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#541 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 13 March 2017 - 11:11 AM

Absolutely.  We've already come up with dozens of ways to make this work with much, much less taxpayer money, by building housing over it, for example.


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#542 Nparker

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Posted 13 March 2017 - 11:16 AM

For a local government that claims to be all about consultation, they sure haven't engaged the public much in regards to creative solutions to the Crystal Pool "problem".


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Posted 13 March 2017 - 02:34 PM

Absolutely.  We've already come up with dozens of ways to make this work with much, much less taxpayer money, by building housing over it, for example.

 

Crystal clear as mud.


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#544 David Bratzer

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Posted 23 June 2017 - 08:39 PM

Looks like the City of Victoria might skip the referendum on Crystal Pool:

 

A referendum to borrow up to $69.4 million to replace Crystal Pool might not be needed if Victoria can tap into senior government grant programs.
 
“While external borrowing remains a potential part of the overall funding strategy, it may be possible to eliminate or significantly reduce the amount of external borrowing required,” city staff said in a report to council.
 
Thomas Soulliere, director of parks, recreation and facilities, said Thursday a referendum, that was being considered for this fall, is a requirement only if the city has to borrow funds.


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Posted 23 June 2017 - 09:45 PM

 

Looks like the City of Victoria might skip the referendum on Crystal Pool:

 

A referendum to borrow up to $69.4 million to replace Crystal Pool might not be needed if Victoria can tap into senior government grant programs.
 
“While external borrowing remains a potential part of the overall funding strategy, it may be possible to eliminate or significantly reduce the amount of external borrowing required,” city staff said in a report to council.
 
Thomas Soulliere, director of parks, recreation and facilities, said Thursday a referendum, that was being considered for this fall, is a requirement only if the city has to borrow funds.

 

Yeah yeah, "government gronks"  "funding tragedy" ...it's blue bridge deja vu all over again.


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#546 spanky123

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Posted 24 June 2017 - 10:35 AM

 

Looks like the City of Victoria might skip the referendum on Crystal Pool:

 

A referendum to borrow up to $69.4 million to replace Crystal Pool might not be needed if Victoria can tap into senior government grant programs.
 
“While external borrowing remains a potential part of the overall funding strategy, it may be possible to eliminate or significantly reduce the amount of external borrowing required,” city staff said in a report to council.
 
Thomas Soulliere, director of parks, recreation and facilities, said Thursday a referendum, that was being considered for this fall, is a requirement only if the city has to borrow funds.

 

 

I think that Helps just wants to kick this down the road a few months until she announces that she isn't running for Mayor in January. Council knows that a referendum will fail so they will ultimately try and pull out all of the stops to fit the City portion within existing budgets.


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#547 Mike K.

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Posted 25 June 2017 - 09:57 AM

100% it will fail. The fun times are over. The electorate is fuming mad and ready to pull the plug.

This referendum isn't so much about the costs to build something as it is about the CITY OF VICTORIA tax payer (not Saanich, not View Royal and not Colwood tax payers) finally having an opportunity to LEGITIMATELY weigh in on a major decision. The "we're hearing" or "we've been told" rhetoric that has directed policy over the last 2.5 years has not represented the true sentiment of City of Victoria tax payers, and officialdom knows it.

I mean, when you have only several hundred people (people who may or may not be CoV tax payers) weighing in on multi-million expdentitures and plans and the mayor uses that input as a CLEAR and DEFINITIVE directive on policy you can be certain there will come a time when tax payers will have had enough. And the referendum was to have been that time, so of course our elected representives have no qualms over robbing tax payers of that opportunity.
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#548 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 25 June 2017 - 10:45 AM

Re: Plans for Crystal Pool envision a community hub (vicnews.com, June 24)

What was missing in the details regarding a new Crystal Pool was a discussion about parking. There is a real opportunity here to address a serious shortage of parking for the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre and Royal Athletic Park, as well as for a new Crystal Pool.

In addition, the intersection of Quadra and Pembroke streets is a short walk to downtown and to many government offices that are even closer. Is the City of Victoria making any plans for several levels of underground parking at the new Crystal Pool or is this going to be an opportunity wasted?

The mayor and councillors have demonstrated no bounds when it comes to cycling infrastructure, but where is the investment in infrastructure and parking for all the green electric cars that are coming in short order?

Trevor Amon

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http://www.saanichne...a-pool-project/


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#549 Mike K.

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Posted 25 June 2017 - 06:32 PM

30 years is a long time to wait for those cars, though.

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