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Pool referendum meeting dates set

The Cariboo Regional District and the City of Williams Lake will be hosting a series of open house sessions regarding the upcoming Sam Ketcham Pool Renovations and Upgrades Referendum.

The sessions will take place as follows:

Thursday, Sept. 11: Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex, Gibraltar Room, 4-7 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 13: 150 Mile House Community Hall, 1-2 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 13: Area E Town Hall Open House, Williams Lake Sportsmen’s Club, 1-3 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 15: Area D Town Hall Open House, Wildwood Volunteer Fire Hall, 5-7 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17: City of Williams Lake Town Hall Open House, CRD boardroom 5-7 p.m.

The referendum will be held Nov. 15 and ask voters if they approve borrowing up to $10 million over 20 years.

The remainder of the cost of the approximately $11.3 million project will need to be made up from grants, fundraising, and capital reserves.

Proceeding with the project would result in a taxation increase for Central Cariboo Recreation services of approximately $40 per $100,000 of residential assessment, including operating costs of the expanded facility.

The project includes three main components: increasing the shallow-water leisure pools from the existing 540 to 3,700 square feet, replacing the main lap pool tank, and adding multi-purpose fitness centre space to a second floor above the change rooms.

Other notable improvements include a larger family change room and replacement of mechanical and electrical systems.

A redesign and resurfacing of the parking lot will also be planned in conjunction with the proposed pool upgrades.

A Facebook page dedicated to helping provide information to residents and an opportunity for residents to ask questions can be found at facebook.com/SamKetchamPool.

A Twitter feed can also be found at @SKPReferendum.

For further information or to view the Cariboo Memorial Complex Pool Feasibility Study visit us online at cariboord.bc.ca or williamslake.ca.

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