Alberni chamber on hook for door deal

A disagreement over signage with a local artist has cost the Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce $4,000.

A disagreement over signage with a local artist has cost the Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce $4,000.

The chamber awarded Tseshaht artist Gordon Dick a $20,000 contract in 2011 to carve two cedar doors at the chamber building on the Port Alberni Highway.

Dick offered a $4,000 discount on the price of the doors at the time in exchange for erecting a five-foot wide by nine-foot high sign advertising his gallery on the centre’s property, chamber president Teresa Bird said.

Unbeknownst to chamber executive at the time, the deal contravened the regional district’s sign bylaw.

Dick informed the chamber board two weeks ago that he wants the matter resolved.

“We offered him a couple of other options of where else to place the sign but he’s requested that we pay the difference,” Bird said.

A payment plan has been arranged that will see the chamber pay the $4,000 debt off over a year. “We just didn’t have the money in the budget to pay it off all at once.”

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