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Regional board makes decision on area wide projects

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KENNEWICK, Wash. --  It took two and half hours and even required a ten minute break, but the Tri-Cities Regional Facilities board made a choice on one out of four projects.

In a 7 to 2 vote, the board chose to back an aquatic center as the project they will bring towards voters.

Members had to choose between the facility or expanding the three rivers convention center, building a new performing arts facility, or financing the Hanford Reach Center.

Don Britain was one of the two no votes. He said he supports an aquatics facility, but couldn't support unclear information about it, "I was prepared tonight to vote for the aquatics center as presented at our April 11th meeting. That got somewhat changed tonight."

Britain and the other no vote at the meeting John Givens said despite their votes they will support bringing an aquatics center to the area.

Givens support was for expanding the Three Rivers Convention Center which he says will have to turn conventions away if more space isn't added.

The next steps will include working out specific financial language from Wednesday nights option and creating a way to communicate that information to the public. The board will meet again on July 18th at Pasco city hall.