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Renfrew's municipal day care centre will officially close its doors July 17.
The centre was to remain open until Sept. 3, but council has been unable to secure administrative services until that time.
Renfrew councillor Bill Ringrose made the announcement at council's June 28 regular session. He explained that council is required by provincial law to have a qualified supervisor to operate the program and has been unable to find a replacement for the administrator who has retired.
"We cannot meet our original intention," said Ringrose, adding that council is left with no option but to close at the end of the day July 16.
He also apologized to parents for the short notice.
Reeve Audrey Green, a long-time proponent of the municipal day care service, praised the staff for its dedicated service over the years.
She said the town can take great pride in the "large, large number of children that have gone through our day care centre."
"We're sorry, but we've done the best we can," the reeve said.
Faced with skyrocketing costs, Renfrew voted earlier this year to close the program.
A report to council on personnel issues such as severances will be addressed at council's next meeting.
-reprinted from the Renfrew Murcury