Hall, Soltis ready to meet public on pool, firehall questions


Mayor Lyn Hall giving a presentation for the Prince George Chamber of Commerce earlier this year. Mayor Hall, City Manager Kathleen Soltis, and Council are offering to present referendum information directly to community organizations as we approach General Voting Day on October 28. City of Prince George photo

Mayor Lyn Hall giving a presentation for the Prince George Chamber of Commerce earlier this year. Mayor Hall, City Manager Kathleen Soltis, and Council are offering to present referendum information directly to community organizations as we approach General Voting Day on October 28. City of Prince George photo

Does your community group or organization want to learn more about the upcoming referendums seeking approval to borrow up $50 million to replace the Four Seasons Pool and main firehall?

Just ask. If you do, you could get an answer directly from Mayor Lyn Hall or city manager Kathleen Soltis.

The two, along with other council members, are offering to present referendum information to organizations about the reasons the city proposes to relocate and replace the Four Seasons Leisure Pool and Fire Hall #1, ways citizens can get involved, when and where to vote, and other details relating to these important community decisions.

At its most recent meeting, Prince George city council unanimously approved loan authorization bylaws relating to the referendum to seek voter assent to relocate and replace the aging structures. Council also approved the two “yes or no” questions which will be on the ballots of residents this fall.

General Voting Day is October 28, 2017. There will be advance voting opportunities on October 18 at City Hall and UNBC, October 19 at the College of New Caledonia, and again at City Hall on October 24.

“This council places a high priority upon community feedback and engagement. A major reason we are proposing to keep a rebuilt pool downtown is because during the Aquatics Needs Assessment we heard through extensive consultation with users of the Four Seasons and residents of Prince George that they greatly favour a downtown location,” said Hall in a press release. “Council and administration are eager to get out into the community to communicate our rationale, and respond directly to the questions of residents.”

Thus far, the mayor and city manager have accepted invitations to present to a number of service clubs in the city. “We are keen to add more,” adds Soltis.

Interested group organizers can fill out a form on the City’s website or contact Dyra Pridham at dyra.pridham@princegeorge.ca |250-561-7691 to arrange a presentation.