Several years ago I asked the District of Summerland to issue a proclamation honouring the 90th anniversary of a service club I belonged to.
Summerland had created a policy not to issue proclamations. This was a reaction to requests from some controversial groups (at the time) representing gay rights and pro-life positions. By avoiding proclamations altogether, council could dodge controversy.
In a way, by proclaiming a rainbow sidewalk, Summerland council has created a quagmire that their own policy tried to help them avoid.