The future expansion of Fort Saskatchewan's aquatic services will be voted on by residents in a plebiscite during the next municipal election.
 
City council voted to wait until 2017 due to cost savings, an expected no vote from the public and more anticipated discussion during an election.
 
"If we were to ask the public this year whether to spend millions of dollars on a new pool, it would have cost $75,000 and a lot of people would say 'no,'" councilor Birgit Blizzard said.
 
"It will give the new council direction, while being cost efficient."
 
Plans would include a universal change room at Harbour Pool followed by engaging the public on whether they support more aquatic expansion. The proposed second phase of expansion would bring a new aquatic centre to the Dow Centennial Centre. A third phase would be the modernization of Harbour Pool.
 
Councillor Frank Garritsen voted against the motion.
 
"Council has heard from residents they want something done with aquatics," Garritsen noted, "I do respect council's decision, but now is a great opportunity with the economy across the Alberta not as strong.  Now is the opportunity to take advantage of lower prices to get projects done within the city."
 
Council also approved the ice cancellation notice to 15 days from 72 hours after all ice user groups said they're in support at their annual ice users meeting on Tuesday, April 5.