Esquimalt council to consider rec pass freebies for spouses

Councillors, municipal staff already receive free admittance to facilities

Esquimalt councillors will consider giving their spouses or partners free passes to the Esquimalt Recreation Centre.

Currently, councillors’ spouses are not entitled to receive free services at the township’s gym and pool facility.

“The main reason I brought it up was because we put in three, four nights a week doing different council (and committee) meetings, and that leaves our spouses sitting at home all by themselves,” said Coun. Bob McKie, who raised the issue at an in-camera council meeting on June 18. It was disclosed June 25.

Councillors and all municipal employees have free access to the rec centre.

McKie said he also wanted to pose the question, since many staffers who receive a pass don’t live in the township.

Council is scheduled to discuss McKie’s request at the Aug. 20 council meeting, which starts at 7 p.m. at municipal hall, 1229 Esquimalt Rd.

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