The Stand Up for the North Committee is urging Prince George residents to vote ‘yes’ in the October 28 referendum for a new pool and firehall.
The city is seeking approval from taxpayers to borrow up to $35 million to replace the Four Seasons Pool and up to $15 million to replace Firehall #1. The plan for the pool is to relocate it across the street from its current location to the block where the Days Inn now stands. In addition to the $35 million to build the pool, the city estimates the cost of purchasing the Days Inn site to be $4.5 million and $2.5 million for demolishing both the hotel and old pool. That money, should the referendum be successful, will come out of reserves.
The plan for the firehall is to relocate it to Massey Drive near the YMCA of Northern B.C.
The Stand Up for the North Committee says that public infrastructure, such as pools and firehalls, are key components to a 21st Century city and add value to the community.
It argues pools serve as an attraction for workers, professionals, students, and businesses looking to relocate to the city. It says modern firehalls also add value.
“Both contribute to the community revitalization, economic development, and a good quality of life,” reads a pamphlet being distributed by the group.
The pamphlet points out that the city did extensive surveys and assessments, including public input, prior to deciding to relocate both facilities.
“Input overwhelmingly indicated that the pool should remain publicly-owned and operated, and stay in the downtown,” reads the pamphlet.
The committee is looking for people to help support a ‘yes’ vote. An organizing meeting is scheduled for: 5 p.m., Wednesday, October 11, at the Hospital Employees Union office, 1197 Third Avenue (side door – corner of Third Avenue and Dominion Street).