RDMW questions financing pool

some directors took issue with Port Hardy expecting a financial contribution for the pool and it being referred to as a 'regional' facility.

A discussion about Port Hardy’s new pool complex turned into a bit of a water fight.

At the Regional District of Mount Waddington board meeting Sept. 21, some directors took issue with Port Hardy expecting a financial contribution for the pool and it being referred to as a “regional” facility.

The directors felt if funds were expected from the RDMW, then their ratepayers should have been included in a referendum being held in Port Hardy in October.

Mayor Hank Bood explained that if Port Hardy residents vote against spending $12 million on the new pool at the referendum scheuled for October, then the RDMW contributing funds is a non-issue, so that is why a request for funding participation hasn’t officially been brought to the board table.

“I do have a concern with this process,” said Acting Board Chair Andrew Hory from Area C. “I’m going to have to take this to my voters,” Hory said. “The cart is a little bit backwards here. It seems to violate the correct order of things,” said Hory.

Town of Port McNeill Mayor Shirley Ackland agreed, saying she will have to go to her community to ask if they want to fund the new pool in Port Hardy, when their own is nearing the end of its life cycle, and that one of the biggest priorities in her community is developing a gathering place for seniors.

“It’s (funding the pool) never been at this table as an agenda item. There is no motion from this board about the facility. I don’t know how to fix this,” Ackland said.

“It’s too late in the process to ask for partners,” said Area A (Sointula) Directory Heidi Soltau.

Area B Director Phil Wainwright asked if Port Hardy had considered user fees or different rates “as a way of running your pool.”

“This is a facility that is going to be serving the North Island. Period.,” said Port Hardy Director Pat Corbett-Labatt, adding that Port Hardy will go ahead with or without the RDMW’s support.

“I’m not sure why you’re not jumping up and down (about this),” Corbett-Labatt said.

There was an opportunity for the regional district to attend stakeholder and charette sessions “and not one of you showed up,” said Bood. “We went through extraordinary efforts to make sure that you were invited.”

“If the referendum fails in Port Hardy, the project is dead,” said Bood, adding that between 25 and 40 per cent of people who use the pool are from the RDMW.

“I’m not going to pout if you’re not part of it,” said Bood.

 

Just Posted

Port McNeill Cannabis Committee stumbles out of the gate

“I’m worried we could just be all over the map and I need to see a plan.”

Port Alice’s new RCMP officers going through clearance process

The medical process can take several months to complete as there are several steps involved.

East Zeballos placed under evacuation alert as “out of control” wildfire approaches homes

BC Wildfire Service says rolling debris on steep terrain poses danger to firefighters

B.C. declares state of emergency as more than 560 wildfires rage

This is only the fourth state of emergency ever issued during a fire season

Port Hardy Fire Rescue knocks down wildland fire

PHFR members responded to the scene, located the fire, and contained it to the immediate area.

PHOTOS: B.C. city wakes up to darkness under wildfire smoke

The rest of the province also dealing with thick haze as smoky skies continue

Safeway union urgest rejection of mediator recommendations

Says mediator asks for too many concessions

Fire chases B.C. crews out of their own camp

Crews in Burns Lake had to leave after a wildfire reportedly overtook their sleeping quarters

To address peacock problem, B.C. city moves ahead on trapping plan

Surrey’s new bylaw focuses on ensuring people no longer feed the birds, ahead of relocation

Hospitals to see ‘delays’ in care after losing Saudi students, health group says

About 1,000 Saudi residents called back to kingdom after suspending diplomatic relations with Canada

Bernier diatribe against ‘extreme multiculturalism’ boosts Liberal coffers

Party spokesperson Braeden Caley says online donations doubled, social media engagement quadrupled

‘Disjointed’ system hinders British Columbia First Nations in wildfire fight

More than 550 wildfires were burning in B.C. and crews were bracing for wind and dry lightning

Castlegar bridge designed by architect of collapsed Italian bridge

Riccardo Morandi designed the Kinnaird Bridge, which is part of Highway 3.

Federal government announces over $115 million to Royal Canadian Navy

Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan was at Victoria’s CFB Esquimalt to announce missile system upgrades

Most Read