(Pride London Festival)

Chatham-Kent Council Monday evening approved the installation of a ‘rainbow crosswalk’ at the corner of King Street and Second Street in Chatham.

Municipal officials say the crosswalk will cost about $8,000, due to the specialized paint required for pavement markings. There is provincial funding available, through the Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit, leaving the municipality itself with a $2,000 share.

Part of the project approval stipulated that the $2,000 be raised from within the community as opposed to the use of municipal tax dollars.

Customer Service staff have set up a process where individuals can either come to a Service Centre or call 519-360-1998 for a credit card donation.

They will record the name and address to mail out the tax receipt at a later date

Municipal officials say the project is designed to promote inclusion for the LGBT community in Chatham-Kent.

Installation of the crosswalk is expected to take place by the middle of 2018.

– Photo credit: Pride London Festival