Alternate Approval Process to be used for Hornby Fire Hall construction project

Resident property owners looking at $24 tax increase in 2015

  • Oct. 22, 2014 3:00 p.m.

Submitted

 

At its Oct. 21 meeting the Comox Valley Regional District board approved the legislative requirements to conduct an alternate approval process (AAP) for the Hornby Island fire hall construction project.

The project, which includes planning, design, communications and public consultation, is identified as an operational priority for the community services branch (fire services) on the CVRD board’s strategic plan.

At its Sept. 30 meeting, the CVRD board approved holding a referendum to seek elector approval; however the referendum was postponed by the area director to provide for additional time for community awareness. At its Oct. 10 meeting, the Hornby Island fire hall renewal select committee adopted a resolution to proceed with an AAP.

“Upon further reflection and consideration by the select committee and myself, an AAP is the preferred approach to seeking elector approval,” said Bruce Jolliffe, director for Baynes Sound – Denman/Hornby Island (Area ‘A’). “Proceeding with an alternate approval process will allow the public more time to review details of the project and we encourage that. We have received a lot of effective community input to date.”

The total number of electors within the Hornby Island fire protection service to which the alternative approval process applies is 834, of which 10 per cent, or 83, must submit elector response forms to prevent the CVRD board from adopting the fire hall construction loan authorization bylaw without first obtaining the assent of the electors by way of referendum.  December 4 is the first day the AAP forms will be available on the CVRD website and at the front counter of the CVRD head office, 600 Comox Road, Courtenay, and the deadline for receiving completed AAP forms will be 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 15, 2015.

The $1.8 million project would be funded by $1.6 million in debt financing, $100,000 in federal gas tax (Community Works) funding and $100,000 from reserves.

Should the project gain elector approval, borrowed funds will be paid back through “local” or “service area” tax requisition – that is, the property owners on Hornby Island. The net tax increase between 2014 and 2015 to the average property, assessed at approximately $455,000, would be approximately $24 per year.

The current aging fire hall is considered an unsafe workplace and has functional and seismic deficiencies.

The CVRD has secured a one hectare grant of Crown land for the fire hall site located across Central Road from the current fire hall.

More information on the project can be found at www.comoxvalleyrd.ca/hornbyislandfirehall .

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

MARS hoping to build fawn complex for rehab

Their goal is to raise $20,000 in a relatively short period of time.

Aspen Park in Comox is the latest school reporting a COVID-19 exposure. Screenshot, Google Maps
Fifth Comox Valley school reports COVID-19 exposure

Exposure at Aspen Park in Comox was reported for Feb. 22

Cumberland Brewery is looking to expand its patio space temporarily for the summer. Photo by Mike Chouinard
Cumberland Brewery looks for temporary patio expansion

Move would allow business to spread customers outside in summer months

School District 71’s final budget for this school year showed more revenue from distance learning students but less from traditional classroom registration. Record file photo
Comox Valley Schools’ budget grant almost $5.5 million higher than planned

Increase came from a boost in distributed learning rather traditional registration

A&W on Ryan Road confirmed a positive case of COVID-19 at their restaurant and temporarily shut its doors. Google Maps photo
Courtenay restaurant temporarily closed due to COVID-19 exposure

It’s the latest business in the Valley to be affected by the virus

Abbotsford’s Kris Collins turned to TikTok out of boredom when the provincial COVID-19 lockdown began in March 2020. She now has over 23 million followers on the video app. Photo: Submitted
Internet famous: Abbotsford’s Kris Collins is a TikTok comedy queen

Collins has found surprise stardom alone with a phone

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

BC Ferries experienced heavy traffic on Feb. 27 following cancellations the day before due to strong winds and adverse weather. (Black Press Media file photo)
BC Ferries sailings fill up quickly after Friday cancellations due to high winds

Waits expected on Swartz Bay-Tsawwassen route, Horseshoe Bay-Departure Bay route

Nanaimo children’s author and illustrator Lindsay Ford’s latest book is ‘Science Girl.’ (Photo courtesy Lindsay Ford)
B.C. children’s writer encourages girls to pursue the sciences in new book

Lindsay Ford is holding a virtual launch for latest book, ‘Science Girl’

Pig races at the 145th annual Chilliwack Fair on Aug. 12, 2017. Monday, March 1, 2021 is Pig Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of Feb. 28 to March 6

Pig Day, Canadian Bacon Day and Grammar Day are all coming up this week

Staff from the Marine Mammal Rescue Centre, passersby, RCMP and Nanaimo Fire Rescue carried a sick 300-kilogram steller sea lion up the steep bluff at Invermere Beach in north Nanaimo in an attempt to save the animal’s life Thursday. (Photo courtesy Marine Mammal Rescue Centre)
300-kilogram sea lion muscled up from B.C. beach in rescue attempt

Animal dies despite efforts of Nanaimo marine mammal rescue team, emergency personnel and bystanders

Doctors and counsellors warn of an increase in panic attacks, anxiety, depression and suicide ideas between ages 10 to 14, in Campbell River. ( Black Press file photo)
Extended pandemic feeding the anxieties of B.C.’s youth

Parents not sure what to do, urged to reach out for help

Kara Sorensen, diagnosed with lung cancer in July, says it’s important for people to view her as healthy and vibrant, rather than sick. (Photo courtesy of Karen Sorensen)
B.C. woman must seek treatment overseas for inoperable lung cancer

Fundraising page launched on Karen Sorensen’s behalf, with a goal of $250,000

Gina Adams as she works on her latest piece titled ‘Undying Love’. (Submitted photo)
‘Toothless’ the kitty inspires B.C. wood carver to break out the chainsaw

Inspired by plight of a toothless cat, Gina Adams offers proceeds from her artwork to help animals

Most Read