Nanaimo councillor brings SPCA funding back to council

NANAIMO – A city councillor plans to present a new proposal for the SPCA and its new shelter at an in-camera meeting.

A Nanaimo city councillor wants to restructure the assistance the city gives the SPCA and its new $2.7 million shelter.

Coun. Bill McKay provided notice Monday that he wants council to reconsider the $150,000 grant city council agreed to give the SPCA over the next three years for a new regional community animal centre. He told the News Bulletin he has a proposal that would provide a different form of help but which would have to be discussed in-camera.

Last Monday, council agreed to give the SPCA funding for a new multi-million dollar facility on Westwood Road.

The local SPCA started fundraising for a new shelter after its lease for city property expired. It recently received nine expressions of interest for the build and hopes to go to tender at the end of August or mid-September.