Trail has voted to borrow the money needed to build a new library/museum.
During this round of municipal elections, voters were asked, “Are you in favour of the City of Trail enacting Bylaw No. 2781 authorizing borrowing of $6,288,000 for the construction of an integrated municipal library and museum facility?” and 61 per cent said yes.
After a burst of excitement and hugs, Barbara Gibson, Trail and District Library Board chair, says she couldn’t be happier with the 1,625 votes cast to support the project.
“I am thrilled,” she said, adding that there was still a lot of work ahead to make the project a reality. “The work has just begun for both the museum and the library. I congratulate this new council and look forward to working with them. It is going to be a big job. It is very exciting. I have to call everyone now. I have to go home and phone.”
Jamie Forbes of the Trail Historical Society was brought to tears while discussing the results.
“We are elated,” he said trying to hold back his emotion. “I am just really happy that the people of Trail have supported us at this. I have been at this for 15 years and we are just really happy. We are really looking forward to building a museum that our city can be proud of.”
The next step for the library/museum project is for the city to put out a Request for Proposal (RFP) and select an architect to design the project.