City con­sid­er­ing waiv­ing room rental fees

The Standard (St. Catharines) - - OPINION -

St. Catharines is con­sid­er­ing waiv­ing com­mu­nity room rental fees for new neigh­bour­hood groups and is gaug­ing in­ter­est in the idea.

The city said it wants to help emerg­ing neigh­bour­hood groups get off the ground by giv­ing them a place to meet and plan their ac­tiv­i­ties.

The idea is to make a room at Rus­sell Av­enue Com­mu­nity Cen­tre avail­able on Wed­nes­days from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for groups based in St. Catharines, op­er­at­ing two years or less, non-par­ti­san and in­clu­sive and wel­com­ing in mem­ber­ship.

The pro­posed pi­lot project would launch in Jan­uary.

The city is ask­ing for feed­back from groups on the pro­posed pro­gram at www.stcatharines.ca/Meet­ingRooms un­til Nov. 8. City staff will study the re­sults from the sur­vey and make rec­om­men­da­tions to city coun­cil later this year.

If the room does be­come avail­able for no rent, ad­di­tional costs for in­sur­ance may ap­ply and can not be waived.

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