In the spring I pretty well had 25 vendors, but we actually ended up with, with permanent vendors through out the summer, was about five or six.”
Not to mention $40 to pay for the booth. At that point the seniors and students saw no chance to turn a profit for their work.
Coun. Michael Oshry had the committee members of his ‘Edmonton Made’ initiative check it out. “We looked at it through my committee and it was a big challenge because there legally some issues with zoning,” Oshry said.
“It seems like it’d be an easy thing to say, look if you’re going to do something for a week in an empty location, just go do it, but it doesn’t work that way. It gets to be much too complicated.”
“There’s opportunity in the small scale to make some of these red tape issues less ‘red-tape-ish‘ in order to have people start small businesses that might grow into something more substantial.”
“There’s always red tape with the city as we all know. Some of its for a good reason and some of it is legacy. It’s okay to change things once in a while and if it’s a legacy thing that needs to be changed that’s always a good thing to do.”
Kereluk is hoping to get it so the event through the association buys the red tape stuff, once. That way the individuals don’t get dinged every time. “We have to make it more vendor friendly. We have to bring back that flair and uniqueness to get people on the streets.”
Council’s executive committee heard there’s more likelihood than before that the Valley Line LRT construction will run down Stony Plain rd as early as 2020 when the first leg into downtown is complete. Kereluk said she’d like to see some effort put into sprucing up the back alleys to make the neighborhood more business friendly by having back access to shops and stores.