The entrance to the new multi-use facility in Burns Lake. During the village council meeting on June 10

The entrance to the new multi-use facility in Burns Lake. During the village council meeting on June 10

The multi-use facility has a name

The votes have been cast, and the new multi-use facility which opened in Burns Lake May 30 has been named.

The votes have been cast, and the new multi-use facility which opened in Burns Lake May 30 has been named.

At the Village of Burns Lake council meeting on June 10, Mayor Strimbold and councillors voted on what the name of the new facility would be, and the name of the new multi-use facility is the Lakeside Multiplex.

The vote came after three weeks of public consultation and input.

Originally 13 names were submitted to council by various community members, and after the mayor narrowed the list down to four names, a public forum was held over social media, through an online survey and ballot boxes at local businesses.

In the end, 229 votes were cast on the name of the new facility.

The Lakeside Multiplex received the most votes with 103, the Tom Forsyth Memorial Multiplex finished with 79 votes, the Burns Lake Multiplex received 33 votes and the Burns Lake and District Multiplex received 14 votes.

Although council was not required to pick the name that received the most votes, the final decision was to listen to the voters.

However, not all council members favoured the name as the final vote was 3-2 in favour of the name.

Councillors John Illes and Chris Beach voted against the new name, however, their decisions were based more on the use of the word multiplex, citing the fact that a multiplex commonly refers to a movie theatre with multiple screens, rather than the term Lakeside.

Both preferred the term recreation centre be used instead of multiplex.

The naming of the new facility only affects the recently build addition, the hockey rink will still be called the Tom Forsyth Memorial Arena.