Pool, fire hall fund­ing ref­er­en­dums today

The Prince George Citizen - - FRONT PAGE - Mark NIELSEN Ci­ti­zen staff mnielsen@pgc­i­t­i­zen.ca

The main vot­ing day for the city’s ref­er­en­dums on whether to bor­row $35 mil­lion for a new pool and $15 mil­lion for a new fire hall is today.

Start­ing at 8 a.m. and con­tin­u­ing un­til 8 p.m., polls will be open at eight lo­ca­tions: John McInnis Cen­tre, D.P. Todd sec­ondary school, Kelly Road sec­ondary school, Edge­wood el­e­men­tary school, Malaspina el­e­men­tary school, Ron Brent el­e­men­tary school, Van­way el­e­men­tary school and Black­burn el­e­men­tary school.

If the two are ap­proved, the city plans to build a new Four Sea­sons Pool at 600 Que­bec St. The site’s cur­rent oc­cu­pant, the Days Inn mo­tel, would be torn down.

Sub­ject to vot­ers giv­ing as­sent to the bor­row­ing, the city will pur­chase the build­ing for $4.5 mil­lion. The cost of that pur­chase, as well as the es­ti­mated $2.5 mil­lion to tear down the old pool and the mo­tel, are not in­cluded in the $35 mil­lion but will be cov­ered by other sources within the city.

The city has said the ex­ist­ing Four Sea­sons pool no longer meets safety stan­dards and would need $10.3 mil­lion worth of retrofits just to meet im­me­di­ate needs. The new pool would in­clude a ther­apy-tod­dler pool, a leisure pool with a wading zone, play fea­tures and a slide.

As for the fire hall, the plan is to re­place the main hall down­town with a more cen­trally-lo­cated one at the south cor­ner of Massey Drive and Car­ney Street. Do­ing so will in­crease the hall’s eight-minute re­sponse zone in the Bowl area by 50 per cent, ac­cord­ing to Prince Ge­orge Fire Res­cue.

Vot­ers must be at least 18 years old and have lived in Prince Ge­orge for at least 30 days. They must also bring two pieces of iden­ti­fi­ca­tion, one of which in­cludes a sig­na­ture, show­ing proof of iden­tity and res­i­dency. Pic­ture iden­ti­fi­ca­tion is not nec­es­sary.

Vot­ers will have the op­tions of vot­ing in favour of both, vot­ing in favour of one and against the other or say­ing no to both.

More in­for­ma­tion can be found at the city’s web­site, www.prince­ge­orge.ca.

Keep an eye on the Prince Ge­orge Ci­ti­zen web­site ( www.pgc­i­t­i­zen.ca) for re­sults and com­ments after the polls close tonight.


Swim­mers en­joyed the Four Sea­sons Leisure Pool on Fri­day morn­ing. Prince Ge­orge vot­ers will cast their bal­lots today in a pair of ref­er­en­dums to ap­prove fund­ing for a re­place­ment for the pool and Fire Hall No. 1 down­town.

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