The Aquatic Centre Committee has been deeply immersed in fact gathering over the past several weeks. Many meetings have been held in preparation for the upcoming public meeting scheduled for June 21. The committee is made up of representatives from the business community, Area H, the town, families, youth groups, seniors, swim club, and schools. The purpose of this diverse group is to bring to committee the questions, suggestions and input of all of these people for scrutiny. The committee is responsible for helping the public not just find answers, but find peace of mind that nothing is being pushed through or side-stepped before the Aquatic Centre referendum is held.
Recreation and Culture Director Lyle Thomas said, “We have to be ready to give the public the answers to the questions they have been asking and a big part of that is the financial layout. People want to know how much a proposed Aquatic Centre will cost to build and more specifically how much it will cost them personally. These answers will be available to everyone who attends the meeting along with many more about the proposed concept, the tax implications, the location and all the rest of it.”
This June public meeting is the first such meeting and it is important to the committee that it be held before school lets out for summer. “We didn’t want to leave everyone hanging over the summer without the answers we all need,” Thomas continued. “The summer is a difficult time to get people together. People are vacationing and just not around as much in the summer and we want to try and get as many as possible out at the public meeting beforehand.”
The Aquatic Centre committee will be holding another public meeting in September shortly after school goes back in the fall to refresh everyone about the referendum and the month’s end and to ensure that the public has as much chance as possible to make an educated vote at the referendum to be held on September 25.