Perth town council has given its permission for the Tweedsmuir housing development’s granite welcome sign to stand.

“I don’t see an issue myself,” said Deputy Mayor John Gemmell during the Tuesday, June 30 town council meeting, when council voted to allow the sign to remain at the entranceway to developer Brent Brownlee’s new subdivision.

“I admire Mr. Brownlee and all he is doing…We know he is an honourable man,” said Coun. Judy Brown. “This is not a garish sign.” She did however put forward the concern that “when we make exceptions, people may think we are showing favouritism,” since, by his own admission, Brownlee told council on June 23 that his company had put the cart before the horse, and erected the sign before getting final approval from town hall.

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