Info ses­sions, ad­vance vot­ing avail­able ahead of ref­er­en­dum

The Prince George Citizen - - FRONT PAGE - Bar­bara GEERNAERT Ci­ti­zen staff

Ear­lier this year, Prince Ge­orge city coun­cil ap­proved a mo­tion to seek voter as­sent to bor­row the fund­ing nec­es­sary to re­place the ag­ing Four Sea­sons Leisure Pool and Fire Hall No. 1.

As Gen­eral Vot­ing Day ap­proaches on Oct. 28, there are sev­eral im­por­tant dates and in­for­ma­tion ses­sions avail­able for com­mu­nity mem­bers in Prince Ge­orge.

A new pool is es­ti­mated to cost $15 mil­lion while a new fire hall will to­tal about $35 mil­lion.

The cur­rent pool, ac­cord­ing to the city, has reached its age limit as the build­ing’s struc­tural and op­er­at­ing sys­tems re­quire sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment be­yond rou­tine main­te­nance with retrofits to­tal­ing $10.3 mil­lion.

The new pool would be lo­cated north of the cur­rent pool at the Days Inn Mo­tel build­ing down­town and would in­clude a ther­apy-tod­dler pool, a leisure pool with a wad­ing zone, play fea­tures and a slide.

The city also says that Fire Hall No. 1 is ag­ing and near­ing it’s time.

City coun­cil re­acted af­ter re­ceiv­ing a Fire Un­der­writ­ers sur­vey re­port which in­di­cated that Fire Hall No. 1 is no longer able to meet cur­rent stan­dards as a fire and res­cue fa­cil­ity, emer­gency op­er­a­tions cen­tre and fire op­er­a­tions com­mu­ni­ca­tions cen­tre.

Fire Hall No. 1, the city’s main fire hall would be re­lo­cated to a more cen­tral lo­ca­tion at the south cor­ner of Massey Drive and Car­ney Street.

Pub­lic in­for­ma­tion op­por­tu­ni­ties: • Oct. 16, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Col­lege of New Cale­do­nia atrium. • Oct. 17, 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., in the Can­for Win­ter Gar­den at UNBC. The mayor and city man­ager will give a short pre­sen­ta­tion start­ing at 12:30 p.m. • Oct. 18, 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Four Sea­sons Leisure Pool (775 Do­min­ion St.) • Oct. 21, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the cen­tre court at Pine Cen­tre Mall (3055 Massey Dr.)

Ad­vance vot­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties: • Oct. 18, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at UNBC in Room 7-170 of the Bent­ley Cen­tre and at Prince Ge­orge city hall (1100 Pa­tri­cia Blvd.) • Oct. 19, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Col­lege of New Cale­do­nia in Room 1-723. • Oct. 24, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Prince Ge­orge city hall (1100 Pa­tri­cia Blvd.)

A bal­lot mark­ing ma­chine for elec­tors with hear­ing, vis­ual, or other phys­i­cal im­pair­ments will be avail­able at the two ad­vance vot­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties at city hall (Oct. 18 and 24).

Gen­eral Vot­ing Day is Oct. 28, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. For vot­ing-re­lated de­tails in­clud­ing iden­ti­fi­ca­tion re­quire­ments and where to vote, visit the city’s web­site.

Re­sults will be pub­lished on the city’s ref­er­en­dum web­page ( www.prince­ge­orge. ca/ref­er­en­dum) once polls have closed and the re­sults have been ver­i­fied.

For any­one re­quest­ing a pre­sen­ta­tion, city of­fi­cials con­tinue to meet with com­mu­nity groups, ser­vice clubs and or­ga­ni­za­tions to present in­for­ma­tion about the ref­er­en­dum.

In­ter­ested group or­ga­niz­ers are asked to fill out an on­line form to re­quest a pre­sen­ta­tion.

Res­i­dents can visit www.prince­ge­orge.ca/ ref­er­en­dum to get the lat­est in­for­ma­tion and vot­ing de­tails, and re­view an­swers to com­monly asked ques­tions.

The city’s Face­book page and Twit­ter ac­count are also reg­u­larly up­dated with ref­er­en­dum in­for­ma­tion.

Many civic fa­cil­i­ties in­clud­ing the pub­lic li­brary, Con­fer­ence and Civic Cen­tre and city hall also have brochures avail­able for res­i­dents.

Gen­eral Vot­ing Day is Oct. 28, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. For vot­ing-re­lated de­tails in­clud­ing iden­ti­fi­ca­tion re­quire­ments and where to vote, visit the city’s web­site.

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