Brighton gives YMCA more rent relief

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Brighton council has chosen to give the Brighton YMCA another break.

​The YMCA asked the municipality for a 50 per cent reduction in its January and February rent payments. Council passed that request during a recent council meeting.

​The Brighton YMCA has closed its doors a few times during the COVID-19 pandemic. Council previously made rent accommodations for the YMCA for the period of April to December 2020.

​The YMCA is a tenant in the Brighton health centre building on Main Street. The building is owned by the municipality and the YMCA typically pays $2,582 in rent each month.

​Prior to the recent meeting, politicians discussed the requested rent abatement and ultimately asked municipal staff for more information to ensure the YMCA had applied for all possible grants, loans and subsidies.

​Brighton CAO Bob Casselman said he was confident the YMCA has applied and received at least one grant from the federal government and noted the organization has been resourceful throughout the pandemic.

​In its report, staff recommended council authorize the rent abatement for January and February.

​The YMCA was closed from Jan. 1 through to Feb. 15 because of COVID-19 restrictions. With the stay-at-home order lifted Feb. 16, the YMCA was able to open with protocols in place.

It is now closed again due to additional provincial government shutdown orders aimed at curbing the rising number of COVID-19 cases.

Natalie Hamilton, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Northumberland News