Fees at community centres in Algonquin Highlands have been a touchy topic lately, and councilors are aware. A request from SIRCH came forward recently to waive the fees of the Stanhope Fire Hall for the Food Initiatives Program. CAO Angie Bird said the cost to run community centres is expensive and they receive a lot of request to waive fees.

Councilor Lisa Barry said the Food Initiatives Program is something county council has agreed to support, and sees this as an opportunity to do the same. Councilor Gord Henderson said it’s clear they don’t want everything for free as SIRCH has said they intend to rent space in the future.

According to Clerk Dawn Newhook, the cost of the hall would be around 90 dollars. Deputy-Reeve Liz Danielson was sitting in for Reeve Carol Moffatt at the meeting and said there are very few ways to support poverty or food initiatives, and this is one way to do it.

Council ultimately agreed to support the request and approve waiving the fees. The space will be used for a Dig In workshop on November 29.