Cupids residents vote ‘no’ to Legacy Centre move
The people of Cupids have spoken and they don’t want to see the town move its offices into the Cupids Legacy Centre.
In a plebiscite Thursday, voters marked no on their ballets 232 times that would’ve seen the town take ownership of the multi-million dollar building and occupy the space previously used by the Baccalieu Trail Heritage Corporation.
There were 113 people who voted in favour of the move. Some 57 per cent of the town’s population exercised their right to vote.
“It was a bit disappointing, but not unexpected,” said Cupids Mayor Harold Akerman.
He said those against the move took full advantage of the extra time to knock on doors and get their message out to the people.
Since entering the public realm, the issue of moving to the Cupids Legacy Centre has sparked heated debate amongst residents and outsiders alike. Many have applauded council for seeking a modern building, while others voiced their disapproval citing that the town could not afford such a venture.
The vote came a month after a highly intense public meeting in which officials pushed the original vote date.
Built just five years ago, the Cupids Legacy Centre would have given Cupids a modern facility with which to run the town out of.
Now, there are decisions to make.
The Town of Cupids has just under $400,000 received through government grants earmarked for a new town office. The decision now becomes whether to continue to build the new building or stay in the community centre and re-funnel that money to water and sewer upgrades for the community.
If the vote had’ve gone the town’s way, water upgrades were expected to be the destination for the government money.
“We could have done a lot of things,” said Akerman. “(The vote) tightens up the budget. We have to do what we have to do.”
The vote does not affect how the council will govern the town. The mayor said his council would return to the table in the coming weeks and decide what the next step will be.
“Council will plan its course,” said Akerman. “We have a town to run and a job to do.”
“We could have done a lot of things. (The vote) tightens up the budget. We have to do what we have to do.”
Mayor Harold Akerman