The voters have spoken. (Black Press file photo)

Pool renos get thumbs down in referendum

Voters reject borrowing for North Cariboo pool upgrades

Voters reject borrowing for North Cariboo pool upgrades.

The ballots have been counted, and the referendum results are in – voters have turned down the Cariboo Regional District’s proposal to borrow $35-million for the proposed upgrades at the Quesnel & District Arts & Recreation Centre, with 1,085 “yes” votes and 1,664 “no” votes, with a minor increase in voter turnout compared to the first referendum on this issue.

“I want to thank all those people who marked their ballot letting the Cariboo Regional District and the City of Quesnel know that you do not want a major upgrade to the pool at this time. We thank everyone who took the time to vote,” said director Barb Bachmeier, the CRD spokesperson for the referendum and Director for Electoral Area B. Director Bachmeier added that “The North Cariboo Joint Advisory Committee will review this decision and find ways to do any required infrastructure upgrades that are necessary to keep our pool working properly.”

Quesnel councillor Laurey-Anne Roodenburg was the City’s spokesperson on this issue. Roodenburg said, following the results, “It is crucial to consider the diverse perspectives and needs of our community. Through thoughtful discussion and collaboration, we can work towards finding a solution that benefits everyone and strengthens our community for years to come.”

In light of the outcome, the North Cariboo Joint Advisory Committee will review and consider options to address the future needs of the 40-year-old facility.