Election 2014: Nanoose Bay residents asked whether to fund water upgrades

NANAIMO – Residents in Nanoose Bay will also vote for a new Regional District of Nanaimo director.

The Nanoose Bay electorate will be tasked with voting for a new director and whether to fund improvements to the Nanoose Bay Peninsula Water Service area on Nov. 15.

The referendum question for Nanoose (electoral Area E) asks, “Are you in favour of the Regional District of Nanaimo adopting Bylaw No. 1714 to authorize the borrowing of up to $2.6 million to provide the necessary funds to meet the Nanoose Bay Peninsula Water Service Area capital improvement and upgrades requirements up to and including 2019?”

According to George Holme, outgoing Area E director, the question centres on whether to spend money to upgrade the lines, pumps and fire hydrants in the Nanoose area.

“There’s some old asbestos-cement pipes from years ago and they’ve all got to be replaced,” Holme said.

Ed Mayne, Bob Rogers and Gordon Wiebe are vying to fill Holme’s seat on the regional district board.