City lends a hand to Friendship Centre

City council agreed to waive approximately $9,000 in fees to help the Port Alberni Friendship Centre with the launch of their new daycare.

City council agreed to waive approximately $9,000 in fees to help the Port Alberni Friendship Centre with the launch of their new daycare facility on Fourth Avenue.

Council had previously donated two small lots adjacent to the currently existing building.

The Friendship Centre also asked the city to waive the development cost fee (approximately $20,500) but Coun. Sharie Minions said she was concerned that it would set a precedent for other not-for-profit daycares.

Minions added that the city would reconsider its decision if the development fee proved to be “the chopping block” for the project.

If the city chose to waive the development cost fee, it could not do so directly.

Instead, it would have to pay itself the fee out of its general revenue budget.

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