An international movement designed to reduce waste has found a home in Prince Albert.
Monday night, city council approved the Repair Café team to use the Margo Fournier Centre for its event once a month on Saturdays for four hours. It will cost the city around $220 a month to cover the rental fee.
Repair cafés are designed to promote community building and recycling by encouraging residents to fix their broken items. “Fixers” help patrons learn how to repair household repairable items such as electrical devices, bicycles, clothing, jewellery, furniture and more.
The movement started in Amsterdam in 2009 and there are more than 1,000 cafés worldwide.
Insurance liability coverage was one matter of concern when the idea first came up. According to agenda documents, the city’s insurer said a volunteers' injury is not covered and they would need to sign a waiver or release form. The city can also get forms signed by the customers which will release it from being responsible in case additional damages occur to the items from repair attempts.
There was unanimous support for the idea, but Coun. Zed Zurakowski suggested a review of the program in six to 10 months to see what the numbers are like.
“I see in the report there is no minimum number to continue the program,” he said, settling on an eight-month period to have a review of the program come back to council.
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