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Hornby Island Fire Hall Project AAP Q&A's
Q. Why the need for a new fire hall?
A.With more than 45 years of service, the Hornby Island fire rescue department has identified a need to replace the aging and unsafe fire hall so as to better serve the citizens of Hornby Island with medical first responder, fire protection, technical rescue, and ambulance services.
To date, inspections and engineer's reports have found the current fire hall is an unsafe workplace for the fire fighters, has functional and spatial deficiencies and would perform poorly in a moderate earthquake.
Q. Where is the money coming from?
A. The $1.9 million project would be funded by $1.6 million in debt financing, $200,000 in federal gas tax funding (Community Works funding) and $100,000 from reserves.
Q, Where is the site for this new facility?
A.The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) has secured a one hectare grant of Crown land for the fire hall site located across Central Road from the current fire hall.
Q. Why isn’t there going to be a referendum?
A. At its September 30, 2014 meeting, the CVRD board approved holding a referendum to seek elector approval. The referendum was postponed by the area director to provide for additional time for community awareness. Upon further reflection and consideration by the select committee and director, an alternate approval process (AAP) is the preferred approach to seeking elector approval. At its October 10, 2014 meeting, the Hornby Island fire hall renewal select committee adopted a resolution to proceed with an AAP. The CVRD board approved the legislative requirements to conduct an AAP at its October 21, 2014 meeting.
Q. What is an AAP?
A.An alternate approval process is a method of receiving electoral approval to borrow money for the project. An AAP is a valid process to gain elector approval, is less costly, and will allow the public more time to review details of the project. Download the AAP elector response form [PDF - 544 KB]
Q. What would be the tax levy increase for the average household?
A. Should the project gain elector approval, borrowed funds will be paid back through tax requisition - based on this $1.6 million estimate, the net tax increase to the average property, assessed at approximately $455,000, would be approximately $24 per year.
Q. How would the proposed new fire hall benefit the citizens of Hornby Island?
A. The new fire hall would provide a safe working environment and improved training facilities for the fire fighters, aid in recruitment for new fire fighters, and ultimately better serve the community in times of large scale disaster or local emergency. A new fire hall would also provide additional space for a second tanker truck which will help the fire department in its goal of achieving Superior Tanker Shuttle Accreditation which can potentially lower fire insurance rates for residents.
Q. Who is involved in the design of this new facility?
A. The architects and their design team have received input from the public, via open houses and other consultations. As well, firefighters have also been involved with the design to ensure that it meets the space and operational requirements of the department.
Q. Where can I find more information about this project?
A. All of the project details are outlined on the Comox Valley Regional District website at www.comoxvalleyrd.ca/hornbyislandfirehall