County looks to porta-pot­ties to re­lieve wash­room short­age

The Victoria Standard - - Local News - SEAN MAC­DOUGALL

Vic­to­ria County Coun­cil voted on July 3 to look into the costs of rent­ing porta-pot­ties for the sum­mer months.

Avail­abil­ity of public wash­rooms has been an on­go­ing is­sue in Vic­to­ria County. In 2017, Coun­cil­lor Dauphi­nee said he re­ceived com­plaints from busi­ness own­ers about the use of wash­rooms by tourists dur­ing the sum­mer months.

The Bras d’or Yacht Club was one of the few places in Bad­deck with public wash­rooms, but they closed them off to the public at the be­gin­ning of May. The Club has said the an­nual ex­pense of the public’s use of their wash­rooms was sim­ply too high.

With the tourism sea­son in full swing, Coun­cil rec­og­nized the need for tem­po­rary wash­rooms in some of the dis­tricts this sum­mer. Dis­tricts 1, 3, 4, 6 and 8 have all asked for the wash­room ren­tals this sum­mer.

The County ex­pects the nine units to cost ap­prox­i­mately $9000. Fund­ing for the wash­rooms will be sourced from gen­eral County funds as well as district bud­gets. Ap­proval to rent the porta-pot­ties will be dis­cussed dur­ing the next meet­ing on July 24.

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