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District of Vanderhoof - Council Message

July 2012 - Councillor Steve Little

Summertime

It is hard to believe that it is August already; I hope you have had a great summer so far. I thought I’d take this opportunity to update you on the aquatic centre. An aquatic centre for Vanderhoof remains one of Council’s top priorities. While it has been some time since we have reported out on our progress, I want to assure you that things are moving towards a referendum by the end of 2012. For a variety of reasons it has been determined that the best way to move forward is to have the aquatic centre built in Vanderhoof but be a function of the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako. In order to move ahead the Regional District needs to hold a referendum in Vanderhoof and in Area “F” Vanderhoof Rural. The referendum will seek the elector’s permission to borrow four million dollars to help pay for the cost of building the facility as well as permission to increase property taxes to assist with the annual cost of running the aquatic centre. It is expected that the facility will cost about twelve million dollars and require $480,000 a year in additional taxes to operate. The Pool Committee is continuing to work on finding the additional capital funding needed to build the facility.

There will be more opportunity for you to get information about the referendum in the coming months. We will be holding several community information events where you will be able to have all of your questions answered.

Sunday September 30, 2012 is BC Rivers Day. Vanderhoof is partnering with Freshwater Fisheries and the Nechako White Sturgeon Recovery Initiative to bring you an exciting event at Riverside Park. There are plans in the works for children’s arts and crafts, fisheries demonstrations and information booths. The District will be hosting a community BBQ. This is a green event in partnership with the Nechako Waste Reduction Initiative. I invite you to take this opportunity to learn about the Nechako River system and the work that is being done to insure it is a vital part of Vanderhoof’s future.

On behalf of the District of Vanderhoof Mayor and Council I wish you all the best and hope that you have plenty of opportunity to enjoy this great region that we have the privilege to call home.

~ Councillor Steve Little