Pontiac pool project looks for $12 M to start construction process

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By Élizabeth Séguin
(tr. AB)

FORT-COULONGE – The Piscine Pontiac Pool Committee (PPPC) hopes to begin construction next year on the indoor aquatic center on Fort-Coulonge’s
arena grounds, providing it obtains the necessary funding.
According to the project’s initiator (2017) Jane Toller, local businesswoman and MRC Pontiac warden, the project could cost up to $12 million. “The last price we were quoted was around $12 million, but based on surveying the community, we might be able to reduce that price,” she said. 
“The primary objective is to get the shovel in the ground sometime next year,” said Todd Hoffman, the new chair of the board of directors. At the Committee's annual general meeting, September 23 at the Golden Age Club, Hoffman said the goal is to secure funding so that constructions plans can be submitted to contractors within a few months.
“The plan is to get some sort of ‘beyond conceptual’ construction drawings to put out to general contractors [for budgeting], but that can only be achieved once we’re successful in [obtaining] some funding,” he added. PPPC submitted
an application to Fonds d’appui au rayonnement des regions (FARR).
“We are entering the main and most important phase of the project – fund
raising – in order to obtain more local support, because we need to be able to show all levels of government that the community supports this project,” stressed Hoffman.
Pontiac residents will be able to purchase membership cards and PPPC plans to organize fundraising activities in collaboration with other community organizations.
For the coming year, the Committee will have seven board members, including Hoffman (Chair), Claudette Stanton (Vice-Chair), Jane Toller (Secretary), Jenna Keindel (Treasurer), Kim Cartier-Villeneuve (Director), Joan Dubeau (Director) and Lise A. Romain (administrator).