Cash-starved museums across the city are lining up for a share of the city's annual $20,000 grant to Dalnavert House but Coun. Brian Mayes said no hasty decision will be made.
Mayes, chairman of the protection and community services committee, said he's reluctant to allocate Dalnavert's civic grant until its future plans have been determined.
Dalnavert, the home of Hugh John Macdonald, the son of Canada's first prime minister, was closed in the fall. A proposal to use it as a resource centre for crime victims drew opposition from heritage groups, who want to maintain the historic home as a museum.
While the city's annual grant to Dalnavert was suspended, Mayes said the money is available and he doesn't want to see the funds sitting idle in a bank account when they could be used by one or more of several civic museums.
Mayes (St. Vital) said he thinks the museum's board should reallocate the Dalnavert grant and he said a decision on the funds should be made quickly.