Trail and District Public Library Board chair Barbara Gibson explains some of the finer point of the Riverfront Centre's potential floor plan to Don Mcleod

Riverfront Centre open house fields questions and comments

“There seems to be comments about the appearance of the building, both positive and negative.” - Barbara Gibson

A steady stream of Trail residents filed in and out of the Aquatic Centre on Wednesday to learn more about the proposed Riverfront Centre.

The Trail and District Public Library Board and the Trail Historical Society hosted the informational open house, asking taxpayers what they thought of the project and addressing concerns.

If the referendum passes on Nov. 15, the Riverfront Centre will house a new library and museum within 18,000 square feet of space with the option for a cafe/restaurant on site.

Barbara Gibson, chair of the library board, says most of the comments the board heard at the open house were positive. The informational event also gave Gibson a chance to clear up any misconceptions about the project.

“There seems to be comments about the appearance of the building, both positive and negative,” she said. “People don’t understand that the architect hasn’t been chosen. (The mock-up drawing) is what it could look like. If the referendum passes, the city will put out a request for proposal. That is when the architects can apply. The appearance of the building, it is not set in stone.”

Open house attendees also had questions about how the proposed structure would be paid for and Gibson says it isn’t as complicated as it might seem on the outside.

“We have got $520,000 – a nice big chunk (of money),” she said. “We will start breaking down numbers more clearly a bit later on, but people need to remember that the residential tax base is only 22 per cent of the cost to run the city.”

The more money the library board and the historical society raises for the project, the lower the cost to taxpayers.

Gibson also fielded questions at the open house about what would happen to the library space after the referendum.

“A major concern for people is what is going to happen to the space if we leave the Memorial Centre,” she said. “Another good question we got was what would happen to the library if the referendum doesn’t pass, and that is obvious. (The library) would stay where it is.”

Gibson says that she is happy that people are taking the Riverfront Centre proposal seriously, asking questions and voicing concerns.

“Some people are getting a little bit ahead of themselves, but that is okay,” she said. “People take this very seriously, as do we. We want it to be something pretty spectacular.”

The next step for the library board and the historical society is to continue their education campaign. Gibson says the groups are going to be talking to different groups around the city and mailing out informational newsletters at the end of the month and appearing at public events.

“We are just going to push along, which is difficult given our short time frame,” she said. “there is a letter going out closer to the day people get to the polls. Hopefully we will have some more concrete dollars at that point. We are going to be at Spooktacular (on Oct. 24) and we are going to be speaking to other groups on the area. We are open to speaking with anyone.”

Trail residents will be voting for or against the Riverfront Centre in conjunction with municipal elections on Nov. 15. To request information or to book an information session regarding the Riverfront Centre, call Gibson at 250-368-8782.

Just Posted

UPDATE: DriveBC says highway re-opened after accident

Highway 22 closed for seven hours on Saturday

Forestry workers set to begin job action in Kootenays

Operations in Castlegar, Cranbrook, Galloway, Elko, Radium, Golden may see job action this week.

Métis Flag flies in Trail on Louis Riel Day

Area students, officials and public attend flag raising at Trail City Hall

Early Trail borrowed a couple of names from the U.S.

Place Names: Connection between Trail and Butte, Montana

First Past the Post is the only option

Letter to the Editor by Dieter Bogs of Trail

REPLAY: B.C’s best video this week

In case you missed it, here’s a look at the replay-worth highlights from this week across the province

B.C. asking for tips on ‘dirty money’ in horse racing, real estate, luxury cars

Action follows a Peter German report on money laundering in B.C. casinos

Canadian dead more than a week after plane crash in Guyana: Global Affairs

Global Affairs said it couldn’t provide further details on the identity of the Canadian citizen

Children between 6 and 9 eligible for $1,200 RESP grant from province

BC Ministry of Education is reminding residents to apply before the deadline

Victoria spent $30,000 to remove John A. Macdonald statue

Contentious decision sparked controversy, apology from mayor

Privacy concerns over credit card use for legal online pot purchases

Worries follow privacy breaches at some Canadian cannabis retailers

NEB approves operating pressure increase to repaired Enbridge pipeline

The pipeline burst outside of Prince George on Oct. 9, now operating at 85 per cent

B.C. VIEWS: Setting speed limits in a post-fact political environment

Media prefer ‘speed kills’ narrative, even when it fails to appear

Controversy erupts over Japanese flag in B.C. classroom (updated)

Online petition demanding removal has collected more than 5,700 signatures

Most Read