Saturday, April 30, 2011

Lumby says yes to jail

by Wayne Moore - Story: 61754
Apr 30, 2011 / 9:30 pm

Lumby residents have said yes to having a provincial correctional centre build in their community.

Following Saturday's public opinion survey, Lumby residents voted 494 (56%) to 381 (44%) in favour of the correctional centre.

The numbers are preliminary.

Lumby voters were asked "“Do you support pursuing the development of a Provincial Correctional Centre within the Village of Lumby?"

Saturday's turnout worked out to 70 per cent of the 1,255 eligible voters.

The opinion poll was not a binding referendum.

Council, which will make a final decision Monday evening, is not bound by the results of Saturday's poll.

Late last year, Solicitor General, Rich Coleman announced the province would be putting a correctional facility in the Okanagan by 2015 and asked interested municipalities to step forward.

Lumby Mayor, Keith Acton immediately expressed interest which was unanimously endorsed by council.

The debate has divided the community. Some are in favour for economic reasons while others are against, worried about the types of people a correctional facility will attract to the community.


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