On Discounts and New Furniture

Two resolutions were passed and adopted at the Tuesday, March 3, Gulfport council meeting. The first was to amend leisure service fees in association with the city’s 2015/2016 Children’s Summer Recreation Program, After School Program and Tot-Time/Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) Programs.

The Children’s Summer Recreation Program saw a 12% price cut for those ready to register and pay for the full nine-week program prior to July 9. Participants wanting to sign-up for a shorter duration may also pay for a five-week or four-week session instead.

The program will also include extended hours of child supervision –until6p.m.atacostof$6per week. The annual city recreation registration/membership fee is now included within the program registration fee as well.

There will also be a 25% discount off the full rate of the Summer Program for Gulfport residents in need of assistance. Eligibility requirements for this discount consist of providing either a letter from the child’s current school verifying the child’s acceptance of free or reduced lunch, or a letter verifying the acceptance of assistance from financial aid or a related program. The Recreation Division will provide discounts for the first 25 eligible applicants, resulting in a discounted fee of $244 for the nine-week program – down from $326.

The second resolution on the agenda Tuesday regarded the authorization of the expenditure of bequest funds, and authorizing the purchase of library furniture for the new library.

Council voted to absorb a leftover amount of $11,581.47, which was previously bequeathed to the now dissolved Gulfport Library Foundation (2007), into the current library renovation funds. The library furniture will come from the state- contracted vendor, R. George & Associates, Inc., and with a price tag of no more than $44,370.

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