October 24; Liverpool, NS: The Queens Community Aquatic Society (QCAS) intends to hire independent consultants to define the proposed community pool project and outline costs for the project. The Society requested funding support from the Council of the Region of Queens Municipality. At the October 24, 2017 Regular Council meeting, Council approved a grant of $6,000 to be paid from the previous year’s operating surplus to assist the QCAS to proceed with their consulting report.
The report, with an expected cost of $24,000, will also require provincial funding. Having a detailed plan is a necessary step for the QCAS before they can proceed to the funding stage of the project. Once a plan has been finalized through the consultant, a report will be brought back to Council the end of February which will include a detailed plan that includes a project definition, construction costs and operating costs.
The QCAS held a Public meeting in February 2017 with approximately 80 people in attendance, and also conducted an independent survey with 946 respondents, in which they advise that 83% of respondents believe it is important to have a year round pool. A fundraising subcommittee of the QCAS has been formed who have investigated possible funding options, and determined that funds may soon become available through federal and provincial programs, as well as from the private/corporate sector and a public campaign.
“Council is appreciative of the work that members of the Queens Community Aquatic Society are putting into researching the viability of a community indoor pool for Queens County. Their due diligence in reaching out to hire independent consultants to source the best information as to the capacity, use and needs of the community in a pool is very important,” said David Dagley, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality.