Pitt Meadows City is getting another study done on the feasibility of an indoor pool.
"Right now the pool is a concept plan. It's in the capital works project for 2017. It was put there long before I ever came to council," said Pitt Meadows Mayor Deb Walters.
Council asked staff to bring back an updated report as the last one was done in 2004.
"For us to go out to the public and ask 'do you want a pool?' we have to have updated facts. Two thousand four is not the updated facts," she said.
The best thing Walters has heard so far was from a long-time resident who encouraged moving forward.
"'Don't get discouraged when people come out and don't want any tax increases and don't want to move forward. Maybe what we need to do is consider opening up Hoffman's Garage - hanging out there back in 1957 and living in a black and white world.
'Eventually, people will be looking over the fence saying I want that here. How come we don't have that in our community?' Those were very profound words to me," reflected Walters.
For Pitt Meadows to get a pool the fees are "exorbitant," Walters commented. "There will be no way we can afford it on our own, so we will have to look at partnerships, grant opportunities, that kind of thing," added Walters.
The council asked staff to enlist Brian Johnston, with Professional
Environmental Recreation Consultants Ltd., who did the original report back in 2004, to find out what options are available, should they proceed.
The new report will cost the City $2,000.
"When I was knocking on doors I heard from a lot of young families who want a swimming pool. I heard from a lot of seniors that they want an exercise pool," she explained.
"We need to listen to people who are opposed to spending money and moving forward, and who want to move forward. That is the only way we can make a fair decision," she added.
The prospective pool already has a location between the Pitt Meadows family recreation centre and the new seniors centre.
Councillor Janis Elkerton voted against asking Johnston to update his 2004 report.
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