A community engagement campaign will launch on Friday (April 14) for the upcoming referendum on a full pool upgrade and renovation at the Quesnel Arts and Recreation Centre.
Jeff Norburn, the Director of Community Services, provided the details at Tuesday night’s North Cariboo Joint Advisory meeting.
“That will include regular social media posts, newspaper and radio advertising, poster and flyer displays in city and CRD buildings and a direct mailout to residents of the North Cariboo Recreation and Parks service area.”
A series of open houses are also planned.
“Three community open houses are planned, Wednesday May 24th, Thursday May 25th and Thursday June 1st from 4 til 7 pm. Two of those will be in the rural areas, one at the Bouchie Lake Hall and one at Red Bluff elementary school, and one will be within the city boundaries at the Quesnel Legion.”
Norburn says all of this is covered off in the 50 thousand dollar budget for the referendum and communication related to it.
Mayor Ron Paull wanted to make sure that the mailout went out sufficiently in advance of the open house sessions so people will have an opportunity to mull over the written handout and come prepared with their questions.
Norburn assured him that it would.
“Our intention it to get the mailout before the open houses. That’s why the open houses are really close to the referendum date. It will allow people to hear about it, see the social media posts, get their direct mailer, so they have time to review the information, bring their questions to an open house and have them answered before the referendum.”
The referendum date will be Saturday, June 10th.
Residents will be asked to borrow up to 35 million dollars for the project.