Agassiz will not participate in the Communities in Bloom program in 2015. Participating in the program runs at a cost of just over $11,000 a year, a recent staff report to council noted.
Much of the work completed by District of Kent staff each year is work that is being done anyway, Kerry Hilts, director of community services said, and not participating in the program won’t bring the community’s image down in any way.
Newly-elected councillor Sylvia Pranger was assigned to liaise with the CiB committee when portfolios were handed out at last week’s inaugural meeting. At this week’s regular council meeting, she said the community is beautiful, largely in part due to the hard work put in by DoK staff.
But being a beautiful town is enough reward of its own.
“I don’t think we need to be a part of a contest to keep that up,” she said.
Over the past eight years, the District has participated in five Communities in Bloom contests, often earning praise from the visiting judges, and even receiving the top honour, the Five Bloom award.
Council voted unanimously in favour of not participating, and the District will maintain its Five Bloom status.