At a council meeting last night, the City of Castlegar directed the Regional District of Central Kootenay to draft a bylaw asking for a loan of up to $25 million to fund upgrades to the Recreation Complex. Part of the upgrades would involve a new sheet of ice being placed adjacent to the existing rink, in effect replacing Pioneer Arena which council believes has run its course.
The bylaw will be presented at the RDCK meeting on July 29th in Nelson, at which point it will be decided if a referendum will be held, meaning Castlegar and area residents will decide whether or not they think an expensive upgrade to the facility (which also includes changes to the aquatic centre, seniors' centre and meeting rooms) is worth it. Early indications are a referendum could come as soon as November, with completion of the multi-million dollar project a few years down the road.
I had a chance to chat with city councillor Kirk Duff following the meeting last night, you can hear that interview here.
Stay tuned to Mountain FM and this blog for more perspective on the issue, including what it could mean for the Rebels.