Port approves reduced rent

  • Sep. 13, 2013 8:00 p.m.

Port Clements has agreed to allow a resident to rent the village-owned playschool space for a reduced fee, so that she can open a daycare facility. The daycare will operate only when the playschool and StrongStart programs are not in session, administrator Kim Mushynsky said. These programs run during the morning on Mondays to Thursdays. Merewyn Nicol asked council last month for permission to use the room for a daycare. Council members voted Sept. 3 to charge Ms Nicol $2 per hour per child for the room, which is less than the regular rental rate of $25 per hour. The agreement is subject to licensing approval and a written contract outlining the hours of operation and responsibilities. Ms Mushysnky told council that Ms Nicol expects to use the room for about 25 hours a week. Councillor Kazamir Falconbridge said daycare is an important service needed by many families in Port. “I would do anything and everything to support daycare because it allows mothers to go to work,” he said. Mr. Falconbridge added that he might be in a conflict of interest when it came to voting on the daycare resolution “because I have two little kids” but he was going to go ahead and vote in favour because he will not be using the service, so it won’t be a benefit to him personally. “I’m not going to step out because I can tell you right now, I’m not going to pay a cent for daycare,” he said.