At last week’s MRC Pontiac Plenary Committee meeting, the mayors applauded a proposition by Jane Toller, owner of Spruceholme Inn and the Pontiac Conference Centre, for the construction of an interior aquatic centre in Fort-Coulonge. The centre would include a 25 meter long and 6 lane wide swimming pool, a therapeutic pool and a hot tub among other things.
Mrs. Toller, who was accompanied by Guylaine Marcil, former Director of Services of the CLSC of Mansfield-et-Pontefract (Fort-Coulonge), raised health concerns and an aging population as the primary motivations for pursuing this project.
In 2010 the CLD, amongst others, commissioned a study that had been requested by the Comité piscine Pontiac Pool Committee which included various Pontiac organisations such as school boards, schools, municipalities, the MRC, etc.
At the time, Campbell’s bay, Shawville and Fort-Coulonge where the three sites that had been retained for the construction of the municipal pool.
This project was as much a priority to the people of the Pontiac back then as it is today.
By building on the study work already done and taking best practices of other municipal pools in Canada, Jane Toller believes she will be able to create the best design for the needs of the Pontiac.
Mrs. Toller asked for the MRC Council’s support in principle, which she has obtained, and is committed to coming back in August to present the financial aspects of the project.