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Pool renovations subject of phone survey

Residents surveyed on borrowing proposal to renovate and upgrade Sam Ketcham Memorial pool in the Cariboo Memorial Complex.

Williams Lake and area residents are currently being asked for their opinions on the borrowing proposal to renovate and upgrade Sam Ketcham Memorial pool in the Cariboo Memorial Complex.

The telephone survey was announced in a joint press release Wednesday by the Cariboo Regional District and City of Williams Lake.

Discovery Research has been hired to conduct the telephone survey of residents in the Central Cariboo Recreation service boundary area between Jan. 23 and Jan. 30.

Residents who reside within the Central Cariboo Recreation service boundary who are contacted by Discovery Research are encouraged to participate if they receive a call.

The survey will be used to provide baseline information for elected officials and staff about the use and awareness of Sam Ketcham Pool and the referendum planned for Nov. 15.

In the referendum, voters will be asked if they approve of borrowing up to $10 million over 20 years to renovate and upgrade the pool.

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 city and CRD have also produced a document outlining frequently asked questions about the proposal which is available at the city, CRD, and Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex offices.

The frequently asked questions report is also available on these websites: cariboord.bc.ca; williamslake.ca; and activewilliamslake.com

The Cariboo Memorial Complex Pool Feasibility Study can also be viewed on the CRD website at cariboord.bc.ca or on the City of Williams Lake website at williamslake.ca.

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.