Public washroom hours limited

Public washroom by Cenotaph Park only open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. instead of providing late-night option for people leaving bars

There won’t be unlimited access to a public washroom as Vernon politicians try to cut costs.

Council has decided that a public washroom facility by Cenotaph Park will only be open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily instead of providing a late-night option for people leaving the bars on the weekend.

“This washroom is coming in at way too high a price,” said Coun. Mary-Jo O’Keefe.

“Most of our bars are closed (early) and don’t have a big flush of people going on.”

It will cost $55,000 a year for maintenance of the facility from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Had the facility been open until 3 a.m. from Thursday to Saturday for bar patrons, it would have been an additional $15,000 a year.

“The maintenance costs are horrendous,” said Coun. Catherine Lord.

The washroom building, which can be relocated, should be available on the former medical clinic site by the beginning of June.

Coun. Juliette Cunningham believes the facility is necessary because some businesses will not allow residents to use their washrooms.

“It’s tough for the public to find facilities,” she said, adding that it will be located next to the transit terminal.

The cost for the washroom building is $54,000.