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Fraser rec center backers elated by passasge

by Stephanie Miller
Sky-Hi Daily News

The mood at Cyndy Flores’ house ran from anxiety to frustration to absolute elation in a matter of hours as supporters for the Community Enhancement Project waited for results Tuesday night to ballot questions 5D and 5E.

The ballot issues passed, 1,038-932 and 1,031-933, respectively.

“We won! We did it!” exclaimed Flores, the executive director for the district.

It was 11:30 p.m. and the room was filled with cheers and whistles.

“I needed this. I’ve been with this district for 21 years. I needed this to happen in our Valley,” she said.

The passage of the issues means the Fraser Valley Recreation Metropolitan District will move forward with the four projects it proposed in the ballot question:

– A new irrigation system and clubhouse at Pole Creek Golf Course;

– Running water and a concession stand at the Fraser Valley Sports Complex;

– And construction of a recreation center.

Tuesday was a long day for district members and supporters. Although members of the district expressed confidence the vote would pass before the results were posted, the wait was unbearable ” especially for those who had been through it before.

Before the results were known, emotions ran high.

“This is the third time around and we’re all anxious,” said Michelle Lawrence, who works for the district. “It’s now or never.”

Flores expected results to be in around 8:30 p.m., which is what the county clerk had told her, she said. But throughout the night, members did not receive any updates by phone or through the county’s Web site.

By 10:45 p.m., they still had heard nothing.

“I’m so disappointed the courthouse couldn’t provide any information to us,” said Ann McConnell. “It’s frustrating.”

Frustration seemed to be the ongoing theme as the night became longer, and supporters ” tired of waiting and not knowing ” left disappointed and unsettled.

But it turned out to be worth the wait.

“I’m so happy!” shouted Flores, her voice drowned out by the sound of toasting champagne glasses.


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