Township of Spallumcheen selling tot lot

The plan is to use the sale of an old township tot lot to help pay for the newly constructed one.

The plan is to use the sale of an old township tot lot to help pay for the newly constructed one.

Spallumcheen council will use the alternate approval process to achieve the sale of the lot located at 3311 Lockhart Drive in McLeod subdivision.

A new park was built and opened this summer at the opposite end of Lockhart at the intersection with Sidney Crescent.

“We’ve got a beautiful new park and the sale from this park will go to the future needs of the new park,” said Coun. Christine Fraser. “We’re not getting rid of parkland, per se, but we’re helping make the one park better and suitable for the area.”

The new McLeod Park was installed and paid with funds from the township’s reserves.

The sale would help replenish the money borrowed to pay for the park and its equipment, and would start a new reserve to be used for future park equipment.

Based on 2011 Statistics Canada’s township census profile, there are approximately 4,000 people 18 and older which are assumed to be eligible to vote against the sale.

“Therefore, 400 residents would be required to sign an elector response form for the sale of the lot to fail,” said township chief financial officer Brian Freeman-Marsh.

Anybody opposed to the sale of the tot lot at 3311 Lockhart Drive has until 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 18, to vote at the municipal hall against the sale.